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  • Custom trunks?

    Looking at McGuinn, Phoenix West, and Oakcroft.

    Any thoughts? Looking for best quality at best price.

    Thanks!
    Cornerstone Equestrian
    Home of Amazing (Balou du Rouet/Voltaire) 2005 KWPN Stallion
    RPSI, KWPN reg B, and IHF nominated
    www.cornerstonefarmpa.com

  • #2
    McGuinn's are bulletproof, so factor that in to your decision. You get what you pay for, even though it's more expensive in the beginning.

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    • #3
      McGuinn's!!!! I love Love LOVE my trunk! My parents bought it for me as a junior and it has held up the last 12 years or so beautifully. I look forward to the day I can justify getting a second one with my married name on it

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      • #4
        I have travel trunks from Georgetown Stable Outfitters. They are wonderful and practical. I think they also carry a fancy stable colors trunk, I don't know the name of the maker. Their travel trunks come in custom sizes with wheels and a handle and are very durable.
        http://STA551.com
        845-363-1875

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        • #5
          Originally posted by STA View Post
          I have travel trunks from Georgetown Stable Outfitters. They are wonderful and practical. I think they also carry a fancy stable colors trunk, I don't know the name of the maker. Their travel trunks come in custom sizes with wheels and a handle and are very durable.
          I am the new Southeast rep for the company and would be happy to answer any questions the OP has about these trunks if they would meet her needs. We do the travel trunks and wooden trunks; no vinyl ones like McGuinn, which is who I would go with out of the three if you need to match a barn setup. I know you weren't asking for a sales pitch so I will refrain, but if you're interested, please let me know. I am very excited about the product!
          -Grace

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          • #6
            I have all three of the trunks you mention... and hands down, the McGuinn is my favorite. There is a definite difference in quality/durability, especially compared to the Phoenix West, which is definitely not as well made as the McGuinn. I've had my McGuinn trunk for a long time, and it still looks like new. They do a great job on the "details" - like a nice interior finish, all the hinges work well, etc.

            I have to say I do also really like my Oakcroft trunk, but it's the premier line (brass trimmed wood) so was comparable in price to the McGuinn. I also should point out that I've had really excellent customer service from Oakcroft. I had had my O. trunk for maybe two years when someone unfortunately moved it into range of a fellow boarder's horse, who proceeded to entertain himself by scraping his teeth across the lid, badly damaging it. I was really upset about it, and called Oakcroft to see about getting a replacement lid. They were incredibly nice about it, and had me send a shard of the damaged lid to them so they could match the stain on the rest of the trunk exactly - which they did.

            Happy shopping!
            **********
            We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
            -PaulaEdwina

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            • #7
              My building contractor built me a custom tack trunk (Baltimore, MD) it is gorgeous, huge and he charged me $500. He placed the bandage "rack" on the side rather than the lid so the lid was not too heavy and always falling down....

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              • #8
                Wood or vinyl? My friend's dad makes GORGEOUS custom wood ones that are super reasonable. He recently sold out of everything he brought to the Warrenton Pony show a couple weeks ago.
                Rosall
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                The Vixen
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                • #9
                  I know someone who got her trunk through Sawhorse Tack Trunks and was more then pleased.

                  http://www.sawhorsellc.com/Sawhorse_...ssentials.html

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                  • #10
                    McGuinns are well-built and heavy. I wouldn't worry about heavy as moving a full-size trunk is usually a two-person affair unless you are clever and determined.

                    If you want vinyl-sided, your other consideration is the company's ability to work with you to get exactly what you want. IMO, the whole point of getting a tack trunk is to get personal with the artwork. I believe you can buy directly from McGuinn. The others sell through tack store reps. Like stores who measure for custom boot-makers, not all are created equal! It's a huge investment, so interview your ordering store carefully. If their eyes get big or start rolling at your requests, this may not be the "middle man" for you. After you get your pattern and specs, the company will keep your "barn" on file so that the other custom stuff you buy later will match.

                    Even if you want plain wood, do your homework with the company in order to figure out what they can build or usually build. Look around at their options, notice how you like to work out of a trunk, and then ask for what you want in your very expensive box. You only want to buy a trunk once, so you might as well be just what you want!

                    And I'll have you nay-sayers know that my 22-year-old Phoenix West, built by them when they were Warners is going strong. It's not finished on the inside (something I might do if I were buying again), but I also keep my trunks on stands, so I don't have a problem with dampness. IMO, the stand is key. Dirty laundry and leather articles buried in the bottom of the trunk are other no-nos.
                    The armchair saddler
                    Politically Pro-Cat

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mvp View Post

                      And I'll have you nay-sayers know that my 22-year-old Phoenix West, built by them when they were Warners is going strong. It's not finished on the inside (something I might do if I were buying again), but I also keep my trunks on stands, so I don't have a problem with dampness. IMO, the stand is key. Dirty laundry and leather articles buried in the bottom of the trunk are other no-nos.
                      mvp, as usual, makes some great points.

