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Silverlite or Charmac trailers - opinions anyone?

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  • Silverlite or Charmac trailers - opinions anyone?

    We've recently added a third pony to our herd, so I'm thinking of switching to a three horse slant load from my two horse Hawk. For cost reasons I'd rather buy a used trailer, but preferably something that's still relatively new (within 8 years max) and has the torsion suspension. I'll be hauling my Connemara cross mare, a large pony, and a small pony, all of whom travel well and are fine in either a slant or a straight load. I went to look at a 2005 Sundowner but got nervous after reading some of the threads here. One thing I found interesting is that I could pull up more information by going to google and combining Sundowner and chronofhorse, but if I simply used the search function here many of the more recent threads didn't come up, including the very insightful research done by Rayers. Anyway, I digress. Anyone with any experience or insight into the Silverlites or Charmacs?

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    Friend has a high-end Charmac and it is a very beautifully finished trailer with nice details, but down to the nitty gritties, don't know.
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    • #3
      I've never had either of those trailers, but I currently haul a 2008 Hart and couldn't recommend a trailer more heartily. Good call on the Sundowner - we had one and will never own another.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
        Friend has a high-end Charmac and it is a very beautifully finished trailer with nice details, but down to the nitty gritties, don't know.
        We have a three horse Charmac slant load. 10 years old, still love it.
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        • #5
          I used to have a 3 horse Charmac, practically indestructible. Excellent trailer.
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          • #6
            Our local dealer sold Silverlights for a while. They were a very nice, very well done unit. Our local folks dropped them as warranty work was very expensive due to the fact that we are about 1800 miles from the factory and shipping of parts was a major expense. So was the shipping cost on trailers. They just sold the last one about a month ago. It was marked down more than $35,000 off list.

            Silverlight is now out of business. Victim of hard times, I guess.

            Never heard of Charmac and don't know anything about them.

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            • #7
              Lots of Silverlites around here and I've always heard their owners speak highly of them. The factory was in Oregon but is now out of business.

              Lots of older Charmacs on the road around here --- that's always a good sign. I nearly bought an older one and thought it was really solid.

              I wound up with an older Featherlite and that thing is so beautifully built. It was built in 1986 and people regularly stop me to ask me about my "fancy show trailer." LOL.

              PS, A great source of info is the forum on HorseTrailerWorld.com Try posting your question there.


              • #8
                Another Charmac fan here.


                • #9
                  I have a 2011 3H Charmac Lariat model. There is not a single thing that I don't love about that trailer The stalls are offset more than usual, making them longer. Quite roomy for my 16.2HH, built like a tank boy. Everything from the hardware to the windows to the wheels is easy to use and well built.

                  A friend has a 2H, steel/aluminum model, and it doesn't have quite as nice hinges, dividers etc, but nice and solid, just a little more on the economical end, and she quite likes it too. Great trailers!

                  Another friend has a silverlite. Its alright, but I can see significant differences in how they're built compared to mine.