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  • Sleeping in your trailer...

    Ok - I'm an event person but I'm switching to the jumpers...

    We usually stay in our trailer in a modified living quarters.

    Are we going to be COMPLETELY out of place doing this at the A shows? I k now a lot of people stay in campers but are there a lot of living quarters???

    I just don't want to look like some hack.

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  • #2
    Nah, plenty of people do it. No worries!
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    • #3
      do you mean a horse trailer that has a living quarter as well that's attached? ive seen those, theyre really cool. campers, RV's, and half-horse-half-people trailers are around too. also, my barn's standard gooseneck has a decent sized tackroom, and theres a big open space on the gooseneck part of it. it could totally fit a mattress up there, and i'm sure it would be the same for most other standard sized goosenecks. throw in a sleeping back or an air bed, get a little fan if you have electric power (our trailer has electric power, there's a light insie the tack room) or a battery operated one, a battery operate camping lantern if you dont have electric power, and anything else you'll need--jsut make sure you park close to a bathroom (though i do know some people who literally just went into the horse part of the trailer with some toilet paper and peed on shavings...ehh.. i'd do it if it was an emergency, but, probably a better idea to just park close to a bathroom :P
      Last edited by superpony123; Mar. 23, 2009, 10:39 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by gjump View Post
        Ok - I'm an event person but I'm switching to the jumpers...

        We usually stay in our trailer in a modified living quarters.

        Are we going to be COMPLETELY out of place doing this at the A shows? I k now a lot of people stay in campers but are there a lot of living quarters???

        I just don't want to look like some hack.

        You won't look like a hack, there's plenty of people who stay in a trailer.


        • #5
          In this economy...people will be wishing they were you and had living quarters to sleep in instead of paying big $$$$ for a hotel room


          • #6
            Nope not out of place at all........in fact, this year I'll be pitching a tent in order to save money (I have no trailer) & joining my horse in the wash rack!!! (yes I've seen this done at some really large shows & the girls were even shaving their legs......I'll opt for waxing beforhand though!) LOL
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            • #7
              Originally posted by eclipse View Post
              Nope not out of place at all........in fact, this year I'll be pitching a tent in order to save money (I have no trailer) & joining my horse in the wash rack!!! (yes I've seen this done at some really large shows & the girls were even shaving their legs......I'll opt for waxing beforhand though!) LOL
              I wash my hair at shows all the time!! (In front of BNTs and BNRs too. Its become a bit of a notorious thing!)
              But hey, at least I smell better than everyone else when we all go out for celebratory dinners!


              • #8
                Go for it!
                I don't have living quarters sadly, but I'm considering sleeping in the tack stall. Or maybe get an army cot and sleep in the horse area of my trailer... so many possibilities when you think about it no hotel fees means more horse shows!


                • #9
                  Worked for a couple who had a massive trailer with awesome living quarters. I say go for it! It's great idea to save money, and I would feel more at home in my trailer than in a hotel.


                  • #10
                    I am going to be putting a foam bed up in the gooseneck of my trailer. We are also getting a battery for the trailer so I can lights, and a little fan.

                    The only time I won't sleep in the trailer is if it is really cold. Mostly because I have asthma that is irritated by the cold.
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                    • #11
                      I have a 4 horse Sundowner with the standard tack room at the front.

                      I bought a sleeping bag from Cabellos that they advertise as used by the Navy Seals.

                      It is one bag inside another. It is not a mummy bag; curses on them, but a full width.

                      With just a standard air mattress, the kind that has the honeycomb channels and carried by hikers in their back packs, I have been more than comfortable at 15 to 18 degrees.

                      It costs quite a bit but it is well worth it if you will be showing during cold weather.


                      • #12
                        Trailer camping-- the only way to fly

                        It's 5.30 am. You don't show til way later, but no problem. You roll out of bed, put on your thongs and perhaps a hoodie over the top of your jammies, go give your horse his grain and then.... go back to bed. No muss no fuss.

                        You will be cold and tired if you are doing all your own work at a show. Bring a better bed/sleeping bag than you think you will need and it will all be good.

