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  • 4 Star Trailer Owners

    I'm thinking of ordering a 4 Star. What options do you have (or wish you had) on your trailers that you would recommend. Anything to stay away from? Thanks!

  • #2
    I've had a 4 Star for a few years now, and LOVE it! And after talking to many different horsepeople, including horse transportation professionals, everyone agrees that it is the absolute best horse trailer out there.

    From my experience, you can't have enough storage space in the dressing room. I have used all of the compartments for so many things, not only for the horses and riding equipment and tack, but trailer maintenance tools.

    I have a slant load with a ramp, which makes it so much easier for loading and unloading. The ramp is surprisingly easy to put up, as it has really great springs. Some people veer away from getting a ramp because most are really heavy, and you need two people to lift it up. Definitely not the case with the 4 Star trailer - it's very easy to lift up.

    I had lights installed outside the dressing room, and also by the ramp. It's really come in handy for loading at night, and I've used it more than I expected.

    This isn't related to the trailer specifically, but I have a brake system separate from the truck. When the truck brakes, the trailer has its own brakes and doesn't lurch all that weight forward into the car. I hope this makes sense. But, it was a very smart buy and I'm happy I have it.


    • #3
      I loved my 4-star. I bought it with a friend, and when I moved away, she bought my half.

      We had a screen door, left side. Extra vents. Exterior lights mounted above the dressing room and the rear ramp (makes parking in the dark much much easier, as it happens). It was a two horse straight load gooseneck with a ramp.

      We had a water tank added under the gooseneck and fortiflex bucket hangers added at each tie point. Lots of extra hooks in the dressing room. 4 saddle racks. (Eventers!) 6' dressing room with carpet installed on the floor and on the shared wall to the horses.

      We put our tie rings up high.

      Extra insulation in the roof. We did the axle upgrade to 5200 lbs each.

      4-star replaced our floor once under warranty, with excellent service and no hassle. After that, we sprang for line-x on the floor to protect it. I would do that again with any aluminum floor.

      The Trail-et I have is nice too, but the 4 star was better. :-)

      Enjoy your new trailer!
      If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket


      • #4
        Love, love LOVE my 4-Star! It's just a 2 horse but was designed to have extra space all over, in front of the horses and in the tack room.

        The 4 options I could not live without are the wurm (sp??) pour-in flooring, drop-down windows, LED lighting and extra heavy-duty axles. This way if I got a flat, I could keep driving on it, there is some option where you can get an independent axle...? I would have to ask my mother who picked out our features but it gives us piece of mind!

        Here is a photo...

        Member of the OMFG I got banned clique


        • #5
          I'm on my 2nd 4-Star

          First was a 2H straightload BP bought new in 1996.
          I had that for 13 years and now have a 2H slantload GN that is "vintage" 1997 but still in as good shape as when it was new.

          Both my BP & the GN show no wear at all on the rubber padding and flooring, mechanicals work like new.

          BP had a ramp which I hated - but maybe in the newer models they've made improvements as MissyA84's post suggests.
          GN is a step-up which I prefer as horses naturally lower their heads getting in.

          I don't especially care for the slant - makes it tight for my 17h+ WB when he has to share the trailer.
          He has to go in the last slot and even then it's a snug fit.
          It has a fixed rear tack and that eats up space, so w/o that feature he'd have more room.

          LOVE the DR - plenty of room for me to setup as a mini-LQ with a mattress in the GN.
          I have room for a folding chair and the tack hooks work to hold hangers (clothes) and a camping lantern.

          Definitely go for lights inside the horse area and outside lights for night loading.

          There are some pro haulers on here who have also recommended 4-Star as a good brand.
          *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
          Steppin' Out 1988-2004
          Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
          Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


          • #6
            While I haven’t actually seen mine yet, I will know more in a few days when it gets in. Ordered it June 19 and it was completed 9/12 at 4 Star, dealer had some problems finding a hauler is the reason why it is not here yet. Good folks at 4 Star did send me a picture however. 4 Star must be busy but they are on time as the 9/12 completion date was given to me in June and 4 Star hit it exactly. I don’t know if there is a shorter time frame this time of year or not.

