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MoodyMare2904

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Buying a Second Hand Horse trailer

Hi,

Am going to have a look at a trailer this weekend, and I am not extremely mechanically minded!  Are there any specific questions that I should ask to make sure I am getting a good trailer?

Would appreciate any help at all.

Sarah

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Buying a Second Hand Horse trailer

I don't know what make it is, but I guess they're all pretty much the same.....

If it's an older one with a wooden floor, take up any matting and go all over it to make sure it's not rotting away with urine and weather - ones with wooden floors are also heavier to tow. With a metal floor, check it over as well anyway.

Let down and then put back and do up all the exits to make sure they're working ok and haven't rusted.

Make sure the tow bar works properly and hasn't rusted on - ideally attach it to your tow ball and take it round the block for a little try, then unattach so you know it does work and tows well.

Check electrics - brake and side lights and any interior lights.

Does it have one of those safety cable thingys - sorry, can't remember the proper name  that puts the brakes on if the trailer should become unattached - don't worry if it hasn't, you can get them quite cheaply.

Tyres - should all have the right amount of tread, whatever that is, lol !! the spare as well.

If you can see the roof, has it rusted at all? If they're kept under cover it's a lot better for them.

Can't think of anything else at present, but I think that's the main ones - good luck :o)

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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sallyprice

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sallyprice says:

Re: Buying a Second Hand Horse trailer

Just bought my first trailer this morning! Decided that I didn't have the nerve to get one off ebay etc. so went to a dealer. Yes it probably cost a little bit more but I feel fairly secure knowing that they have a good reputation and it's been serviced and checked out. It is a bit geriatric though!

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sallyprice

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sallyprice says:

Re: Buying a Second Hand Horse trailer

IW so yup not stolen! Just had an additional breast bar added to the inside stall to keep the little man safe if he comes too! Bargain - only £48 to have put in.

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sallyprice

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sallyprice says:

Re: Buying a Second Hand Horse trailer

Had trailer less thn 48 hours and we're off to intro to trec day tomorrow!

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: Buying a Second Hand Horse trailer

Sorry, I won't be much help coz when I bought a trailer all I really knew was to make sure the floor was solid!  I went to a stockist and bought one brand new.  Hope it's going well.

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MoodyMare2904

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Re: Buying a Second Hand Horse trailer

Thanks for all your replys.

Off in about an hour to have a look.  Will take all your advice and check it over.

Have a landrover that can tow up to 2000KG (laden weight)  lady that's selling the trailer doesn't know how much it weighs but as I only have a 12hh pony at the mo don't think it will be a problem.

Am very excited as never had a trailer so have so many plans this year, beach rides, forest rides, local shows!

Sarah

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MoodyMare2904

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Re: Buying a Second Hand Horse trailer

I bought the trailer!  Looked in over thoroughly.  New floor, new rubber matting, new electrics, new paint job!.  All in all a very tidy, servicable trailer.

Bought it for £700 so a good price too!

Sarah

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Buying a Second Hand Horse trailer

Yay!! That's great news, and sounds like a really good price - good luck with towing and all the travelling you'll be doing now :o)

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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MoodyMare2904

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Re: Buying a Second Hand Horse trailer

Thanks greyandbay.

Had to reverse it a couple of times and wound my hubby up as I was apparently turning the steering wheel too much!

Have added you as a friend, hope you don't mind.  You have given some great advice.

Sarah

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Buying a Second Hand Horse trailer

Aww shucks   thank you !!

I guess it all goes around on here, there's usually someone who can answer questions, and I've had some great advice on other subjects.

My hubby was awful when I was towing, he fidgeted and kept telling me things I didn't need to know, and his hand signals when he was directing me where to back were non understandable - on the other hand, my daughter and I made a great team, and as it was usually just her and me, we got on really well, lol !!

Happy towing,

Sue xx

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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