Posted 2018-08-17 4:48 PM (#171818) Subject: Would like some trailer owner opinions
Hello, I hope you don't mind me asking about horse trailers. I am not currently a horse trailer owner.
I am a disabled submarine veteran who would like to go full time in a 5th wheel or gooseneck trailer as a residence. Looking at the different residential style trailers they are not really equipped for my needs, even the toy hauler
My intent is to make my woodworking shop portable, I make instruments and sell them at different festivals.
It's just me, so I wouldn't need a huge fancy living space. It dawned on me that a horse trailer with living quarters might work. I could convert the space meant for horses into a workshop, none of my equipment is heavy industrial grade so weight isn't an issue.
Have any of you seen someone using a horse trailer for this purpose?
My tow vehicle can handle the heavier trailers, International 4900.
Posted 2018-08-17 6:23 PM (#171819 - in reply to #171818) Subject: RE: Would like some trailer owner opinions
Location: Waaaaay back Slaughter Hollow
I have owned four living quarters horse trailers, as well as one 5th wheel RV. We did live in the 5th wheel full time while we gut renovated a house.
Having pulled both, I prefer the gooseneck horse trailers above pulling the 5th wheel RV. All four of our LQ trailers pulled easy and smoother than the 5th wheel. The 5th wheel seemed to have more wind resistance and felt heavier to pull than our heaviest LQ trailer, that weighed twice as much as the 5th wheel.
It was three large steps to get into our 5th wheel, while the LQ trailers are one medium step. I also felt our horse trailers have been much better built and insulated than the RV was.
One advantage the RV had was multiple slides, although you can get horse trailers with them as well. You didn’t say if your disability has you wheel chair bound, but a horse trailer may need to be modified to make more room for wheel chair accessibility in the living quarters area. But, a horse trailer can easily be equipped with a ramp at the rear or even on the side for easy wheel chair entrance.
As far as the weight of your woodworking equipment, most horse trailer floors are built to haul horses, weighing usually at least 1,000 lbs. each. I would also look at the axle rating to make sure the axles as heavy duty enough to accommodate the weight of your equipment.
With the “tiny house movement”, I have often wondered why more people don’t convert horse trailers. The good ones are made to withstand the abuse of hauling live animals, are built much stouter than RVs, and have a longer life span.