            However, after looking at most every trailer out there the 4 Star is worth the wait. They are just that much better in my opinion. In fairness I wasn't able to look at the Ebay or Jamco, which by all accounts are very nice trailers too, just no dealers in my area.

            Mine is a slant 2h BP Custom with extended length especially in the horse area to accommodate an escape door in the front stall. Front stall is 44” and rear short wall stall is 56” and the long wall 104” so plenty of room for my Arabians. The escape door is extra wide; in the event of an emergency I could probably hop a horse out of it. I ordered the tall ramp over the full doors for extra protection and my safety while loading. Also I ordered the 40/60 rear doors with the double anti-rack hardware, per the recommendation of my dealer, so for most easy loading horses just opening the one right side door (60) will be all that is necessary even saddled. Mine will not have the rear tack as I don’t like them. I had a bulkhead door between the tack and horse area, for the occasional camping trip. I also went with the removable saddle rack. Mine has the drops on the head side and sliders on the rear with two sliders on the back doors. I’m not in a hot climate so didn’t think I needed the tail side drops. Due to the climate here I also didn’t order the fans either. A different climate might have changed my decision regarding the tail and rear drops and fans. I probably should have ordered some additional bridle hooks in the tack room and a clothing rod as I never seem to have enough of those. It comes standard with 10 racks, a blanket bar and two brush boxes. I did order the outside loading lights.

            I am having a plastic high country corner water tank installed by the dealer when it gets here. 4 Star had a stainless water tank option that I didn’t order. I wanted the plastic that I could take out and clean with bleach when needed.

            Mine is 7’ wide and 7’ tall and 13’ in length which is plenty for my Arabians. If I had a taller breed then I would have gone with extra height. I also didn't order the manger option as I don't like mangers. It comes with those portable mangers that I probably will never use as I hang the small hole nets for mine.


            • #7
              Check out Jamco trailers before you commit to 4 Star. We have had both and thought our 4 Star was the best thing ever until we got our Jamco, it makes the 4 Star look like a toy in comparison.


              • #8
                4 Star built our custom trailer to my specs over 20 years ago. Before 2+1 became popular, I designed a 2+1 in a 5H slant box. In slant mode..which we used only when we moved from NC to Ok, the stalls are 4'wide. Box is 8' high, 7' wide with a 5' DR with saddle, bridle racks and full all weather carpet on walls and floor. Full rear ramp and 4' ramp on the front right side so we can load like a 4H head to head and back into forward facing stalls. 4' pass door on left front of horse compartment. After 20 years it looks brand new and I wouldn't change ANYTHING!! Featherlight (our previous 4h head to head) quoted $15k more and didn't include wall mats on the sides. NO complaints about it at all. I love the floor plan. We foxhunt these days and I can walk a horse forward, tack up, then back into a stall and do the next horse...all inside. Highly recommend the trailers and people involved.
                Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma


                • Original Poster

                  Thanks for all the great ideas! I appreciate it. I have thought about the Jamco, but there is no dealer within reach for me to check out the trailers. Its nice to hear that all 4 star owners love their trailers. I'm upgrading from a Hawk, which I like, but doesn't compare to the tank-like 4 star!


                  • #10
                    Love mine!!

                    It has EVERYTHING, including every big drop down window, door and ramp you can get.

                    An oversized 2+1, dressing room, butt fans, all the lights, and I had them install the electric "jack" for the gooseneck (you want this, believe me!). Poured floors, which I adore, and it is fabulously well made.

                    Mine is enormous, you could haul three drafts in it if you wanted to.

                    The ramp is heavy, it comes up quite high when shut, but you can put "shims" in behind the springs to help (we have a local trailer repair place that does that) if you need it, I had that done on my last trailer, but then the ramp doesn't like to just lay flat on the ground, so it moves when the horse steps on it. I'll just grunt and strain with it for now, it's worth it.

                    I have the side ramp, also, which makes it nice as I'm usually by myself, much safer getting the horse off, stall doors, every option it comes with is on this trailer.

                    It was not cheap, but it is well worth the price, probably the last trailer I'll ever need.

