Horse Trailer Fixer-Upper Project

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  1. Vengeance

    Vengeance Senior Member+

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    We have a horse trailer. It's a two horse trailer. It's completely man-made (it was built by my great grandmother's husband over thirty years ago). I've never hauled a horse in it, but it has been used for horses and cows, and it's only been redone once, I think. It shows it, too.

    The floor mats are rotted, the floor is busted in places, it's rusty, old, in horrible shape, a danger to horses and cows, the tires need replacing, the brake-lights don't work, etc… and a few years ago, my uncle and his son decided to paint it bright white (it's made out of wood and metal). The paint has faded horribly and it looks horrible…

    So, my mother has set me up to fix it up. Her husband (my stepdad) is going to redo the floor (the wood that needs replacing) and fix what needs to be fixed. My mum is planning on buying mats and stuff like that for it, and guess who gets to repaint it? Yep, that's right… me. I'm gonna repaint it, with the help of my cousin and a few friends. We're planning on painting the wood a deep red color, the metal will be a dark metallic, and the inside wood will be a lighter red… but it's gonna be a lot of work…

    But I think I can do it!

    I'm planning on starting to sand some of the rust off tomorrow… I won't be painting the metal part for a few days yet, as I'm doing the wood first (I'm planning on painting the wood parts this weekend).

    Here's some pictures of what it looks like right now… When we get it all done (which will take quite a while, I think) I'll post the 'after' pictures.

    The mats that have NEVER been taken care of (we're planning on buying some more, 'cause these are definitely not going back inside it!)…
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    The ceiling (those screws gotta be fixed… along with the holes, etc…!)…
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    The floor (we're going to put down plywood over it, because the wood is petrified oak and isn't rotten, but broken)
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    And the trailer… (We're supposed to get to work on it this weekend… sanding, repainting, fixing, etc…)
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    My stepdad is also going to put a divider in it, since my uncle ripped it out to make a cattle trailer, and he's also going to fix the front part inside the trailer (where the saddles, feed, etc… goes). The biggest problem at the moment, though, is the floor and the middle bar, because it's broken and has to be welded together again, and if it breaks out completely, then the trailer's roof could fall in at the back.
     






  2. Chow

    Chow Senior Member+

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    We recently restored a cattle trailer, an old Sundowner. After we got all done we realized it might have been less expensive to have bought a newer one.

    You might want to take it to a trailer repair place and get them to give you an assessment of what will need to be done to make it street legal and safe for your horses. You might be surprised.

    Not only do you need it to be structurally sound the metal under your floor boards has to be safe. Then the axles and wheel bearings, wheels and tires may need to be replaced. It will need working lights and brakes. All of those things are much more important than the paint. I don't think you can use plywood to fix the floor either....you will probably need new floorboards. Getting the rust and old paint off before repainting required having it sand blasted....and that was expensive too. Then we needed new fenders...ours were too rusted through to fix.

    I hope yours will be easier than ours was....although it looks in much worse condition in your photos.!
     
  3. Vengeance

    Vengeance Senior Member+

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    Thanks for the info and concern. My stepdad is planning on checking everything and fixing whatever needs to be done. I did a litte sandng tonight, and am planning on doing more tomorrow. It's fairly easy so far, the sanding anyway.
     
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    Are there any plans about the back doors?? I just worry about a foot possibly getting stuck between the bars....:blushing:
     
  5. Zimalia

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    There comes a time when things are just too far gone to repair.

    Going by the photos, that trailer is just that. By the time you get the materials, paint, tires, wiring, and a TON of sand paper, not even counting your labor, you could buy a trailer in good shape.

    Sorry, but this is not a project I would take on. It's just too far gone.
     
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  6. meljean

    meljean Senior Member+

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    Pyro could probably weigh in on this, as she does the impossible.

    But if your folks know how to do this type of stuff, AND the labor is free, then you may come out okay.

    But be careful too. And I would think about putting different floor in, going on diagonal?

    With things like they are though, you might really come out ahead to buy a used trailer in good shape.

    But if you can do most of it, it should work fine.
     
  7. alaskan appy

    alaskan appy Senior Member

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    It does look like a lot of work but i can see the possiblities. Some of us have never learned to say never lol. Good luck! i cant wait to see the finished results!
    Peace Connie in Alaska
     
  8. Vengeance

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    Thanks guys.
    So far, we've got most of the floor in (we're putting treated wood over what is already there and doubling it up to make it sturdier... the wood in it already is treated oak).

    So far, we've spent $60$ and four hours of labor. My stepdad is waiting until he gets paid tomorrow to buy more wood and more screws to finish out the floor.
     

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