Can anyone give me an idea if it's easy and/or expensive to replace panels on trunks? Looks like a vinyl or metal trunk with wood on the inside, I'd be buying it used but I don't want to venture out to say hi to it until I'm aware of the cost.
Fairly easy, and fairly expensive. You can call any of the major trunk manufacturers to get the cost of new panels; the actual installation is generally not all that difficult.
I've generally found it "worth it" if you just need to replace a (single) damaged panel, or swap one out to "update" the monogram. When you get into repaneling the whole thing, though, I'd say you're probably better off getting a new one.
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If you order the panels and do it yourself, it's not too bad. Done at the company, you're in the $500 neighborhood for front, two sides and top with border only (no piping or monogramming). Plus shipping.
I had a bad experience . I ordered a new top and it came in the wrong size. They wouldn't take it back! My only option is to order the rest of the trunk (now for another $800) to give me a second trunk which I don't need.
I am currently in the process of doing this for my older Warners trunk. I am going through Kelly's tack shop. It came out to be about $300 (shipping included). I have not received the panels yet, but so far the customer service has been excellent. Including two calls to make sure that I meant to Warners and then from Pheonix West to see if there was a barn I was affiliated with so that could match my colors exactly.
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Not wanting to hijack and all but is this about the trunks with the plastic panels, metal edges snd wood unside? I have a chance to pick up a big one but with a Standardbred logo on the front, for next nothing. Interesting...