Horse Trailer Buying Guide: What You Need to Know as a First Time Buyer

Buying a horse trailer is a large investment and is something you should do your homework on! Have you considered what size trailer you want, what manufacturer and what model? Many will vouch for the “best” option, but our best advice is that you find out what is the most ideal fit for your traveling and for your horse We want to make the process easy, so we have created this Horse Trailer Buying Guide to help you make the most informed decision possible.

Horse Trailer buying guide

Horse Trailer Buying Guide: What Do You Need in Your Horse Trailer?

Consider the size of the horse trailer that you want. First, think about the size of your horse, the number of horses you are bringing, the size of your vehicle and how wide you need it to be. Bumper pull trailers attach with a hitch to your vehicle. They can haul several horses at the same time but not quite as safe as other options with in climate weather.

What Type of Horse Trailer Is Best For Me?

You can also look at gooseneck horse trailers which are heavier, easy to handle, and great for more than 2 or 3 horses. Living quarter trailers are a great option if you plan to travel with your horses a long distance, and need a bed to sleep in at night. This is definitely the most convenient way to travel with animals.  Straight load trailers are popular; this is where the horse’s heads are faced forward and tails towards the back. This allows the horse to be more comfortable when traveling. Slant load trailers are all about that extra room! If you are traveling far distances, this could be a smart decision, so the horses do not excerpt as much energy during brakes and accelerations, during the trip.

Horse Trailer Material

Consider the material that the trailer is made out of. The two most common types are made from steel or aluminum. Steel is the heavier of the two. It seems to be more reliable in the case of an accident.  Aluminum trailers typically require less maintenance. They have fewer rust and corrosion issues… And are very durable over time. Both can be good options depending on the number of animals you have and your travel plans.

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All in the Details

Details are everything when you are purchasing your horse trailer. Besides identifying what brand, you want to buy, you have so many other aspects to consider. Some additional details to think about are, the specific style, your budget, and where you are traveling to. Styles consist of a manger, a walk-through and a slant-load. All have their pros and cons regarding space, convenience, and practicality. If you need a trailer that is more open, allows the horse to brace himself and gives you more access to the horse, consider the walk-through. If you need something for several smaller horses, consider getting a slant-load.

At the end of the day, you can purchase what you can afford. Consider your budget when buying this trailer. Although you may not want to finance, you have to understand that this is a long-term, important purchase that will essentially be the home on wheels for your horses. Look over different options, different dealerships, and learn about different manufacturers and their materials.

You also should consider your surroundings. Where do you and your 4-legged friends plan to travel to this summer? Keep in mind that different climates are going to affect your type of trailer. Keep them covered, keep them clean, and continual maintenance will definitely help with the durability and longevity of your trailer.

We hope this is a great start to you finding your first horse trailer. It can be very overwhelming to buy a trailer, but it doesn’t have to be if you know what you are looking for. As long as it fits the needs of your horses, your budget, and your traveling plans, you will be good to go! Happy and safe travels!

Horse Trailer Buying Guide: What You Need to Know as a First Time Buyer

Featured Unit: 2019 Bison Ranger

Searching for the perfect trailer for your family AND your horses? This 2019 Bison Ranger will provide safe and comfortable transport for all of your family members.

2019 bison ranger horse trailer

As one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of horse trailers, Bison Coach offers trailers with suitable accommodations for everyone. They care most about relieving any stress from traveling so anyone can enjoy their equine experiences. Bison Coach constructs both the living quarters and the horse stable under one roof, whereas most horse trailer manufacturers ship their trailers across the country to get another company to include the living compartment. This process adds on to the end price of each trailer and multiple warranty plans. Their facility prioritizes innovation and affordable construction so customers don’t suffer.

Bison Rangers come at an affordable price point for the best quality. Their available in 4 horse and 2 horse models and also in several different floorplans. This top-selling product is ensured to be stable with a strong steel frame. It’s a luxurious alternative to life on the road and is fully customizable to your needs.

Our new 2019 Bison Ranger 8311RG comes at a discounted price at $41,900 with over $14,000 in savings. Featuring 7200# axles, 16″ E tires, and 16″ aluminum rims, the exterior of this trailer is built to last and withstand the elements. It includes rear load doors, a pull-out black steel step, swing out saddle rack, horse fans, and drop feed windows. Your equine friend is sure to be relaxed on the road.

In the separated living area, the trailer comes equipped with plenty of storage, a queen size mattress, a glass shower with dual control handles, and LED lighting throughout. Know that your trailer will be secure with a gooseneck hitch and aluminum construction. If you’re looking to match your personal style, the trailer also features Ranger décor and wood finishes. Feel free to feel right at home in your new trailer.

