This well-kept one-owner 2001 Brenderup Baron HB just came in for us to show as a private sale. A trailer is no longer needed, so it’s time for the trusty Baron to go to a new home.
The Baron series is for horses to 18 hands. This “HB” model has a very practical layout. It has saddle racks, bridle hooks and a blanket bar in the nose. There’s good tack accommodation in a trailer about the length of a no-tack 2H. There’s no dividing wall, so you have plenty of working space forward. That forward space is easily accessed through a wide groom door on either side. With the groom doors open and the large front (and side) windows, the Baron interior is bright and inviting when loading. We’ve included some views through the groom door openings so you can see the tack accommodations and the generous space forward.
Thanks to a light tongue weight and aerodynamic shape, a Brenderup can be towed safely by many of today’s smaller SUVs and trucks. In fact, quite a few car models meet Brenderup’s vehicle minimum requirements, although it’s not always easy to find a suitable hitch for a car these days.
Whereas a domestically-produced horse trailer typically carries 10% or more of its weight on the hitch, resulting in a loaded tongue weight in the 600-800 lb. range, the Baron series has a loaded tongue weight of about 250 lbs. This places much less load on your tow vehicle’s rear suspension. It helps even a smaller vehicle remain more level for more predictable handling. It also reduces the up-and-down oscillation experienced when towing a heavy-tongue-weight trailer over undulating surfaces that are not uncommon on rural secondary roads. Aerodynamic trailers with light tongue weight are the predominant design in most areas of the world - they’re well-proven over decades of real-world use in a variety of conditions.
This Baron is built of long-lasting materials. The walls are Solid Phenolic Core (SPC) panels. We tend to think of the SPC as a lifetime material, but since we don’t want it to sound like an implied lifetime warranty, we’ll just say the SPC walls can last indefinitely. In addition, in our experience, the SPC transmits no heat to speak of, which is great for the comfort of your horses. The roof is of rugged fiberglass and the chassis is of corrosion-protected galvanized steel. The floor is a Baltic Birch laminate with moisture barrier and on this trailer presents very well. (Some floor pictures with the mats removed are with this listing.)
You may have noticed some light and dark areas on the ceiling and upper walls in the interior. The trailer was clean when it arrived at the dealership. The entire exterior looked good, as did the interior side walls, as can be seen here, but the ordinary car wash soap they used didn’t work quite as well on the textured interior surfaces of the fiberglass roof and nose structure. We decided to try one of our readily-available trailer prep cleaners on some test areas in the tack area and on the upper walls. We were very pleased to see that they came clean with reasonable effort. We sprayed on the cleaner, rubbed it with a cloth or brush, gave it a second spray and in most areas, the test spots came very clean. Since the trailer came in clean, we weren’t contracted to wash anything but felt it would be worthwhile to do some test areas to let you see the interior can be made to look almost as good as the exterior. We put about 45 minutes in it to do the clean spots you see here. We figure if you give it another 60-90 minutes of cleaning, you’ll have a trailer that belies its age inside and out.
And with those cleaning comments out of the way…
This Baron has smooth-riding torsion axles with mechanical Inertia brakes. With the mechanical brakes, you don’t need a brake controller in the tow vehicle, which also means there’s no need to adjust the power level on a brake controller as the load in the trailer changes. As the tow vehicle slows, the momentum of the trailer compresses a device in the drawbar/coupler mechanism to activate the brakes. It applies braking force automatically in proportion to the load in the trailer. The Inertia brakes work totally on the principles of physics. There are no electronics to go bad and there’s no brake fluid to monitor or change. While electric trailer brakes are common in the States, in many and probably most areas of the world, trailers have mechanical brakes as on this Brenderup. They’re simple, effective and reliable. Further to the goal of making things simple, this Baron has sealed wheel bearings, eliminating the need to clean and pack bearings with fresh grease.
This Brenderup has a 5’ tall ramp for a comfortable slope when loading and unloading. The ramp has convenient toeholds and the gas springs provide very effective lift assist. A window near each horse’s head may be opened to 1 of 5 positions to provide flow-through ventilation when the trailer is run with the storm panel (above the ramp) in the open position. This one is equipped with the optional head divider (easily removed if you don’t need it). The butt bars have 3 positions to accommodate horses of different lengths. On the tongue, there’s an owner-added platform with lockable toolbox.
We invite you to stop by and see this well-kept, easy-towing, one-owner Brenderup Baron HB! Private Sale on display at Traveled Lane Trailers.