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Anna WI

does anyone have any suggestion on how to enclose a trailer when it is mostly open? i just need something that will work for one trip, because i have to haul my horse soon and the only trailer i have to use is open. would a heavy cardboard work and then just attatch it with those plastic zip tie things? i am not sure what to use that would be easy to put on but not fail on us 20 miles down the road. 

Mike WI
     Our first trailer had two (2) opening near the top that ran the full length of the trailer. The openings were 5 1/2 wide thus I was able to use 1 x 6 lumber ( actual size of the lumber is 3/4" thick and 5 1/2" wide.) and ZIP ties to hold them in place. It also has an escape door and I used Plexiglas in the opening there so the horse(s) had some light and could see out. I personally would not use cardboard as there is a chance that it could pull loose from the ZIP ties, flop around and spook the horse. Also keep in mind that you should not enclose the trailer to much as the horse(s) could over heat, and  start sweating and get chilled. Just my opinion based on experience from hauling lots of horses over the years.
Glad this post came up!  I have the same type of openings as Mike described in my trailer.  I (hopefully) have to trailer this coming weekend.  My plan was to run an 8' length of plexiglass, 9" wide down the inside of each opening, zip-tying to each support.  This would leave a 4" opening at the front and a 2' opening at the back to circulate a little air, but not a ton.  I was planning on blanketing Dakota as well, since the circulating air will be chilly, especially at interstate speed.

So the question is, would covering both windows as planned and blanketing be good, or should I not blanket?
Anna WI

well, i found something to cover the openings, had the front part of the trailer closed up, and then ended up having to take it back down because i couldnt use the trailer because the lights wouldnt work on it.

Mike WI
Sorry to hear that your trailering trip is starting off on the wrong foot. The majority of lighting problems originate with the towing vehicle rather then the trailer. I'll give you a few pointers to locate the problem and you can take them for what they are worth. The first thing I would try is to find someone with a vehicle that you know has NO problems with it's lighting connection and have they hook on to the trailer and see if the light and electric brakes work. That will tell you where the problem is. If the trailer lights and brakes work you know the problem is with your towing vehicle. If they still don't work you will know the problem is with the trailer. Newer model trucks have a separate fuse block just for the trailer. Some trailers have a fuse block just for the trailer lights. I am guessing that if you have a stock type trailer that you don't have a fuse block however. You may have a wiring plug that has rusted over and not making a good connection. You could try inserting the trailer plug and removing it a half dozen times to clean up the connection. Also make sure that the ball is free of rust and has a light coating of grease on it. Also spray a little WD-40 up under the hitch on the trailer and wipe it out good. There is a plug in type connection in the vehicle wiring that feeds to trailer light plug. That could also be dirty. There are a few others way to check but it require a volt meter and a little knowledge that you may or may not have.
hope this helps.
Anna WI

the problem is with the trailer. the guy i was going to borrow it from thought it was our truck too until he hooked his truck up to the trailer and it did the same thing on his truck that i did on mine. we think maybe a mouse got to some of the wiring...?

Donna LE

Anna, how old is this trailer? I question, because you mentioned the lights or wiring not functioning, usually prominent in older trailers. Also, what about the floor? I really would be concerned if the floor is strong enough to handle the weight of your precious cargo. A friend of mine had 2 horses go through a wood floor in an older trailer while in route. Needless to say,  the outcome for one of the horses was tragic. Please be sure it is safe.

Anna WI

the trailer is only a few years old, and dont worry about the floors or anything because the guy treats the dang trailer like it is his baby. it gets power washed everytime it is used and he also has rubber mats that cover the whole floor. i wouldnt haul my horse in something if i thought he might get hurt in it.

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