Big Tex/CM Trailers
Big Tex Trailer Manufacturing, Inc. is the leading utility trailer manufacturing company in the United States. Ricky Baker, President/CEO of Big Tex, began manufacturing trailers in 1976. Today, his original vision of manufacturing the highest quality trailers at the lowest cost possible has been realized.
Big Tex is the #1 selling utility trailer in America, largely due to the #1 Dealer Network in the country comprised of highly qualified and dedicated dealers who demand the best for their customers. The 400 plus independent Big Tex dealers represent the most diverse line of standard and custom utility trailers available and have provided them to governments, consumers, and industry throughout the country.
From its humble beginnings as a two-man company housed in a 3,200 square foot shop, Big Tex has grown to become the nationally recognized leader in the utility trailer industry with representation in virtually every state.Currently, Big Tex employs over 700 men and women working in all aspects of our business ranging from manufacturing to sales.
Big Tex produces trailers from two separate manufacturing facilities, one of which is located in the East Texas city of Mt. Pleasant and the other located in the West Texas Midland-Odessa area. Utilizing the most advanced assembly and finishing processes in the utility trailer industry, Big Tex provides its customers with the highest quality and most competitively priced products available on the market.
Top 10 Trailing Tips From BigTex/CM Trailers
Ever since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, when elite horses were flown and hauled long distances and had to arrive in top shape, researchers have turned their attention to studying horse in transit and some project already have yielded important results.
The following 10 tips are based in researchers' understanding of shipping's effects on horses. As more is learned, these guidelines may change. Nevertheless, any stress-reducing measures you can implement will improve your horse's response to being trailered-and his performance once he get to his destination.
- Leave horses untied-or tied long-while they travel. All researchers agree that a horse that can lower his head below the point of his withers is much less likely to suffer respiratory stress from traveling. Some trailer designs do not allow horses to lower their heads very far, and some horses fight with their neighbors. But whenever possible, allow horses to carry their heads in a natural posture.
- Transport horses in familiar, congenial groups. When shipped with his pals, you horse has less risk of exposure to infectious disease and of suffering injury, and he won't be doubly stressed by dealing with new horses at the same time he's coping with the effects of transport.
- Keep the trailer spotlessly clean. Pathogens from fried manure can overwhelm a respiratory system weakened by trailer stress. If your trip is a long one, pick manure out of the trailer at each stop. And at the end of each trip. hose out the trailer thoroughly to remove all manure and urine.
- Educate your horse about loading and shipping. Loading is the most stressful part of the entire shipping experience and the time when injuries are most likely to happen. Make sure your horse is thoroughly familiar and comfortable with the whole procedure. If your horse is a difficult loader, get the help of an experienced and patient trainer to help rebuild his confidence. And, even if you never go anywhere, load your horse several time a year and drive around the neighborhood as a refresher.
- Maintain good air quality inside the trailer. Unless you are shipping in the coldest, wettest climates in an open stock trailer, the risk of horses getting too cold is minimal compared to the risks associated with stagnant air, accumulating exhaust fumes and excessive heat.When in doubt about the temperature, blanket the horses and leave the air vents or windows open. To check for draft, ride in the back of an empty trailer, and adjust vents and windows to redirect an strong blasts that could chill the horses.
- Rest horses at least a week after a long journey. Shipping-induced physical changes that leave a horse vulnerable to illness can persist for days after a trip is over. To ensure you don't stress an already compromised equine athlete, plan for the horse to arrive at his destination a week before he will be asked for a major athletic effort.
- Keep the trailer in good repair. Eliminate any opportunity for vehicle failure by regularly checking and repairing your trailer as needed. Pay particular attention to the floorboards, ramp, brakes, and hitch. If anything looks suspicious, don't use the trailer until it is professionally inspected and fixed.
- Be a sympathetic driver. While there have been no large-scale studies if the effects of driver techniques on shipping horses, researchers agree that a slower, steady journey if easier than an erratic, speedy one. Take a ride in the back of an empty trailer yourself to experience in driving styles firsthand. A useful test of driving ability is to place a half-full glass of water on the dashboard. If you can drive without the water sloshing to the three-quarters level on the glass, your driving is passenger friendly.
- Provide ample water and adequate hay, but no grain, while your horse is in transit. Water during travel is absolutely essential for battling dehydration; a common deleterious side effect of shipping that can lead to the other more serious problems. At every stop, or at lease every four hours, offer horses water from home in a familiar bucket. Many in transit horses simply will not drink during the first eight horse on the road and some may never partake, but continue to offer anyway. Hay is a great pacifier of traveling horses and helps retain water in the gut. In certain trailer, however, the hay dust may blow directly into a horse's respiratory tract. Wetting the hay can help to control the dust. Finally, researchers agree that feeding grain to traveling horses is not a good idea. If stress affects equine gut function, as they suspect it does, the grain will sit and ferment, possibly leading to colic and laminitis.