Don’t miss out on this deal! Come visit Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield, NJ, to see it in person along with a huge selection of trailers and parts. Our experts will help you find the perfect rig for your travel dreams.

Preparing Your Horse Trailer For Travel

Reduce the stress of travel for you and your horses this show season by taking the time to inspect and prepare your trailer before hitting the road. From floors to ceiling vents, inspect and update your trailer for safe and stress-free transportation.

Without proper trailer preparation, travel can be a source of equine stress, illness and injury, according to The Center for Equine Health at the University of California at Davis. Keep your trailer in perfect working condition and, after a long winter’s rest, recondition your horses for safe entry and peaceful riding. A trailer-skittish horse and uninspected trailer can be a deadly combination.

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Featured Units: 2018 Sundowner Charter

Find safety, affordability and stylish transportation in the all-new 2018 Sundowner Charter line of horse trailers.

Transport your warm bloods in spacious, secure, affordable comfort in either the gooseneck or bumper tow aluminum horse trailers by Sundowner.

From its rural manufacturing and distribution center in Coleman, Oklahoma, Sundowner has been single-mindedly producing top quality aluminum trailers for all applications. Its horse trailers range from small bumper pulls, to trailers with lavish living quarters, all with the Sundowner commitment to detail and backed by a 3-year hitch-to-bumper, and 8-year structural, warranty.

From frame to floors, gates to dividers, Sundowners are distinctive for their commitment to all-aluminum construction, including aluminum or stainless-steel screws and rivets for long-lasting rust-proof construction

Find all the great features of Sundowner trailers in the Charter product line, available at Crossroads Trailers Sales in two-horse bumper pull models and 2+1 gooseneck models.

Sundowner Charter Sundowner TR SE Gooseneck 2+1

The all-new Charter Sundowner TR SE Gooseneck 2+1 is a high-quality, functional, and flexible gooseneck straight load trailer – loaded with features and options for trailering your horses.

Sized right for warm bloods at 6-ft-9-inches wide and 7-ft-6-inches tall, the TR SE Gooseneck 2+1 boasts two 38-inch straight load stalls, a four-foot tack area and a flexible space the can be a dressing room, space for a cart or buggy, or room for a third equine passenger. The trailer rides on dual axles with radial tires

The all-aluminum trailer is both stylish and practical with 20-inch by 36-inch windows in the nose area, a high-quality skin in a variety of color choices and graphics package.  Also standard are full-length running boards, a spare tire and wheel trim, safety breakaway, four-wheel electric brakes, and LED clearance and tail lights.

With a walk-up rear ramp and 60-inch wide side door with ramp, the TR SE Gooseneck 2+1 gives equine enthusiasts plenty of options for transporting horses and gear.

At the front is a well-designed tack room with rubber floor mats, a dome light, six tack hooks, blanket bar, brush tray, and two saddle racks.

Padded airflow dividers separate horses and each stall is equipped with butt and breast bars, and rubber mats. Each stall includes sliding windows and pop up vents. Find two inside tie rings in each stall as well as 1 outside ring.  The spring-loaded rear ramp is rubber lined

2018 Sundowner Charter 2H Warm Blood

More compact and lighter to tow, the all new charter LE bumper pull is sized right at 6-feet-9-nine inches wide by 7-foot-6-inches to transport your warm bloods and their gear. The all-new charter LE is a straight load trailer with two large sliding windows in the generously sized horse area and practical forward tack room.

The all-aluminum construction makes this two-horse Sundowner Charter strong and light. This charter comes with a pre-painted brilliant white exterior with graphic package. Tow safely atop rubber torsion axles, radial tires, and four-wheel electric brakes with safety breakaway.

Horses travel securely in 38-inch stalls with rubber floor mats, padded airflow shoulder dividers, side slide windows, pop-up air vents, and padded butt and breast bars. Like its bigger gooseneck sibling, “Suncoated” double wall construction, dome lights, two inside tie rings in each stall and one outside each stall, make the stalls both safe and attractive.

The spring-loaded, rubber-coated rear gate ramp makes loading horses a breeze and the double 7-foot side doors provide a safe exit and access to the forward tack room.  The tack room provides plenty of storage and organization in well ventilated, secure comfort. Behind the locking door and window, find six tack hooks, a blanket bar, brush tray, sliding window, and two saddle racks.

Find the right Sundowner Charter 2H trailer for you – the spacious gooseneck or sprightly bumper tow – at Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield, N.J. With a full-selection of Sundowner horse trailers in stock, the experts there can have you, and your horses, on the road in no time.

