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Re: [RC] Friends trailer tragedy has me thinking. . . - Sisu West Ranch

When equipment is designed, various levels of "overdesign" are used.  The
proper amount of overdesign produces the safety factor.  If a trailer is
designed to be ultra light weight by the use of fiberglass, it will probably
not be particularly strong if challenged by a rampaging horse.  Many
Aluminum trailers are similar.  I just spent a couple of days repairing and
reinforcing my Aluminum trailer's underneath where I had scraped on a rock.
I have done similar with my good old steel stock trailer with not damage.
The steel stock is heavy (bad) but very sturdy (good).  Aluminum is also
expensive which provides extra incentive to use the minimum amount that will
get the job done.

If one is planing on transporting rough stock, a steel trailer will probably
stand the abuse better.  Steel is also easier and cheeper to repair if

Ed and Wendy Hauser
Sisu West
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875

(406) 642-9640



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[RC] Friends trailer tragedy has me thinking. . ., Laurie Durgin