Full - 30'1" (floor length 22')
Mini - 26' (floor length 18')
Full - 7'6"
Mini - 7'6"
Full - 6'9"
Mini - 6'9"
Full - 5,902 (empty) 13,000lbs (GVWR)
Mini - 5,760 (empty) 12,700lbs (GVWR)
Why so similiar with the weights? The mini is a steel frame with aluminum skin, the new full is all aluminum.
Full - 4'
Here is a walk through video done by a dealership in Michigan that gives a good overview/tour of the full:
The new one has drop downs at the heads of the straight load stalls. This is a feature that began somewhere around 2013 on the fulls. You will see fulls pop up for sale that will be around 2005 or newer and not have drop downs at the head.
Bigger wheels and tires, this is partly due to the trailer being longer overall.
Sliding windows in the tail curtains, this is another feature that the new fulls have that you may not find on older model fulls. This also started showing up around 2013 as well.
Here is a side by side comparison where you can see that the 4' gain in length is. It is behind the axles. I had the sales guy measure from the start of the floor to the middle of the first axle on the new one and it is the same length as the mini. This just confirmed that the floor length gained is behind the axles.
Walk through door in the tack/dressing room. Not a big deal to me but nice to have. The tack room in the mini did have a window that you could see through into where the horses were, which was also not really necessary.
Carpet in the tack/dressing room. This is just an overall change to various models that Sundowner has made. No more carpet in the tack/dressing room.
The box stall is a big difference in the mini vs. the full. The box stall on the full is 7'6" in length. The area where you can put in a divider for a box stall (it doesn't come stock) on the mini is, making it more like a stud stall/ very small box stall. The ramp on the full is also wider.
Here you can see just how close the divider is to the front compared to the full. I gained a couple feet in this area with the full.
I like that the horses can see eachother through the head divider on the full.
I LOVE that the straight load stalls have drop downs! Maximum airflow is SO important to me.
So how does it pull? Like a dream. There really isn't much difference between it and the mini. I can feel a little more weight to the new one, but it is barely noticeable (because it's barely a weight difference). Actually, I must have not have plugged it in tight enough in my excitement when picking it up, because half way home I looked down and noticed my brake controller was off, I know it was on when I left. I pulled over at the next parking lot and plugged it in, didn't have an issue again. The only reason I noticed I didn't have trailer brakes was from looking down and seeing the light off. I never felt it pushing the truck, but my truck is a manual too, and this is also one reason I bought a manual truck, in case stuff like this happens. I have had my brake controller die on the way to a show. Luckily the way I was going was on back roads with no traffic but if I was on a busy highway with no brake lights, yeah...problem. Braking without my trailer brakes was no problem though.
Turns are about the same since the axles are basically in the same spot, I just have to watch the rear end a little more since there is just more of it now. I was a little concerned about the tight turn into my driveway, but it was no problem. I had actually taken some video of the mini leaving the driveway and pulling into it to get a good idea just how much more room I had to spare. Plenty. No problem.
Overall, again, I couldn't be happier. I love this trailer, it is exactly what I need, and I look forward to many happy miles with it, and happy ponies!