Over the years, many of our customers have requested a safe option for a bumper pull living quarters trailer. Up until recently, we’ve always been strongly opposed to these types of designs. They just weren’t safe!
But now, we are happy to announce the release of our brand new SafeTack one horse bumper pull living quarters model. We’ve tackled the safety issues head-on and come up with a brilliant little trailer perfect for any horseman on-the-go!
As you may know, we talk a lot about safe towing here on our website. We want to educate our readers about the true towing capacity of their tow vehicles so they aren’t putting their lives (and the lives of their horses) at risk on the road.
One of our most talked-about-articles explained the dangers of a typical two horse bumper pull trailer with living quarters. Here’s a quick reminder in case you missed it…
On any horse trailer, you need to position the axles and wheels so that weight is well balanced for safe towing. Think of the axles like the center of a see-saw. If too much weight is positioned on the rear of the trailer, the front of the trailer lifts up creating something called “negative tongue weight.”
This scenario can be incredibly unsafe on the roads resulting a trailer tongue that pops off your truck hitch or loss of control of the entire rig.
If too much weight is positioned near the front of your horse trailer, you end up with a very heavy tongue weight that can easily overload your truck’s hitch. Again, this can result in hitch failure and greatly affects your ability to steer your truck.
A lot of other trailer companies will offer two horse bumper pull trailers with living quarters. But almost every model we’ve seen has one of these problems:
One style has the axles positioned far enough back to avoid a negative tongue weight. This trailer design anticipates that you might load just one horse in either the forward or rear slant load stall. Then, the living quarters (which is very heavy) is built into the front of the trailer.
The problem with this type of model is the very heavy tongue weight. Most folks want a bumper pull for towing with a smaller SUV or half-ton vehicle. These types of vehicles usually have hitches that max out at the 1,200 lb. tongue weight rating (and some are even lower!)
A properly built bumper pull with living quarters (with the axles moved back correctly) will have a minimum tongue weight of 1,520 lbs. to 1,700 lbs. Yikes!
These numbers aren’t just guesses either. We did a little bit of investigating and actually found a lying trailer salesman who was trying to swindle a buyer with a very unsafe trailer for her tow vehicle.
In order to haul a trailer with a heavy tongue weight like this, you’d need a very large one-ton vehicle. But doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose of having a smaller bumper pull in the first place? Why not just get a gooseneck living quarters trailer and be safer all around?
The second problem we’ve seen is actually found on the majority of the bumper pull living quarters models built today. Manufacturers figured out, "Oh… if we move the axles forward it will lighten the tongue weight. Then folks can tow with smaller vehicles.”
While that's true, it's a dangerous game to play as it creates the "seesaw" effect. If you load a horse in the front stall, most of the weight will be on the axles. However, if you load one in the back stall since the axles are moved forward to lighten the tongue weight you would end up with negative tongue weight.
This is unsafe to say the least and an accident waiting to happen. Trailers typically last 20 + years and it only takes one person over the life of the trailer to haul a single horse in the back stall, with a tow vehicle well under-rated for a major accident to happen.
Or, even if you haul in the front stall all the time and never haul a single horse in the back stall alone, what will happen if the divider comes unlatched….or the horse panics and is able to break free, or someone hauls in a "box stall" configuration. All of these scenarios are unsafe, and can easily be avoided….
Now that you understand the safety issues, you’re probably wondering what’s next… Well, it boils down to this. If you need to haul two horses and you really want living quarters, then there’s only one option.
Buy a gooseneck trailer!
To haul two horses with living quarters, this is absolutely the safest option.
With all that being said, there is one model of bumper pull trailer that we do feel is safe for horses and towing. It just so happens to be our newest SafeTack one horse bumper pull living quarters trailer.
Notice we said one horse, not two horse. That’s the most important thing.
Since this is a one horse trailer, we have a definite idea of how much weight is going to be in the horse area of this trailer. That means we can position the rear axles in the perfect spot to avoid any see-sawing or overly heavy tongue weights.
The axles are positioned precisely so that when you load your one horse, the tongue weight changes very little on the tow vehicle and the horse is standing over the axle. There isn’t anywhere for him to go, so the entire load stays very balanced.
What you’re left with is an extremely safe and convenient model that is perfect for any owners who love to dote on just one single horse.
If you like to take your one horse to horse shows and want some extra living space to hang out, this trailer is perfect for you. The living quarters includes ample storage, a drop down dinette which converts to a bed, a refrigerator, cooktop, air conditioned toilet, and even a cowgirl’s shower.
Maybe you like to meet up with other friends in the area for a day of trail riding and camping overnight. Use this trailer to store your food and overnight supplies. Plus, you’ll have a convenient area for preparing your meals or cleaning up after a day on the trail.
This model has a short wheel base so it’s easy to maneuver around gas station pumps or restaurant parking logs. Plus, it can easily be towed with a half-ton vehicle or a full-sized SUV such as a Chevy Tahoe. It’s safe, functional, and easy to hook up even for just one person.
Since this is a SafeTack trailer, it comes with a wide open loading area in the back to give your horse confidence during loading. We’ve seen other one horse living quarter models where the horse stall is a narrow hallway. It’s a layout which makes the horse feel very claustrophobic.
In contrast, the horse area on our SafeTack model is bright and open. In fact, you can easily walk the horse off the back of the trailer to offload rather than backing them.
As we’ve mentioned, this is a brand new model. So far, the public has expressed a lot of interest and excitement. Our first buyer is a woman in Tennessee who said she absolutely loves it.
We’d love for you to be our next success story. If you’d like to work with Brad to start building your own SafeTack one horse trailer, contact him today. He’ll work with you through every easy step of the process.
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