Like, for example, actually entertaining the legitimate possibility of pursuing a giant effing trailer with nicely built out living quarters.
We aren't totally sure, but we are totally sure that we should be regularly perusing the dealers and looking for good used options. (like responsible adults we quickly realized that ordering a new custom built trailer for $70k was maybe taking this concept a little too far... at least we're reasonable).
So, what are the specs?
3 Horse. 2 horse seems too small (why I say this when I only own 1 horse, I don't know) but a 4 horse seems too big (the boy has visions of camping sans horses sometimes.. and a 4 horse trailer behind his "camper" seems just unnecessary. Plus... we only have the one (1, uno) horse).
7'3" wide at a minimum. His truck is hefty, the replacement will be heft-ier, and P only squashes into a 7' wide trailer if she gets two spots. (though I try to avoid making her feel bad about it)
8' LQ MINIMUM, though 10, 12 and even 13' would be ideal. We quickly decided if the LQ is too cramped or too crappy, we'll never use it and it'll be even more of a waste of money than this notion already is. It should sleep 4 comfortably and there has to be room to sit down.
STORAGE. I don't really understand where people put all of their crap in these trailers that only have the teeny, tiny rear tack compartment. Even when I'm only hauling P I pack our tack room FULL of water buckets, extra wraps, first id kits, grain, etc... Those weenie rear tacks have no room for that. So we're looking for something that either has a larger rear tack (they exist), a mid tack (Ideal) or some serious manger storage (though this requires a trailer to be at least 8' wide cause it cuts into the standing room pretty significantly.
It has to be pretty. this might sound like my requirement, but it's the boy. I keep finding well priced older trailers, and he keeps nixing them on account of the fact that "they look like crap." Not the most compelling argument, but as long as he's indulging me in this endeavor, I'm not going to complain.
So, what have we found? Not too surprisingly, there's a lot of really nice used trailers out there that fit pretty much the entire bill. I even have a couple friends who have "outgrown" some gorgeous sundowners (one with 16' of LQ! that thing is a beast...) which are enticing.
BUT, there's one that's calling to me particularly strong... it's pretty close, and seems to fit the bill. The only worry I have is that it has manger storage, but it only 7'3" wide... that might be a little skinny, but worth a look?
|Weird, right? but maybe super clever..|
It's a 2006 Logan, looks like it's in great shape, and the price is pretty right... now we just have to decide if we're really going to become that car-camping, horse showing couple or if we just can't give up our hotel hopping ways...
It's amazing how quickly I can rationalize a big purchase like this... let's see, sell the current trailed for $5k... one kidney, stop eating for a few weeks and BAM! we net to zero.....
Here's the full ad if you want to ooh and ahh with me....
See what happens to me when I'm not busy actually at the barn doing things with my horse???