                        It's a great way to show.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by gg4918 View Post
                          I wash my hair at shows all the time!! (In front of BNTs and BNRs too. Its become a bit of a notorious thing!)
                          But hey, at least I smell better than everyone else when we all go out for celebratory dinners!
                          I do this too! For some reason I can stand to go without a shower longer than I can stand to go without washing my hair!

                          Plan your food like you're camping, invest in a good air mattress & sleeping bag, and you'll be fine!
                          ~ A true friend knows all there is to know about you and still likes you. -E. Hubbard


                          • #14
                            A friend of mine camps out in her trailer and worries about other people being nasty about it. Personally, I am jealous as can be. Horse show hotel rooms aren't anything to write home about. The only downside I came up with, provided you can heat and cool it decently, is that it's one more thing to clean when you come home.


                            • #15
                              I love horse show camping! I don't have to get up as early, if there's a problem I'm ALREADY there, and best of all, it saves a bundle! Plus, I love sitting around in the evenings with the other campers visiting, since nobody has to high tail it back to the motel!

                              Get a Coleman air mattress and also the little machine that blows it up. I think our queen size mattress was $50 and the blower-upper (LOL) was $10 or so. Worth EVERY penny! It is very durable, also, and we've had it for at least 5 years -- and interestingly, in that time, we've never had to charge the battery powered air up device. Figure THAT out!

                              Also get one of those foam egg crate things for the top of the mattress, and that keeps the cold from seeping up from the bottom. With nice sheets on it, and stowed in the cozy gooseneck of your trailer, you'll never want to get out of bed!
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                              • #16
                                I stayed in both the tack room of a trailer and in the tack stall at shows. I've always used those chaise-style lawn chairs to sleep on, along with my sleeping bag and a few extra blankies. I'm really liking the foam mattress topper idea, though.

                                It's WAY more fun to sleep at the show (whether it be in the tack stall or in the trailer) than it is to stay in a hotel. Double bonus if you're showing at a facility that has showers!

                                I really like staying in the tack stall, because it means I'm closer to the horses in case something happens. And, as mvp said, it's super-easy to feed early in the morning, and then go back to bed!

                                Oh, and it's WAY cheaper!

                                Go for it!
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                                • #17
                                  I have always stayed in a trailer with LQ. It is nice to be so close to the barn, and I like doing my own 2 a.m. night check.

                                  We rarely paid the $$ for a hookup, since we seldom have time to go back to the trailer and enjoy it. We have one of those camping propane stove/heaters, and would light it for soup, hot chocolate, and occasionally heat. You can't leave them on at night due to the risk of CO poisoning, but we have army sleeping bags and were always comfortable even when the temps were below zero.

                                  We also had a camping port-o-potty we could put in the back of the trailer. We lined it with very good trash bags, so cleaning was a breeze -- just take out the trash bag and dispose. Sometimes the parking area is far from the bathrooms.

                                  I don't care to stay in the stalls, as I am a light sleeper and horses are noisy, banging feed bins and whatnot. I might as well just not go to sleep.


                                  • #18
                                    I am going to be putting a foam bed up in the gooseneck of my trailer.
                                    We got the super deluxe air mattress that can be pumped by the lighter in our truck. It's pump holds a charge so we don't have to worry about the cord reaching, either. It packs away to about 1 x 2' when not in use, too, which a foam mattress won't do.
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                                    • #19
                                      The best horseshow I ever had was the one I borrowed a camper for my truck--very basic, didn't ever fire up the stove in it. I got lots of sleep, didn't have to worry about driving back and forth, and really got to meet all the grooms (whether I wanted to or not) as I chased down our wheelbarrow one morning. Ah, the craziness of the very early mornings at a show....
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                                      • #20
                                        I'm an eventer, so not sure if I count...

                                        but I always stay in my gooseneck trailer. I don't have living quarters, but throw an air mattress up in the front of my trailer. When it's hot, I stay there, and if it's cold (staying in a gooseneck when it's cold is REALLY cold) I sleep in my truck. Though at first folding all 5'10" of myself into the extended cab of my pickup seems as though I would never get up again, I've actually always woken up comfy. Though it does tend to take time to pry myself out again.