What Questions Do I Ask When Buying a Used Horse Trailer?

Have someone who knows a little about trailers go with you. There are lots of things to check out when buying a used trailer. You need to assess the condition of the tires, make sure the brakes are in good condition, then there are wheel bearings that can go bad. Also, check the floor. Are the boards or flooring material in good condition. If it has mats inside, pull them up and look underneath. Look underneath the trailer and make sure that there are no broken supports. Look at the axles for broken leaf springs or hangers. Make sure that it is equipped with a break-away kit and that all the wiring is in good condition. All of these things are repairable so depending on the price and if you can fix the problems, it should not be too bad. Just remember, this is going to carry your beloved animals around, so be cautious. Good Luck --EDIT-- When buying a trailer (or anything) it is ALWAYS a good idea to bring along someone who is knowledgable and experienced. DO NOT rely on what the sellers tell you or their answers to questions. To some people a sale is more important than safety. I have seen too many good honest people get ripped off by someone who was hard up for money and just said what the buyer wanted to hear to make a sale. Just today I was told by a hay supplier that his vet will verify that FESCUE is GOOD for late term mares, tell me he did not just want to sell me a trailer of hay and didnt care about the outcome...

1. how to clean my horse trailer?

im not positive.... acid wash... we take ours to the same place that washes the big 18 wheelers.... they do a great job and i think they talk about acid wash... what ever that means.... sounds like it would eat all but the rubbers but i dunno. .. my bf usually takes it. .... and also the green stuff. .. mean green or something its sold in the automotive section.. for grease and gunk ... i know im not much help... cant think of the actual names....blonde moment... .. hope i helped

2. Double D or Equispirit Horse Trailer?

Equispirit Horse Trailers

3. what type of wood should i use for horse trailer ramp?

I dont know much about this stuff.....and its probably expensive but hickory is the strongest wood and will last long if thats an option....HOPED I HELPED!!...sorry if that was worthless :p

4. im having horse trailer issues!?

start with teaching your horse to stand nicely outside the trailer before you start working in the trailer. you want him to stand nicely for extended amounts of time before you start trailering him. you can teach him this by tying him to a strong tree with nothing around to hurt himself on, and only let him have less then one foot of room to throw his head so he can not hurt himself. dont give him hay or oats or anything, you want him t learn that he does not need food to stand. after you work on this put him in the trailer and just tie him up, dont move the trailer or anything, just have him stay tied for a little while. after you are content with his standing skills, let him be for the night, work on the trailering for a few days and just start moving it a short distance. After some time, and practice, he should trailer fine. good luck! :)

5. What to look for in a new one horse trailer?

No.. that is not big enough. First you have to look at height. 16.1 horse should have at least a 7' ceiling so he wo not pump his had and will be comfortable. 16.1 hand horse is 5'5" at the shoulder. He needs more room for his head. Do not waste your time and money on a one horse. First, you wo not find one, second, having a draft mix, you will need extra room for him so he's not squished into a small area and will want to ride in it. Look at it this way, what are you more comfortable in, a mini cooper or a Cadillac.

