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yirsa
Posted 2018-07-31 11:06 AM (#171754)
Subject: 2003 sooner, 1997 4 star or 2003 Sundowner?


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Looking for opinions for a novice horse trailer shopper.
I am wanting to upgrade my old trailer a bit and have my eye on a 2003 21' sooner with AC in dressing but no other upgrades. It is local. Another trailer is a 1997 20' 4 star with nice LQ. It is out of state. The 3rd trailer is a local 2003 21' Sundowner with dressing, no air or upgrades. All are in nice shape. Sooner is $12000, 4 star is @$17000 delivered and Sundowner is $8000.
They are all 3 H slants with GN hitch.
Any strong educated opinions to help me out? I do use the dressing area in my current old Econolite to relax a bit when at clinics, etc.
Thank you in advance.
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diggerdoo
Posted 2018-07-31 11:49 AM (#171755 - in reply to #171754)
Subject: RE: 2003 sooner, 1997 4 star or 2003 Sundowner?


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I am a 4 Star fan, have a 2005 and it is a great trailer.  You can't hardly beat the older ones. 
 
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yirsa
Posted 2018-07-31 8:11 PM (#171759 - in reply to #171754)
Subject: RE: 2003 sooner, 1997 4 star or 2003 Sundowner?


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Thanks for your advice!
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diggerdoo
Posted 2018-08-01 2:19 PM (#171764 - in reply to #171759)
Subject: RE: 2003 sooner, 1997 4 star or 2003 Sundowner?


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I also had 3 Sundowners before the 4 Star.  They were nice but couldn't nowhere near the quality of the 4 Star.
 
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jmey1820
Posted 2018-08-06 9:47 AM (#171782 - in reply to #171754)
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Be wary of the 2003 sundowner if it is the steel frame, aluminum skin model.  That is when they were having major frame failures, I know because I had one.   
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yirsa
Posted 2018-08-06 12:21 PM (#171783 - in reply to #171754)
Subject: RE: 2003 sooner, 1997 4 star or 2003 Sundowner?


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We did learn through some more research to stay away from the Sundowners during about a 10 year period...1998-2008. Saw that in a few forums. Is it true? Boy, hard for me, the novice to know for sure!!
Starting peeking at some used Harts also.
The 2003 Sooner that is so close is a big temptation, too.
Good thing I don't need it tomorrow.LOL
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jmey1820
Posted 2018-08-07 7:18 AM (#171784 - in reply to #171754)
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It's true. I'm not positive on the exact years but what you wrote seems about right.  I had a 2003 727 which had the steel frame with aluminum skin.  It was not used hard and rarely hauled in the winter and I kept it clean after each use.   The frame was visually looked perfect but under the undercoating it was a huge rust fest.  I had to have the entire frame sandblasted, undercoated and two crossmembers had to be fully replaced.  
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RTSmith
Posted 2018-08-07 8:21 AM (#171785 - in reply to #171754)
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For what it is worth, not all Sundowners in that timeframe were steel framed. They made both those, and the all-aluminum models. 
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diggerdoo
Posted 2018-08-07 12:41 PM (#171788 - in reply to #171785)
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RTSmith - 2018-08-07 8:21 AM For what it is worth, not all Sundowners in that timeframe were steel framed. They made both those, and the all-aluminum models. 

True...I had a 2000 and a 2004, both were all aluminum.  It's in the VIN # which is which.
 
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