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        01-10-2013, 07:17 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Based off of one camping trip with my friend's LQ:

    -the slide out makes a world of difference just for comfort space and able to turn around

    -the indoor stove will be nice if you plan on living out of the trailer 365, it will just leave more options open, and when it's a miserable blowing rain storm, that indoor cook space is awsome (first night of our trip this fall was a terrible rain storm, glad we had the indoor stove since the picnic table under the awning was drenched)

    -maybe get walls for your awning, just to open up more private space out of the wind

    -I would think about a crew cab truck, bed length up to you just more storage space in the truck that way, could always remove back seats i'm sure

    -depending on where you go camping, how many days between camping spots get an extra fresh water tank for horses

    -if just 2 horses, I would say get a 4 horse so you have extra space for hay, muck bucket, shavings, ect...

    -Get a CDL :-D then you can get an even bigger rig

    -I would suggest putting a safe somewhere in the trailer and bolting it fast. Leave most documents in a safe deposit box at the bank but some you will want/need along with extra cash being on the road and trailers never strike me as secure

    -well labeled rubber maid totes to keep things organized between locations, easy to stack in one of the extra horse stalls

    -generator
         
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        01-10-2013, 07:44 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    You would also need to consider insurance cost and the ever increasing cost of Fuel..
         
        01-10-2013, 07:45 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Slide out, mid tack for sure to cram stuff and when you say stove inside I think you mean cook top which is a must have. Grilling in the rain isn't fun. You will need loads of storage for portable fencing, lawn chairs, tools you name it bigger is better with all the storage you can get. Large fridge and freezer and a bathroom that you can turn around in with a sink.
         
        01-12-2013, 03:55 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I like the motor home better too, as one barn I pull for has that and pulls a BP 4 horse slant with it. But not having something to drive is an issue that would take precedence.

    You need to get the biggest trailer you can afford, with all the room you can.

    An interior stove is a must I think. And a real frig too, one big enough to actually use. Needs a full size microwave also, and enough cabinets to be able to have food bought and stored. Remember that no matter how big you think it is, after you have been in it for a while you will feel like you are living in shower stall 24/7.

    I agree with extra stall for horse type storage. And the totes too.

    Making sure you have space for comfortable chairs, recliners if can, would be important to me, as I can't stand having to sit upright on bench type seats. And the folding chairs lose their charm after 2 hours in one. Lamps to read by is a must for me too.

    The best mattress you can afford will help. Make sure there is room to store sheets/blankets and the like, as 2 sets of those, if not more will be important. Also I would try to find something I could have washer dryer in if possible, as trudging to laundromat is the pits.

    This link has some nice new and used trailers on it, with good shots of interiors too, which might give you some ideas of your own.

    Cowboy Trailer Sales - Horse Trailers, Living Quarter Trailers

    I'd also start roaming around and looking in every trailer I could. Take pictures and make notes of what you like and don't like.
         
        01-12-2013, 06:02 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    If you like the idea of a motorhome & horse trailer I have an idea for you:

    What about a 4horse bumper pull and throwing in a scooter or two?


    The one big problem with motor homes is the turning radius really stinks, but if you have an idea of where you are going and what size motor home you can get in there you might be set.

    I have seen toy-hauler campers so I might even look into it and see if they make a camper with the same concept, give you a bit less living space but still more than a traditional LQ trailer, while giving you a lot more flexible storage space for scooters/tools/hay/camping equipment/ect...
         
        01-14-2013, 07:38 AM
      #16
    Foal
    Lots of good ideas and things to take into consideration. Keep them coming, and thanks.
         
        01-14-2013, 09:15 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Mid tack, 7'6' high, 8' wide, generator, 30lb propane tanks instead of 20lb tanks, air, large fresh water grey water and black water tanks, hay rack, large fridge/freezer, round or pentagon larger shower, ducted air and heat, generator (remote start is nice but not a necessity), 2 step awning, drop down windows front and rear, insulated horse area, keyed locks, extruded aluminum along the entire bottom half of the trailer, stud wall, stainless front nose, lots of storage/closet and cupboard, there are more just can not think of them all right now......I don't think I would go smaller than a 12' short wall. I have a 14' and it is more than plenty to stay in 2 weeks at a time, less emptying tanks. A slide out would be nice but it does add more weight and possible problems with opening and closing. Bottom line is your budget because if you are going to travel all over with a larger trailer, you will probably need a hauler 450 or 550. I have stayed where there are paddocks for your horses which is nice not only so your horses can run around and stretch after a long ride but if you plan on leaving for the day to sight see, your horses are more comfortable as to standing on a picket.
         
        01-14-2013, 09:26 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    I have done the motorhome/trailer and I prefer the truck/trailer.
         
        01-15-2013, 09:35 PM
      #19
    Foal
    We didn't have a trailer with living compartment, but we were full time RV'ers for about 4 years. We were in the very most top part of CA.

    If I suggested only one thing, it would be good insulation. Weather you get a trailer with a living space or go with an RV. Make sure it has the best insulation you can get. It'll keep the warm in during the winter and help your AC work less during the summer.
    We also didn't like eating at the table. The built in benches were ram-rod straight and uncomfortable.
    The cook stove should be a must - even if you plan to stay in warmer areas. It'll rain on ya sooner or later.
    We also ended up tearing out the carpeting in our RV. The stains that built up were impossible to keep up with and it held dirt all the time. So we put down throw rugs and area carpets. They were much easier to keep clean and smelling good.

    I also agree with having a truck to pull the trailer. Most feed stores have big parking lots, but do you really want to have to pull your whole rig through just to get hay? Or maybe you do!!!
    The feed store guys could help you load it and it's only handled the one time. Not into the truck and then outta the truck, into/on top of the trailer.

    Danielle
         

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