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Re: [RC] [Guest] Trailer ramps - Bonnie Davis

Wow, Jim, you really HATE  ramp trailers don't you.....

I don't show.   Never have.  But I horsecamp.  About 5-7 thousand miles a
year just camping.  Been in flat meadows, on the side of mountains, on river
banks and lots of places where the ground is not even.  Never camp or unload
in a ditch -- you could wet is it rains up in the moutains and the ditch
gets water run off.  And in all those years with my ramp trailer, no
problems.  As for leveling, that's why one should carry 5 or  6 one-inch
blocks with 'em to level a ramp.  Or find a rock.  Since I've never had an
Arab -- Quarter Horses,  Morgan/Quarter cross, an Appaloosa, an
All-American, a couple Paints -- so with my horses they've all loaded into
ramp trailers.

For me, my ramp has worked fine.  First a Miley.  Now the Featherlite which
I had built for horsecamping and trail riding.  I've camped for up to 6
weeks without seeing anyone.

Regardless of what I say you won't change your throughts about a ramp
trailer.  But I've never seen a horse slip and go under the end of a ramp
and break a let.  I've seen two of those with step-up trailers -- one when
unloading on blacktop at a horse show and the horse spooked and slipped, one
leg under the step up which the horse broke.  The other on dirt when the
horse 'fell' out, sat down and went over backwards with both legs going
under step-up.  One leg broke, the other skinned to bone.

Two years ago I had a tire seperate on my dulley.  Blew out wheelwell,
corner of camper, dented front of trailer.  Had to unload horses on the
SLOPE of 680 freeway.  No problem.  Horses backed out and watched
18-wheelers go back.  Even if it's a step-up, the trailer is still sloped
sideways.......or do you have a special leveling system for keeping your
trailer flat?

My Featherlite is 9 years old.  But I take care of it too!!  You know, oil
the springs, wash the floor every three months, take the horse manure
out.......

In my estimation -- forget the step-up.  Unless the horse can be turned
around and lead out.  But not for you, Jim!

Bonnie Davis


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Holland" <lanconn@xxxxxxx>
To: "Ridecamp" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2003 12:11 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] [Guest] Trailer ramps




Ridecamp Guest wrote:

Bonnie Davis

In the 40 plus years of hauling horses -- I 've only bought trailers
with
ramps.  I don't like step-up trailers but step-up or ramps is a personal
choice and I know you're going to get all kinds of responses on this
one!


In about the same number of years hauling, I have owned one trailer with
a ramp. (It was a "deal")  Never again.  If you are a "show person" and
always load and unload your horse in a level spot, and can be sure you
will never be stuck along a highway with a sloping shoulder where you
need to get your horse off, and never have an accident with your trailer
in the ditch, and never need to park your rig on the slope of a hill
when you ride...then go for it.

IMHO, ramps create more probems than they solve.  I had a half Arabian
gelding once that loved to ride...would jump right on...but was always
suspicious of the ramp. Always tried to jump OVER it to get on! <grin>

There are two many situations, especially in the mountains, where having
a ramp limits your parking and unloading.  In addition, it adds about
8-10 of space to the "take off" area you need at the rear of the
trailer. (After two years, the springs deteriorated and the ramp support
beams delaminated from the ramp on the one I owned...and I understand
that's not uncommon)

Forget the ramp.

Jim, Sun of Dimanche, and Mahada Magic


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