Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Trailer Hunt Success

After all the insurance fun, we started looking at trailers. We definitely wanted a trailer with a steel frame, ramp, dressing room, windows in front and between the dressing room and horse area. I looked at Sundowners but they are all aluminum and they have a pole at the back of the divider. I was working myself towards accepting less than what we had or having to have another payment. I contacted Gore, but they had no used trailers. The best they could do was 15500 for a 2018.
I even debated buying a trailer sight unseen from Washington and having it shipped since the prices were so low.
Then I got lucky. I hit on a used Gore in Florida within my price range. I sent a request for information and mentioned that I was in VA.

The owner called me the next day. The trailer is a 2010 they purchased directly from the Gore factory. They used it for going to civil war reenactments. The tires were new a few years ago and it had little use since then. She was not very tech savvy so I could not get any pictures. Her son said it was on Facebook but I could not find it.
So we made plans to take the truck for our annual visit to my grandmother. When we arrived in Florida, I was actually able to see the pictures on Facebook. Overall the trailer was a bit beat up, but not too bad. On our way home we stopped at their house.

And it matches the truck, bonus

 The trailer definitely was hard used and the Florida weather rusted the jack and the metal parts on the doors. I can handle the cosmetic dents and dings. I did push for money off for the damaged part. It looks like they scraped against a tree. And the funny thing is that the VIN never got engraved on the trailer, nor the weight or tire info. I guess they forgot at the factory.
In the end I probably could have gotten the price even lower, but my dad was off chatting. Now the trailer needs to go in for inspection and to have the stablilizer system installed. I will probably have the trailer guys look at the damage to see if they can pretty it up. Fingers crossed! Then it will be legal and hopefully we can get back to lessons.
I will say, my old trailer was in EXCELLENT condition and hitch covers are totally worth it.