Posted 2018-07-31 11:06 AM (#171754) Subject: 2003 sooner, 1997 4 star or 2003 Sundowner?
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.
Posted 2018-08-06 12:21 PM (#171783 - in reply to #171754) Subject: RE: 2003 sooner, 1997 4 star or 2003 Sundowner?
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
Posted 2018-08-07 7:18 AM (#171784 - in reply to #171754) Subject: RE: 2003 sooner, 1997 4 star or 2003 Sundowner?
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.