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Mr. Truck 1-18-10

Kent Sundling

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A horse trailer to get excited about! In my last Logan Coach review, I called Logan the most improved horse trailer. They did it again, truly building a horse protection transport that also protects itself from your horses for lasting good looks. Just as our country is climbing out of the Great Recession, Logan Coach took action to become part of Titan Trailers and be one of the economic survivors with volume buying power for supplies and freight. An efficient leaner Logan sticks to what it does best – galvanized steel frames, aluminum skin and good looking value. Call it the resale value trailer. Bottom line, “beauty of aluminum and strength of steel.” One of the few composite trailer brands that can go head to head with high end aluminum trailers for longevity.

Tubular metal framing is galvanized inside and out and coated with Vortex. Talk about protected! Besides your horse going potty on your trailer, you have acid rain and the magnesium chloride on the roads in the winter replacing salt for melting ice. Corrosion is the long term enemy that Logan builds trailers to withstand. All Logan’s framing is galvanized inside and out with Flo-Coat protected triple-coat corrosion protection steel that is then covered with Vortex rubber coating. Flo-Coat is zinc inside and out, with three layers, hot dipped Uniform Zinc Galvanizing, Conversion Coating and Clear Organic Coating. Vortex is similar to what is sprayed on the bedliner of pickup trucks, which dramatically increased structural integrity on a truck bed. This Vortex armor on the steel tubes and inside the trailer’s corrugated galvanized sheet metal, also is a noise dampener.

I talked to the Vortex company at SEMA. I saw the video of a cement cinder block coated with Vortex that was dropped from a five story building … it bounced! In the display was a tile coated on one side with Vortex and then beat with a hammer. It stayed together. My thinking was that a rubber mat on the kick wall was better for protection, but now I’m convinced that Vortex can handle anything a horse can do to it. Vortex rubber coating is amazing stuff, horses can kick it and dodo on it and it stays put. Like an alien membrane protecting the steel. It’s even reparable! I want to coat my truck with it. Logan’s outside skin is painted aluminum. So no paint booths, no over spray and orange peel paint. And the Tread Brite Gravel Guard on the bumper pulls stops road rocks.

Logan armor, all the steel is galvanized Flo-Coat and coated with Vortex rubber so any nicks in the Vortex is still protected with the Flo-Coat zinc, this is an important point. Outside skin, roof, bows, cove, fenders, running boards and stalls are aluminum. Now the parts that the horse abuses the most as well as the road abuses, is the floor; exclusive with “Whiz Proof,” it drains the urine off the floor. Of course it’s coated with Vortex rubber coating on wood floors and aluminum floors.

The aluminum spaced floor is Whiz Proof. First thing you look at on a used trailer is the floor. Pulling mats is a pain, most people put off that chore. It’s the urine that gets through the mats and sits on floors that causes the most corrosion. Logan has slotted aluminum floor planks that lets the ammoniated urine leave the trailer. Imagine a horse trailer without work. You might even have the energy to ride your horse.

Vortex rubber coating covers the floor, even the rubber mats have channels for urine to run away. This has to be one of the longest lasting floors in the industry. That’s where resale value starts.

For this model year there are more standard features on the top model XTR which comes in 7-foot, 3-inch or 8-foot wide with Logan’s optional Prestige Living Quarters. The Logan Coach aluminum skin is .050 thick and the optional aluminum interlocking extruded siding is .100 thick. Edge and Razor models are 7-feet tall and 7-foot-3 wide. Maverick and Rebel models are 6-foot-9 wide. On trailers without mangers, Logan has an oversized rear stall large enough for a box stall for a mare and foal.

Logan Coach trailers are re-engineered to be lighter with more aluminum components and better utilization of steel reinforcement. Pooling engineering techniques with Titan Trailers has improved Logan’s trailer building efficiency. They continue to build their own Prestige Living Quarters with factory warranty, factory support and now Logan Coach is taking on outside Living Quarters repairs, refurbishing or custom building Living Quarters in all trailer brands.

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Kent Sundling (alias “Mr. Truck”) spent 20 years wearing out pickup trucks as only a farmer could. With over 1 million miles pulling trailers, Mr. Truck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. Mr.Truck gave up his bib overalls and John Deeres in his quest to save the farm and moved to the big city to sell trucks. After selling trucks for 10 years, this farmer now writes for eight magazines and owns over two dozen Web sites, helping folks find the “Right Truck.” If you have a question for Mr. Truck, you may contact him at his Web site, http://www.mrtruck.net.


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