I saw a Collins-Arndt trailer...everything was marginally "spot welded"...which is done to hold things together until you can do the real welds holding everything together...it was so poorly made. Absolute garbage.
I've seen sloppy Featherlite pop-rivets. One with the tail of the rivet between the sheets of aluminum...just lazy (and this was a 1980's trailer I bought new when their quality was better.)
I would have said unquestionably Exiss until I saw all the Sundowner horror stories here. But as already noted, the fact that Sundowner is so pricey makes it seem like it should be good. Much more dangerous. With Exiss, it's cheap enough that you should be suspicious.
'Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.'
- Pablo Picasso
Dream Coach....only two years old and not one single piece of hardware still attached, lots of sharp edges everywhere....bad design.
I had an Exiss that literally fell apart at the seams...but the factory repaired it under warranty and its still going strong, at least it has a horse friendly design.
"You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
A Chevy Vega??? I had TWO of them !! I LOVED those cars...but mine died too. I still have an 87 Merhow Very Light. I call it my Pepsi Can on wheels. Not sure if there are any still out there. This trailer would never hold up for a bad loader or rider.
I actually really like my little 2-horse Exiss. I've heard bad things about the larger Exiss trailers, but I really like the one I bought. It's an 02 or 03 model I bought used. It just tucks right in behind my truck and down the road we go. From the things I've heard, it's kind of all or nothing with Exiss.
Now Sundowner.... wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole after my first experience with them. I sure did love that trailer -- if only is hadn't been such a POS.
The WW 4-horse/stock combo that's been sitting in my yard unusable for many years was a POS.
The door to the under-manger tack compartment wouldn't stay latched, the floor rotted out because ALL the rain that fell on the top ended up on the floor (really bad side design), and the one time I was obliged to ride in the back with the horses the wind/noise was like being in a tornado.
And there was something else screwy with the wiring but I don't remember what the problem was. The paint was peeling, cracking, and fading within a year as well. Somebody also told me that WWs aren't painted or treated underneith, but I didn't crawl under it to find out.
Actually, we love our Sundowner 740 head to head. Certainly everyone has different experiences, but we haven't had any issues at all with ours. There are hundreds of Sundowners around this area, and we see lots of them at the various shows we're at throughout the year. When we were shopping for our current trailer, we went around at a couple of shows and asked people of all various makers how they liked their trailer, what they didn't like about it and what they did like about it. By far, the Sundowner owners raved about how well their trailer has held up. The Bee, Exiss and Featherlite owners weren't so kind.