Window Shopping

So, since Jason will return to the work force soon as a registered nurse, I’ve been planning a few things. You know, the things that involve having extra money, the kind we haven’t had in a hot minute ever.

So let’s talk horse trailers. Everyone and their cousin that I know IRL is like, “girl, don’t even consider getting a bumper pull, goosenecks are where it’s at.”

Which is cool and all, but it looks like most of you blogger peeps are pulling bumper pulls, so half of me is wondering if I’m missing something? Are you guys mainly using bumper pulls because they’re cheaper or because your tow vehicles aren’t up to a gooseneck? Just wondering if I’m missing something.

My tow vehicle is a 2010 (or 2009…I’m awful at remembering numbers) Chevy 2500HD, extended cab, short bed. And, the best part, I have a whole ten payments left to make on her, which is what makes this window shopping more exciting…it’s possible I’ll actually buy something soon-ish.

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And from this distance she even still looks new. 😉

So, with that in mind, these are my must haves:

  • Two horse
  • Gooseneck
  • Dressing room
  • Aluminum
  • Some sort of side escape door
  • Under 20′ in length

And this is my wish list:

  • Heat/AC
  • Awning
  • Weekender (or at least insulated…)
  • Walk through door from dressing to horse box
  • Water tank
  • Fans/lights in horse box

I like the idea of a weekender, but in reality, I just need a temperature controlled place to sleep, the odds of me spending anytime in the trailer outside of sleeping at a horse show are slim. When we camped at the horse center last fall we cooked a lot of our meals under an “awning” on a camp stove, so having the ability to cook inside isn’t 100% necessary either. We also have access to a bath house at the horse center, which was really convenient. I’d rather have the extra room for keeping other things inside out of the weather should the need arise.

This little trailer is pretty much exactly what I want minus that it lacks insulation and an awning, both of which I could likely have added. In a perfect world, I’d be ready to go get her now, but I’m not. This summer I should be able to make things work out, and during my time window shopping since I sold the old trailer, I know that nice ones pop up all the time, so I don’t feel rushed. I’m not settling on a project trailer (though this could be considered one since I would do some things to it, I guess) that needs work, but am buying what I want this time.

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What about you guys? Any hints or suggestions when trailer shopping? Brands to look out for, both good and bad?

14 thoughts on “Window Shopping

  1. 💯 thumbs up to 4-star, it’s one of the best brands out there (I’m not biased or anything haha). I don’t really have any other trailer shopping advice, sounds like you’ve got a solid wish list and I hope you find exactly what you’re looking for when you’re ready to buy 🙂

  2. I do think a gooseneck is safer and easier for the horses, that said I can only afford a BP! I love the one you’re looking at. Are there lots of options in your area? We have limited inventory around here but your dream trailer sounds VERY similar to mine. Can’t wait to see what you end up with!

    • We’re pretty rural so the market is pretty good. I want one that has been well maintained though, I don’t want to worry about things falling apart on a nice trailer due to poor maintenance. So, despite the options in the area, I may buy out of the region if the perfect trailer is a day trip away.

  3. I have a GN and I love it. I can’t imagine going back to a BP. When I hit ice back in February and wrecked my truck I’m sure that it would have been much worse if I had a BP. My trailer actually kept my truck from rolling.

  4. I bought a BP because it was what I could find in my area afford and honestly I knew (and uh, still only know) nothing about what type of trailer is best for what type of thing. I’m really, really good at backing it though so I don’t know if I would switch to anything else at this point!

  5. I have a BP because it was cheaper and I’m more familiar with them. I bought both truck and trailer at about the same time and while the truck I ended up with could handle a GN, I didn’t know if it could at the time. In 5-10 years I’ll probably get a trailer just like what you describe, but until then, my truck is way under-trailered and I’m totally happy with that!

    • Yeah, had I been truck and trailer shopping at the same time something would have to give…and it did. I bought an older trailer that was ridiculously heavy for its size and sold it when it wasn’t fitting my needs in order to start saving for something that would…when the truck is paid off. 😉

  6. I don’t have a trailer (and it wouldn’t be conveinant for us in the near future) but I definitely understand their lure and appeal. Peony and I saw one this weekend a turnbow I think, really nice two horse that I wouldn’t mind having.

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