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Hi Carol & Steve
I thought I'd just drop you a line to let you know my Trailux is sadly up for sale.
One of the crappy aspects of being a ma of two girls is that they have both become interested in horses and as hard as we try, we have found it impossible to squeeze in two 17hh, one 10.3hh and one 16hh ponies into one Trailux double float. Consequently its either buy a truck or sell the children.
This, however, has been the one and only thing wrong with the float.
I had had no trouble with the float.
It has always been a pleasure to load horses into, even the nervous ones. Its spaciousness and lightness in the inside have made this aspect very easy. I investigated all the major brands of floats before going with a Trailux - its safety features, especially the drop down chest bars, were one of the primary reasons I went with one. (I actually travel the 10.3hh pony backwards. I simply open up the partition, lead her on, turn her round and shes ready to go. This way she can 'escape' under the chest bar - Not many floats afford the room to do this)
Drive-ability - My husband is one of these irksome chaps that can back anything anywhere. When I got my float I could back a trailer, with several attempts, anyway... However, the Trailux is exceedingly easy to back and it tows fantastically. Even when we lived in Wellington, I never felt unsafe travelling it in winds. Its sits so well on the road, despite being so light. The design is just fab. I love not having to mess about and get out to set up for reversing - having it all automatic has made several of my float towing friends envious - esp in the rain!
I love that it will not rust out. As a vet nurse I have seen and heard too many stories of floats with rotten ramps or floors... makes me cringe just to think of it...
Likewise I like the size and placement of the windows - they let the light in without encouraging horses to try to leap through them!
The storage space is fantastic. I can easily take all the gear required for two horses at a show - and it is all easy to get at, plus can be locked up and left unseen, rather than all throughout the car.
While I was waiting for my Trailux to be delivered, I happened to find myself behind one when I was heading out to the paddock one day. The young horse inside had spooked at a fire engine with lights and sirens wailing and had leapt over the chest bar. I waved the driver to stop. Within 10 minutes, the chest bar had been dropped, the horse removed, checked out, the chest bar replaced, horse reloaded and off on there way! There is no other float I have ever seen that you could do this with! And I feel if the driver had had the top door closed, the whole incident would not have happened.
So it is with real regret that my one is on the market... It has taken me and my horses around the place comfortably and safely. I just wanted to thank you for that and can only add...
Kindest regards and thanks for your service and the great workmanship.
In late 2002 we started our local horse transport business. We decided early on that because we mainly carry one or two horses for each job, we would use floats to keep costs down and price competitive. In choosing a float Trailux stood out a mile from the rest for the following reasons
Headroom The Trailux has ample headroom unlike many other makes.
Side windows Trailux windows are positioned for the horses line of sight and not the owners!
Quiet Being fully enclosed in fibreglass there is not a single rattle to be heard in a Trailux unlike conventional floats.
Back dust door This is very important as traffic can scare horses if travelling too close behind. It also gives greater climate control and keeps out the weather.
Maintenance Easy to repair and maintain. I have already damaged and had repaired two mudguards and was very impressed at how quick and easy to repair the fibreglass was.
Permanent Material The fibreglass construction and galv chassis enables us to wash the float inside and out easily on a daily basis without fear of metal rusting and wood rotting. Our Trailux looks as new as the day we go it, even after the 1000's of k.m's it has travelled with all types of different horses on board.
Our float travels around 1500km every week and we have found it to be very easy to maintain and tow. Even when towing over notorious climbs like Arthur's pass it sits the road well. We have had several comments from customers how well their horses look on arrival, even after being on the float for several hours. We put this down to ample headroom and superior suspension.
We deal with un-handled horses every week and we have found the Trailux design is very easy to work with, horse friendly and safe.
I will be looking to extend our business in the future and would not consider anything else. I highly recommend Trailux for anyone in the market for a new float.
T Lilley - Managing Director - Canterbury Horse Taxis
Dear Steve and Carol,
I am writing to congratulate you on the success of the 'Trailux' horse floats. We own a Trailux (the first made in the country) and believe we could have never come across a better float.
For years we transported our DB Clydesdales around the whole country with this float. We still regularlyuse our float not only to transport our Clydesdales, but also young horses and eventers. We find our horses always travel extremely well and with the extra headroom, makes it a comfortable first ride for the young ones.
With the use and mileage ours has done, it has stayed in extremely good order. We get interest in the float everywhere we go, and would recommend these floats to anyone. We could never go past Trailux - they are Durable, Long lasting and most of all, Safe.
Thank you, and keep up the good work.
The van der Sande family,
When choosing either to purchase a horse truck or to upgrade my current float - it was the non-rotting fibreglass construction and safety features that made me choose a Trailux float.
It was refreshing to deal with a company that offered customer service the way it should be - Steve's honesty and helpfulness, along with his flexibility to adapt features to suit my specific needs.
All the Trailux features are practical and tough, while still being aesthetically pleasing. The modern aerodynamic shaping makes towing a breeze. I am now far more organised thanks to the external access gear cupboard, which means I will not be climbing in and out of my float to get tack.
