Local Trailer Rental Options for Low-Stress Moving, Delivery, and More

local trailer rentalYou know what they say. It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey…

But is that always true?

When you’re moving, delivering something, or doing basically anything else that requires a trailer rental, it usually is about the destination. You just want to finish up and unpack!

So let’s get you on and off the road quicker with a local trailer rental from Blue Ridge Trailers. Our trailer dealership is one of the only places in the Central Virginia area that offers this service. We’ll help you choose the right trailer rental from a range of options, so you can enjoy your journey and reach your destination safely.

Who Should Consider a Local Trailer Rental?

  • People moving within Virginia or nearby
  • Families moving kids into or out of college dorms
  • Farmers hauling equipment or other cargo to or from the farm
  • People picking up, delivering, or moving livestock and/or horses
  • Local businesses bringing equipment to job sites or events

What Are the Advantages of a Local Trailer Rental?

Trailer variety: A family-owned trailer dealer like Blue Ridge Trailers can offer a more personalized experience than the big-name moving truck/trailer companies. As you’ll see below, we offer a variety of trailers for rent that you can choose from.

That means you’ll get the right size and type of trailer for your needs, and won’t have to overspend on a big moving trailer just to fit your cargo.

Towing expertise: You’re not on your own when renting from a local trailer dealer. Blue Ridge Trailers draws from decades of towing experience and knowledge to ensure each customer has a smooth ride. We’ll determine the right trailer for your tow vehicle and hauling needs and help you get it hitched up and safely on the road.

What Trailers are Available for Rent at Blue Ridge Trailers?

Whether you’re hauling equipment, furniture, horses, and more, there’s likely a Blue Ridge Trailers rental option for you. We have:

  • Enclosed two-horse horse trailers
  • Enclosed cargo trailers (perfect for moving with furniture)
  • A 6 x 10 single axle utility trailer with a rear gate
  • A dump trailer with a 7,900-pound cargo capacity
  • A landscaper with a rear gate
  • An equipment hauler and a car hauler

See our full local trailer rental inventory here. Rates are dependent on the type of trailer, but are available for 24-hour, weekend, or week-long rental periods.

What Do You Need Before Renting a Trailer?

You should come prepared with your driver’s license, current proof of insurance for the tow vehicle, like an insurance card, and a valid credit card (first $500 of damage that may occur is the renter’s financial responsibility).

As with any trailer rental or purchase, one of the first things you should consider is your tow vehicle. It should have a towing capacity that exceeds the weight you’re planning to haul plus the empty weight of the trailer. You can generally find your vehicle’s towing capacity in the owner’s manual.

The Blue Ridge Trailers team will help you pick the right rental for your vehicle depending on a number of other factors. These include the type of trailer hitch your vehicle has, and whether it has a brake controller or the right setup to work an external brake controller.

 

Ready to find the right local trailer rental for your needs? Contact Blue Ridge Trailers online or at (434) 985-4151.

An Expert’s Guide to Horse Trailer Financing: How to Get a Good Deal

horse trailer financingYou’ve found the one.

That perfect trailer for your horses, your tow vehicle, and your hauling needs.

We get it–you just want to hitch it up and hit the road.

But for most buyers, there’s one more hurdle to get through: horse trailer financing.

With nearly two decades in the trailer business and a staff comprised of lifelong horse lovers, Blue Ridge Trailers understands the horse trailer financing process inside out. Thanks to our broker relationships and our experience, we’re able to find competitive pricing options for our trailer customers.

Today, we’re going to share some of our financing insights with you, so you can spend less time with the paperwork and more time enjoying your new trailer.

How Are Horse Trailer Loan Applications Evaluated?

There are a handful of factors any lender will examine and compare right off the bat:

  • Your credit score
  • Your debt-to-income ratio
  • Your income
  • Requested loan amount

None of that should come as a surprise. However, things get tricky when lenders start looking at the trailer itself.

