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post #1 of 15 Old 03-17-2019, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Horse trailers and boarding your horses

In the next 5 years or so (maybe 10, maybe less) I would really like to get a LQ trailer. I currently have a 2 horse straight load bumper pull with just a tack room. But I really want to be able to go long distances and camp. My husband and I are hashing out some plans for the next few years to upgrade my truck to a heavy duty and then deciding on getting a LQ trailer.

The only issue is that I board my horse. We own our home but we have no plans on moving anytime soon, we love our house and it's location in proximity to the barn (I'm about 10 minutes away). But it's in a subdivision with an HOA, and while we have a large corner lot with a large backyard I don't think my neighbors would appreciate me storing any trailers back there!

So my question is, are there any people who board with multiple trailers, especially if one is a LQ gooseneck? I can't see myself ever giving up my bumper pull as it would seem silly to have an LQ trailer as also my "day trip" trailer. Does your barn charge you more for storage (included in our board is trailer parking)? Do you store your LQ off site from your barn, like a storage facility for trailers/RVs? Is that inconvenient? Or too costly?

What do people do in this situation? What are some good suggestions or compromises?
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-17-2019, 08:43 PM
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Your BO may allow more than one trailer at no extra cost. Some do. Some don't.

I have met people who say they have to put their trailers in storage lots because the barns won't let them park anything. How unhandy!

I used to travel a lot for work and would take one or more horses with me. I boarded at horse motels. Ran into two places that wouldn't let me leave the trailer! At a horse motel! Fortunately the places where I was working let me unhook in their back lots.

BTW my personal trailer is a 3-horse slant bumper pull. I don't ever get asked to haul bulls (which is why I bought a smallish trailer), but my friends with 10 and 12 horse goose necks ask to borrow mine for those little trips frequently. I love mine.
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I would allow a boarder to leave their trailer here for a short while, while they made arrangements with a storage place. We have one less than 2 miles from here, so it wouldn't be real unhandy. The only reason I don't allow permanent parking is, I just don't have the set up for it. Temporarily we can do just about anything but long term it would really cause some issues.

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I know most Americans find this extremely unpleasant to contemplate, but camping is perfectly possible without a mobile house. I've done it my whole life -- backpacking, horse camping, car camping. Tents are not the end of the world, and neither is outdoor cooking.

I've known several people who simply clean out the back of their trailer and sleep there. Very simple.

But carry on ....
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Some HOA have a "commercial lot" where the residents with boats, enclosed trailers, jet ski, or anything else such as camper or motor home can park their legally registered and insured vehicle.
I don't see why you couldn't park your large horse trailer alongside these other vehicle...
Or, park at a storage facility that has high fences and security gates.
Lock your trailer, check on it and its insides occasionally and make sure the hitch is blocked/locked and secured...
Of course, insurance is a must no matter where you keep such a vehicle for your sanity.

If you are really contemplating long-distance travel and taking the horses then don't not consider a motor-home pulling your 2-horse trailer currently owned.
A very comfortable existence for you on the road long from home and your horses still going with you.
LQ-combo horse trailers sound wonderful but unless you refer to getting a really large trailer, it is not much room for the humans..
Keep in mind laws for driving these behemoth trailers around are changing for everyone ....or so is the discussion much closer to happening in reality.
Soon you will be required to have better and more expensive class of licenses when you get over certain sizes and weights...they cost money to get, money to keep and you must pass a practical road-driving test covering all aspects of being on the road and preparing to haul.
They also are talking about mandatory physical exams yearly for those driving...very similar to CDL license requirements.
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post #6 of 15 Old 03-18-2019, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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I know most Americans find this extremely unpleasant to contemplate, but camping is perfectly possible without a mobile house. I've done it my whole life -- backpacking, horse camping, car camping. Tents are not the end of the world, and neither is outdoor cooking.

I've known several people who simply clean out the back of their trailer and sleep there. Very simple.

But carry on ....
I understand the sentiment you're making but unfortunately that isn't what I was asking about. It's all personal preference - I'm happy you're comfortable camping that way but different strokes for different folks. There's no reason to think that one way is the only way of doing things. Everybody is allowed to live their life at their comfort level. Again, happy you enjoy tent camping but I'm not comfortable that way, so there's no reason to get upset when somebody prefers one way over another :)
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I would just ask the place where you board. I don't own a trailer, but the place where I board would let you keep multiples there. Although barn owner might start throwing hints around about how she just needs to borrow yours real quick. If you can't keep multiples, could you keep your big one there and your smaller one in your back yard? Maybe that wouldn't be as bad as storing both? It also might not hurt to ask your neighbors how they'd feel about it. I don't think I'd mind my neighbor having a small trailer in their back yard.
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post #8 of 15 Old 03-18-2019, 08:34 AM
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I understand the sentiment you're making but unfortunately that isn't what I was asking about. It's all personal preference - I'm happy you're comfortable camping that way but different strokes for different folks. There's no reason to think that one way is the only way of doing things. Everybody is allowed to live their life at their comfort level. Again, happy you enjoy tent camping but I'm not comfortable that way, so there's no reason to get upset when somebody prefers one way over another :)
I'm not upset. I just have noticed that for most Americans, camping means doing as exactly as possible what you do at home, only somewhere else. I've always found that a bit mysterious.

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post #9 of 15 Old 03-18-2019, 08:46 AM
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While I have my horses and our weekender trailer at home, a ton of people I ride with in the Endurance world board and have LQ/weekender trailers. Most of the ones I know are able to keep them where they board, a few others at storage units/lots nearby. I'm sure you'll be able to find a spot!

P.S. you wont regret it! We have a weekender with a fridge, stove, bed, sink, and cowboy shower and I appreciate it at every ride! Someday we hope to upgrade to a full LQ but just having the basics is amazing!
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I've wondered that as well as it really is no longer camping. But as said. Different strokes. We all grew up roughing it. Most of us still prefer to with an added luxury item or two in the tent. (Blow up mattress). I've slept in the back of a trailer as well but usually that space was reserved for showering off with privacy. My SILs will take LQ over tents - cabins or lodges over LQ and hotel rooms with room service over anything. Our family campouts have gotten complicated.



Ask your BO and if storage on site is not possible find a close storage facility. I personally wouldn't haul a trailer behind a behemouth as once you get where you are going if you need anything you are stuck taking the behemouth unless there is Uber available..... Some places we have been there isn't even emergency service much less anything like that. Better to have your own vehicle with LQ on the trailer. I have seen some nice truck bed campers. Small, comfortable and well equipped especially if the camping area has facilities then you can pull your same trailer if BP.
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