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post #1 of 15 Old 08-04-2011, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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Living quarters.. Really worth it?

I'm a first time trailer buyer... My dream trailer is something similar to this - Sundowner Trailer Corporation

I would absolutely love to have LQ.. but they are much more expensive than one without!

I would be trailering my one horse around to various events, so I would get a 2h.

Please tell me about your LQ experience, and if you would recommend getting one.
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-04-2011, 07:43 AM
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Don't have living quarters, just a mattress up in the neck :) always camp with a friend that has living quarters. I don't think she sleeps any better in hers :) We don't spend any time in the trailers other than going to sleep. Mine won't ever get finished as I am good the way it is.
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post #3 of 15 Old 08-04-2011, 08:44 AM
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If you lived down south where the mosquitos thrive, LQ are definitely worth it for on the trails!
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post #4 of 15 Old 08-04-2011, 08:53 AM
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I had a nice gooseneck that did not have living quarters when I purchased it. It had a large area for tack, however. I put insulation and paneling up (really good for weather extremes hot or cold), had a nice bed in the overhang, TV/video system, drawers, microwave, toaster oven, COFFEEMAKER!!, and artwork up. I made pretty nice livingquarters myself. The horse compartment was fully cleaned, on arrival to the show, and a bed put in for my groom/working student along with a chemical toilet and a "cowboy" shower. I had a small AC unit for when I had electricity. I had electrical wiring with a camper plug installed.

I lived in it at all my shows and had a great time. My students called it the No-tell Motel.
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post #5 of 15 Old 08-04-2011, 11:25 AM
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I do not have one...would LOVE to have one. I have a Brenderup that I do camp in though....AC in the groom door, back closes up after it is cleaned and an air mattress to sleep on. It is comfortable enough but geez louise, I'd kill for a LQ with toilet and shower, cooktop/microwave, fridge, sink, Bed!!! Nothing fancy just big enough to camp in for the weekend that I didn't have to clean out and blow up, stick in ac, run for the bathroom and shower!!!

We go fairly often to camp out and I would go more if I had a lq...

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post #6 of 15 Old 08-04-2011, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by QOS View Post

We go fairly often to camp out and I would go more if I had a lq...
That's what it mainly boils down to. LQ trailers are comfortable and you'll use it more because of that.

But, here's something to consider first. How much camping to you intend to do vs. going on day rides? LQ trailers are mostly big and heavy so if that's your only trailer you might end up not doing as many day rides just because you don't want the hastle of dragging it around.

Personally I want both types of trailers but since only one is in the budget and I do a lot of day rides...Well the LQ trailer has to wait, that's what tents are for.
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post #7 of 15 Old 08-04-2011, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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I would mostly use it for going to 3 day events - where there would be a hotel involved.. which is lets say $80 a night. thats what i mean when i ask is it worth it? :)
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post #8 of 15 Old 08-04-2011, 07:13 PM
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LQ is a luxury. It is cheaper in the long run to pay for a hotel. If you buy a reg 2 horse for say 8K vs a used LQ for 25K, you can pay for alot of hotels plus you need a bigger truck and use much more gas. So they both have there benefits. I like a LQ cause I can take my dog with me
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post #9 of 15 Old 08-09-2011, 01:13 AM
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I will never get rid of the B'up because it is a terrific little trailer - especially for day rides. It is easy to handle, easy to maneuver. I wouldn't won't to haul a LQ for day trips! It would be cheaper to stay in hotels, the problem being, there is often no place to keep your horse at the hotels! They aren't dogs!! One of these days I am going to have an LQ!!!

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post #10 of 15 Old 08-09-2011, 02:15 AM
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I have a lorry with a living and I find it absolutly essential. Couldnt do without mine!

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