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And one more bit of clarification, also umlaut related, before we get into trailer details. Have you read about Boeckmann trailers? These are those. When no umlaut is available, it’s spelled “Boeckmann.”
Fortunately, there’s no confusion about about the quality of the trailers. It’s excellent. Böckmann is one of Europe’s best-selling and most highly regarded brands. The Böckmann family has been in business since 1956 and producing premium quality horse trailers since the 1960s. The trailers have been imported to Canada for several years, so there’s a well-established support infrastructure for North America.The blue trailer with silver roof is the Böckmann Big Master. Horses up to 18 hands ride in comfort as that aerodynamic shape slips through the air. With a tongue weight of a little over 200 lbs., you can pull the Big Master safely with many of today’s smaller SUVS and compact trucks. Fuel has been expensive in Europe forever, so they’ve been refining these fuel-saving designs for decades.
The model on the left is the Portax A. The model on the right is the Portax AK, with convenient front-unload ramp. Whereas the Big Master has cored fiberglass walls, the Portax A & AK walls are of interlocking aluminum tubes (or planks, if you prefer). What the Big Master and Portax do share is that each has a durable galvanized steel frame, extruded aluminum plank floor and fiberglass roof. And please note – the aluminum wall and floor components are ANODIZED FOR CORROSION RESISTANCE. Another of those “go the extra mile” touches you get with a Böckmann!The Portax aluminum construction doesn’t lend itself to the curves of the Big Master, but the Portax series offers great functionality. With the Portax A, one full height escape door is standard and a second is available as an option. The Portax AK has an escape door across from the standard front-unload ramp. As with the Portax A and Big Master, the Portax AK has a tongue weight that’s just a touch over 200 lbs. – which means, say it with us - you don’t need a full sized truck or SUV to pull it safely. The Portax models are sized for horses to 18 hands. To facilitate front unloading, the Portax AK divider is hinged at the midpoint so the far side horse can have easy access to the front ramp.
Following are some Portax A detail shots.
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