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  1. #1
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    Default Trailer questions

    New member here...I'm getting a new trailer, have approx. $7,000 to spend. I wanted an enclosed trailer with a dressing room (Eclipse trailers were somewhat in my price range, but not with basic options added on). I have been looking at used and new enclosed trailers, but it has been quite difficult...either new and way over my budget or several years old and in my budget. This trailer has to last me forever...I will not have the option of trading it in or selling it, so I think brand new would be the best for my situation.

    But now due to my budget restrictions, I am thinking of getting a new stock trailer, with dressing room. I have not researched them yet...anyone out there have one and have opinions??
    Pros and cons of stck trailers would be really helpful.
    Thanks!!
    Linda



  2. #2
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    Just like with cars, I have no idea why anyone would buy new, apart from sentimental reasons. It makes no financial sense to pay full price for a new item that loses 10/20/30% or more of it's value the second it rolls off the dealer's lot.

    $7,000 could get you a heck of a nice 2-horse trailer, in my area at least.

    As for them lasting forever...I have an '87 Trail-et New Yorker that looks brand new and is going strong, with very minimal work (just good care) done to it since '87. I have no plans to upgrade anytime soon.



  3. #3
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    Good point, yes, that is true about buying new. I agree with that, and maybe I haven't looked long enough. But I can't seem to find something that meets my price, size, condition, etc. Ugh, it is like car shopping!



  4. #4
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    Bumper pull or gooseneck?

    Here is a nice gooseneck: http://www.horsetrailerworld.com/hom....asp?ID=359331

    Here is a really nice bumper pull (I love the roof, lets light in and helps keep interior cool): http://www.horsetrailerworld.com/hom....asp?ID=342126

    Hawk trailers are very nice: http://www.horsetrailerworld.com/hom....asp?ID=352128
    Proud Native Texan!
    owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!



  5. #5
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    Stock trailers are nice for air flow and they are versatile so you can use them for hauling furniture, hay, etc. BUT most stock trailers I've seen are single wall construction.

    Trailers with double wall construction are quieter and regulate the temperature in the horse compartment better.

    I personally would not purchase a trailer that was single wall construction, with no insulation of any kind.

    JMO.
    Proud Native Texan!
    owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!



  6. #6
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    A nice option is the EquiBreeze -- I love my gooseneck version
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- "When they try to tell you these are your Golden years, don't believe 'em.... It's rust."



  7. #7
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    We have a stock trailer, love the versitility. If you bought a basic model, you could have wood or mats added inside for extra thickness protection. We added plywood with rubber matting over and it has been really quiet to ride in for the horses, takes a bump without tearing the metal. We do use that trailer for hauling the tractors, lumber for lots of things, and have been extremely happy with it. Also having wood over metal inside, will prevent aluminum ruboff, where horse leans on the metal and you CAN NOT wash it off.

    You could also add a swing gate inside, use the area for a dressing room in front. Still have plenty of room for equines or equipment behind. You can have saddle racks hung or removable, along with other options in that dressing area. Make sure it can be locked for security of your equipment.

    I would recommend a gooseneck if your tow vehicle will handle it. Much easier pulling, SO EASY to park or manuever in all situations. Better ride for the equines if they are not over the axles.

    Hunt for used trailers. You will get a lot more bang for your dollars. Check the tires for age, they blow because they are old, not because they are worn out. They might give a bit of discount with needing new tires. Look at the floor. I might have the local welding shop go over the trailer, flooring and underneath, to make sure it was all solid, no cracks if aluminum. I would immediately take any trailer in for wheel servicing, to KNOW that everything had been greased, checked out correctly before using it. You want lights working and brakes coordinated with your tow vehicle. Trailers now last much longer than they used to, so a bit of money in upkeep is rewarded on longer, safe using life.

    Check Craigslist, Ebay, might give you some other shopping avenues. My friend got a GREAT trailer off Ebay, though they had to drive to Texas to pick it up.



  8. #8
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    I agree with Goodhors and others. You can EASILY find what you need for about $7K or even less (used)

    I love love love my custom Turnbow Trailer. It is techinically a stock/slant combo and has a fully insulated, carpeted and panelled dressing-room/sleeping quarters Has an on-demand water-tank installed in there, too....and with the queen size bed in the area in the gooseneck/nose, it is AWESOME for events, shows, camping, trails, foxhunting etc.

    The best part is it is 7'6" interior ceiling and with the open slats it is VERY ventilated. It came with plexi-glass which I leave in sections in front of the horses' face, so stuff doesn't fly in. And in winter, I put all the plexi-glass back in, to keep it warm/dry inside. I removed the second slant divider so the rear section is just huge and fits our 17.2 hd Belgian.

    I love the EquiSpirit trailers for big horses.

    Oh - got my trailer used for $5500 It can be done!

    Pics:
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...ment/63057.jpg
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...t/PICT0005.jpg
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...t/PICT0007.jpg
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...t/PICT0009.jpg (dressing room before I put mattress in)
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...essingroom.jpg (water tank)

    Here's mine:
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    www.elainehickman.com
    **Morgans Do It All**



  9. #9
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    Thanks everyone!!! I am going with used...yes, it can be done. I haven't expanded my search enough and I gave up too early. I will check out all the leads you gave me. Thanks again!



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    I'm on the other side of the country, but...

    I got a used 3H slant Silverado about 3 miles down the road, off craigslist for $3200. Sure, it needed tires ($400) and I had the bearings repacked and brakes checked (another $100-200), but after that? I'm still under $4k into it. It needs a paint job eventually and has some minor rust I'll need to deal with soon, but all the important parts are sound.

    There's a LOT out there. Good luck!
    What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what
    lies with in us. - Emerson



  11. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fancy That View Post
    I agree with Goodhors and others. You can EASILY find what you need for about $7K or even less (used)

    I love love love my custom Turnbow Trailer. It is techinically a stock/slant combo and has a fully insulated, carpeted and panelled dressing-room/sleeping quarters Has an on-demand water-tank installed in there, too....and with the queen size bed in the area in the gooseneck/nose, it is AWESOME for events, shows, camping, trails, foxhunting etc.

    The best part is it is 7'6" interior ceiling and with the open slats it is VERY ventilated. It came with plexi-glass which I leave in sections in front of the horses' face, so stuff doesn't fly in. And in winter, I put all the plexi-glass back in, to keep it warm/dry inside. I removed the second slant divider so the rear section is just huge and fits our 17.2 hd Belgian.

    I love the EquiSpirit trailers for big horses.

    Oh - got my trailer used for $5500 It can be done!

    Pics:
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...ment/63057.jpg
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...t/PICT0005.jpg
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...t/PICT0007.jpg
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...t/PICT0009.jpg (dressing room before I put mattress in)
    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...essingroom.jpg (water tank)

    Here's mine:
    Turnbow trailers are amazing! You have a really neat set up with yours!
    Proud Native Texan!
    owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!



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