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Resources for getting a broken trailer halfway across the country?

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  • Resources for getting a broken trailer halfway across the country?

    A friend's trailer has developed a structural/frame failure and needs repair at the factory. It's under warranty but the trailer has to be taken to the site of manufacture, which is 1500 miles away. This is a large LQ trailer, and while it is basically roadworthy, the haul will probably exacerbate the problem. It will need to be flat-bedded.

    Anyone got any resources for getting a sick trailer hauled halfway across the continent at a semi-reasonable cost? Thanks.
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  • #2
    If it's under warranty I would insist that the manufacturer deal with it. They need to arrange and provide shipping at their cost or refer you to someone within a reasonable distance.
    In the absence of that I would contact companies that ship boats, cars etc and see if they have anyone who has brought a load your way that needs a load to go back with.
    "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin


    • #3
      Id go the horse haulers (the ones you'd go to ship your horse cross country) and call them. I'm sure they have dealt with this when buying or rescuing trailers in their own fleet.


      • #4
        When I looked in flatbed rates this winter, quotes were $2-3/loaded mile. But you can always put an ad on uship.com and see what you get.

        And hate to say it, but if it's broke it's broke. I wouldn't worry about more damage since they are probably going to have to deconstruct the trailer anyhow to fix it.
        Experience is what you get, when you didn't get what you wanted.


        • #5
          Friend must have a fairly sizeable truck to pull a big
          trailer. Might be cheaper to buy a flatbed trailer and
          take the horse trailer to the factory herself and then
          sell the flatbed when all is done.
          Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
          Elmwood, Wisconsin


          • #6
            If I may ask, what happened to it? And what make is it? Did it suffer a random fluke of a problem or is this something that is more widespread?


            • #7
              Originally posted by Lady Counselor View Post
              If I may ask, what happened to it? And what make is it? Did it suffer a random fluke of a problem or is this something that is more widespread?
              Good questions. The warranty involved here might make interesting reading.

              Robin had a good suggestion. If that won't work (and it might not if the weight of the flatbed plus trailer exceeds the hauling capacity of the truck) then you might try calling a commercial hauler and see what they tell you.

              Another alternative is to do a "short term repair" to the area in question to stabilize it for the long trip. Not knowing the details of the damage makes that a "long shot" solution.

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              • Original Poster

                The problem with hauling it herself is finding the time away from lessons, clinics, and shows . . . the things that pay the bills. I'm sure she could rent a flatbed, it's finding the days to make a long haul that is difficult.

                Not sure exactly what is wrong, sorry . . . something about the frame. Manufacturer did say they would fix it, but did not offer to pay for transport.
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                • #9
                  Hmm....Uship.com maybe? At least she could throw it up there and see if a shipper takes the bite.
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                  • #10
                    When we had trailers issues Sundowner came and picked up our trailer and delivered it when it was fixed. Of course it was road worthy.
                    Seems to me that an authorized repair shop a little closer should be an option. I can not imagine that they insist you transport a non road worthy trailer 1500 miles. If so they should foot the bill!
                    It has to be less expensive in the long run to repair it close to home!


                    • #11
                      If the manufacturer won't pay to have it shipped to them them I would be looking into a local repair shop. The cost of having it fixed yourself has got to be less expensive than the cost (both in $ and time to get it to the manuf.). Submit estimates and perhaps the manf. will pay part of the repair costs. That would nulify the remander of the warrenty but a warrenty that requires a 1500 mile trip every time there is a problem is not much use in my book.


                      • #12
                        I had a new trailer delivered from WI to CA back in January.

                        It arrived on a flat bed, contracted carrier.

                        I wonder if your friend could start by asking the trailer dealership for a list of carriers they contract to.

                        Or, call other trailer companies and ask for recommended carriers.


                        • #13
                          Good Lord.....ANOTHER brainwashed Sundowner owner? When will you people realize that theese "so called" trailers are absolute [crap]!!!!! I will give them credit though...they have brainwashed the entire equine community into believing that their product is build with quality. Now THATS some funny stuff.....just sayin!!!
                          Last edited by Moderator 1; Jun. 14, 2011, 08:09 AM.


                          • #14
                            I have two Sundowner trailers. One LQ and the other is a custom Stock. Love them both, the dealers have been great and if I have ever had a problem they were more than helpful!


                            • Original Poster

                              Where did the Sundowner venom come from? The trailer in question is not a Sundowner.

                              FWIW, I loved my Sundowner.
                              Click here before you buy.


                              • #16
                                Barring a welder or drill to put a plate where needed, this is what I would do:

                                Put a large structural steel beam on the roof of the trailer that spans the damaged section. Run chains/ties through the beam and around the trailer.

                                Basically it is an X-large splint. I knew an old hauler who did this with his when an axle snapped.

                                The other option is to bold a spline plate in the damaged section. You still need some good structural steel.


                                p.s. Loved my Sundowner for many years. It had somewhere in the range of 125,000 miles on it when I got a new one.


                                • #17
                                  Deltawave, whatever happened with this?