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Sundowner Sunlite Charter SE 2+1 Gooseneck Trailer

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  • Sundowner Sunlite Charter SE 2+1 Gooseneck Trailer

    Anyone have or anyone seen this trailer? It's got a rather interesting configuration. Thought it would be perfect for 2 horses plus a pony maybe? Which is what I would be hauling for the next several years with my husband and daughter going along with me. Might could also put a cart up there?

    I might be better going with a more traditional 3 horse though.
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    I have an Adam 2+1. My front compartment is 9 feet so I can haul a third horse up there if needed. Mostly haul just 2. I have a friend who is 68 and shows her 15 hand ArabX in dressage. She can cross tie her horse up there walk, into the dressing room and get her tack. Then walk her horse out the side ramp! Comes in very handy in bad weather at shows.

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      #3
      Is your Adam aluminum? I think the space on the Sundowner is 4ft. There just are not any horse trailer dealers close by to go see trailers. The Sundowner dealer is 2 hrs away.
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      • #4
        do you have a link to a pic online anywhere?
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          #5
          Here you go: http://www.sundownertrailer.com/tlr-Charter_GNSE3H.html

          And from the diagram attached, if I'm reading it right, the extra front stall is 90" wide which is almost 8ft. Heck yeah another horse would fit up there an not just a pony. I really like that set up. Gives you alot of versatility. You could stash a Meadowbrook there.
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          • #6
            Hi Fatcat, I see you're in GA so see if it's insulated. If not, check out the Shadow trailers. They have 2+1s that are totally insulated, walls, ceiling. Around the same price as the Sundowners.
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            • #7
              Hi Fatcat, I see you're in GA so see if it's insulated. If not, check out the Shadow trailers. They have 2+1s that are totally insulated, walls, ceiling. Around the same price as the Sundowners.
              This trailer is in FL & is new even though it is a 2009. Friend has an identical copy of this trailer & they've put many many miles on it. Hauls great, very roomy for the horses. I've used it & my broodmare & foal were the coolest I've ever had them while hauling.
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              • #8
                Yes, my Adam trailer is aluminum. Bought it new and picked it up at the factory in Virginia. The standard front box is 7'. I had 2' added on there and a foot in the dressing room. All the bells and whistles including hydralic jack and WERM flooring cost around $27.

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                  WFH that's a NICE trailer at a great price! And while I LOVE the configuration, I think it's more trailer than I realistically need. More often than not, I will just be hauling one or two horses; only occasionally three when my husband goes along, so I might be better served by getting a 3 horse slant big enough for warmbloods.
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                  • #10
                    Fatcat, my friends have found that the front box is mainly used for hay, supplies, feed, etc. They weren't sure if they'd use it either but they always have something in it.
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                    • #11
                      I'd go with the 2+1 before getting a slant any day. Ditto Whitfield's info on the extra space; )
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                        #12
                        I agree, the space is great. I'm just wondering how big a PITA it is regularly moving that big a trailer around. Also, I have just a 3/4 ton Chevy Silverado 2500 LS with tow pkg and don't want to have to upgrade my truck for the trailer.
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                        • #13
                          Aha... then I would stick with a straight gooseneck 2-horse for a 3/4 ton truck. A nice one hit CL up here this morning: http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/grd/2901226298.html
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                            But that's what I have - a 2002 Exiss SS 200 ST - 2 horse straight load goose, extra tall and wide and I would like to be able to haul 3 horses since now both my daughter and husband are riding.
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                            • #15
                              I have this trailer and easily ship 3 at a time when needed. The front area is perfect for tacking up. You're right at the side ramp. Love this configuration and really love the trailer.

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                                #16
                                Having said that, the 2+1 might still be doable. Finally found what the darn thing weighs: http://www.horsetrailertrader.com/ho...px?stock=23086

                                And my truck should haul that with 2 horses and a pony.

                                Edit: Actually, the one above is not a true 2+1 as there is no dressing room; only storage in the nose. The Sundowner true 2+1 weighs about 5k empty but is still doable for the truck I have.
                                Last edited by FatCatFarm; Mar. 14, 2012, 02:33 PM. Reason: clarification
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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by Quinn View Post
                                  I have this trailer and easily ship 3 at a time when needed. The front area is perfect for tacking up. You're right at the side ramp. Love this configuration and really love the trailer.

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                                  What type of truck are you hauling it with, just out of curiosity?
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                                  • #18
                                    The Charter SE 2+1 is built with the same quality and standards that people have come to expect from a Sundowner.
                                    This part made me laugh-so should we expect the same shoddy powder coated frame that will corrode and cause the floor to drop out?
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                                    Sam: A job? Does it pay?
                                    Michael: Nah, it's more of a "we'll kill you if you don't do it" type of thing.
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by FatCatFarm View Post
                                      What type of truck are you hauling it with, just out of curiosity?
                                      A 22 year old Ford F250. Gas. Very expensive.

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                                        Originally posted by Quinn View Post
                                        A 22 year old Ford F250. Gas. Very expensive.

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                                        Mine is 12 and just got a new transmission.
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