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$5000 for a 1996 trailer?

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  • $5000 for a 1996 trailer?

    I am thinking that I need a horse trailer and have found a 1996 2 slant Sundowner with a dressing room in good condition for $5000. Is this a reasonable price? TYIA

  • #2
    Sundowners from some years back had terrible problems where steel met aluminum. There were a number of threads on this here which should be available with a search. If this is one of those trailers, you don't want it--period. If it's all steel or aluminum, no problem.


    • #3
      That was at the beginning of their major floor issue years. Make sure you are crawling underneath it and really checking out the rust issues.

      Pricing is incredibly dependent upon region and honestly, time of year. That's probably running on the high side, but I wouldn't be surprised to see one at that price. But at that price, I'd DEFINITELY expect it to be in good shape. No "needs new mats" and definitely should have good rubber on it.


      • #4
        $5K for something of that vintage better be spotless and nearly pristine! I paid $4K for my 2004 2h BP and it truly was in sorta-almost-like-new condition...


        • #5
          well-made trailers seem to hold their value well. 5k$ for a sundowner in good condition sounds about right to me, but I agree, it must not need anything.
          AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


          • #6
            I sold a 2000 Sundowner 2 horse b.p. trailer a year ago for $6,000. It was immaculate and my phone was ringing off the hook with buyers at that price. Sold it to the first ones based on photos alone.

            As others have said, depends on the condition.


            • #7
              I think that's a good price if it's immaculate. Rust free, tires in good shape, horse area clean, lights and brakes work, 7 feet tall or taller, etc.

              People want everything from 5K for their pile of rust on wheels and people search for trailers for under $700.


              • #8
                Depends where you are. That type of trailer is hard to find in the PNW (slant load, 7' high central here), and assuming it's WB sized and not one of the bad ones, $5k would be a smoking deal. I paid $7k for a 1998 Hawk WB SS BP a year ago and was over the moon I'd found what I'd wanted that cheaply...
                "Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."


                • #9
                  19 years old 2 slant Sundowner? Unless it is one of those "use-once-a-year" and sit in a covered shed the rest of the year deal.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gloria View Post
                    19 years old 2 slant Sundowner? Unless it is one of those "use-once-a-year" and sit in a covered shed the rest of the year deal.

                    I bought a 1987 Trail-et New Yorker in 2005 (6?) for $4k. I could have it sold for that to the first person to show up with cash right now, 10 years later, at 28 years old.

                    It really just depends on location, trailer brand, trailer style, condition, etc. In my case, Trail-et literally didn't change their design a bit from 1985 until they shut down in 2005, so it's impossible to tell just from looking at it whether my trailer is 30 years old, or 10 years old.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GoForAGallop View Post
                      That was at the beginning of their major floor issue years. Make sure you are crawling underneath it and really checking out the rust issues.

                      Pricing is incredibly dependent upon region and honestly, time of year. That's probably running on the high side, but I wouldn't be surprised to see one at that price. But at that price, I'd DEFINITELY expect it to be in good shape. No "needs new mats" and definitely should have good rubber on it.
                      I thought the floor issues appeared around 2002, but I'm not sure. I own a 98 Sundowner 3 horse slant with dressing room (I bought it new), and have it serviced and inspected yearly. No problems so far, knock on wood.
                      I agree that well kept horse trailers hold their value.


                      • #12
                        can someone fill me in on what the floor issues were? what happened? (do I want to know?)
                        AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


                        • Original Poster

                          It looks to be in good condition - I know the owner and she has been very meticulous in its care and upkeep. Will take it to have it looked over, especially the floor before making a decision. Thank you to everyone who has answered. Buying a truck and trailer is a big deal for me. I am scared to death and incredibly excited all at the same time.


                          • #14
                            Depends on the condition.

                            Too many people have been brainwashed to think that the age of a manufactured item is important when it is the condition that the product is in that really matters.

                            The manufacturers love this brainwashing because they sell more product.
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                            • #15
                              I have a 1997 model, and yes that is before they had the flooring issue.

                              Price sounds high to me but if there aren't a lot of 2H trailers in your area is probably right.

                              Mine hasn't had any problems that I can recall other than regular maintenance.

                              Mine seems to be really solid still.