Posted 2008-08-22 9:34 AM (#90180 - in reply to #90164) Subject: RE: sidekick trailers
Location: western PA
We have a Sidekick, and love it. It is built with one of the strongest frame structures I've seen. Ours is a three horse slant load and features a mid tack which offers much additional storage. It has a 13' LQ "Show Time" interior, which is complete, attractive and has all the amenities.
The roof is a one piece fiberglass beam, that is very strong and rigid and offers a good insulating value. You can walk all over it with no deflection being noted. The stall areas are fully insulated, all the hardware is durable and reliable. Nothing has broken, fallen off or failed to work.
There is one issue that is common when ever dissimilar materials are joined. The roof is fiberglass, and the edge transitions are aluminum. Each material has a different rate of expansion and contraction, and after the initial factory caulking fails, leaks will develop in the seam areas.
We bought our trailer used and it was always stored indoors, with no leaking issues. Our first rainy day revealed the need for re caulking which subsequently solved the problem. I am now considering an elastomeric surface coating.
When we purchased the trailer, the aluminum stall flooring had some corrosion and pitting. It wasn't major, but it needed to be addressed. The flooring is made from interlocking beams, which are thick, strong and very rigid. The original owner didn't know how to treat the metal, and only flushed it regularly. I cleaned and treated it and installed a surface coating. Now my only maintenance is flushing the inside floor at the end of the season, and flushing the underside of the trailer a couple of times a year. There has been no reoccurrence of corrosion, and we live in the dreaded North East.
Sidekicks don't seem to be widely known and apparently are sold in low numbers. Each one is custom built; the few that I've seen and the few advertised are all dissimilar to each other, in floor plans, equipment and LQ's. Until I saw ours and inspected it, I had no idea what I would find. Mine was built in FL, since then the company has changed hands and their place of business.
We are very pleased with the way it tows and handles. Last year it literally saved my family's lives, when we jackknifed after a truck tire blow out. It's stability and the excellent trailer brakes, twice straightened us out at 65 MPH, and prevented us from rolling and flipping over.
If you've deduced that we like our trailer, you're correct. We consider ours to be an enjoyable, life time investment, and it has a permanent home.
Posted 2008-08-23 8:26 AM (#90228 - in reply to #90164) Subject: RE: sidekick trailers
They are building them in kansas now. Unruh fab purchased the company a few years ago. They have managed to take a great trailer and turn it into an exceptional trailer. at the momment we are their main dealer for them and wow, we are so excited about this trailer. The company makes fire trucks and they have applied the same quailty to their horse trailers. http://www.unruhfire.com/ We are so confident in the quality of this trailer and our LQ company that we are offering a lifetime trailer/ lifetime LQ warranty ourselfs (the dealer) for the original owner. I just can't say enough about them. Another bonus is that the people running Sidekick are horse/ rodeo people so they have that influence in them when building these trailers.
Posted 2015-04-03 10:51 PM (#163074 - in reply to #90182) Subject: RE: sidekick trailers
Hi everyone! We just purchased a 1994 Sidekick horse trailer and would like a place to get a bit more info before we start adding things to it. It is on a lq platform but lq was never done...it was used as a tack showroom trailer until a couple of years ago. We have since learned that Sidekick is no longer in business and just wanted a place to get some info if anyone can help. Thanks.
Posted 2016-10-21 2:31 PM (#168701 - in reply to #90164) Subject: RE: sidekick trailers
We recently bought a 2004 Side Kick 3 horse trailer with a mid tack and large living quarters and we love it so far. We have had to seal the roof around a vent that was leaking but great trailer! We are trying to find someplace to buy the aluminum bars that fit inside the windows for the horses so that they cannot stick their heads out. If anybody has any idea's where we can find something like this please let us know.