111 years of the National Western Stock Show, I haven’t been to all of them but at least of couple of decades worth. My first trip, I was 13, judging wool on the county 4-H team. We got second place in the state at the Brown Palace Hotel. There were bulls in the lobby at the hotel for sale, cowboys spitting tobacco on the marble floor. Allot for a 13 year old to absorb. Then high school FFA was my ride to NW for the next 4 years. Now I go every year, watch the Buffalo auction, rodeo, horse shows and still watch the bull sales.
This year I’m checking out the new trailers from Transwest in the Hall of Education at the SW corner. Transwest has been a sponsor of National Western for years. A new trailer model out last fall is Prostar from Cimarron, with the Living Quarters by Outlaw Conversions. This trailer is designed to take the complexity out of ordering a Living Quarters horse trailer. Cimarron is the premiere horse trailer with quality and beauty, then combined with Outlaw conversions gives you a professional package. By limiting the options, streamlining production lowers the cost. So instead of agonizing for months on a custom trailer, you can just go down the list with 10 floor plans, 8 ft. to 15 ft. short wall in the LQ, 5 color packages, 3 wood color packages, a large standard equipment list, including hard wood cabinets and more options. The trailers are 8 ft. wide 7 ft 7 in. tall, drop down windows on both sides. Even the stall area is insulated. Aluminum trailer, aluminum wheels, a walk thru door and rear load or side load with a large rear tack room.
Next new trailer is Cross Fire from Logan Coach. It’s an entry level trailer, like all Logan’s having galvanized steel frames and aluminum skin. The way new trucks are heading, the strength of a steel frame and the looks and rust free skin of aluminum, have advantages. Available in 2 horse, 3 horse bumper pull and 3- 4 horse in a gooseneck. What the trailer industry learned from the Great Recession, is affordability. Cross Fire is one of those affordable trailers with price and payments part of the design. Drop down windows on the head side, a roomy tack room and Vortex coating on the floor, kick wall and hitch.
The other display in Transwest’s booth is the Air Ride. I’ve rode in the back of a Cimarron horse trailer with Air Ride. It was like standing on a trampoline. You just float. It’s a torsion axle with air bags and shock absorbers. It makes the trailer and the truck ride smoother. The bounce from the truck and trailer are separated. So you have two trailer suspensions and shocks controlling the rebound. You can also lower the trailer by letting the air out of the bags for easier loading. There’s a reason semi-tractor trailers use air ride. Cimarron installs the Air Ride axles at the factory.