                      I had a Warner's trunk, years ago, and it was very well made. Sadly I do not think the Phoenix West trunks - even though they were made by the employees who staffed Warners, after the fire destroyed that company - are comparable.

                      I do agree that having a good saddle stand is a very good idea, and helps protect your investment. I personally like the lightweight (aluminum?) ones, but even standard blocks of wood seem to work fine.
                      **********
                      We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                      -PaulaEdwina

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by gotrocks View Post
                        Wood or vinyl? My friend's dad makes GORGEOUS custom wood ones that are super reasonable. He recently sold out of everything he brought to the Warrenton Pony show a couple weeks ago.
                        Saw his trunks there! First off, what a nice man. Second, the trunks were gorgeous, and third, great prices. I am not surprised he sold out. Hope he comes back in the fall...

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                        • #13
                          Oakcroft

                          The owners of Oak croft are exceptionally nice people who make customer service a top priority. I knew them way back during the inception of the business, when our horses were boarded at the same facility. They felt they could raise the standard for quality and service. 13/14years later my trunk is going strong!

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                          • #14
                            I also own all three manufacturers and HANDS DOWN my 28 year old McGuinn trunk is the best. My Oakcroft is beautiful but I have no desire for it to get dinged up by hauling it to shows. I changed panels on my McGuinn's about 10 years ago and it still looks brand new. Well worth the money.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mvp View Post
                              And I'll have you nay-sayers know that my 22-year-old Phoenix West, built by them when they were Warners is going strong. It's not finished on the inside (something I might do if I were buying again), but I also keep my trunks on stands, so I don't have a problem with dampness. IMO, the stand is key. Dirty laundry and leather articles buried in the bottom of the trunk are other no-nos.
                              My Warners is 17 years old. It is pretty much identical to the girls in the barn that have ordered theirs in the last 1-5 years. I can't say I've noticed a real decline in quality, but we keep our trunks with covers on when not at shows, and always on stands.

                              I have to say, it does seem that mine is fairly indestructible. It's been tumped out of wheelbarrows, cartwheeled to the ground, flipped over, set back on (at least 4 times), and dropped.
                              My adventures as a working rider

                              theworkingrider.blogspot.com

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                              • #16
                                I have an Oakcroft and it is about 7 years old now. It still looks new but it has wheels so it is off the ground and lives in a cover. The only con I have noticed with my friends' trunks and mine is that the lid tends to shift and eventually not shut. We fixed this by tapping on mine with a rubber mallet.

                                Also, we didn't get my trunk to come with wheels but bought them at Home Depot instead so they could be heavier duty. Even with the trunk filled it is pretty easy for me to move by myself. Mine i vinyl sided and the large show trunk version.
                                Oh Sweetheart
                                Make A Splash
                                The Adventures of a College Equestrian

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                                  I had a Warner's trunk, years ago, and it was very well made. Sadly I do not think the Phoenix West trunks - even though they were made by the employees who staffed Warners, after the fire destroyed that company - are comparable.
                                  Originally posted by Hattie View Post
                                  I also own all three manufacturers and HANDS DOWN my 28 year old McGuinn trunk is the best. My Oakcroft is beautiful but I have no desire for it to get dinged up by hauling it to shows. I changed panels on my McGuinn's about 10 years ago and it still looks brand new. Well worth the money.
                                  I have a Warners and a Phoenix West. I haven't noticed a pre- and post-fire difference in quality.

                                  Ergo, I challenge y'all to a throw down. Clear out your long-bed trucks and let's have a tack trunk rally. I want to see these specimens in direct comparison.
                                  The armchair saddler
                                  Politically Pro-Cat

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by gotrocks View Post
                                    Wood or vinyl? My friend's dad makes GORGEOUS custom wood ones that are super reasonable. He recently sold out of everything he brought to the Warrenton Pony show a couple weeks ago.
                                    I got my saddle and bridle racks from him. Beautiful stuff!! I wish he would come back to Ocala

                                    One of my boarders has a McGuinn trunk. Really nice too!!

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                                    • #19
                                      I just bought a used Phoenix West trunk and its in pristine condition! However, it had been stored on a stand, with both a cloth and vinyl cover. However, its quite lovely and I wouldn't hesitate to buy that brand again.

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                                      • #20
                                        I'm going to buck the trend of going for the big name manufacturers and suggest a local guy who ships all over the country.

                                        His stuff is absolutely gorgeous, unique and he will incorporate your ideas. He has loads of pictures of trunks on his website.

                                        Several of my long distance buddies ordered from him and the shipping cost was not bad, especially when you see how reasonable his prices are.

                                        Just sayin'--sometimes the small businessman offers something special.

                                        http://birdsongtacktrunks.com/
                                        Nothing with horses is ever easy or cheap. And if it is, you're doing it wrong. They always rip out part of your soul when they leave. I guess that's how they find us later.

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