Would love some advice or suggestions for those who have gone through this.
Five years ago I bought a 2002 Kingston 2-horse BP in excellent condition. It’s been serviced yearly by a local trailer company that also sells trailers. Every service date they said how it’s in great shape for its age. I use it from spring to fall a few times a month.
This spring, I noticed some flaking around one of the crossbeams supporting the undercarriage. In a matter of a few months it considerably degraded. I called my service co, they got me in, and I got a call a few weeks later that the trailer was completely unsound, as the frame had rotted away.
They discouraged welding/replacing, quoting $10k in repair costs. For that money I may as well put a down payment on a new trailer, but those aren’t cheap either! I was quoted nearly $35k for a new edition of my current trailer.
Here is where I am conflicted, because I’m getting different advice from different people. My trailer guy says the trailer is unsafe and it’ll be too expensive to repair. He also pointed out for its age, there’s no guarantee something else won’t degrade – and it degraded so fast that I am still shocked it went from ‘excellent condition’ one spring to ‘totally unuseable’ the next.
A source I trust who welds says to repair the trailer, it shouldn’t cost $10k, and would be more in line with $2k, and that the new welding job would be stronger than before. My concern with repairing versus replacing is I already have some mild anxieties about a horse falling through the floor, and I don’t know if I could trust the trailer after a repair. But I don’t know anything about welding/fabrication, so I could be wrong. $35k for peace of mind is a lot.
I could buy used again - but the market is so inflated ATM, and I am afraid I’d pay half of what a new trailer costs just to be in the same position I am in in a few years. I really expected this trailer to last me at least 10 years.
I guess seeing pictures of the underside of the trailer would help inform everyone’s decision. The crossbeams have rotting where they join with the frame. The rest of the trailer is in good condition for its age - I really was shocked by this diagnosis.
So, WWYD COTH?