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    trailer - to buy or not to buy?

    hi all - i had a trailer several years ago that i sold and pretty much regretted instantly that i did

    now i am in the financial position again and have found a pretty nice trailer that has even more amenities than my old one, problem is, i dont know if it would be dumb to get it.

    why? i only have 1 horse, she is 23 and pretty much retired... we go on trail rides around our barn property, and while i think i would like to take her off the property to trail ride, i dont know how feasible it would be. i do plan to get another horse after she passes through the rainbow bridge (hopefully in many years)

    i guess it would be good for emergency vet visits, and emergency situations in general, but another reason i got rid of my other trailer was it just sitting around, never being used, tires dry rotted, etc. then again i also didnt have a vehicle to tow it with. now i do.

    i dont know if im just being fool-hardy in wanting to buy a trailer.

    thoughts/opinions?

    #2
    If you can afford to and already have a hauling truck, why not? You can buy good quality second hand and maintain it well.

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      #3
      Personally I'd get it assuming its feasible (sounds like it is?). I absolutely wouldn't do it if I was worried about my job/income or if I had to take money out of my emergency fund or use a credit card.

      My trailer sits and does nothing - haven't had a horse in it close to five years. I use it for storage for blankets, buckets, and misc. horse stuff. I've unfortunately have had to use it for a few emergencies over the years and let me tell you how nice it was knowing I had my own trailer and could head to the hospital without relying on someone else. I did work at the equine hospital and can't tell you how many times we'd get a call about an incoming horse but the arrival time was unknown...why? The owners were trying to find someone with a trailer to ship their horse.

      You can prevent dry rot by parking it on gravel or patio bricks and cover the tires. My trailer is 16 years and I've only had to buy tires once. Just had it inspected (done yearly) and no issues with the tires or anything else - just a little maintenance goes a long way. I also weed wack around it and take it for a spin every now and then to keep things moving.

      And having a trailer is really, really nice if you need to move household stuff like furniture .
      "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England

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        #4
        is there anyway to prevent dry rot it if were stored on grass?

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          #5
          Originally posted by shadesofbay3 View Post
          is there anyway to prevent dry rot it if were stored on grass?
          Yes. Park it on patio bricks that you can get just about anywhere. I have the 12"x12" ones and I set a few down for each tire - that helps keep the weeds from growing up around the tire. And cover the tires - go on Amazon and look up tire covers. People with motorhomes use them all the time especially if they park for an extended amount of time. My set of 4 cost less than $30 - total. They block the sun and that is what you want.

          Parking on patio bricks keeps them from sitting on damp grass daily and tire covers block the sun - do both of these and your tires will last a long, long time.

          Edited to add make sure you keep the grass/weeds under the trailer mowed short - that'll help protect it too. The other option is to make a gravel pad that the entire trailer sits on.
          Last edited by ryansgirl; Aug. 13, 2020, 05:39 PM.
          "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England

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            #6
            I don't think anyone has ever regretted having a trailer when they needed it, but almost everyone who has needed one and not had it, has.

            Is that too convoluted?

            You'll never regret having one. But you may regret NOT having one.

            There, that's better............

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              #7
              I've always had a trailer and would feel weird without one. I think buying a safe but inexpensive used trailer now would be a good idea. Then when the time comes to get a new horse, you'll probably be in a good position to sell this trailer and buy a new or newer used one with all the features you want.

              I bought just a pair of the RV tire covers for mine. One side faces south and bakes in the sun all day. The north facing side doesn't really get any sun.

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                #8
                ryansgirl --your trailer is 16 years old, and you state that you've only HAD to buy tires once --that is a dangerous situation! Trailer tires are not like car tires --they don't last --trailer tires should be replaced every 4-5 years regardless if you drive the trailer or not.

