Myth #1: Aluminum Trailers Last Longer than Steel
While this statement may have been true not too long ago, steel trailers today are typically made from carefully painted or galvanized steel to extend their lives appreciably. Aluminum won’t rust, but it does corrode, which is a very similar process where the aluminum actually turns into a white powder over time. Regardless of your preference of aluminum or steel, if you don’t keep the outside of your trailer free of dirt and road chemicals and the inside dry and clean, your trailer will break down long before you might expect.
Myth #2: Overloading/Underloading a Trailer is Not a Big Deal
There’s a reason that your trailer’s axles are rated for specific load weight. The configuration under it expects that you are going to carry a fairly consistent load during every trip.
Underloading by carrying a single horse in a trailer built for four or more can lead to a dangerously bouncy trip for your house, since the springs of the trailer will be much too stiff for such a light load. On the other hand, overloading is just as dangerous, and can create a very real risk of hitch, axle, wheel or tire failure, as well as making stopping extremely difficult. Either scenario is a quick way to end up in a dangerous and severe accident with your trailer.
Myth #3: All Horses Prefer a Slant Load Trailer to a Straight Load
While slant load trailers are designed to help the owner of multiple horses fit them into a smaller space without compromising the size of a stalls too much, they have gained a reputation far beyond this design goal. The early slant load models were much lighter and open than straight load trails of the time, so horses did seem to prefer the slant loads, but it wasn’t because of the load configuration.
Many experts are divided about whether horses travel better in a slant load or a straight load, but one thing is certain — if your horse is trained to load into a straight load, he will usually do better in a straight load and vice versa. Since the stalls tend to be a bit narrower, very large horses may struggle to fit properly in a slant load trailer. The point is, when it comes to the preference of your horse, there is no clear cut winner in the slant load versus straight load debate.
Separating fact from faction when it comes to trailers can be a challenge made especially difficult by the fact that most horse owners only purchase a few trailers in their lifetimes. The technology involved in these carefully engineered trailers is always changing, but learning as much as you can bout the trailers you are considering can help make your investment decision easier the next time it comes to replacing your trailer. Contact Gooseneck Trailers with the link below for more information!