Featured Horsetrailer: Bison Ranger

For work or play chose the strength, durability, comfort, and luxury-for-less offered by the Bison Ranger.

New for 2018 Bison Ranger models offer the best in gooseneck living quarters at a best-of-show price. The stalwart steel constructed Bison Rangers offer dependable durability, safe, easy loading transportation for your horses, while the living quarters are packed with the quality and amenities most often found on luxury models.

Bison Coach has built industry-leading horse trailers since 1984. In 2003, Bison Coach kicked it up a notch, adding living quarter horse trailers to their line of horse trailers.

Bison’s Milford, Indiana plant is also a “one stop shop” for manufacturing. While other living quarter horse trailer manufacturers were shipping the living quarter areas out for finishing – sometimes many states away – Bison committed to holding the reins on every aspect of its trailer construction – maintaining control over quality, while saving its customers thousands of dollars.  With Bison’s one-stop approach consumers also avoid the hassle of different warranties for different parts of their trailer. With Bison Coach, take the trifecta of value, quality, and hassle-free ownership.

Now under the ownership of Thor Industries, Bison continues to be the leading manufacturer of gooseneck living quarter trailers in North America, with a diverse line of aluminum and steel horse trailers, from basic and lightweight, to beefy and luxurious.

The new for 2018 Ranger aluminum-over-steel living quarters trailers by Bison offer the superior strength, easy repair, and durability that only steel frame trailer can offer. The exterior of the Bison Ranger features the superior strength of a steel frame, easy maintenance of an aluminum shell, excellent towability, and wide variety of options. Available in two exterior color options, each with stylish graphics, makes for a distinctive exterior and a trailer you’ll be proud to tow.  From the heavy-duty Bulldog gooseneck coupler with convenient hitch light to make hooking up easier, to the rear aluminum-constructed doors with double cam-bars for a tight seal, Bison Ranger trailers are built with convenience and quality in mind. Bison keeps your trailer looking sharp with ATP stone guard protection.

With an incredible variety of floor plans and options, it’s possible to build a trailer to fit your exact needs, making it no wonder that the Ranger is the top-selling line of trailers offered by Bison Coach. Two excellent examples of the options available in the Ranger line of gooseneck living quarter trailers are the 2018 Bison Ranger 8311 three-horse living quarters model, and the four-horse 2018 Bison Ranger 8414.

The horse area is loaded with LED lights above the stall fans for each horse, and mangers and aluminum air flow dividers on stalls two and three. The positive slam latched horse gates feature comfortable padding on each gate for your horses. Enter stall one through a side door and find an insulated stud wall and roof, and escape door to the living quarters lavatory. Tow two or three horses in comfort or use the first stall as a mud room. To the rear find a three-tier swing out saddle rack, bridal hooks, built in brush box, and collapsible rear tack wall.

While the rear of the trailer provides a safe and comfortable environment for your horses and gear, you will find unexpected luxury in the living quarters of the Bison Ranger. The Bison Ranger living quarter package features residential-style dry baths, energy saving LED interior lights, rustic residential plank-wood look flooring, full-kitchens, generous slide-out options, and a queen bedded cab-over sleeping area. Look for raised panel hardwood cabinetry in two finish options and upgraded window treatments.

The Bison Ranger bathrooms features a two-piece residential style shower with glass door, large linen closets, porcelain commode, vanity with plenty of room for storage, as well as a generous, mirrored medicine chest for even more storage.

Bison 8414

Smart design means the Bison Ranger has a spacious interior for long-haul living on the road. Consider models with slide-outs, such as the all new for 2018 8414 RBLBH for extended or family travel. This 41.5-foot four-horse trailer features a large living quarters slide-out complete with a full awning, sleeper sofa, residential-style galley kitchen with gas cook-top, large refrigerator, and a convection microwave.

The Bison 8311 provides comfort for all.

The 2018 Bison Ranger 8311 three-horse living quarter model assures that you and your passenger travel in safety and comfort in an easy-to-tow 26-foot trailer. The Bison Ranger 8311 is 8-feet wide with an 11-foot short wall for horses and a well-designed living area with optional big slide-out. Find a residential style double sink, two-burner gas stove, microwave and 6-cubic-foot refrigerator. The forward queen bed area features shirt closets and a linen closet. Loads of storage throughout the Bison Ranger 8311, makes it the perfect trailer to tow for weekend shows or traveling the circuit.