                My DH and most of the people in our area are in the trailer industry --Elkhart IN, trailer capital of the world -- what the OP is concerned about is known around here is LOT ROT ---a trailer is made, brand new, then taken to the lot to await transportation to the dealer where it will be sold. Sometimes the trailer waits too long --even though it is on gravel, on a storage facilities grounds --dealers and manufacturers are aware of LOT ROT ---the underside of the trailer --wiring especially become corroded --you can put the trailer on blocks, on a slab, or a tarp --but unless it is in a climate controlled environment LOT ROT is a concern.

                OP --if you are going to buy a trailer, be aware that you will need to do yearly maintenance even if you don't haul the trailer. brakes, bearings, tires, lights, wiring, battery ---all need to be checked out yearly. Quite honestly, if you don't do that, putting your horse into a trailer that has had no maintenance "for a few years" is a recipe for disaster!

                I was picked up by a dear friend to go trail riding --intelligent woman --long time horse owner. As we were hauling down the SIX LANE HIGHWAY, she said, "I think my tire's on fire." I said, "Where's your fire extinguisher?" She said, "I don't have one!" To be brief --we safely got off the highway, discovered the tire was not on fire (it was a frozen brake) --only then did she say, "Well, I thought I had my brakes and bearing checked last year, but thinking about it, I'm not sure --might have been a couple of years ago . . ." and so my horse nearly burned to death because someone forgot yearly maintenance. Ever since then, I take my own fire extinguisher and ASK when trailer was last maintained.

                I think you should buy a trailer! They open the horse world to new adventures!!!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Foxglove View Post
                  ryansgirl --your trailer is 16 years old, and you state that you've only HAD to buy tires once --that is a dangerous situation! Trailer tires are not like car tires --they don't last --trailer tires should be replaced every 4-5 years regardless if you drive the trailer or not.

                  My DH and most of the people in our area are in the trailer industry --Elkhart IN, trailer capital of the world -- what the OP is concerned about is known around here is LOT ROT ---a trailer is made, brand new, then taken to the lot to await transportation to the dealer where it will be sold. Sometimes the trailer waits too long --even though it is on gravel, on a storage facilities grounds --dealers and manufacturers are aware of LOT ROT ---the underside of the trailer --wiring especially become corroded --you can put the trailer on blocks, on a slab, or a tarp --but unless it is in a climate controlled environment LOT ROT is a concern.

                  OP --if you are going to buy a trailer, be aware that you will need to do yearly maintenance even if you don't haul the trailer. brakes, bearings, tires, lights, wiring, battery ---all need to be checked out yearly. Quite honestly, if you don't do that, putting your horse into a trailer that has had no maintenance "for a few years" is a recipe for disaster!

                  I was picked up by a dear friend to go trail riding --intelligent woman --long time horse owner. As we were hauling down the SIX LANE HIGHWAY, she said, "I think my tire's on fire." I said, "Where's your fire extinguisher?" She said, "I don't have one!" To be brief --we safely got off the highway, discovered the tire was not on fire (it was a frozen brake) --only then did she say, "Well, I thought I had my brakes and bearing checked last year, but thinking about it, I'm not sure --might have been a couple of years ago . . ." and so my horse nearly burned to death because someone forgot yearly maintenance. Ever since then, I take my own fire extinguisher and ASK when trailer was last maintained.

                  I think you should buy a trailer! They open the horse world to new adventures!!!
                  Tires are fine. They get inspected thoroughly yearly and NO issues. I don't use my trailer at all except to take it out every now and then to keep things moving. And yes tires last...as long as you take care of them properly like I have - not hard to do. The place I use has taken care of my trailer for years - they are not going to pass them if they are unsafe!
                  "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by PamnReba View Post

