There are few things more enjoyable than saddling up your horses, heading to the trailhead, and spending a leisurely day exploring the best of nature. Or perhaps, your greatest moment of joy is found in arriving at a busy stock show. You and your family are eager to enter your prized animal into the competition and bring home the first-place trophy.
Regardless, when you take your horses or livestock on the road, you undoubtedly spend a lot of time focused on their comfort. You want to ensure that throughout transport, they remain safe and relaxed.
At the end of a long day, after all the activities of the day wind down and your animals are resting safely, do you have an equally comfortable place to relax?
Fortunately, many horse trailers and livestock trailers today are designed with luxury living quarters that allow you to enjoy the comforts of home wherever you go. If you’re interested in purchasing a trailer with living quarters, use the following four steps to make sure you pick the ideal setup for your needs.
Step 1: Think Through Space Requirements
When choosing your horse or livestock trailer, one of the first considerations will be the size of the trailer. Thinking through your space requirements will help you quickly sort through a lot of the available inventory.
Consider space in two regards.
- For your animals: First and foremost, you’ll need to determine how large you need your trailer to be in order to safely transport your animals. If you are only transporting a single horse, you can focus your search on small trailer options. However, if you plan to transport a large amount of livestock, you’ll want to look for trailers that will safely handle the weight of these animals, as well as ensure their comfort on the road.
- For yourself: Living quarters that are built into horse and livestock trailers can vary dramatically in the amount of space they offer. Some are designed for a single traveler, with a small bed and limited amenities. For those bringing family and friends, they can be upfit with multiple bunks, allowing everyone to travel together.
Be sure to think through future scenarios and plan accordingly.
Step 2: Make a List of Amenities
Once you have selected a trailer based on the size of the unit, you’ll also want to create a detailed list of the amenities you expect to be included in the design of the trailer. Trailers can feature simplistic designs with minimal add-ons, or they can be created to feature luxury upgrades.
Similar to space requirements, break down your list of amenities for what you and your animals need.
- For your animals: Trailers can feature an array of amenities for your horses and livestock. Consider what they will need in transit, such as stall dividers, built-in hay racks, comfortable flooring, tack rooms, and more. This will help ensure that you only compare inventory that will provide your animals' necessary comfort.
- For yourself: When it comes to the interior of your living quarters, there are many options for what amenities are included. You can opt for a trailer that has a simple place to sleep and a small bathroom, or you can pick a trailer that features multiple sleeping areas, a full kitchen, and a separate dining area. Anything that is a priority for your travels, add to your list.
Step 3: Browse Inventory
While the above two steps will help you narrow down the right inventory for your needs, be sure to also spend time browsing what options are currently on the market. You can do this by browsing trailers in person or opting to look through inventory online.
Either way, by looking at actual inventory options, you can gain a better idea of what trailers will be a good pick for you and your animals.
Not only that, but you might also discover additional upgrades or options that you didn’t know existed. Trailers have come a long way in the past few years. From implementing improved onboard technology, such as in-trailer cameras, to upgrading the look and style of living spaces, there are countless options for horse and livestock trailers featuring living quarters.
As you look through the inventory that is available, make note of anything that stands out. If your list of priorities shifts, make sure to realign your must-haves before moving on to the purchasing stage.
Step 4: View Video Walk-Throughs and Tours
The best way to get a feel for a trailer and its features inside and out is to see it in person. That's not always possible or easy, though, so exploring videos and tours online can be an accessible way to get a real feel for the trailers and their living quarters. Our team at Transwest of Frederick regularly goes live to tour horse and livestock trailers, including trailers with living quarters.
In addition to seeing all the details of the trailer, you'll also get the expert feedback of the Transwest sales team while they do the walk-through. This can help you gauge exactly what horse trailer or livestock trailer is right for you. Plus, our team members share their contact information so you can follow up with any more questions!
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Step 5: Talk to the Team at Transwest
Once you feel like you have a good idea of what trailer will meet your needs, talk to the team at Transwest. We are excited to discuss with you the current trailers on the market and provide you with our own professional insights into these unique trailer designs.
To kick start this process, first, look for a Transwest location near you or reach out to a location by phone. If you can, schedule a visit to browse the available inventory in person or schedule a remote visit with a sales team member. This will allow you to get the best feel for what trailer will best meet your needs.
Next, consider what financing options are available. This can help you invest in a trailer today that will continue to serve you well into the future. This is particularly helpful if you see your needs expanding (e.g. you plan to bring more horses along down the road, or you have family that may join you for specific events).
Finally, narrow down your search to the top picks and talk to our team about pricing. If you have a trailer you plan to trade-in, we’ll be happy to discuss your options towards the purchase of your next one.
Throughout the process of finding a horse or livestock trailer with built-in living quarters, don’t hesitate to talk to our team at Transwest. Our passion is helping pair customers with the perfect trailer for their specific needs.
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