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Bumper Pull Trailer questions

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  • Bumper Pull Trailer questions

    I've been reading old threads for over a month now, but I still have a few questions. I have a 2005 Merhow Equistar 2H BP without dressing room; it does have an extended area in front of the horses in the v nose.

    First (I haven't found this asked/answered anywhere) has anyone ever had a problem with their trailer windows sliding shut during transport? I have the bus style windows and when I bought the trailer last year I cleaned the tracks and used silicone lubricant after reading threads about others being too sticky and attracting dust. Each time I've hauled since then the windows slowly slide closed. Any ideas on how I could stop this?

    Second, I've been stalking threads on trailers like mine without tack rooms. Some of the older threads have picture links that don't work any longer. I have a stanley trunk that I have put in the nose with ratchet straps holding it in place, but I'd like to get more organized. I believe I have enough room in front of the horses to hang things on the front wall . . . but I can't come up with any good ideas on my own. If anyone has organized a trailer like this can you give me any tips?

    Third, the trailer is aluminum skin over steel frame. Will rare earth magnets stick to the aluminum over the steel frame areas? I was reading the recent "best in trailer camera" thread and saw where DMK posted:

    "Pro tip. Buy some adhesive metal plates (for cell phones). Put up in aluminum trailer. Attach magnetic things. Also buy some rare earth magnets with hooks on them. Have your trailer organization world rocked."

    So I went on Amazon and ordered some r.e. magnets with large hooks as well as a set of broom holders attached to r.e. magnets; excited to be able to hang up and organize with the ability to move around until I got it the way I wanted it. Then I realized that I missed the part about the adhesive metal plates . So now I've gotta figure out where everything will be permanently stored (and, as this is the first trailer I've had without tack room I'm admittedly doing a lot of head scratching) before I start permanently adhering things and drilling holes.

  • #2
    Every trailer I've had with the bus-style windows had a latch system. The windows slid open & the latch caught with an audible click.
    Are you certain you are latching the windows open, not just sliding to Open position?

    Re: using space in the nose
    I'd hesitate hanging stuff that could swing back & smack horses.
    Is your trailer straight or slantload?
    Even with slant, I wouldn't want to hang anything smaller than your Stanley trunk.
    Maybe get another smaller trunk & ratchet that in place too.
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    • #3
      You will probably have to drill into the uprights and attach hooks. I would put your tack in a bridle bag to keep it from banging and your horse from eating it.


      • #4
        For the windows sliding shut, Put a small diameter wood stick in the track. The length will determine the opening.
        Equus makus brokus but happy


        • #5
          Get a crossover box for your truck bed.


          • Original Poster

            Thanks for the suggestions!

            I need to look at the windows more closely, but I believe the only latch is when they're in the closed position. I'll check again when I go out to feed this evening. I never thought of a small wooden stick; if there isn't a latch I'll try that next.

            re: hanging items -- my plan was to mount some things with the hooks like my extra halters/leads, first aid kit, etc and use some heavy duty velcro on the back to keep them from swinging. Bridle bags would be the same way. The other items I'd leave in the trunk until I arrived at my destination and then I'd deploy to hooks (mainly for multi-day events) and arrange and organize.

            I'll get some pics of the nose of the trailer this evening. There are 3 d-rings down each side door that appear to be there to secure items in front of the horses. Hubby bought me a net to clip across but it had too much give.

            Also, the trailer is set up for hanging mangers but doesn't have them currently. I've looked at several brands online but a common issue seems to be ripping and generally not holding up very long. Also, I feed wet alfalfa cube mush and the ability to clean the fabric bags is questionable. Has anyone ever hung something like this in a trailer?


            • #7
              I have seen some hanging a larger floormat on the wall from heavy duty magnet hooks, then hang from that mat regular tack hooks that go over fences.

              The floormat keeps the items hanging there from banging on the walls as the trailer moves.
              That was in a tackroom space, not where the horses are, but may work for what you need.

              Those black rubber tubs is what we use to feed, nice because if a horse hits them they just bend and give.
              I expect they would work in a trailer just fine?


              • #8
                Giving this a bump as I am also interested in answers to the modification/ securing of items in the nose of a no-tack-room bumper pull! I just bought a used one in great shape and it has two saddle racks and two blanket bars attached in the nose already. I would like to find a way to secure a muck bucket beneath this, as well as a safe way to secure a folding metal saddle stand and a pitchfork to the front wall. Any ideas?


                • #9
                  I have a dressing room in my trailer with the V front. DH built a custom fit trunk. I will try to take photos tonight. I keep buckets, jack, grooming kit, towels, trailer aid, spare haynet, etc.... in there. I would think you could build one into the front of your trailer for some of that sort of stuff. He covered the lid with indoor/outdoor carpet but on other trunks he has built for me he has made a padded vinyl seat. For in the trailer I would cover it with vinyl upholstry fabric since it is easy to wipe down. Or if you think that a horse would chew it maybe you could use a vinyl flooring glued to the top. I find plywood hard to keep clean even if it is painted.
                  Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)