                    If you can just clsoe your eyes and write the check, you will not regret it. I looked at every other trailer in the same price range (did not look at Pegasus, because they are out of the realm of possibility and I don't haul long distance)
                    and these were far superior.


                    • #11
                      I really like my 4-Star (2H Slant). I bought it straight off the lot, so no customization, but little things I would love to change:

                      - Add additional tie rings in each slot, so I don't have to hang my hay bags from the same ring as my ties.

                      - Different configuration for hanging feed bags. I don't use the feedbags often, but I HATE the slot setup. I get why it's designed that way and am not sure how I'd do it differently, but I'd figure something out.

                      - WERM floors instead of mats.

                      - WERM floor or mats in the dressing room instead of carpet.

                      - One of those little 2" folding step things under the first window. I'm short and it's a PITA to have to step on the bumper and then lean forward to do anything with that window (e.g. clipping/unclipping my horse's head). Plus a handle placed to make balancing easier while stepping up.

                      - Some sort of fold-down door-stop for the dressing room door. The door is configured weirdly, so it's very awkward to fasten open -- I have to climb over the hitch or go around the trailer.

                      I could do all of this aftermarket, but it would have been nice to have had from the beginning.
                      She Gets Lost


                      • #12
                        4 Star is also on Facebook and a recent post, dated Oct 3, 2012, was of interest, regarding a 4 Star which was hit by a Semi and most importantly the horse was fine, the trailer was messed up but was able to drive off and continue home, most definitely worth the read to anyone thinking of buying a trailer with safety for the horse in mind.

                        The overall build (quality of welds, number of hinges on doors, rounded edges on everything in horse compartment) was what sold me on 4 Star in the first place.

                        I tend to stand in the back of a trailer and think of what if's if a horse does do something either from being stupid, a panic reaction, or other, and went down or over something. Traffic accidents are unpredictable and probably where you are hit has a lot to do with it. However, the 4 Star's seem to be really well thought out as to not having any accidents just begging to happen in the horse compartment. I looked at one (unnamed brand) and immediately saw something on the divider that I thought could cause a problem and after doing a Google search sure enough it had!


                        • #13
                          My horse seems to really like the drop down windows in the side doors of my new 4* straightload.

                          I had them do carpet on the walls of the DR and rubber mats on the floor, very happy with both.

                          I really like the tall ramp, it results in a very gentle ramp angle.

                          I had it built with long stalls and an extended horse head area. I wish I had thought to have them put another side window in. There is a long solid wall between the side window at the rear and the door window.

                          Think carefully about the location of tie rings, rings for hay nets etc.

                          I ordered a DR roof vent electric exhaust fan that they offer. When I first saw it I thought it was a joke, but it actually moves a lot of air.

                          Very happy with how solid and well built it is.


                          • #14
                            I don't own a 4Star but I routine drive 2 of them for work and have been halfway across the country and back as well as up and down the East Coast several times. One is a 4 horse head to head and the other is a 2+1. They pull great, have tons of space and are built to take a beating and then some. My one complaint is that they are HOT inside and we've had to have extra vents added to both.
                            Wouldst thou like the taste of butter ? A pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?


                            • #15
                              I am on 3rd 4-Star trailer. The 1st was a used 1980 4 horse, step up, bus windows(no ventilation)--but that was how they made them back then. 2nd 4-Star, when I was driving, had an 8ft side ramp, ramp over rear doors with a permanent rear tack. Traded in the 2nd 4-Star for my current 4-Star.
                              Current 4-Star is a modified 4 horse reverse/forward slant load. 1st stall, with a stallion partition, is my fake mid-tack(I store shavings, hay, it).
                              2nd stall has side entrance with a 4ft side ramp, can load stall 3 & 4 fom the side ramp. Or load all from the back in a traditional format. I also have ramp over rear doors with a collapsible rear tack so I can also take my lawnmower or gator to be serviced. I had the tack room made with a squared wall rathe than loosing space with a slant wall with the door on the drivers side.
                              The stall diagonal length is 10', width of stalls are 36" except for side ramp stall (48"). The trailer is 7'6" H X 7'6"W X 24'. Drop windows on head & tail.


                              • #16