                    You'll never regret having one. But you may regret NOT having one.
                    This. I don’t use my trailer as much now as I used to before my horse retired, but I’ve been really, really glad to have it on the couple of occasions he’s needed an emergency trip to the equine hospital.
                    If it’s affordable, I’d definitely have a trailer, even if it’s only used in emergencies.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Foxglove View Post
                      ryansgirl --your trailer is 16 years old, and you state that you've only HAD to buy tires once --that is a dangerous situation! Trailer tires are not like car tires --they don't last --trailer tires should be replaced every 4-5 years regardless if you drive the trailer or not.
                      Was going to say the same thing. It’s not use that makes you need new trailer tires but the heat/cold and moisture changes. If you store you trailer in a climate controlled building, yeah, the tires will last a long time.
                      Not the most recommend thing, but I buy a new tire every year when I go to my first show of the summer. This means none of my tires are older than 4 years old. My spare is one of the recently retired tires. My car guy would have a fit if I did this on my car, but it works well for the trailer and makes me remember the tires instead of forgetting and 6 years later going ‘huh, wonder when the last time I got tires was....’

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                        #12
                        StormyDay --I don't think we are going to convince ryansgirl that trailer tires need replacing more than every 8 years --I like your system --my own is every 4 years to take off wheels and tires, put on new, and sell the old wheels and tires --generally get 1/3 of what I paid from someone who wants them for a boat trailer or other (hopefully) non-livestock trailer.

                        Annoying side story --I ride at a club with about 50 members --we were chatting about this exact subject --one of the members said changing tires that often was a waste of money . . .within a month, he'd shredded a tire on the interstate and broken his axle in the process --his horses were fine, but it added a day to an already long trip . . .a second member at a different time spoke of how his wife had purchased a beautiful new trailer some years ago (brilliant couple in academia --not so much in the mechanical arts) --no one ever told them that trailers need maintenance. Some years later (he said might have been 8 or 10) she was coming home from a horse show and saw her own tire pass her on a down hill slope --it had fallen off --again, horses were fine and after extensive repairs, the trailer was too. But he was right --no one gives a person an owner's manual with a trailer that tells a person what needs to be done when. Scheve's book was a real eye-opener for me --

                        Anyway for ryansgirl --here's some information about trailer tires.

                        https://www.carry-ontrailer.com/how-...ven%20if%20the

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                          #13
                          if the tire says Made in China ..... just Google Chinese trailer tires then do as you wish

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                            #14
                            All vehicles need maintenance, it should be calculated as part of the cost of owning the vehicle. And all vehicle owners need a good mechanic, and for horse trailers, a good service shop that specializes in horse trailers.

                            I have my trailer inspected wiring, floors, tires, every Spring, and the axle bearings repacked, and anything fixed as needed. I think I spent $400 this year on repacking axles, inspection, small repairs. I've heard about axle fires from bearings failure and it is really scary, especially with a wooden floor!

                            Likewise I get truck and car tuned up, inspected, oil change, etc. I have second hand vehicles by choice, but I keep them mechanically maintained, and they tend to last well.

                            The money spent to maintain a vehicle is much less than the money spent to fix something that's deteriorated or to get yourself out of a mess caused by a breakdown in the middle of nowhere.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by ryansgirl View Post

                              Tires are fine. They get inspected thoroughly yearly and NO issues. I don't use my trailer at all except to take it out every now and then to keep things moving. And yes tires last...as long as you take care of them properly like I have - not hard to do. The place I use has taken care of my trailer for years - they are not going to pass them if they are unsafe!
                              Tires can look perfectly good and yet blow. People here are giving you sage hauling advice. You really need to replace trailer tires every five years or so.

                              Hopefully you won’t find out with a blowout going down the road!
                              "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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                                #16
                                I have always had a trailer and I hardly use it. It gets more use in farm related uses than in hauling the horses. I would never be without one. Keeping the tires covered from direct sun exposure helps with dry rot. If you can afford one get it. You might find you will use it more than you think

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                                  #17
                                  Ditto on having it at minimum for emergencies. I always make sure my truck/trailer combo is ready to go to at least get a horse to the hospital at a minimum. If not for your horse, you might be able to help a friend in an emergency. If you're in an area with any types of natural disasters that might force evacuation, there is another reason to have a trailer.

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