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post #11 of 15 Old 03-18-2019, 10:47 AM
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Y'know. We own a mini storage. I have people asking me all the time if we have boat sized units... and a trailer corral... for this very reason.

We actually used to go camping by hauling two rigs: 5th wheel behind a 3/4 ton Ford, stock trailer behind a second gen Dodge Cummins. I like the 5th wheel because it had a toilet for middle of the night, my 46 year old bladder let me know too late I gotta go pee... and I don't have time to get to the on-site camp bathrooms... and the AC... not for daytime use but to get a good night sleep when it barely cools off at night.

It was way, way too much hassle. (Though. We may well have an other two rig trip this summer, maybe more: Son and Hubs prefer bass fishing. Son has an 87 long bed chevy as his first truck. It came with an 'old man camper shell'. He plans to put it BACK ON, throw his tackle and an air mattress in the bed, hook on to the bass boat and follow us to Sardis Lake, Lake Texoma, and Coffee Mill Lake this summer. I'll have the horse trailer and horses.)

I bought a 3 slant with a BIG dressing room and a queen sized bed, ac. It has electric and propane for heat options with added vents into the horse box for the horses if it gets too cold on them outside. It came with a portable 'camp' toilet that sits nicely in the corner where on some trailers there's an access door into the horse box. Mine doesn't have one, but it makes for a nice place to have a portable potty. It has a potable water tank and water pump that's been added, 110 plugs inside, outside hydrants and a hydrant in the front horse compartment (so you can convert the inside to a kitchen if need be).

My front compartment on the trailer, by the escape door, is dedicated to camping equipment - I have what my dad calls an Action Packer - a heavy duty plastic footlocker. In it is my perolator coffee pot, my coleman stove, my fuel bottles. I have a fish cleaning table - the kind that folds up, but has a sink on one end, a removable faucet. You hook a garden hose to it to have water. So far it's only been used to throw curry brushes on, but it's there if I need it. I have a small weber grill, my feed and hay and garden hose, my poop rake, and a broom, my tack repair tool box, all ride up in that front compartment.

I use a flatbed truck - I like it to use as my kitchen - that's where we cook our meals. You can get under the gooseneck and cook if it starts to rain. I've got a 'cowboy' shower, the type that you fill with water, let it warm in the sun, hang it up and rinse off. I have a pop up privacy cabana to hang it in.

We camp at equestrian camp grounds, which are usually apart from the boater/fisherman type campgrounds around lakes. They still have bathrooms available, and at some, showers.

I have a generator for camping at places with no electricity, the water tank on my trailer works for camping at places with no water - though I try to avoid those for the horses' sake not my own.

I see nothing wrong having a trailer with LQ. Some of us are too old for truly roughing it.

No matter what route you choose for the trailer though, camping with horses has been one of the best things to happen in my life. Period. I'd put it at number four: Met my husband and married him, had kids with him, got horses, go camping with horses... in that order of importance. It's changed my life and the lives our horses for the better and I am so glad my life took this turn. Even if it was unexpected, looking back, it's been organic growth. It's been good for all of us. I encourage anyone wanting to try it, to do it.
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post #12 of 15 Old 03-18-2019, 11:25 AM
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We seriously loved our truck camper. We had an electric Stabil Lift on it, so we could drive an unencumbered truck around, and use our bumper pull trailer.
You would still have to store it, though.
I have never boarded, but almost every barn I visited seemed to have a row of trailers...

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post #13 of 15 Old 03-18-2019, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by trailridertwh View Post
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!

Doesn't matter what your neighbors "appreciate" or not, but would it (or would it not) be against HOA rules?
That's considerate of you to think of your neighbors, but if it is legal within the rules of the HOA, then you can park it.

Originally Posted by trailridertwh View Post
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)?

Ultimately, it just depends on your barn, their policies, and the space they have available.

Personally, I've never boarded at a "real" boarding barn. I've only kept my horses are people's private places. And I've always had a space to park my trailer without any additional fees. I have a 3-horse slant gooseneck. There is no living quarters but the dressing room is very generous. Since I board, I treat my trailer as my "barn". I pretty much keep all my stuff in it.

I know of a boarding barn in my area that does charge to keep your trailer parked at the barn, but I do not know how much. I do believe it is minimal in comparison to the boarding fees.

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post #14 of 15 Old 03-19-2019, 10:55 AM
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At my barn where I board, people are allowed to store their trailers there. There's about 6 total. She doesn't charge us.
I would ask the place that you board first.

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post #15 of 15 Old 03-19-2019, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by horselovinguy View Post
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.

My aunt and uncle, who made their living on the rodeo circuit, used a motor home for years to pull their horse trailer. But theirs was very short. One thing to take into account is that a lot of motor homes have extremely long spans between the rear axle and the hitch, which means that every bump in the road is magnified many times back at the trailer. I would consider many of them unsuitable for pulling a horse trailer just because of the abuse the horses would take from the geometry of the connection.

If you decide to go the living quarters trailer route, the weight variables are enormous. If you're planning to buy a one-ton truck with a monster diesel engine, you can probably pull any trailer you want, but otherwise you have some work ahead of you matching trailer to tow vehicle.

The problem with using a pickup with camper as a horse trailer tow vehicle is campers tend to be so heavy that even a small trailer exceeds the load capacity of the truck. It wouldn't be impossible, but it would take some research to find the right combination.
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