Many lenders misunderstand or don’t know how to categorize horse trailers. They assume it’s a discretionary or “luxury” piece of equipment, and they price their loans accordingly.

They don’t realize how well trailers hold their resale value. Unlike cars, which start losing value the minute they leave the lot, quality aluminum trailers hold their value for decades.

That’s why it’s so important to buy from a trailer dealer who has relationships with brokers and lenders in-the-know. Blue Ridge Trailers works with a stable of lenders who understand the nature of trailers and can therefore offer appropriate, competitive financing options. That goes for utility trailers as well as horse trailers.

Horse Trailer Financing Pitfalls to Avoid

Prepayment penalties:

A lender who understands the longevity of trailers will give you a longer term to pay off your loan. That results in a lower monthly payment, which is especially helpful for farmers or other people with volatile month-to-month income.

However, we typically advise buyers not to wait the full length of the term to pay off the trailer, in order to avoid building up tons of interest. When you have a good month, you can pay a little more towards your trailer, and start working down the loan faster.

That strategy is not possible with prepayment penalties. As the name implies, prepayment penalties punish you for paying down your loan early. Avoid them or you’ll get locked into significant interest costs.

Not filing jointly:

Do both you and your partner have an income? If you don’t file jointly, you’re unnecessarily weakening your application.

Filing jointly will bring down your debt-to-income ratio, instantly making you a better candidate for a loan.

You should also consider whether you and your partner already have other loans in both names. If you do, but you don’t show your partner’s income on your horse trailer financing application, all those loans will be counted against your income only. It’ll make it look like you’re much less prepared to pay off your loans than you really are.

Ask Your Dealer About Their Lender Relationships

Before you file a loan application, ask your trailer dealer whether they work with loan brokers on behalf of their customers. As noted earlier, a dealer with a stable of knowledgeable brokers will be able to find you a more competitive deal.

You should also ask whether they’ll send your application to multiple brokers (which means multiple credit checks–not ideal).

Instead, Blue Ridge Trailers asks a handful of strategic questions to determine each customer’s situation, and therefore which broker will be best to send their application to. In turn, after running your credit, that broker can pick the optimal lenders to receive your application.

Do You Have Farm Income?

Then you’ll also want a dealer who is Farm Credit approved.

Farm Credit is a national organization that provides loans to people with farm income. Unlike standard lenders, they understand the unique situation of farmers and ranchers, in that income can be variable from one year to the next. They also consider horse trailers, utility trailers, dump trailers, and equipment haulers to be farm equipment–not “luxury” items.

Blue Ridge Trailers is a Farm Credit approved dealer, so we’ve seen firsthand how this different mindset that can result in a much more reasonable loan.

 

Have more questions about horse trailer financing? Contact Blue Ridge Trailers online or at (434) 985-4151.

Looking for Equine Events in VA? Don’t Miss the Virginia Horse Festival!

equine events

2016 Virginia Horse Festival. Source: VHF on Facebook

If you’re a horse lover in the Southeast, we’ve got your next must-visit event.

The Virginia Horse Festival is one of the best equine events in VA. The fourth annual festival kicks off this weekend with three days of equine demonstrations, education, shopping, and family activities.

Blue Ridge Trailers will be at this equine trade fair sharing our trailer safety and trailer purchasing expertise in three presentations. It’s also a great opportunity to get a trailer at a discount–we’ll be offering deals on five unique trailers exclusively for Virginia Horse Festival attendees.

Here’s everything you need to know:

About the Virginia Horse Festival

Where:

The Meadow Event Park, 13191 Dawn Boulevard, Doswell, VA

When:

  • March 23 (10 am to 7 pm)
  • March 24 (10 am to 7 pm)
  • March 25 (10 am to 5 pm)

Entry:

Advance sale tickets cost $12 and are available until March 22. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $15.

Three-day passes are available for $20 in advance or $25 at the gate.

Kids under 12 enter free.

