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Frazzled_Barbie

Trailer

I am sat here chewing on a pencil trying to do me sums. I need to have money put aside for a second hand trailer.

So 2 questions if you please.

1) what trailer
2) sensible price to be expexting to pay.

We need a trailer to transport animals, pigs and the occasional sheep and also other stuff such as animal feed such like.

Being a complete novice I have been looking at an Ifor Williams. But are there other makes that are just as good or am I just paying for the Ifor name etc.

Your thoughts on it would be greatly appreciated. We are not the most technically minded and dont want to buy a pig in a poke etc.  
Mo

We went through pretty much the same process. I recall looking at some real oddities on eBay  
In the end, we got a windfall and went for an Ifor.
Second hand ones are like goldust but our nearest Dealer did keep an eye out for one for us.
We also frequented the local livestock markets, reading notice boards etc.

Can't help in real terms, I'm afraid, but I'm sure someone on here will have some good advice.
Slipster

My trailers are all Ifor with the exception of the small one for behind the quad.
IMO ther is no better manufacturer of good quality trailers i have tried the cheaper versions if you have the money go for an Ifor
Baldybloke

Couldn't you just hire one as and when needed?
Frazzled_Barbie

Baldybloke wrote:
Couldn't you just hire one as and when needed?


Thanks for the reminder - Yes we can @ 40 a day, and not many places do them either. Our closest is approx 30 miles away - right beside the abbatoir, so go pick it up, bring it back, load up the pigs and then take them back etc.

That being said it still might be the best short term option.

If we do decide to go the buy route - the Ifor then?

Whats a good price second hand?
sod

Here a lot of trailers are home built do you not get that over there? we have trailers that have small stock crate that fits on that we have made for it. Also here most petrol/not service stations have hire ones let alone Hire companys in most towns. Is this different over there?
Mo

Frazzled_Barbie wrote:
Baldybloke wrote:
Couldn't you just hire one as and when needed?


Thanks for the reminder - Yes we can @ 40 a day, and not many places do them either. Our closest is approx 30 miles away - right beside the abbatoir, so go pick it up, bring it back, load up the pigs and then take them back etc.

That being said it still might be the best short term option.

If we do decide to go the buy route - the Ifor then?

Whats a good price second hand?


In the short term, would someone lend you one for the day?
goodlife

there are quite a few advertised just do a search for ifor williams trailers for sale it will give you an idea of price
Baldybloke

I suppose it depends on how often you need a trailer. If it's once or twice a year, hiring might be the best option. If you are going to regularly use one, then obviously buy.
Mo

We had to weigh up usage too.
In theory we only *needed* it to pick up pigs and then take them on their last journey.
We're glad we bought one, though, it is so handy to have and has had a lot of use.
Frazzled_Barbie

Thanks all for your input - we have also looked back at how many times we have had to pay extra to have something delivered because we didn't have something big enough to transport it.

So we have decided owning our own trailer is the way forward. We are going to put some money aside and wait for a bargain and in the meantime if we need one try to borrow or hire as the occasion arrives. Will take a look at the smallholders sale in Thame in June as I know that they had 4 for sale in the March Sale.
Seabird

Have you checked all the advice and regulations about transporting various animals? That might give you some pointers on what features to look for and what to avoid.

I can only tell you of my experience buying my first horse trailer. Even though I'd done a lot of research, I bought a trailer that was too small for my big lad. It was plenty high enough, but the first and only time we used the partition, neddy kept going down. There wasn't enough room to spread his legs out. So then got a 2nd hand Ifor Williams.

Also - horses need to have very little gap beneath partitions in case they trap their feet - don't know about other animals.

You probably already know that it's important to check the floor's sound.

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