Tips to Make the Most of Your Living Quarters

Prepare your living-quarters horse trailer so life on the road is as comfortable as home.

Ah, the glamorous life on the road. Eating drive-through fast food, cramming clothes into a suitcase and trying to find space for everything you need. For those who travel frequently to horse shows, rodeos or trail rides, living-quarters trailers have certainly made traveling with your horses easier.

There are many little tips and tricks that can make life in a living-quarters horse trailer easier.

First, stock the trailer as a second home. It’s easier to keep everything in the trailer year-round instead of loading it each week. This includes:

  • Linens
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Supplies and nonperishable food
  • Clothes

Storage

You can never have too much storage space. If your trailer has mangers, the storage area underneath provides room for necessities.

  • Mount a plastic garden hose holder to give your electrical cord a home, keeping it accessible and tidy.
  • A 5-gallon bucket is a great place to store your sewer hose or can be another place to keep your electrical cords tangle-free.
  • Keep a toolbox in your trailer with assorted wrenches, screwdrivers, a hammer, zip-ties and duct tape.
  • Toss in a few spare electrical adapters (you’ll always meet someone in the RV park who needs an adapter to plug in) and a two- or three-way hose splitter, because you might need to share the water supply with your neighbor.
  • Purchase a heavy-duty electrical cord, for times you are parked away from the electrical box in the RV park.
  • Pack tire ramps that can be used to chock your tires or help in fixing a flat.
  • Don’t forget your emergency triangles.

Whether you have a mid-tack space or use the first horse stall as a storage area, plastic storage shelves and totes can help you stay organized. Many travelers use their mid-tack as a “mudroom” entrance to their living quarters, if it’s outfitted with a camper door, helping to keep their living area clean.

Kitchen

  • Two words: paper plates. Cute dishes sound attractive. But does washing dishes sound more attractive than riding your horse?
  • You’ll need a can opener, bottle opener and a corkscrew.
  • A slow cooker makes cooking easy, especially with those meals-in-a-bag you can get at the grocery store.
  • Slow-cooker liner bags also make cleanup a breeze.
  • Microwaveable meals are plentiful at your grocery store, as well.
  • Plastic refrigerator gates keep your food in place while traveling.
  • An empty tissue box is a good container for grocery bags to reuse as garbage bags.
  • A little collapsible step stool makes it easy to reach upper cupboards, and it can be folded away in a cupboard when it’s not needed.

If your trailer is outfitted with a couch, you probably have the large table that can sometimes be in the way. TV trays can be stored in a closet and brought out to use at meal times, giving you more floor space.

Bathroom

  • Keep a set of bath towels just for your trailer so you always have them.
  • A couple of plastic over-the-door hooks can be hung on your shower glass partition to give you a place to hang towels to dry.
  • Small plastic baskets keep your toiletries in order in the cupboard and keep items off your limited counter space.
  • A small plastic drawer unit works well as a dresser for small clothing items.
  • Keeping your toiletries stocked in your bathroom will be easier than packing for every trip.

Courtesy of American Quarter Horse Association