The Virginia Horse Festival is an opportunity to learn about many aspects of the equine industry. The event attracts clinicians, demonstrators, vendors, entertainers and equine experts from across the country and spanning a wide range of disciplines.

Blue Ridge Trailers will be one of many educators offering workshops throughout the weekend (more on this below). There’s also plenty of time for fun and family activities, including everything from horseshoe painting to watching competitive trick riding.

Blue Ridge Trailers will be there all weekend. Find us in the Vendor Sales building!

Our Educational Workshops at the Virginia Horse Festival

Picking the Right Trailer and Tow Vehicle
Friday, 11 am-11:50 am
Virginia Horse Council Classroom

There are so many myths and old wives’ tales about trailer purchasing. This presentation will dispel the misinformation and empower trailer buyers to make the right decision for their needs. It will be relevant for both new buyers and trailer owners who are thinking of changing their trailers and/or tow vehicles.

The presentation will cover trailer floor plan, size, and features that make a trailer more functional. We will also cover specifications of given tow vehicles, as auto dealer salespeople usually don’t have that type of knowledge.

Accessories to Trick Out Your Trailer
Saturday, 1 pm-1:50 pm
Virginia Horse Council Classroom

Accessories are an important topic for both potential and existing trailer owners. Who doesn’t want to know about “toys” that will make your towing experience safer and more comfortable for your horses?

Road Trip Safety and Checklist
Sunday, 11 am-11:50 am
Virginia Horse Council Classroom

Our horses are our family. Every horseman and horsewoman can identify with the desire to haul safely, have the right equipment if there’s a problem, and prevent problems in the first place. There’s nothing more frightening than a maintenance problem that stops you cold by the side of the interstate with trucks whizzing by at more than 75 MPH.

We’ll discuss the essentials of road safety while hauling horses, including a checklist you can use for peace of mind on the road.

Our Trailer Deals at the Virginia Horse Festival

Blue Ridge Trailers is excited to have several horse trailer discounts available for Virginia Horse Festival attendees. You can quality for show discount prices below if you purchase a trailer on the show grounds (whether you take it home day-of or place a deposit).

  • River Valley Custom Aluminum Carriage Trailer: 2+1 gooseneck straight load
    7’6” tall, 6’8” wide with 18’ horse area. With dress and box stall doors. Comes with a two-year structural warranty.

This trailer has a unique floor plan. You can move the straight load divider to either side, to load either a carriage or a golf cart into the front box stall. The divider can then move back and secure for the loading of the horses.

The first 10 of these trailers sold will get a $1,000 discount for a show price of $25,995.

  • Homesteader Three-Horse Trailer: Gooseneck slant load Homesteader trailer. Show discount price of $16,495.
  • Homestead Two-Horse Trailer: Bumper pull, straight load Homesteader trailer, no dress. Show discount price of $10,995.
  • Hawk Two-Horse Trailer: Bumper pull straight load trailer with side ramp (never back out of your trailer again!). Show discount price of $18,895.
  • River Valley Two-Horse Trailer: Bumper pull, straight load with 5’ dress. Show discount price of $14,895.

 

Blue Ridge Trailers is always happy to answer questions and help you make the right decision for your horses. Contact us online or at (434) 985-4151. We hope to see you this weekend!

Don’t Miss These Horse Trailer Deals at the Horse World Expo

Got big plans this weekend?

If you didn’t before, you do now.

The 16th Annual Horse World Expo kicks off today, attracting horse lovers from all over for a weekend of fun and education.

It’s an especially great opportunity if you’ve got your eyes on a new horse trailer. Blue Ridge Trailers will be at the expo offering several sweet horse trailer deals that you won’t find elsewhere.

Here’s your guide to the weekend.

What is the Horse World Expo?

