Have you ever walked that fine line between what you “need” and what you “really, really want?” Well, when it comes to your horse trailer, spending a few bucks on the right upgrades can make all the difference.
The extra investment makes even more sense when you consider how most people replace their tow vehicle far more than they replace a trailer. Your horse trailer – especially one you custom design – is an investment that will last for decades.
Plus, many of the upgrades we recommend help make your trailer more comfortable and safe for your horses. So, it’s a win-win all the way around! Here are the top upgrades we suggest you add to your next horse trailer. Plus, we’ll share the one horse trailer upgrade that is taking the industry by storm!
Many of the living quarters horse trailers that roll out of our factory are sporting a beautiful slide out compartment to extend the living space inside your trailer. Just like on an RV camper, a slide out containing your sofa or dinette can take a cramped space and transform it into a palace on wheels!
A slide out gives you more room for meal preparation, space to stretch your legs and more area to share with friends who come over for a visit. They are extremely popular both on our 8’ width SafeTack Reverse LQ and also our Trailer Blazer reverse load with a 7’ width.
Last year, about 40% of our trailer sales had on board camera systems. There are all sorts of models available on the market, but we use a brand called RanchCams. We’ve worked with their owner, Patrick, for the last seven years so we have an inside source for any issues that come up with the systems.
These cameras have excellent durability and a camera feed to your tow vehicle lets you check on your horses while you’re on the road. This particular system is one of the more expensive types of cameras on the market, but when it comes to electronics, you get what you pay for.
No one likes to crowd into a tight space when it’s time for nature’s call. That’s why a larger bathroom is one upgrade you should strongly consider. Our base model for the SafeTack Reverse LQ trailer has a 10’ short wall, but this trailer also comes in a 13’ short wall with a slide out.
The larger model contains the same features – sink, toilet, and shower – but gives you a larger bathroom space to move around. The rounded shower stall design is very roomy and gives you room to scrub off the day’s dirt and grime.
The outside of your horse trailer is actually NOT the ideal place to tie a horse. Even on a well-designed trailer, there are still ways for your horse to injure himself or damage the trailer while tied.
That’s why we recommend the Hi-Tie system (photo right). It has an arm that swings out from the trailer’s side so your horse is tied farther away from the trailer’s side. Horses have room to graze, drink, and even lie down while tied this way. A portable corral system like Carri-lite is another solution to get your horses away from the side of the trailer.
While we do offer an all-electrical option for your awning, we actually recommend that customers look at the less expensive “two-step” upgrade. The standard awning is made of vinyl that can break down in the sun after a few years. It also needs to be rolled out manually.
The Two-Step Awning, in contrast, has a metal weather shield to protect the material from the sun while not in use. It lasts 3-4 times longer. And it truly is just two steps to unroll. Very easy!
With so much of our entertainment coming from streaming and download, this one is less of an issue than a few years back. Nowadays, a great internet connection is all you need to stream shows over your smart device.
Still, if you want to transform your living quarters into an indoor theater, you do have some options. Every now and then, we have a client who wants two televisions, surround sound, blue ray players, and the works! It’s all possible.
All of our SafeTack horse trailers come with a rear tack storage area that swings out like a second door. Still, if you’d like even more space for your equipment, you might consider a mid-tack storage area. Check out the floorplan below to see how this would look. It’s a great way to keep your equipment clean and organized.
This one is a no brainer. A horse trailer is very heavy, and if you rely on a hand-crank to raise and lower the front, you’re asking for a workout. Instead, consider adding a hydraulic jack so you can raise and lower the trailer for hitching with the touch of a button.
More than half of our trailer sales last year were for reverse load trailers. It’s a trend that is taking the industry by storm! Folks are ready to invest in this layout because it allows for less stressful travel for your animals.
Designers have studied how horses balance their weight while a trailer is in motion. Turns out, horses naturally prefer to travel facing towards the rear. It allows them to brace with their stronger back end while the rig is braking.
Add on the SafeTack layout with a side loading ramp and door – you have an easy walk-on-walk-off configuration. Load your horses from the side ramp into a rear facing stall. Then, open the dividers and simply walk your horses directly off the back ramp.
Horses who are nervous about entering a closed space suddenly have a wide open interior to enjoy. They feel less claustrophobia and travel more calmly.
Our reverse load trailers are available as bumper pulls horse trailers, gooseneck horse trailers, and living quarter horse trailers. Our customers always rave about how much they (and their horses) love the design!
The true beauty of designing a custom built trailer with Double D Trailers is this… YOU get to decide which upgrades make sense for your budget and lifestyle. Still, we’d recommend any of the ones listed above so your trailer works better for you and your horses!
If you’d like to learn more about any of the upgrades described in this article, reach out to Brad Heath with questions.
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