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Get a rapport going with different trailer sales people in your area. A good one should understand the major sale it is and therefore not expect you to make a decision with the first visit. I just bought a brand new trailer last summer - and it took me 4 years of budgeting and looking about until I found what suited me. They should be able to tell you how to figure the max weight of trailer and load by use of the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). Do not let anyone tell you a wood floor is better or worse than an aluminum floor - they both take the same amount of care and can have the same hazards. Both should be cleaned out and looked at yearly - the horse urine causes rot and oxidation just as readily on wood or aluminum. An Aluminum trailer will weigh less than a steel one. Consider the needs of the horse first - your comfort last. For me, I chose a Cimarron. These trailers are made with square aluminum tubing which is stronger than rectangular - their supports are closer throughout the trailer than other manufacturers. I liked the rubber lining - it came up higher than others so the horses being hauled did not end up with silver butts from rubbing on the wall above the rubber when traveling - they also had larger off-side windows than their competitors. Their door hinges all have grease zirts that allow you to lubricate them to keep them in good shape. For me, the 7.5 foot wide trailer was better than the 7 foot wide - more space for the horse (you would not believe how much just a half foot makes) and the 8 foot wide really is tough to haul as many secondary roads are only required to be 8 ft tall - I hauled Mom's 8 footer thru the Pennsylvania hills during construction - I do not EVER care to do that again. If purchasing a used trailer, inspect it top to bottom - crawl under and look at the floorboards from bottom as well as cleaned out inside - ask to have bedding and mats removed. Look for rust or broken boards - used steel trailers should be lined with plywood for safety to disallow a hoof going through. Look at as much of the wiring as possible - are there any taped joints or cracked coating? Ask about the wheel bearing packing - when was the last time it was done? check the tires, etc. If looking at used ones, the older Featherlites, sundowners and sooners are better built than the newer ones. I would say about the mid 90's these started getting made cheaper or more for the humans than the horses. One that have tapered or bullet fronts are easier on the gas mileage. Also consider whether your horses are used to ramp or step up. I've seen a number of horses used to ramps that will not load - even to the point of injury - into step up trailers. I know a gal with what used to be a real nice steel trailer and ramp. the ramp and it's springs were the first thing to go. Check out tack storage as well - if you get a nice trailer that's not fun to get tack into and out of, you wo not have fun. Check out all the websites - if buying new - use a manufacturer that's NATM certified - most national brands are now. Look at them first for what they show first - is it the nice human comforts or those of the horse? Call the place and ask the manufacturer to tell you what is best about theirs and listen - it all counts even if you are buying used. Also - you can find a GREAT trailer, but purchase it from an awful seller. Sometimes there will be problems, how easy will it be to get it serviced? How does the manufacturer stand behind them? I friend bought a wonderful Featherlite, but it had a problem in the LQ with a leak. They took it back to the place they bought it from. They were not nice to him, fixed the trailer shoddily, then would not stand behind their work. He wrote a letter to Featherlite, they never responded. MONTHS later, they called him after he would gone frantic trying to get the thing fixed wanting to help him - he was done with it and had sold the trailer and told them just how he felt. Within weeks Featherlite pulled their trailers from that dealership as they would had repeated complaints. Likewise, my mother bought a beautiful 4 Star trailer. I leaked and the dealer could not for the life of him find out where it was leaking. Mom had taken it back again and again without success. She finally saw the 4Star rep at Congress. He got in the trailer on that day which happened to be rainy as she drove down the road, saw the problem and got it fixed - it was not fun, but it got fixed. So ask as many people as you can locally what their opinions of their local dealers are. Good luck -1. Can i legally carry a handgun in my car or in a hotel in texas.?First, you have my deepest sympathy for having to work in El Paso... I am not a lawyer, but my interpretation of the law tells me that you can legally have a handgun in your car and hotel room with the conditions spelled out below. The laws cited below make no differentiation between residents and non-residents. Texas law follows what is generally known as "castle doctrine." That is, your "home is your castle" and you are allowed to have a handgun in it and can use it with deadly force if circumstances warrant. Your car and hotel room are, by extension, considered part of your "castle." There are conditions that must be met or it is a violation of Title 10 of the Texas Penal Code: "Sec. 46.02. UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPONS. (a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not: (1) on the person's own premises or premises under the person's control; or (2) inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle that is owned by the person or under the person's control. (a-1) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun in a motor vehicle that is owned by the person or under the person's control at any time in which: (1) the handgun is in plain view; or (2) the person is: (A) engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic; (B) prohibited by law from possessing a firearm; or (C) a member of a criminal street gang, as defined by Section 71.01. (a-2) For purposes of this section, "premises" includes real property and a recreational vehicle that is being used as living quarters, regardless of whether that use is temporary or permanent. In this subsection, "recreational vehicle" means a motor vehicle primarily designed as temporary living quarters or a vehicle that contains temporary living quarters and is designed to be towed by a motor vehicle. The term includes a travel trailer, camping trailer, truck camper, motor home, and horse trailer with living quarters." Note that the gun must not be in plain view in the vehicle and you can not be committing any crimes (other than Class C misdemeanors, such as speeding...but go to far over the limit and it wo not be a Class C anymore....) Also note that paragraph (a-2) states that "premises" can be temporary, which would include a hotel room. A final warning: Castle doctrine only applies while you are in your vehicle or premises and when walking directly between them. You should not stop for dinner or other business while carrying the handgun. It would not hurt to review all of chapter 46 in Title 10 since it also lists a number of prohibited weapons to carry that you might not expect, such as bowie knives (what about the Alamo?!) or butterfly knives (a switchblade by Texas definition). Also, I've included a link to Texas CHL laws if you are having difficulty sleeping at night.2. what should I look for when buying a horse trailer?Make sure your horses fit in it comfortably. Thoroughbreds and tall horses need extra height; heavy set horses need wider stalls. I personally do not like slant loads. First, my thoroughbreds are too long to fit comfortably in everyone I've ever tried, so if you want one make sure the stall length is adequate. Second, I hate not being able to get to the front stall. Third, if you have a difficult loader they are much harder to load into. Not only do you have to get the horse in the trailer, you have to maneuver him into a particular position, tie him, leave him to walk around the gate, then hope he stays put while you shut the partition on him. Fourth, as with any trailer with moveable partitions, a smaller horse may get himself under the partition, with disastrous results. Just my opinion.3. is there a hybrid truck that i can use to haul a horse trailer?I think so but wait if your truck wo not go up hill you will have the horses to pull ya to the top
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