Where:

Farm Show Complex, 2300 North Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA

When:

March 1 (12 pm to 8 pm)
March 2 (10 am to 8 pm)
March 3 (9 am to 8 pm)
March 4 (9 am to 5 pm)

Entry:

Daily general admission is just $12 ($6 for kids, free for kids under 6).

horse trailer deals

Blue Ridge Trailer’s booth at this year’s Horse World Expo

As its name suggests, the Horse World Expo brings together a whole world of horse lovers. You’ll meet horse experts, owners, breeders, clinicians, entertainers and more.

It’s a wonderful event to network, shop, and enjoy equestrian demonstrations and competitions. There will be a number of speeches about everything from horsemanship to parenting a horse-loving kid, plus opportunities to ride.

Blue Ridge Trailers will be there all weekend—come find us at Booth Q!

Horse Trailer Deals to Look Out For

Blue Ridge Trailers is excited to offer a number of horse trailer deals especially to Horse World Expo attendees this weekend. The show discount prices below will qualify if the trailer is purchased on the show grounds (either taken day-of or with a deposit placed).

These include:

River Valley Custom Aluminum Carriage Trailer

horse trailer deals

2+1 gooseneck straight load
7’6” tall, 6’8” wide with 18’ horse area
With dress
Box stall doors
2 year structural warranty

The unique floor plan sets this trailer apart from the rest. You can move the straight load divider to either side, so you can load either a carriage or a golf cart into the front box stall. Then the divider moves back and secures for the loading of the horses.

The first 10 of these trailers sold will get a $1,000 discount for a show price of $25,995.

Homesteader Three-Horse Trailer

We’re offering this gooseneck slant load Homesteader trailer at a show discount price of $16,495.

Homestead Two-Horse Trailer

We’re offering this Homesteader trailer at a show discount price of $10,995. It’s a bumper pull, straight load trailer with no dress.

Hawk Two-Horse Trailer

Never back your horse out of your trailer again, thanks to the side ramp on this trailer! We’re offering this bumper pull straight load trailer at a show discount price of $18,895.

River Valley Two-Horse Trailer

Our River Valley two-horse, bumper pull straight load trailer has a 5’ dress. It will be available at a show discount price of $14,895.

 

Blue Ridge Trailers is always happy to answer questions and help you make the right decision for your horses. Contact us online or at (434) 985-4151. We hope to see you this weekend!

Got an Eye for Quality? Don’t Miss This Platinum Coach Horse Trailer for Sale

platinum coach horse trailer for saleEver seen one of those glossy luxury car commercials?

They’re all about craftsmanship, smooth handling, and joy rides that are both controlled, yet thrilling.

You can get all those same qualities from the right horse trailer.

Take Platinum Coach—or as we call it, the Rolls-Royce of horse trailers.

We’re excited to have a Platinum Coach horse trailer for sale here at Blue Ridge Trailers. If you’re looking for a high-performing trailer that handles as beautifully as it looks, here’s what you need to know.

What Sets Platinum Coach Apart?

If you’re familiar with Dream Coach trailers—which are sadly no longer being made—Platinum Coach is the only brand that achieves the same quality and craftsmanship, as far as we’ve ever seen. Here’s why:

Built with top-grade materials:

Platinum Coach trailers marry strength and craftsmanship. They’re built from aircraft-quality materials, at the hands of expert builders and welders. Each Platinum Coach is custom-made as a whole unit, rather than pieced together from mass-produced parts.

As soon as you open the doors or put your hands on the windows, you can tell the difference.

Durable:

It’s not all about appearances. Platinum Coach trailers have strict wall engineering and strong frames and floors, so you can expect them to last.

Unique:

Since every Platinum Coach trailer is custom-made, each one offers a unique look and experience for horse owners. The Platinum Coach horse trailer for sale at Blue Ridge Trailers is not something you’ll see anyone else hauling.

Tell Me About the Platinum Coach Horse Trailer for Sale at Blue Ridge Trailers!

Our Platinum Coach is a two-horse bumper pull straight load trailer, 7’ wide and 7’ 6” tall. It easily converts into a 10′ box stall simply by rearranging the padding inside.

