Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Northern Florida
People have had problems with certain Sundowner trailers after the year 2000. I believe it was with the economy models, not really sure if all of them. Things could be different now where it is all of them. Big problems with the metal frames coming in contact with the aluminum floors and corroding like crazy. I read about it and while shopping myself found this to be true. Total rust buckets underneath with the frame.
I initially was going to go with a new Trailers USA. A lot of people said that they liked them and the price was reasonable. When I looked at one that was three years old with the ramp door already having tons of wear and looking pretty bad, I changed my mind. I know that some people don't take care of things as well as others, but still, the trailer was only three years old. I ended up finding a ten year old trailer that was pretty much mint.
What are you looking for? Any makes that you have in mind? Style? Type of metal? How big of a tack space do you need?
I know that some people would swear that an aluminum trailer will just crumple in an accident. I find that hard to believe with my aluminum trailer. That thing is heavy as all get out and pretty tough. If shopping for aluminum, I would be careful of trailers made my manufacturers that like to cut corners and use inferior aluminum thickness. An aluminum soda can will crumple easily, you would have a much harder time crumpling an aluminum soup can.
Sometimes you will find an older trailer that is made pretty nice and has been well taken care of. Whether it will work for you depends on what type of horses you have. Really older trailers have a tendency to be smaller. No problem if you have horses that are not extremely tall.
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Last edited by LoriF; 10-09-2019 at 06:46 PM.