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Five Cheap Upgrades to Make your Custom Trailer More Useful

When it comes to custom horse trailers people often wonder if they’re going overboard with their choices.  Using our easy-to-use trailer design tool, it can become easy to add option after option until your trailer is decked out with all the bells and whistles.

So, if you’re trying to rein in your excitement – and keep your pocketbook happy – we’ve chosen just five inexpensive upgrades to make your custom horse trailer more useful.  You don’t need to buy a fancy horse trailer with living quarters to have some of these handy trailer options.  Even a basic two horse bumper pull can be designed to be a cut above the rest with these custom features.

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Storage Boxes and Wall Grid Organizers

Storage is one of the top issues customers want help with when it comes to their new custom trailer. They are looking for clever ways to tame all of the equipment that goes along with owning a horse. 

You know what I mean… that extra set of grooming supplies, the box of medical goop, the spare show blouse for when your horse decides to snot all over the first one, the extra boots, rakes, and braiding gear.  The list goes on and on.

If you choose one of our SafeTack slant load trailers, then you’ll already have a handy tack storage area in the rear corner of the trailer.  Then, additional storage can be found in the front dressing room of your trailer.

Why not kick things up another notch with a carpeted storage box and wall grid organizer?  (See Photo Above) The carpeted storage bench will span the nose of your trailer and act as both a storage trunk and as an extra bench to use when it’s time to pull on your boots. If you have a gooseneck trailer, this bench will also double as a step so you can easily hop into the gooseneck when you’re ready for a nap.

The wall grid organizer can be placed on the interior wall of your dressing room with attachments to keep all of your smaller gear within easy reach.  “These wall grids made a huge difference when it comes to storage and organization,” shared Double D Trailers owner Brad Heath. “You can purchase accessories like bins, racks, and hangers to clamp into place and keep things tidy.”

Cowboy (or Cowgirl) Shower

bumper pull horse trailerAfter two or three days at a horse event without a shower, you’ll start contemplating bathing in the nearest muddy pond.  Although a cowboy shower is pretty basic, it is way better than waiting for a heavy rainstorm and will get you much cleaner than your standard stagnant body of water or horse trough.

The shower consists of a wall mounted hose in the front stall of your horse area.  While standing in the privacy of your trailer, you can use the hand held shower head to wash off the dirt and grime of the day. 

Simple… yes.  Effective… yes.  A huge relief when you really need a wash… YES!

Front Stall Storage Partitions.  

custom horse trailerOne thing that will make your cowboy or cowgirl shower even more private is the installation of a front stall storage partition – also known as a “stud gate.”  This solid panel hangs down from the regular front stall divider to provide a solid barrier for horses that like to kick and bother their neighbors.

Besides adding extra privacy for a shower, it also allows you to make full use of that front stall in the event you aren’t hauling a full load of horses.  Store hay, muck out buckets, or other equipment up there without any fear of it rolling back to the horses in the other stalls. 

Or, better yet, use that front area as a little sleeping area with a comfy little cot.  The partition is usually made out of metal, but stiff rubber is also an option.  It is fully removable and 100% handy.

Upright Water Tanks.  

With or without the cowboy shower, an upright 25 gallon water tank is a must-have if you plan on taking your trailer anywhere far from home.  You’ll have a ready supply of water for your horses whenever they need it.

This eliminates the need to haul heavy water buckets across crowded show grounds.  Instead, you’ll have fresh water right at your trailer.  This feature is extremely useful on any non-living quarters trailer.  Water tanks will need regular cleaning, but take up way less space than stashing water in smaller containers on board. 

If you purchase a living quarters trailer instead, you’ll have a large water tank mounted under a seat or inside a cabinet to supply your toilet, shower, and other appliances.  On these trailers, you’ll also have an outside water spigot to pull fresh water for your horses.

110V Electrical Systems. 

Although water is indispensable on a long trip, electricity is a very close second.  You’re bound to bring something with you that needs power, be it a Smartphone, electric razor or your favorite electric heater.  The 110 V electrical hook up is available on all models and includes two receptacles mounted inside the front dress, a breaker box, and a 110V light inside.  It also comes with an exterior campsite hook up.

Anything using this 110V hook up will require a power source such as a generator or campsite power supply.  All of the other lights within your trailer are operating on a 12V supply and will operate just with your trailer’s battery power.  The 110 V and 12V circuits are completely separate.

When the time comes, you’ll be incredibly happy to have some electric juice to power your favorite gizmos.  This is a must-have feature.

BONUS: Hang Out Living Quarters on Your Gooseneck Trailer

gooseneck horse trailerWe can’t wrap this up without sharing one more tempting upgrade you may want to consider for your trailer.  Many of our customers think wistfully of the living quarter trailers, but end up purchasing a much less-expensive gooseneck trailer to stay within budget.

Well, what if we told you there was an “in-between” option? Sure, this isn’t exactly cheap, but compared to a full living quarters trailer, it’s an absolute bargain.  We’re talking about our “hang out living quarters” package for gooseneck trailers.

Unlike a full living quarters trailer, a trailer with a hang-out package will not have a full kitchen or full bathroom.  Still it can have a toilet (optional) with a few cabinets and running water. The walls will be left unfinished as if it were a regular gooseneck dressing room. 

Still, these few extra amenities (cabinets, water and a toilet!!) will make a HUGE difference in your comfort level while you’re on the go.

Designing custom horse trailers isn’t a task for the faint of heart -- it requires a hard look at your needs, wants and budget to achieve the balance necessary to get it exactly right.  Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone.

The team at Double D Trailers has years of experience building custom trailers for all types of horse owners.  From basic bumper pulls to high tech living quarters trailers, we’ve got the skills to create the exact horse trailer your horse adventures require.  If you have any questions about designing your own custom trailer, then contact Brad and he’ll help you get started.

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