There are two escape doors, each with drop windows as opposed to sliding windows, allowing for more ventilation than a comparable trailer would get. There’s also a window in the dress wall—again, for increased ventilation.

We’ve also added rumber flooring, which is made of durable but flexible boards of recycled plastic. Rumber flooring is not only durable and easy to clean, but it also reduces muscle fatigue for horses since it’s easier for them to stand on.

 

Want to learn more about Platinum Coach trailers and compare with other models? Check out the Blue Ridge Trailers inventory or contact us directly. We’re always happy to answer questions and help you make the right decision for your horse.

Should You Blanket Your Horse on Cold Hauls? Pro Trailer Temperature Advice

blanket your horseWouldn’t you love to see through your horse’s eyes?

We all want to know what our horses are feeling and what we can do to make them more secure and happy.

That’s especially true on a long road trip, when there are several potential opportunities for horse discomfort.

Unfortunately, until telepathy is possible, we’ll have to make do with what we’ve got. Tools like trailer temperature monitors can help us make crucial decisions for our horse’s health and comfort on a long haul.

Endurance rider Jo Christensen saw this for her own eyes recently on a cold road trip through Montana.

Her story caught our eye, and with her permission we’re sharing it here. If you’ve ever wondered whether you should blanket your horse to keep it warm on winter roads, you’ll want to read on to find out what she learned.

Jo’s Temperature Test Discovery

Below is an abridged version of Jo’s story. Read the whole post here.

Temperatures inside horse trailers are a concern to most endurance riders I know. We tend to haul very long distances, both in the heat and in the cold. I had to do some winter hauling today and before I left, I installed a temperature monitor inside my horse trailer. What I discovered was surprising and fascinating and changed my mind about what I thought was going on back there…

I hung the sensor in a mesh bag (good air flow) about halfway up the side of the wall in the trailer that encloses the rear tack room. I didn’t put it on the roof (heat rises) or near the floor (cold air sinks). My trailer is a 3 horse slantload, and I put it in the stall that did not have a horse in it. It was not hanging on an exterior wall. My trailer is not insulated- no living quarters, just a standard small dressing area in the front.

The trailer did have about 3 inches of hard encrusted snow insulating the roof-this snow stayed the entire journey.

The side windows could not be opened- they were encrusted with ice- however we opened all three roof vents to their maximum extent.

When we left our house in the Bitterroot, the temp inside and outside the trailer both read 20 degrees.

Along our route, outside temps dropped as low as 14 degrees. At the same time, temps in the trailer NEVER dropped below 39 degrees. For the vast majority of the journey, the trailer was holding at 44 degrees. Temps inside the trailer were ALWAYS OVER TWENTY DEGREES WARMER than the outside.

The Blue Ridge Trailers team recently took a trip from Virginia to South Carolina with a temperature monitor in our horses’ trailers.

We similarly noticed that even leaving at 7 a.m. in 20-degree weather, the trailer got warm and toasty pretty quickly.

So What Does This Mean for Your Own Road Trips?

Jo offered some key takeaways if you’re thinking to blanket your horse:

First of all, it’s very easy to monitor temps in your trailer and I would highly encourage everyone to do it!

Secondly, I cannot believe how fast two horses could heat up a 3 horse trailer in very cold weather and keep it warm. I never dreamed that horses radiate that much heat. And to think I had been considering blanketing them.

Of course the need to blanket and other things might be different if your horses are body clipped or your trailer is different. And of course this is an enclosed gooseneck, not a stockside trailer. But rather than just guess what might be going on back there and whether it is appropriate for your clipped horse (or sick horse or…?) just go get a temperature monitor and find out!

Like Jo, our sales associate Julie Williamson reiterated that every horse and every trailer are different. Rather than relying only on a temperature monitor before you blanket your horse, she advised, use it as a tool so you know when to put a physical hand on your horse and assess how warm it is.

Ultimately, the key is to be aware of your environment and actively checking in with your horse. Don’t assume that what you feel and see outside your truck window corresponds to how your horse is feeling.

