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Old 05-29-2007, 09:10 PM   #1
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Can Element pull an empty small horse trailer?

I need to move 9 animals from Colorado to Virginia. I have 5 dogs, 3 parrots and a cat. Seems like cramped quarters, even for my 2003 manual element. Can I pull a small horse trailer, and put the dogs or parrots in it?? How do I figure out the weight of the horse trailer, read somewhere that it can pull up to 1500 pounds. Any moving advice greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-29-2007, 09:28 PM   #2
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Some suggestions. Google the make and model horse trailer and see if you can find the mfg specs for trailer weight or contact the mfg directly.
Second, contact a riding stable or large animal vet and ask them if they know offhand what the weight is of a single trailer plus the "average" horse.
Offhand, I would say the Element is a bit light to be hauling a horse trailer plus horse around.

Finally, here are a couple of links that might be helpful:

http://www.horsetrailerworld.com/for...d=4915&posts=5

http://www.infohorse.com/html/trailerchoices.asp

http://horses.about.com/od/basiccare...ngvehicles.htm
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Old 05-29-2007, 09:38 PM   #3
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I need to move 9 animals from Colorado to Virginia. I have 5 dogs, 3 parrots and a cat. Seems like cramped quarters, even for my 2003 manual element. Can I pull a small horse trailer, and put the dogs or parrots in it?? How do I figure out the weight of the horse trailer, read somewhere that it can pull up to 1500 pounds. Any moving advice greatly appreciated.
thanks,
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Build your own!!! Buy the ready frame at Harbor Freight and slap some plywood , Lexan, and carpet on it. You can keep a low profile, (Are the dawgs Pomeranians or Newfoundlands?) and raise it a bit in the back for the parrots (Are they Parrotlets or Hyacinth Macaws?).
The Parrotlets and the Pomeranians can all travel in the glove box...
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:15 PM   #4
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Duh..re-read your post. So...trailer weight w/o the horse. Might work.

Why not (as was suggested) build a trailer based on the HF red trailer? One other thing, think about what happens to the animals in the event of a collision. Just a thought, I know its impossible to protect against everything.
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:49 PM   #5
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trailer registation

look on the trailer registation.. it may have the trailer weight on it.. :)


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p.s. take the trailer to a place that weights your vehicle and trailer... you can pay or take a load of newspaper, card board... to a recycler, some places usually weight your car and trailer full, than you empty the recycled stuff , and than the recycler weights you again empty, and pay you for the paper..

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Old 05-30-2007, 09:12 PM   #6
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need ideas of how to move animals

I'm overwhelmed at the thought of moving the critters. I have four small dogs, one large dog, one hyacinth macaw, one greenwing macaw, one amazon, and one cat. I'm not handy enough to build a trailer, thought about that one for a few minutes. The element is a very adaptable and wonderful car, but I'm gonna be hard pressed to fit everyone in. I'm gonna keep working on this, any suggestions would be great. thanks for all the good thoughts,
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:21 PM   #7
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I'm overwhelmed at the thought of moving the critters. I have four small dogs, one large dog, one hyacinth macaw, one greenwing macaw, one amazon, and one cat. I'm not handy enough to build a trailer, thought about that one for a few minutes. The element is a very adaptable and wonderful car, but I'm gonna be hard pressed to fit everyone in. I'm gonna keep working on this, any suggestions would be great. thanks for all the good thoughts,
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Well Okay, this might work... Put a screen barrier behind the front seats, take out the back seats, pour all the critters in the cavern and let them sort it out.
Noooo, that won't work... How finnicky are the birds? Can you roll them into a towel for a few hours, the Hyacinth is an incredibly beautiful bird with a huge wingspan and long tail feathers, and a beak that makes every nut shudder.... Can you subcompartement the birdcage so that you can fit all three birds in one cage. The cat goes into the travel box and the passenger footwell, and the dawgs take up the remaining back room...
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:31 AM   #8
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Yes you can ! Or get a Dog trailer
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:55 AM   #9
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a single horse trailer is not all that heavy and the animals you plan on putting in there would not add too much weight. Just be sure you secure any crates you place in the trailer because one good highway bump could give the animals a good jolt.
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