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Speak to me of Cotner Trailers

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  • Speak to me of Cotner Trailers

    Yes, it's time to start the small (1-2) horse trailer journey, and, unfortunately, a Brenderup isn't in the budget just now.

    So, yep, we're little-horse, little-trailer, little-tow vehicle peeps.

    We've come across a local dealer of Cotner trailers, and are curious to hear what experienced CoTHers have to say about them.

    TIA for your input!

  • #2
    i use to have an '82 model, two horse/dressing room, steel frame -- best damn trailer i've ever pulled! was kept inside and finally sold it in 2007 - people couldn't believe it was that old

    not sure how they're made today... but there are many times i miss that trailer!


    • #3
      I knew a lady that sold them and someone else who used them, but they both went in another direction because they didn't hold up well. I didn't like the Merhows around here for the same reason.


      • #4
        You mean these : http://www.cotnertrailers.com/
        We bought one from them direct in 2005, we live only 20 minutes away from Revere PA. We have been very happy with it. They did a custommade because we had to fit the two 18hh+ WBs in there and we wanted a front unload sideramp, because one horse doesn't like to back off.
        They did a wonderful job, very pleased. They are also very good about servicing their trailers, we take our one back yearly for a check-up.
        Their pricing is VERY reasonable.


        • #5
          LOVE MINE, 2 hbp with front side ramp, dressing room, corner watertank. Ordered it brand new from the dealer who even delivered it to my house (1 1/2 hours away) when it arrived. A friend who usually tows a 4h gooseneck, recently borrowed it and commented on how well it tows compared to other
          2 hbp she has used.
          "They spend 11 months stuggling to live, and 25 years trying to die" my farrier

          "They are dangerous on both ends and crafty in the middle"


          • #6
            I had a 1974 Cotner that I had until 2001. I saw it 2 years later at a horse show still going strong. It was a tank of a 2H bumper pull- extra high/extra wide. Horses loved loading into it, hauled well in it. That said I believe ownership changed back in the late 90's so I don't know if that effected the quality.
            I looked at them at an expo in 2000, after the ownership change. They appear to be nicely made, safe designs for a good price. My husband crawled all over it looking at welds etc... He has down car restoration so is pretty mechanically inclined.

            I was going to order one but a one year old barely used Trail-et came up for a steal of a deal price so went that route instead.
            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)


            • #7
              I've had a basic bumper-pull Cotner for about 10 years and am very happy with it. It's light, durable, pulls well, and has been trouble-free (despite living outdoors 24/7). I bought it from the original owners but the quality is equallyl high with the current owners. I live near Revere and have returned many times over the years for inspection--they are very pleasant to deal with and costs are very reasonable.


              • #8
                I've got a '99 2 horse straight load goose neck with a dressing room that I really like. It lives "out" and has held up well in the weather. I've never had any problems with it structurally or electrically. I take it back to Cotner every year for inspection and as others have said, they are really nice and easy to deal with. This past inspection, I decided to change out the "innards" and had them replace the solid wood center partition and chain butt bar for a padded steel open partition and padded steel butt bars. I was very pleased with what they did and quite surprised at how (relatively) little it cost to have it done.


                • #9
                  We got a Cotner when we finally decided to get a trailer big enough to carry the carriage INSIDE with the 2 big boyz DraftX
                  Pete at Cotner worked with us to figure out a design and keep it safe
                  We can drop the center post to roll in or out the carriage and raise & lock it to support the chest bars and cross ties
                  Cotner is a reasonable price and gives good service when/if needed

                  They have been around forever and took over a lot of the Hartman stuff when Hartman closed and Cotner became a brand


                  • #10
                    I'm on my second Cotner and I love it!!! The first was a 1996 2-horse BP with dressing room. I had it for about 7 years and never had a problem with it. I wanted to "upgrade" to a GN so we sold the BP to buy my current Cotner, which is a 2-horse GN with dressing room. It's awesome! If I do another "upgrade" I'll go with another Cotner.
                    Honey badger don't give a sh!t.


                    • #11
                      I live right up the road from Cotner! Although I personally own a Brenderup, I think they make very good trailers. Many of my clients own Cotners.
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