 

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The 8-Step Checklist for Safely Transporting Horses by Road

transporting horses by roadA long road trip can be a blast, but there’s always that gnawing question in the back of your mind…

How are the horses doing?

Are they comfortable in the trailer? Are they susceptible to any health issues? Will they be able to acclimate to a new environment when you arrive?

We’re here to help you put your mind at ease.

Our checklist for safely transporting horses by road will help you prepare your trailer and your horses for a worry-free trip. We’re also sharing some guidance from the United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian), a major governing body for equestrian sports.

Your Checklist for Safely Transporting Horses by Road

Make sure your horse has had a recent vet visit and is up to date on vaccines

In other words, don’t ride with a sick horse! While a healthy horse can withstand fatigue and stress during a long-distance trip, a sick horse will be at much greater risk for shipping fever and other travel-related illnesses.

US Equestrian recommends following the Equine Disease Communication Center, US Department of Agriculture and USRider News and Safety Bulletins to stay up to date on disease outbreaks.

Plan regular breaks along your route

You should plan to stop your trip every four to six hours for at least half an hour at a time. Take the time to check your horse for signs of stress or discomfort, and make sure to offer them water and hay.

Provide access to water

As US Equestrian puts it, this is “non-negotiable.” Horses need access to water during transport to prevent dehydration and overheating. If possible, bring a tank of water from home in the trailer that will last the length of your trip (including breaks).

If you can’t bring that much water when transporting horses by road, some experts recommend giving your horse flavored water about a week prior to your trip. That way, the horse can become accustomed to drinking from unfamiliar water sources.

Here at Blue Ridge Trailers, our team has had luck with using peppermint extract, which can cover up unfamiliar smells in the water.

Prepare their gut with probiotics

The stress of travel can upset the balance of flora inside a horse’s gut, which can in turn lead to digestive troubles and other health problems. Given a few days in advance of travel, probiotics can support a healthy intestinal balance when the horse is stressed.

Of course, there are a number of probiotics out there and each horse is different, so it’s always smart to consult with your vet first.

Ensure adequate ventilation

You need a steady stream of fresh air in your trailer to keep horses cool, comfortable, and breathing easy. An adequately ventilated trailer is also much less inviting to disease.

Leave room for your horse to drop its head

If you tie your horse’s head too tight, it’ll have trouble coughing to clear dust out of its lungs. Make sure you leave enough room for your horse to drop its head and cough downward.

Secure all items in the trailer

In the midst of all your travel preparations, don’t forget the basics! Tie down containers, buckets, riding gear, first aid kits, and any other objects in your trailer that might otherwise slide loose and collide with your horse.

Consider rumber flooring to reduce muscle fatigue

Rumber flooring consists of durable but flexible boards created from recycled plastics. It was designed to replace the old style of trailer flooring: aluminum or wood boards covered in a plastic mat.

Since rumber flooring can absorb tension during travel, horses experience much less stress on their muscles during the ride. That means they arrive calmer, happier, and less fatigued.

 

Did you find this information useful? You may also be interested in our seven trailer towing safety tips for peace of mind on the road.

8 Winter Towing Tips for Safe Trailering

winter towingYou’ve got a big thermos of hot chocolate.

A long playlist of Christmas songs.

Seat heaters getting you cozy and comfortable behind the wheel.

So are you ready for a long winter drive?

Not until you’ve done a winter towing safety check for your trailer.

Winter drives can be lovely and scenic—until they suddenly become totally terrifying. With ice on the roads, wind at your sides, or heavy snow smacking the windshield, you and your trailer need to be prepared for dangerous situations.

Follow our winter towing tips below to keep yourself, your horses, and your cargo safe on the road this season.

Winter Towing Tips for Safe Trailering

Before we get to the list: the most important safety rule you can follow is to keep off icy roads whenever possible. If you don’t need to drive in rough winter weather, don’t!

