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Ok, so I am obsessed with re-doing this horse trailer. Thought I would share my experience since I have done nothing but go online and read others :D

She's an '83 Cotner....I think maybe like an old Ultra or Royal. 7ft tall, 6ft wide and 12ft long inside.

We have a friend with welding and trailer rehab experience to give us a guide. Welds look great and the metal is in good shape but cosmetically just unappealing.

Here is our list of to do's.
Rip out floor - DONE
Sand down undercarriage and treat with a rust converter and then paint with rustoleum. I don't know if thats over kill but I'd like to prevent surface rust from coming back as long as possible!
Redo wiring - It functions just fine but some of it travels on top of a cross beam which seems dumb since a horse could bear weight on it and damage it.
Sand and paint interior
New interior light
New padding
New kick boards and divider
Sand and paint exterior
Install saddle racks and custom made bench/box in front of trailer.

When I drove it home

378474_2771181239922_1269722567_3079908_542208431_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

Before we started ripping stuff out.

382831_2778405860533_1269722567_3082397_1665859224_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

The floor, which was surprisingly hard to get out considering it's age!

390100_2778407540575_1269722567_3082399_320182067_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

Floor gone

386026_2777504798007_1269722567_3082144_467735017_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr
 

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3 cheers for your hard work!! We had to replace the floor in our original trailer. The seller had it outside for several years and it was never sealed. Thus, at 3 yo it was rotting out!!
Your trailer is gonna look like a gem when you're done. It ISN't overkill to treat the metal and then use Rustoleum.
If you have cable or Satellite, you NEED to watch "American Restoration" on the history channel.
American Restoration — History.com TV Episodes, Schedule, & Video
Some of the machines and toys they have restored are BEYOND GONE when somebody brings them in!
Have you tried to buy Rustoleum lately? The only place I can buy it without some clerk lecturing me about how VOC's is at a regional farm supply store, "Rural King." FIND YOUR STORE!! I think white would look nice, but they sell the same colors in a small spray paint size, and I highly recommend you buy one and look at your color before you buy the gallons. I bought 5 gallons to cover the outside only of my 4-horse slant trailer, and I needed slightly more than 4 to cover. If you buy 3, you'll have PLENTY, and probably will be able to cover inside and out. Go with a standard Rustoleum color, so you'll be able to buy more in the future.
My trailer went from rusty Midnight Blue to bright Royal Blue.
I thoroughly enjoy my paint job every day!!
 

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Looks like a great winter project! Looking forward to seeing update pictures when you're all finished. :)
 

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Thanks ya'll! I do think it will be very nice once it's all done ;) I am just chomping at the bit to get it done! My poor husband is giving all his spare time to it. Today was a bust cuz of nasty rain but we got all our paint and flooring so we are ready to go and the weather is supposed to be awesome the rest of this week.

Corporal - I have been meaning to watch that show! I set my DVR :) I did want to paint the trailer white but my truck is gray so we just picked smoke grey rustoleum paint for the outside. I want to paint the inside white and we are trying to figure out if we are going to do tongue and groove boards on the walls...my husband doesn't like the look of plywood ;)

I'll post again once some progress is made!
 

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So, we have stripped her gutz out :)

Since my first post her entire undercarriage has been sanded rust cured, primed and painted with rustoleam. New floors are in and being finished tonight, inside has been painted and the roof got a fresh coat of white.

Since this the pinstripe decal has been stripped and she's been sanded and primed on the outside.


393765_2806397160298_1269722567_3091126_1964451226_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr


393532_2826087892554_1269722567_3099831_925227041_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

I know we could of just done plywood but I like this better. The bottom boards are coated to keep out moisture and will have rubber over them. The top boards are going to be stained and lacquered.


402944_2832416570767_1269722567_3103049_803333842_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

So I will post my last set of pics once she's all painted and has the wood done. Waiting on pads and hubby is making a custom tack box for the front area but that may take a while because of the holidays ;)
 

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Looks great, can't wait until we see the finished article, would it be very rude of me to ask how much you paid for the trailer, and how much you have spent on renovating it?

I would love to do something similar
 

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It's not rude but I know many will think I over spent lol. I bought the trailer for $2,000 and we will have spent about $300 for paint, wood and supplies. I already have mats to go on the floor and was spared that expense.

Between my husband and our friend we had all of the tools we needed. I have seen similar trailers further from me for anywhere from $1500-$2000 in roughly the same or even slightly better condition.
 

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My husband is an airbrush artist so he already has several shelves of air guns which is why we are also painting it ourselves. I know some people roll on the paint as well.
 

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Sounds like a bargain to me, and the peace of mind of having a good floor, knowing exactly what is under that floor, and that your wiring is all up to date is priceless.:wink:
 
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When the new floor goes in be sure to leave small spaces between each, about the width of a saw blade. This allows the wood to dry. Be sure to store the trailer with the mats lifted. Also if parked outside lay some old sheets of plywood or chipboard on the ground. All of the recommendations allow the breezes to blow under the trailer rather than all that ground moisture and grass. These were my mechanics recommendations to help the frame last longer. Nice work.When can I bring mine?
 

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Golden Horse - So true, knowing the floor and wiring are all in good condition is absolutely worth the extra money :) My four legged babies ride in there!

Good advice for storage Saddlebag. It will most often be stored in our driveway the majority of the time and I am looking into purchasing a full trailer cover :)

Sharpie - Get one, it's BIG inside....the inside roomyness and the ramp were big selling points for me. It sure isn't fancy but it will absolutely meet my needs and fit my big boy.
 

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SO AWESOME!!! **Corporals bows to acknowledge trailer restoration mastery!!!**
Be sure to store the trailer with the mats lifted. When can I bring mine?
Great advice. I pull my mats and line the aisle of my barn with them with them. I know that they are clean, ready to go and not holding moisture to rot my floors.
When can I bring mine (for you to refinish)?
PLEEEEZZZ?????
 

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Well, we're just about done. Still need to put in the breast bar padding and pads along the walls, some silver exterior trim, clean up over spray from gravel guards and weather strip the doors. But I figure it wont look much different after that, so it's pretty much done! I'm trailering in it tomorrow to move my horse out to the Plantation for a few days :)


384596_2890299617807_1269722567_3132618_1222143478_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr


383046_2890303457903_1269722567_3132621_152319072_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

I love the dark wood.

404528_2890316018217_1269722567_3132630_1238559809_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

He's caulking the seams then doing one final touch up paint job.

392728_2890320378326_1269722567_3132639_1374591784_n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

This is pretty much what the tack box will look like, only a bit taller and stained to match the walls.
o_tacjk-box by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr
 
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