Bateson Trailers - Recommended or not?

KJW

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Question in title really - what are people's views? The one I have my eye on is about 2 years old. I've not viewed it yet and don't know any more details but just wondered if anyone has strong opinions on the make generally.

Thanks!
 

posie

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i'm doing the bateson vs IW debate myself just now!
here's my pros and cons so far.... if anyone wants to add feel free :D

IW pro's -
- tried, tested and trusted make
- hold value well
- easy resale
- nice a stable to tow

con's -
- loud and rattley
- not great suspension - old stule - gives hard ride for horse
- have to buy separate tack box if you want to store in trailer
- v stealable
- if dark colour can be v hot inside

bateson pro's -
- new modern independant suspension
- lighterweight
- light colours means cooler inside for horse
- tack storage in trailer already (if larger models)
- less stealable
- tow well (i've towed lots of models in the US when i lived there and all towed well)

cons -
- maybe difficult to re-sell as less popular

my only ummmmm is about the resale at the mo as if i ever needed/wanted to sell i know i culd shift the IW on really quickly... other thatn that i'd say bateson win ;)
 

showjumper-09

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I'd say a con for a bateson was the colour, bit petty i know but i always want a nice colour!:p:eek:
i see what your saying about cooler, but the batesons look scruffy really easy, and the white can go sort of manky greeny/yellow & fades

spose if you washed it regualy it would be fine?

personally, i prefer the good old ifor williams:D
 

KJW

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Crikey Posie - glad I asked as you are far better informed than me! I'm not too worried about re-sale value as I tend to hang on to things until they fall to bits. :eek:

Am definitely concerned about the propensity for going manky that SJ mentions - that does not sound appealling!

Thanks for responses so far - anyone else?
 

Jackblack

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my friend has a bateson and wouldnt go for anything else at all.

she loves it, its easy to pull, maintain and great for the horses too
 

posie

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Am definitely concerned about the propensity for going manky that SJ mentions - that does not sound appealling!

yeah - the white is a bit of a bugger as it will show up the dirt - however - i have a pressure washer ;)

BUT - having mostly towed dark IW's over here i do fel that they get rather hot inside..... i travelled my horse on a hot day recently in a blue IW and she was really sweating up and it was boiling inside when i stopped to unload her :( (ETA - obv the cool breeze keep them cooler whist travelling but i had to keep her inside for a but once i got to destination and with no wind it soon got hot)

i think i've pursuaded myself bateson lol!! ;)
 

Mavrick

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I agree with Posie spot on comparison.

I did the same comparison and more less came to the same conclusion.

Ifors are two a penny and Bateson’s are difficult to find. Here is the twist, I ended up with Fautras which is even rarer than a Bateson. Saying that I would have had a Bateson if I could found one at the time.

I think the only problem with the Bateson is the colour. Great for reflecting heat and a pain to keep clean.

You can’t have it both ways. Just give it a wash from time to time. :):):)
 

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If it's heat/ventilation I have a Wessex which has a fully galvanised chassis & frame, white reflective smooth roof, moulded GRP roof cone incorporating front air vent and translucent panel for internal light which makes the trailer very airy.
 

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I have just sold a Bateson, within half an hour of my advert going on website.

I have had at least 80 enquiries, all saying " damn, we cant get hold of a second hand Bateson they get snapped up so quick" I think that says it all if you are worried about re selling it.
 

devongirl62

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I just got one too... mine has side opening door at the back and a little ramp that pulls out ..... thought the horses would hate it but they are fine.

I find the front ramp is really easy to use very light... for us ladies to use
 

caraid_alba

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i had a bateson great
easy to tow , and they have a hitching mirror .. great when you are trying to line up the car.and i sold it the same day that i placed the add .. could have sold it 10 times over .so many people called about it:D
 
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