It’s also important to get familiar with general trailer safety rules for driving in any season, which you can do here.

1. Get Your Regular Maintenance Check

Before any long trip, make sure your trailer is up to date on its regular maintenance checks. This is the most efficient way to ensure a safe drive without breakdowns.

2. Consider Snow Chains or Snow Tires for Your Trailer

Snow-ready tires can keep you stable in inclement weather. They’re especially important for safely slowing down or breaking on winter roads.

If you’re not sure whether your route will take you into the snow, it’s smart to at least have a set of snow-ready tires stowed away.

3. Check the Battery

Cold temperatures tend to cause older batteries to die. If your battery is more than a few years old, consider replacing it before your drive.

4. Clear Snow off the Top of the Trailer

Grab a stepstool and a broom to clear snow off the top of your trailer. This will prevent a chunk of snow from dropping down on your tow vehicle when you brake. It will also keep other drivers safe—you won’t be shedding snow and ice into the road as you drive.

5. Know the Stopping Points Along Your Route

Don’t just wing it with your GPS! If weather conditions get too bad, you’ll need a safe place to pull over and wait it out. Travelmath has a handy tool that will calculate stopping points along your route for you.

6. Carry an Emergency Kit

Ideally, you already have a roadside emergency kit stowed in your trailer with flares, water, equine first-aid supplies, etc. For winter drives, make sure you’ve got spare warm gloves and hats stored in a dry space, ice scrapers, and tire traction mats in case you get stuck in slush.

7. Get Familiar with Your Brake Controller’s Manual Override

Your trailer brake controller has a manual override—usually a “squeeze bar,” slide, or button. It lets you hit the trailer brakes directly from the controller (bypassing the tow vehicle brakes). So if you go into a slide or a skid on icy roads, hitting the manual override can pull you out of it.

Learn more about testing and using your trailer brake controller here.

8. Drive Slow with Lots of Stopping Distance

This is true whenever you’re trailering, but especially when roads are icy. Braking hard can cause your rig to skid or jackknife easily.

 

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Shopping for Horse Lovers this Holiday? Here are 13 Practical Gifts They’ll Love

horse lover giftsWhat makes a perfect holiday present?

It’s somehow both surprising and totally necessary.

It shows that you truly understand the person you’re giving it to.

And it makes their face light up as they rip the last shred of wrapping paper off and hold it up for everyone to see.

Want to give that kind of present to your favorite horse lover this year?

We’ve made it easy. Below, you’ll find more than a dozen unique, practical horse lover gifts that they’ll use and love for years to come.

13 Practical Horse Lover Gifts They’ll Use All Year

Trailer Boot Box

A boot box holds equipment that riders need in their horse trailers at all times. It’ll help keep their trailer organized and make it easy to find what they’re looking for.

Cold Weather Riding Gear

A high-quality winter riding jacket, durable gloves or thermal breeches will be appreciated by any rider who hits the trails this season.

Trailer Camera System

Nothing gives a horse lover comfort and peace-of-mind like being able to keep an eye on their horses during a long drive. Here at Blue Ridge Trailers we specifically recommend Voyager trailer cameras, which we’ve found to be the most durable and reliable.

Folding Saddle Rack

This handy device gets mounted on the horse trailer walls. It can fold up for a rider to rest their saddle on and folds down against the wall when it’s not needed.

Horse Grooming Kit

Here’s a low-cost gift that horse lovers can use every day. Depending on the horse owner’s needs, you can get a travel grooming kit, a kit for the barn, a small zip-up kit with just the essentials, and many other options.

Cover to Protect Horse Trailer Exterior

Here’s a gift that truly keeps on giving. A cover protects the horse trailer exterior from the elements, which in turn protects the trailer’s resale value. Just be aware that most trailer covers are manufactured too short—look for RV covers instead. Read more about how to get a quality cover here.

