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  • Downsizing Trailer - Am I crazy?

    I currently have a 2+1 GN I bought brand new 5 years ago. At the time it was my dream trailer moving up from 3H SL GN & prior to that a 2H BP. When I purchased the 2+1 I had two personal horses, plus my daughter had a small pony that we hauled places. Currently I’m down to one personal horse and my kid doesn’t ride anymore. I feel The 2+1 is a bit a much for hauling one horse regularly plus l’d like the option of hauling with my Expedition if needed. The 2+1 can feel huge getting into certain places. Am I crazy to consider going back to a 2H bumper pull?
    Things happen for a reason...so when I reach over and smack you upside the head, just remember...you gave me a reason!

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    We have an infatuation with “bigger always equals better” in this country.

    But I can’t tell you how many friends I’ve had who splurged for a huge rig, only to end up going back to a simple 2H BP when their needs changed. While some people become lifelong big rig converts, many people do find it tiresome to regularly haul more trailer than they need. There’s nothing wrong with either setup.
    Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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    • #3
      The real question is will it satisfy your needs?

      I went from a 13’ LQ trailer to a 6’ LQ trailer a couple years ago in a move to downsize. Money was not a question as the trailer was already paid for, and nor was tow vehicle, as I was driving a one ton cab and chassis dually and was not going to downsize or upsize the truck.

      I was getting into some pretty out of the way places that were very tight to get in and out of with the bigger trailer, and found myself fretting while there about getting out. In downsizing, my horse area basically stayed the same size with similar amenities, but the size of my LQ was downsized by over half. When my husband and I discussed it, we came to the conclusion the only time we are really in the trailer is to sleep, so all kinds of extra living space has no advantage for us. With the addition of an electric awning to the smaller trailer, we actually feel like we have more useable space than what we had with the bigger trailer. We are camping for a week at a time, not living in it full time.

      In the end, only you can decide what is right for you. Weigh the pros and cons of each, and consider what future use is going to be. You have to be comfortable with your decision in the end!
      "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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      • #4
        Do what works best for you.

        I have gone from 2H BP, to 2H GN w/8'LQ, to 2H GN w/DR, now hauling 16' BP Stock.
        Perfect trailer for my needs, I can't see going back to bigger.
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        • #5
          I have a 2 horse slant bp and I camp. I am planning on converting the tack room into the bedroom. I'm thinking of building a waterproof tack box in my truck bed to store my saddle and pad. I've tried just putting the saddle on the front seat of the truck but don't like the smell. I think this will solve the storage problem without needing a bigger trailer.

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          • #6
            I know a lot of people who have a big LQ trailer and then a run around. You even see bumper pulls being advertised as run arounds. I don't think it's silly at all, why have such a huge trailer if you only take 1 horse?
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            • #7
              If you only have 1 horse and you don't foresee having any more than 1 or 2 at any given time, then why not? There are 3 horse slant bumper pulls and 2 horse BP's with small living quarters. I have a 4 horse GN that I would never give up but it would be nice to have a 2 horse BP for local hauls of 1 horse to the vet etc.

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              • #8
                I downsized from a 3H gooseneck with weekender to a bumper pull combo stock, so that I could tow with an SUV, and not need a 3/4 ton pickup any longer (especially since it was usually just sitting in our driveway). Had it for several years, but it sure didn't tow as good as a gooseneck, even though it was a popular, decent trailer model. So, I bought a Brenderup Baron, which hauled like a dream.

                However, when I decided to return to a full-sized truck as my daily driver, I also went back to a gooseneck, but a small 2H combo stock this time, as one tows even better than a European trailer, IMO. I can easily get it in and out of fairly tight places, yet still have the towing advantages. But, admittedly, if the truck with the gooseneck hitch is in the shop, it can't be hauled with our other truck, nor by any of my friends.

                Sure, I no longer have room to take along a friend's horse if I bring my two, but I decided that I didn't need to make myself responsible for that.

                So, my take on this is that you can successfully downsize from a 2+1, but a bumper pull trailer doesn't tow as well (or nearly as well) in all conditions as a gooseneck, IMO, unless you invest in a European trailer.

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                • #9
                  I thought about doing the same except one thing stopped me: I like using the front as a turn around area so I don’t need help with a butt bar. If your horse is awesome to load, then I’d have no problems doing it. I just have too many greenies (plus I’ve started shipping everywhere with a box stall)

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                  • #10
                    I downsized from my former 2+1 to a regular 2H GN a few years ago.

                    The only thing I miss, and it's not often, is having that side ramp to load big stuff - trunks, for example. But other than that, I don't miss the bigger rig and I really do enjoy how easy it is to get my current trailer into/out of places.

                    That said, I really don't think I could ever go back to a BP.

                    That's just a preference regarding hauling in general, and I am unreasonably fond of my F250. I don't use it as a daily driver though.

                    If you are only hauling 1 horse and it otherwise makes sense, I say go for it.
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                    • #11
                      I am considering upsizing my BP trailer to a bigger BP. Everyone thinks I am totally crazy not going to a GN. I wanted a 2+1 for years but when I think about hauling that big rig around all the time I just don't dig it. 90% of my hauling is to horse shows for the day that are 20 minutes away or back and forth to the vet clinic in breeding season. A few times / year I may go to a show that is 11 hour drive away, or wish I could haul two mares with their foals.

                      Currently I have a 2H BP and love it. I make it one box stall for a mare and foal, or haul one or two to the shows or for lessons. I can turn that trailer around anywhere, park it at my house in the city or take it grocery shopping. I've also hauled it to California and back as well as across the rockies countless times. Never ever had a problem with stability or running out of space, I have a huge dressing room.

                      Anyhow, I want to upgrade from that to a bigger 2+ Bp. Basically a 3/4 horse slant BP size that is a two horse straight haul with a front ramp and extra room that I could make it into two 8.5' boxes for mares and foals.

                      I don't think you'll regret downsizing. If it wasn't for the breeding stock, I would happily stay with my current trailer. I haul 3x /week in the summer probably.

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