View Full Version : How much is a decent trailer going to cost?

24th January 2010, 04:53 PM
I really could do with some transport. But could do without spending too much at the moment. I've heard trailers can be bought fairly cheaply, around 600-800. But they're older types with wooden flooring. I've heard of a horse going through a wooden floor before - okay, it probably wasn't well maintained...
Any advice greatly appreciated, photos of your own boxes and cost would be great - anything. Thanks!!!

24th January 2010, 05:05 PM
Ive got three rice richardson trailers for that and they are fantastic! you can get them cheaper but i needed the treble version.

Wooden flooring can be easily maintained and replaced, there not especially specialised. Ive never had a problem with the floors. I recommend rice Richardson's but they are a heavy make but they seem to go on forever!

p.s. - our were all got off ebay!

24th January 2010, 06:10 PM
iv got a rice, its great this is the third one iv had, they are heavier, but i think theyre more sturdy! I WOULD DEFF RECOMMEND THEM!

25th January 2010, 10:51 AM
I got a little double Bahill for I think 700 (was between 600 and 800 anyway) and could not be more pleased with it. It's light enough that you can tow one horse in it with certain estate cars without doing your trailer test.

Bought it at a garage near Ross on Wye without actually seeing it (yes I am a total *****). They showed me a photo and I paid the deposit. They delivered it too. They were great, if Ross is reasonably convenient for you I can give you their details.

25th January 2010, 05:23 PM
Thanks, Sasca & gliska.
eeek, a little while ago I read up on the licence and I could not see a way around not having to upgrade my licence for towing. Something to do with the weight that is being towed in total, something similar. I think I found the link on the IW website.

25th January 2010, 06:17 PM
WE got a Rice trailer off ebay for 300 with no floor and the ramps (wooden inserts) were rotten..so we refloored it and painted it and put new ramps in..in total the refurb cost us...144..(plus 30 for rubber matting)

We put down 1" x 1" weldmesh over the chassis then marine ply then rubber matting..I too have a phobia about horses going through the floor but I know they will not go through 18mm marine ply and welded in mesh..(will go look up pics..)

25th January 2010, 06:38 PM



Will get pics of it now its finished tomorrow..

25th January 2010, 06:51 PM
Thanks, Louise! Your trailer is looking good and not a bad price either! There's still hope I'll get a trailer now, thanks.

25th January 2010, 07:47 PM
Maria, I researched for days, and with certain car/horse/trailer combinations it can work.

The trailer does not have to weigh under 750kg.

It can weigh over 750kg PROVIDING the TOTAL weight of laden car and laden trailer does not exceed 3500kg.

We have a Citroen estate 2.0l turbo diesel which weighs approx 2000kg.
The trailer weighs 700kg. Vinny no more than 400kg.

This means the total combined weight is 2000+700+400= 3100kg.

Now there is one problem, which is that the MAM (max authorised mass) of the trailer is 1750kg, which makes it overweight if fully laden.
The way around this is to replate it. This basically means you lower the MAM to what you need and change the plate on the trailer accordingly. So, if you are caught with the trailer weighing more than that new MAM, you get busted. Even if the driver that day has taken a trailer test and has an appropriate vehicle to pull the trailer with two large horses in it, the outfit will be illegal if it exceeds your chosen MAM. But as long as you never load your trailer above its new MAM (in my case about 1200kg), you're legal.

This is my understanding of it anyway, after considerable research.

25th January 2010, 09:15 PM
Thanks, Louise! Your trailer is looking good and not a bad price either! There's still hope I'll get a trailer now, thanks.

It looks so much better than that now LOL..

WIll get pics tomorrow

27th January 2010, 06:57 PM
eek, how would I go about getting the trailer replated? I'd definitely need a towing vehicle too so I'm going to have to research that too.
Thanks all!

27th January 2010, 07:17 PM
Rice/Richardson Trailers are very good and tend to be around a little cheaper as most people prefer the Ifor,

our first trailer was a Rice so super old cause they have been Rice Richardsons for years and it cost about 500 it was only a single and the front ramp weight an absolute ton so we never used it but it was tidy and we had it four five years

the floor was wooden but we never replaced it as they were huge solid planks that never seemed to need much doing with and we checked regualrly

27th January 2010, 08:59 PM
I had a Rice trailer, I bought for 600 repainted it, put a new floor in (similar to how Louise did hers.) and new tyres drove it round for 3 years, The sold it to get a lorry (because I camp over with the horse a lot. It was fab it weighed 600kg and took 2 horses upto 15.2. It was the one with the fibre glass front and roof
Here's the purple peril!

28th January 2010, 07:17 PM
Thanks s&w and clippi.
That trailer looks great, I quite like the colour! The horse is very pretty too!
Thanks for the help.

29th January 2010, 11:14 PM
I bought my rice trailer off ebay without seeing it I just relied on the ad when we got it home we went over it very carefully to discover the wiring was chewed through and only came on sporadically and the dampers were shot easy to replace but a bit costly at 150 a pair some of the ramp was rotten and other bits and bobs. What some people class as in good condition is not always the same as you think I only paid 560 for it fortunatley but it wasn't the bargain I thought it was and my hubby was less than impressed at the work he had to do. So if not viewing make sure you ask loads of questions about wiring flooring ect.

22nd February 2010, 05:35 PM
Sorry totally forgot about the "finished pics"!..Youve probably bought one by now but here they are anyway LOL

It looks ok for only costing about 450 in total