- Cater to each horse's travel preferences. Some equine passengers trailer quietly in situations that others find intolerable. Experiment with their positions in the trailer, their watering routines and the time of day you travel until you find a suitable combination.
Safety tips on using portable generators
We want the consumers to know that portable generators can be hazardous if used improperly.
The hazards are:
- Carbon monoxide, (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust.
- Electrocution from connecting the generator to the trailers electrical wiring system. Become familiar with the generator by reading the owner's manual before operating. Always know how to stop the generator quickly in case of an emergency. Also, understand the use of all generator controls, output receptacles and connections.
To avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning:
- Never use a generator indoors or in attached garages.
- Only operate the generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the trailer, and protected from direct exposure to rain and snow, preferably under a canopy, open shed or awning.
To avoid electrocution:
- Plug individual appliances into the generator using heavy duty, outdoor rated cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliances load.
- Observe the generator manufacturer's instructions for safe operation.
- Do not plug the generator into a wall outlet.
- If connecting the generator into the trailer wiring is necessary, have a qualified electrician hook up the standby electrical system, or have the local utility install a linking devise if available.
- Be sure that the generator unit is kept clean and in good running order. Dust and dirt accumulations can cause overheating.
How about grounding?
Don't worry you say? Oh, you bought an expensive generator that is equipped with a GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter). Well did you know that a GFI might not function at all if the generator is not properly grounded? Recently we had a customer bring in a new generator for service. His generator had an internal short circuit that made the handles on the unit electrically charged (hot as we say). Had he touched the wrong two things, at the same time, it could have killed him.
A portable generator uses an internal combustion engine, which emits carbon monoxide, so it must be ventilated. Be sure to place the generator where exhaust fumes will not enter the trailer. Consider the fuel capacity of the generator if you want to keep a refrigerator running during the day while you are away from the trailer.
Operate on firm, level surfaces:
- Operate the generator on a level surface. If the generator is operated at an angle, the lubrication. system may fail causing a lack of lubrication to the critical moving parts of the engine.
- The carburetor fuel may be changed to cause the float to stay open to allow fuel to flow into the carburetor bowl unrestricted. This could cause spark plug fouling, piston/cylinder washing, and crankcase oil dilution.
- If the generator is operating on soft ground such as sand or soft soil, the generator may tip over.
- The generator should be started and loaded at least once a month.
- The fuel tank should be kept filled with fresh fuel. A fuel conditioner should be used to keep the fuel from breaking down.
- A trickle charger should charge the battery monthly. The brief time the generator is exercised may not be enough time to allow the generator's charging system to adequately charge the battery.
Most deaths have occurred when carbon monoxide seeps into the living quarters or dressing room areas large enough to sleep in, but the gas from a trailer next to your can also seep into the area where you are sleeping. Carbon monoxide is absorbed by the hemoglobin in the blood stream, which decreases its ability to carry oxygen. The end result is asphyxiation, a slow suffocation. It begins with drowsiness or a feeling of confusion, which is why most people die while they are asleep. Other symptoms are watery or itchy eyes, vomiting, nausea, and headache, ringing in the ears and tightness across the chest. If you wake up from sleeping in your trailer and feel like you have the flu, it could be carbon monoxide poisoning.
Please protect yourself and others. Purchase a carbon monoxide detector, it is a small pittance compared to the consequences. The Environmental Protection Agency warns against using a gasoline-powered generator in an enclosed area. Using long extension cords is better than the ramifications. The EPA also advises against sleeping in any area with an un-vented kerosene or gas space heater.
CM and Big Tex Trailers
Success Begins with Determination
CM and Big Tex Trailers have teamed up together to sponsor the Josey Ranch CM Trailers is committed to creating the best equine transportation in the industry. One of the reasons we build highly customizable trailers is that one customer's innovation can become the new standard in the industry. The buyer of our product holds some of the most valuable knowledge about what works and what doesn't, so we value and use the feedback from our customers to continually improve our product.
Our success not only comes from the quality product we produce but it also comes from the chain of personal relationships that takes that product from us to you. CM and Big Tex Trailers are dedicated to taking care of the diverse needs of each customer for the long haul by producing custom-built aluminum trailers, that are well engineered and quality constructed at competitive prices. Let us help you find the trailer that will custom fit your needs!