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Do you cover your trailer and if so what do you use? I bought Beverly cover for my stock trailer 3 years back. It ripped 1st winter, and this winter just fall apart completely. So I'm thinking about getting something different. Will really appreciate all opinions! :)
 

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We use a large tarp to cover our 2 horse BP stock trailer that we bought from Wal-Mart for about $70 that has lasted us 5 years so far.
 

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Not exactly sure WHY you would use a trailer cover, but I suppose you guys have snow over there.
I've never used a trailer cover, mainly because I've never found the need for. However they probs would come in handy when it rains and all your tack's in the trailer... =P
 

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We don't cover the whole trailer, just have a tarp wrapped around the tongue and secured with a bungee cord.
 

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Thank you, All! Willow, we do have snow and rain and since it's stock it goes inside and rotten the floor. So when I'm not using it I prefer to keep it covered. Tarp is a good idea. :) I'll check that one out!
 

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When I lived up north, I knew one or two people who covered their steel trailer and it seems to have created more problems then it solved. The covers would hold the condensation in rather then allowing it to evaporate and it seemed their trailers had more then the usual amount of rust. If you have an aluminum trailer then I see no purpose for a cover at all.

I would prefer a shelter for my trailer if that was possible. Down here you can have a car port built for ~$600 and it will hold your car/truck as well as your trailer.
 

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iride, it's steel and I see what you are saying about covering. I'm mostly concerned about the floors in trailer (even though I seal them every years).

I thought about building something, but I can't dig in carport and without digging with the winds we have at times it'll fly away. :)
 

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Val, the floor should really be the easiest part of the trailer to maintain. My floors were aways either rough cut oak, or pressure treated. Either way I've never had to replace a floor and that includes being out in the PA winters for years. What I used to do was to take the mats out regularly and clean with a pressure washer.

We get winds down here no different then up north and I've never seen one of those steel car ports blown away - and we get some mild tornadoes! As long as the legs are sunk deep enough and cemented in, it shouldn't be a problem.
 

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Oh, I see what you are saying (about cementing the legs). I thought you just put carport on ground. I may think about it then. :)
 

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When I lived up north, I knew one or two people who covered their steel trailer and it seems to have created more problems then it solved. The covers would hold the condensation in rather then allowing it to evaporate and it seemed their trailers had more then the usual amount of rust.
You do want to make sure the cover or tarp doesn't go all the way to the ground and is loose enough so that air can flow around and under it. Otherwise, you're right...you'll trap a lot of moisture under it, even in a stock trailer.
 

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While that will help, the problem they had was that it showed signs of rust on the top where the tarp contacted it. The tarp created a barrier which didn't allow moisture to evaporate so moisture collected under the area that the tarp touched.
 

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We do not have room to put our trailer under shelter. But we do use a hitch saver. A convenient cover to keep the hitch part from rusting. order site is HitchSaver.
It seemed a little expensive at first but has lasted a couple years so far, with no sign of wear, and we really like it.
 

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We don't cover our trailer. The snow does that for us. LOL
But then the trailer is loaded with the snow (inside). Isn't it too bad for the trailer?
 

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Snow is not a problem for trailers, water is. I used my trailers 12 months out of the year and if it meant that I had to shovel out the snow, that was fine. The small amount that is left behind was never a problem.

BTW, on my trailers, I used plexiglas on the open areas of my trailer to cut down on the wind when I hauled in the winter. On one trailer I installed rails to slide the plexiglas in or out.
 

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BTW, on my trailers, I used plexiglas on the open areas of my trailer to cut down on the wind when I hauled in the winter. On one trailer I installed rails to slide the plexiglas in or out.
I was thinking about it, but it's pretty costly around here (not sure it's easy to do yourself). Do you have it only on the sides or on the back door as well? My back door is FULL of open spaces. :)
 

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Only on the sides. Is your trailer the type that is open all the way down? If so, then 1/2" ply for the bottom 4' and plexi for the top will work better then all plexi.
 

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Only on the sides. Is your trailer the type that is open all the way down? If so, then 1/2" ply for the bottom 4' and plexi for the top will work better then all plexi.
No, it's not all open, I have 2 spaces on each side and 3 on back door. I think I'll check couple trailer places around to see the prices (I checked one and they said it's ~$600 to do it on sides, I'd think it's too much, but I may be wrong). Thanks for your help!
 

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Val, go to Home Depot or Lowes, not a trailer place. It shouldn't cost more then $100!
 
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