Resources for getting a broken trailer halfway across the country?
A friend's trailer has developed a structural/frame failure and needs repair at the factory. It's under warranty but the trailer has to be taken to the site of manufacture, which is 1500 miles away. This is a large LQ trailer, and while it is basically roadworthy, the haul will probably exacerbate the problem. It will need to be flat-bedded.
Anyone got any resources for getting a sick trailer hauled halfway across the continent at a semi-reasonable cost? Thanks.
If it's under warranty I would insist that the manufacturer deal with it. They need to arrange and provide shipping at their cost or refer you to someone within a reasonable distance.
In the absence of that I would contact companies that ship boats, cars etc and see if they have anyone who has brought a load your way that needs a load to go back with.
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If I may ask, what happened to it? And what make is it? Did it suffer a random fluke of a problem or is this something that is more widespread?
Good questions. The warranty involved here might make interesting reading.
Robin had a good suggestion. If that won't work (and it might not if the weight of the flatbed plus trailer exceeds the hauling capacity of the truck) then you might try calling a commercial hauler and see what they tell you.
Another alternative is to do a "short term repair" to the area in question to stabilize it for the long trip. Not knowing the details of the damage makes that a "long shot" solution.
The problem with hauling it herself is finding the time away from lessons, clinics, and shows . . . the things that pay the bills. I'm sure she could rent a flatbed, it's finding the days to make a long haul that is difficult.
Not sure exactly what is wrong, sorry . . . something about the frame. Manufacturer did say they would fix it, but did not offer to pay for transport.
When we had trailers issues Sundowner came and picked up our trailer and delivered it when it was fixed. Of course it was road worthy.
Seems to me that an authorized repair shop a little closer should be an option. I can not imagine that they insist you transport a non road worthy trailer 1500 miles. If so they should foot the bill!
It has to be less expensive in the long run to repair it close to home!
If the manufacturer won't pay to have it shipped to them them I would be looking into a local repair shop. The cost of having it fixed yourself has got to be less expensive than the cost (both in $ and time to get it to the manuf.). Submit estimates and perhaps the manf. will pay part of the repair costs. That would nulify the remander of the warrenty but a warrenty that requires a 1500 mile trip every time there is a problem is not much use in my book.
Good Lord.....ANOTHER brainwashed Sundowner owner? When will you people realize that theese "so called" trailers are absolute [crap]!!!!! I will give them credit though...they have brainwashed the entire equine community into believing that their product is build with quality. Now THATS some funny stuff.....just sayin!!!
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