Last year I considered getting rid of my 2 horse Hawk trailer and getting something with a small LQ. In the end, though, I just couldn’t part with the Hawk. The main reason being that I haul ALOT. I go somewhere just about every week between lessons, trail rides and shows. Most shows are local so no need to camp. Plus, most LQ trailers in my budget were a 3 horse slant, which would be even more wasted space. I most likely will never have more than one horse, and didn’t want to drag around a larger trailer all the time for a few weekends a year of camping.
So last June I had my local trailer shop install an RV battery that controls the interior lights/awning, and add a 30 amp hookup, a rooftop AC unit and an electrical outlet in the dressing room. I’ve used it to camp about 6 times and while I love it, upgrades are needed.
I love the awning and use it often. It’s electric, but I can manually adjust it as well, to account for rain or sun position. I have a green carpet that I put down under the awning and secure it with lawn stakes, then put my chairs and table under it. A doormat and a stool go in front of the door.
I sleep in the GN portion of the trailer, which isn’t insulated. During the summer I would get woken up from condensation dripping on my face. And in the winter I brought my electric fireplace from home, but quickly found I had to have it blowing directly on me in order to stay warm. So insulation is a huge priority.
Husband and BO’s Husband shoved insulation foam board into the ribs of the ceiling, and secured with aluminum tape, then added furring strips screwed into the frame. Next is to cover with material stapled to the furring strips, then cover the staples with trim. Like so:
Then Husband tore out ALL THE CARPET- this actually went super fast, as it was just stapled down rather than glued, and the wood floors beneath the carpet are in good shape.
The dressing room floor and the GN floor will have insulation placed on them, then covered with plywood, and the GN wall will get insulation strapped to it with tape.
After installing the insulation, we’re using leftover wood from our library floor to cover the dressing room floor. I keep saying “we” but I really mean Husband.
And fluffy carpet will go in the GN area.
I’m a bit torn on what to put on the walls, but have to decide quickly. Matt will frame over the insulation, like so:
Then there’s so many options. Many have suggested paneling, but then others say using big sheets of paneling (most come in 48″ x 8′) is difficult, and recommend tongue and groove planks. The drawback to that is the time it takes to cover the entire area.
While I love the look of dark wood, I’m probably going to go with a lighter color because the dressing room is already so small and I don’t need it to feel smaller. I’m thinking wood colored like the below picture, including some backsplash to make it look a little fancier:
And getting some of these battery operated puck lights to brighten everything up:
Now the tricky part. My dressing room is 5′ long and 4′ wide. I don’t ever use the saddle racks because I load everything in my cart, so I need 40″ of floor space for that. I know I want cabinets/bench/steps, but can’t decide on exactly WHAT that will look like.
The saddle racks themselves are removable, but the column that holds the saddle rack is welded on there. I can’t decide if I want to have it cut out and the wall sanded down smooth or just leave it and have the cabinet/counter cut around it.
The other thing is that I need access to the outlet and breaker box. I’m thinking I want a counter top over the top of the breaker box, and then curtains to hid anything underneath. I’d like to put a mini fridge underneath, then a little microwave or convection oven on the counter, so the counter will need a hole to get a cord down to reach the outlet. At first I was going to have base cabinets installed, but decided on a counter for easier access to the outlets, like this:
Then I want cabinets above the counter, somewhat like these (painted/stained):
Then for this short wall, and along the GN wall, I want steps with some storage. They’d be pretty narrow since I wouldn’t want them sticking out past the door, but every little bit of storage helps.
These steps are what I’m most heavily leaning towards:
And then a tall cabinet on the inside of the door:
And then I have no clue what to do with this wall:
We’re going to remove the bridle hooks to insulate and then I have to decide what to do from there. The wall is flush with the door, so no cabinets can go along the floor, and the window is high enough that I can’t put anything above it either. So that’s a bit of a conundrum. The window is useless- it doesn’t open and is a total pain to clean. So I’ve got to figure out something.
Right now I have a lot of gear stored in the GN of the trailer. Camping stuff, chairs, buckets, extra tack, meds, etc. I keep most of it in trunks that get stored outside under the GN when I camp, but I’m going to add the Gladiator Storage System to the horse area to get rid of some of the clutter.
I’d like to add a rail to the front of the horse area to hang things like my pitchfork, broom, shovel, lunge line, lunge whip, and step stool. Then add rails with the baskets like the picture above to the passenger side horse stall. If another horse travels with us, I can remove the baskets easily.
Now for some way in the future wishes.
This is my current shower setup:
I’ve actually never used the solar shower part, just used the tent for changing when kids were in the dressing room. I’d LOVE to add a cowboy shower to the horse area someday:
But have no concept of what that would even entail, so haven’t looked too hard into it.
And then this, which is probably not too far off in the future:
Having this would double the living space since the awning is of no use if it’s really windy or raining too hard to leave it out. It would be nice to get a couple of inflatable couches or chairs, and if the Husband and kids come with, would negate the need for Matt & Justin to sleep in the truck bed tent.
Husband has off from March 30-April 9, so hopefully the majority of this stuff will need to get done then. Luckily BO’s husband is a general contractor and BO has already agreed to loan him out to help.
Wish us (re: Husband) luck!