Tips to Make the Most of Your Living Quarters Trailer
Tips to Make the Most of Your Living Quarters
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:
- Supplies and nonperishable food
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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