Ok, so I currently have a 2005 WW 2H Straight Load BP that has been great for me (bought it used, owned 2 years now). However, it is lacking in the tack storage department! (under manger) Since I don't have a tack room in my current situation, I have to store in the trailer or at home.
My dilema...I can have some modifications done to my trailer (I hope) to make it a bit more storage friendly (move the spare tire to the outside and add some type of saddle racking) OR I can trade it in. There is a Calico 2H Slant Load with dressing room that shouldn't cost me too much out of pocket to do...
But, I can't find any reviews on Calico trailers...Any thoughts on which is the 'better' option is?
FWIW-I haul with a 2008 F150, with WD hitch and prodigy brake controller.
I wouldn't take another WW, even if I could get it for free. The one I have is a POS. Don't know anything about Calicos, but the configurations you describe look like it would be a step up, even if they are the same quality.
Calico is a sturdy basic trailer, strong structure in the price range - what to check on is the size of the slant you are thinking about - the most common one they sell is 6' wide with a 12' box, the stalls are very small - you can use it as a "double" stall 1 horse - as a 2 horse, the horses would need to be pretty small
As it turns out the trailer guy isn't able to give we what I want in trade to make buying another traler feasible right now...so, back to getting modifications done to my WW instead! I finally found someone fairly local, now I just need cooperative weather...
It sounds like I might have a space issue with a standard Calico anyway...I went for the extra tall/wide WW because of 15.3h long bodied horse. Some of the stand BP I looked it (straight load) I couldn't imagine him fitting in!
I see that now you are not trading but I figured I would let you know about my experience with Calico. I also haul with a 2005 F-150 tow package and stabilizer bars on the trailer.
I have a 2h straight load Calico trailer and love it! I ordered an enclosed with 5' dressing room and extra long and tall. I was able to get more options on a steel trailer than I could on the aluminum.
Here is the link to where I purchased my trailer. I realize they are too far for you but they have info and pictures. http://www.traveledlanetrailers.com/...co-gallery.htm (mine is the bottom left pic of straight loads).
I can say that my 15.3h TB did not fit so well in the Calico 2h slant load that I first bought used from Craig's List. I had to leave the divider open but I think different sizes are available.
I realize you chose to modify your own trailer, but I thought I'd add a review for my Calico.
I had mine custom-made in 2002. It was steel & weighed 3500 lb empty.
It was 18' long with 2 stalls (one regular gate & one solid stud gate) and a very large rear area with mats. The large enclosed tack room had a vent, 3-drop down saddle racks and 8 hooks. I put a pressure bar-thingy across to the nose and hung a garment bag on it and still had tons of room.
I hauled Morabs & ponies with ease but the Appendix QH mare was rather squashed. I once fit 3 horses and a pony by leaving one stall door open.
It hauled beautifully. I hardly ever knew it was there even when it was filled to the brim with all my worldly possessions in a cross-country move. Horses were hauled all over Wisconsin with forays to Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky and Virginia.
I paid $4200 for it brand-spanking new in 2002 and sold it for $3800 last fall. The new owner emailed when she reached Texas with a glowing reviews not only from herself, but her friends as well. Everyone who ever pulled it loved it.
I miss that trailer
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I have an '04 calico. I bought it brand new and everything is still perfect on it! I love my trailer!!! Its standard size on everything, 2H slant with tack room. It has carried two horses easily. Nvr had a problem. I have had 2 draft crosses in there (one 16.2 and the other smaller 15.1 or15.2) and they both fit no problem with plenty of room. I love my trailer and would only trade it for a 3H! I am very happy with it!
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