I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how thrilled I am with my Trailux float. The day I got it from you I attempted to load my horse on board and it took only 10 minutes! You have to understand that last time I tried this with my TB float it took Margaret Wellsby 2.75 hours to get her on!
Anyway, Saturday I loaded her on my own in 5 mins and took her off to the Kumeu A&P show which is huge! I parked alongside Judith with her Trailux and we generated quite a lot of interest with a number of people having a good look around them and asking questions. Cara was so happy on the float it took me 15 minutes to get her off *grin*. We had an awesome day coming away with 2 x 2nd and 2 x 1st ribbons, and Cara loaded again with no problems. It was great to be able to drive home with such a balanced float, and every time I checked in my wing mirror I could see her popping her head up to look out of the window - just as well she's such a tall horse! It was also great to be able to shove all my gear in the gear locker, and even better to be able to lock it up whilst we went for a wander around the show.
Altogether I'm really pleased so thank you.
Jacqui Williams, Auckland
I would like to thank you both for the outstanding service you have provided. Throughout the process you have been consistently helpful, able to answer every question, and willing to meet my needs.
I am particularly impressed with the passion you hold about your product. It is very satisfying to deal with people who are 100% confident in what they do. It is also rare to meet people who openly have that enthusiasm these days.
I am very pleased with my float, already it is attracting attention, with lots of positive feedback about all aspects ~ the look, the design, and the workmanship. It was a pleasure to tow, and especially to clean. I will certainly be recommending both the float, and the two of you, to anyone who is in the market f or a horse float.
Thank you for making the purchase of this float such a hassle free experience. My horses are thanking you too!
Robyn and Glen Lovewell, Wellington
When my savings for a horse truck were urgently needed elsewhere I was faced with being reliant on friends with horse trucks for the rest of my riding career or buying another float.. Seeing a Trailux at a local show I decided that if I was to buy a horse float it would have to be the best I could get and the Trailux fitted the bill.
After my first trip over a very hilly part of the central North Island and not having towed for several years I can honestly say that I was elated. The Trailux is the safest horse transport you could ever own. It is light to tow. It does not move around and gives the horses a noiseless comfortable stress free ride. I had to keep looking in the rear vision mirror to make sure that I had a horse float on and arrived home totally relaxed as if I had driven no distance at all.
My Dressage horse who wants nothing to do with horse floats walked straight on and did not sweat up during his journey. I was absolutely amazed. My young horse who has never been on a float walked straight on and stood quietly. I have heaps of room for my horse gear in a lockable cupboard, water a hayrack and an awning in which to sleep. The trailer is so easy to clean the job is no longer a chore.
I am a Dressage Judge a rider and a Trainer. It is a pleasure to recommend your float.
Thank you Steve and Carol
Linda Brown N.Z.H.S.I.I, Tauranga
With my engineering background and my previous trials and tribulations with travelling horses, I went out to buy myself a trailer suitable for 2 big horses. I was very disappointed with what I saw until I looked over the Trailux when it bought 2 enormous DB Clydesdales to town. I inspected the trailer thoroughly and was delighted that finally I had found someone building horse floats who appreciated the importance of road safety, horse safety, strength, durability, tow-ability and good looks - I was impressed. I knew that had I designed and built my own trailer to the strengths I believe necessary, it would have been a very heavy trailer. The Trailux only weighs 780kg. The specialised construction of fiberglass body and folded galvanized steel chassis provides a really strong, durable trailer while maintaining lightness in weight.
I am now the proud owner of a Trailux that was built in 1994. It has always travelled big distances and would be used at least every other weekend. Frequently, it becomes my very comfortable lodgings at the places I travel to. The trailer is as new looking now as the day it was built. There is nothing to rot or rust. It is superbly easy for one small-framed woman to couple, uncouple and handle. No more being unable to lift the ramp up after a strenuous day riding as was the case with other floats.
I have travelled Show Clydesdales, foals, station hacks, warmbloods and thoroughbreds, even one giant trakehner that didn't want to get squashed back into the truck in which he arrived. Every horse has travelled well. One of my own horses is a very heavy build and is most reluctant and nervous being asked to load into other trailers, while he will load himself into his Trailux and wait for me in there. The Trailux is very big on the inside with extra height, generous width and length. The smooth white finish not only makes for easy cleaning but also makes it less "cave like" for the horses to go into.
The gear locker is an excellent feature for me, As I frequently stay away a night or two, I am able to store 2 saddles, spare covers, bridles, feed and feed bins and a whole bale of hay in the locker. This keeps all the mess of feed and smell of sweaty saddle blankets out of my wagon.
With my 20 years engineering background and 30 years experience owning and travelling horses, I believe I am qualified to say the Trailux is the Ultimate. I estimate I will be riding for another 30 plus years. After this time, and only then will some lucky person be able to buy my trusty Trailux, probably in near-new condition."
Liz Thomson, Timaru