This clean one-owner 2003 Brenderup Royal TC just came in for us to show as a private sale. The current owner no longer needs a trailer, so it’s time for a new owner to enjoy it. The Royal series is for horses to 17 hands. The “TC” indicates that this one has a tack compartment with 2 saddle racks (for English) and bridle hooks. This Royal, as with all Brenderup trailers, is designed to be pulled safely by smaller-than-typical vehicles, thanks to aerodynamic design and light tongue weight.
Some Brenderups have wood walls, but this Royal has the desirable Solid Phenolic Core (SPC) walls. The SPC walls consist of tough, long-lasting polymer panels. In addition to being durable, there’s virtually no heat transmission though the SPC and this, combined with the white fiberglass roof, helps keep the interior comfortable in hot weather. There’s a 5-way opening window near each horse’s head and most folks run with the rear storm panel down for additional airflow and natural light in the inviting white interior. There's a groom door on each side to allow easy access to either horse.
Before we move on , let's talk about chest and butt bars. In many trailers, they're not worthy of discussion, but in a Brenderup, they are. The butt bars are quick and easy to use to get you out of the kick zone quickly, but the bars also fit snugly, so they’re quiet during travel. In many trailers, the bars may be quick to latch at the expense of a lot of slack and noise, or the bars are quiet, but the tolerances are so tight you have to fiddle with them for an uncomfortably long time to get things lined up & latched. Each butt bar on this Royal has a spring-loaded latch - just click it into place - quick, simple and safe. The chest and butt bars have 3 height adjustments and if a horse should get caught under or over the chest bar, there's an exterior emergency release. Unscrew the exterior tie loops and the bar comes down. Thoughtful touches abound in this Brenderup.
Earlier, we mentioned the light tongue weight. Domestically-produced horse trailers typically carry 10-15% of their load on the hitch, which results in a loaded tongue weight in the 600-800 lb. range. By contrast, this Royal carries about 3.8% of its load on the hitch. Even loaded to the maximum (4400 lbs., which includes a generous payload of about 2400 lbs. of horses and tack), tongue weight is only about 170 lbs. This light tongue weight is a major factor why smaller, more-lightly-sprung vehicles can safely pull a European trailer such as this. That light tongue weight contributes to a more comfortable ride for you and your horses. On the undulating surfaces often encountered on rural secondary roads, a heavy tongue weight often produces a noticeable up and down oscillation. The much lighter tongue weight of a European trailer reduces this movement to the point that many drivers comment that it hardly feels like there’s a trailer behind them.
Another thing many folks like about a Brenderup is the Inertia brakes. The electric brakes common on domestically-produced horse trailers require you to have a brake controller in the vehicle and on many of those units, you need to adjust the power level as the load in the trailer changes. Brenderup’s Inertia brakes feature a simple mechanical activation and no brake controller is required. As your tow vehicle slows, the momentum of the trailer causes a mechanism in the coupler to compress which pulls a rod that pulls a cable to each of the 4 brakes.
The Inertia brakes apply braking force automatically in proportion to the load in the trailer. The momentum of the empty trailer compresses the coupler mechanism with a certain amount of force. If you’re carrying one or two horses, you then have an extra 1000-2000 lbs. to compress that coupler mechanism to produce proportionately more braking force. While some folks compare the principle to surge brakes, with the Inertia brakes, there’s no brake fluid to check or change and no brake lines to rust out. It’s a very simple, safe and reliable system that’s been in use on trailers for decades in most countries.
Nice touches on this particular Royal include just-installed gas springs on the ramp and recent tires (mid 2019). For ramp assist, European trailers typically use gas springs rather than torsion springs because gas springs provide good assist through a ramp’s entire travel. Torsion springs, not so much. Torsion springs offer good assist at the start when they’re fully tensioned and less assist as the ramp goes up. And while we’re on the subject of ramps, a Brenderup’s ramp is 5’ tall for a comfortable incline and there are toeholds molded into the ramp mat.
As mentioned earlier, this Royal has the desirable SPC walls, the roof is fiberglass and the chassis is of hot-dipped galvanized steel. All durable stuff. It has the original floor, which is a Baltic Birch laminate panel with moisture barrier. There were a few small areas of softness at the edges of the floor panel. The soft wood was removed and the areas were built up using marine epoxy and fiberglass cloth, similar to how you’d build a boat hull. As an added measure, small plates were added over the repaired areas in the rear corners. We've included a picture of the floor with mats removed so you can have a look. We mention the soft areas in the spirit of full disclosure of condition, but also to let you know that the current owner wants the new owner to have a safe and ready to use trailer.
Used Brenderups are highly sought. This one-owner Royal TC has been well cared for and is very affordably priced, so it’s particularly appealing. Typically, after we’ve had a few warm days, the inquiries really pick up. Why not check out this one now and beat the rush! Private Sale on display at Traveled Lane.