With so many ways to customize your Bison Ranger, there’s a living quarters trailer to meet every travel need. To learn more about the many options available with the Bison Ranger, visit Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield, N.J. They carry an extensive line of new and used Bison Rangers and the expert staff at Crossroads Trailer Sales can guide you to the best Bison for your needs.

How To Choose The Right Horse Trailer

Before heading out to buy your first horse trailer or replace your existing one, it’s important that you assess your needs, consider the comfort and safety of your passengers, and make a budget so you don’t break the bank.  Horse trailers come in many configurations and sizes, constructed of steel and aluminum and designed for the long haul or for quick trips across the county.

Trailer, Gooseneck or Living Quarters

Horse trailers can range from very basic single-wide trailers with simple rear gates, to rolling palaces with padded stalls for your horses and lavish master suites for you.

The most basic trailer is a stock trailer, a more open trailer designed to carry a variety of livestock. If your trailer needs to multi-task, and long hauls with your horse aren’t in your future, a simple stock trailer with a few modifications may be an affordable option.

While stock trailers may due in a pinch or work for simple, short rides, for anything longer serious equine enthusiasts can look for bumper towed purpose-built horse trailers.  Available in a variety of dimensions, lengths, configurations, building materials and gate style, the smallest bumper-towed trailers can be towed by an SUV while larger models can safely and comfortably hold multiple horses and tack.  While added features can pile on costs, a well-built bumper-towed horse trailer can be a cost-effective choice.

To more easily tow longer, heavier loads as well as carry fodder and gear, step up to a goose-neck horse trailer. While a bumper-towed trailer connects to a hitch on the bumper of the tow vehicle, a coupler underneath the overhang of the trailer connects to a ball in the bed of the truck. The hitch arrangement results in a tighter turning radius and more control while backing up. Safety and stability for hauling heavy loads makes gooseneck trailers a great choice when you will be hauling three or more horses. Before choosing a gooseneck trailer, be sure your towing vehicle is up to the task.

For multi-day eventers and long trips, consider the all-in-one comfort and convenience of a living quarters horse trailer.  Ranging from spartan to luxurious, living quarter horse trailers pair up the convenience of RVing with the functionality of a horse trailer.  Most living quarter trailers will also include a bedroom, kitchen and dining area and enclosed bathroom.  For personal horse trailers, living quarter models will generally be heavier and more expensive than other horse trailers.

Configuration and Construction of Horse Trailers

Choosing the construction materials for your horse trailer is a weighty matter. Steel-built horse trailers are stout and heavy, simply repaired, and easy to maintain. However, they are susceptible to rust.  Steel constructed horse trailers are also the most affordable.  Aluminum’s light-weight strength has made aluminum horse trailers popular in recent years. Beam construction results in lots of carrying capacity for less towing weight.  Aluminum trailers are also rust free – but not worry free – as aluminum is subject to corrosion, especially from animal waste.

For a little bit of everything, look for composite trailers, those made with a mix of materials, depending on function.  For non-structural components, such as the roof and fenders, fiberglass is an affordable and durable option that keeps the trailer weight down.  Newer to the market is “rumbar,” a durable flooring constructed from recycled tires that doesn’t require a rubber mat like metal or wood flooring.

Straight or slant – or how the horse travels in the trailers – is a matter of preference.  In a straight load trailer horses enter from the rear and stand side-by-side facing forward.  Horses face the center of the road, standing side by side at an angle, in a slant load trailer. This is generally used for hauling more than two horses.

Knowing how your horse travels and loads is an important factor in trailer selection.  Consider if you need a ramp entry, rather than a step-up entry.  Many small trailers offer a basic rear entry, but if your horse balks at backing out, back and side exit may be worth the investments. Some trailers will also offer a forward exit so handlers can exit safely.

Whether you’re a first-time horse trailer buyer or looking to upgrade your existing trailer, the horse trailer experts at Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield, N.J., can guide you through the process.

6 Horse Trailer Safety Tips

A truck pulling a horse trailer heads down a scenic road.

When it comes to traveling with your horses, safety is always a top priority. Not only do you need to make sure your horses are safe in their trailer, but you also want to make sure everyone in the towing vehicle is safe as well. Read these 10 tips to prevent any problems or issues when taking your horses on the road. Continue reading

Horse Trailer Types – Which One is Right For You?

Horses waiting to depart after a rodeo.

There are more than 350 breeds of horses in the world today – and almost as many choices when it comes to choosing a horse trailer to tow.

From how your horse enters the trailer, to how you tow the trailer behind your vehicle, configuration, and design, there are many options to consider when looking for a horse trailer. One of the first things to consider is the size and style of horse trailer. Continue reading