Every fall is my favorite time for dog shows. The weather is finally starting to not be "furnace level" and the venues are ones that I enjoy going to. There are also shows that hit on agility, obedience, rally, and conformation at the same show. Lots of bang for my buck.
But wait, this is the horse blog?!
Yes, yes it is. We will get there good friend.
I decided that showing dogs would be better with an RV. Remember my post about being logical? Well, there's a method. Now that I owned The Sexy Beast Truck, I could haul a significant trailer. I'd also become the owner of a rocking Town and Country minivan to help share mileage duty with my truck and my excessive driving issues. So I could get something that the minivan could tow, or something beastly for the Beast.
Why aren't you getting a horse trailer?!?! Living quarters are the bomb!
Yes, I agree with you. However, due to some odd quirk, I can't get a horse trailer of any kind financed but I can buy any RV. Huh? Exactly. Such has been my situation for several years so I was giving up at this time. My old old Shelby can still and my pride can handle it, so whatever.
I stalked all sorts of RV places online. I learned as much about them as I could and debated hauling options with my available vehicles. All the costs involved, etc. It was all researched obsessively cause well, that's me. The day came when I went, research in hand, to the carefully selected and financing preapproved RV dealer that I liked and had the used RVs I wanted. We checked out the RVs, asked questions, debated ideas. The salesman was lovely but... it didn't feel right. They had a REALLY nice motorhome though and hubbs fell in love with it.
FAMILY VACATIONS! CAMPING! SO MUCH FUN!
I bit my lip and debated. It did sound like fun, but it wasn't the most efficient thing. We COULD pull the Shelby with it though so therefore a living quarter/horse trailer option? I liked that idea except... insurance was going to put this "cheap" venture way over where I wanted it. Husband was pressuring, I was balking, so I did what I do: asked about the bank and figured out a way to leave to think things over.
We got home and I debated. Finally, I hit on it: horse trailer or bust. It made the most sense ALL AROUND. Something with a gooseneck and pre installed AC, 3-4 horses, rear tack. Nothing flashy, but functional and we could do anything we wanted in it... dogs, horses, camping, travel, etc. And I prefer hauling a gooseneck over a HEAVY and LONG bumper pull.
So I called the bank the next day. The lady was amazing and happily swapped the loan to a farm loan and told me the guidelines for finding a used horse trailer. Since I'm an internet stalker always, I knew the horse trailer dealerships I liked best. Well, I'd also called and tried to get financing from several of them over the years so I knew which I disliked and which would be a pita.
NRS Trailers in Decatur always has a great influx of trailers coming through there so I contacted a salesman to give him my wish list- I was willing to wait. He gave me a few stock numbers to check out on their online inventory and I was able to help him hone it down to what I was wanting. At the end of the conversation, he told me about a nice trailer they'd just gotten in, but it was steel, not aluminum like I wanted. I frowned but agreed to check it out.
I was hooked immediately.
We picked it up that Friday and now I have a beautiful, but frugal rig. HAPPY!