Saddle Cover

While we’re on the topic of protecting a horse lover’s gear, how about a saddle cover? Saddle covers are inexpensive and often have fun designs to let the rider’s personality shine through.

Trailer Fans

If you want to make a horse lover happy, help make their horses happy. Trailer fans keep horses cool and comfortable on long drives.

Ideally, trailer fans shouldn’t be dependent on the tow vehicle battery. Consider adding an auxiliary battery to run the fans independent of the tow vehicle.

Hitch Cameras

Make a rider’s life easier before every drive. Back-up cameras eliminate guesswork when hitching a trailer up to a truck. By looking at the camera monitor, the driver can quickly and simply line the truck up to the trailer ball.

Schedule a Professional Trailer Cleaning

The exterior of aluminum trailers will oxidize over time, creating a dull or dingy appearance. A professional cleaning will safely remove the oxidation so the trailer looks shiny and new again.

Blue Ridge Trailers has a professional on call that will make even the oldest trailer look bright again. Call us or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

Electric/Hydraulic Trailer Jack

This powerful little device lifts up a trailer for easy hitching and unhitching, so riders can save their energy for the trails. Contact us to learn more about this tool and the difference between an electric jack and an electric/hydraulic jack.

Water Tank

You can’t get more practical than this! You can even get a tank with a pump that makes hosing off hot horses much more efficient, leaving more drinking water for them.

Riding Lessons

If your favorite horse lover is still growing as a rider, this thoughtful gift will help them achieve their goals.

 

Shopping for a horse lover or just looking for ideas? Blue Ridge Trailers is always happy to offer our expertise. Call us at (434) 985-4151 or view current inventory and prices online, including a complete list of all after market accessories we offer.

Love Letter to a Dump Trailer: Why We’re Loyal to CAM Superline

CAM Superline Standard Duty Dump TrailerIt’s the strong and silent type.

It looks good into old age.

It won’t let you down.

The CAM Superline dump trailer has long been a favorite here at Blue Ridge Trailers. As a trailer dealer that’s committed to quality above all, we appreciate their dependability and superior construction.

But we also recognize that for the average trailer buyer, it’s not always easy to tell what makes a great trailer and what features are worth the extra cost.

With that in mind, we’ve identified our four favorite reasons to pick a CAM Superline dump trailer. Whether or not this leads you to a CAM, we hope it helps expand your knowledge as a consumer and makes trailer shopping a little less intimidating.

4 CAM Superline Dump Trailer Features to Consider

1. They’re “Overbuilt”

Every CAM Superline dump trailer is “overbuilt,” meaning its components are a notch bigger or heavier than you’d find on equivalent trailers. This doesn’t have a noticeable impact on towing, but it does mean that the trailers are built to handle heavy loads and rough roads.

It all goes back to CAM Superline’s history producing trailers for the Canadian mining industry. Those trailers had to be prepared to take a beating–and they still are today.

2. You Can Use Them for Years and Still Resell

Let’s face it: any trailer is an expense. Why not invest in a trailer that’s going to last years and keep its resale value?

Shell out for any old trailer, and it’ll start to deteriorate with use. But with a CAM Superline dump trailer you can use it, love it, and eventually sell it when you’re done with it.

3. They Come with Endurance Tires

CAM Superline uses Goodyear Endurance Tires, which are specially designed for durability and stability under a trailer. They’ll also remain cool while you’re towing heavy loads.

4. They Offer Specializations for Contractors

Not every CAM Superline dump trailer is exactly the same. Depending on your work and towing needs, you can get special features to make life easier.

For example, if you’re towing a forklift, there’s an option to add a mount for your tines. We haven’t seen this feature on other trailers. They also offer expanded trailer sides, an underbody toolbox, and a range of other options.

If you’re a contractor, you’ll appreciate that CAM knows the construction industry well and can cater to your needs.

 

Want to view and compare CAM Superline dump trailers? Check out the Blue Ridge Trailers inventory or contact us directly. We’re always happy to answer questions and help you make the right choice for your needs.