After months (or years) of shopping, you’ve decided to go with Phoenix Coach Works for your custom-built 2, 4, 6, or 9 horse van body or 15 horse trailer. The color detail is not an issue since you’ve seen this trailer many times in your dreams streamlining down the interstate so you know exactly what it’s going to look like on the exterior. What you haven’t quite figured out yet, is how you plan to optimize the use of space and guarantee that all horse-trailer necessities are accounted for.
As far as custom interiors, the most important thing to consider is the intended use of your trailer. If you use a trailer for short trips between neighboring barns, a simple setup trailer with adjustable stalls will easily suffice. However, if you travel long distances for shows or take your animals trail riding for days or weeks at a time, you’d likely want to consider a larger trailer with a tack-room.
Once you have decided the size and configuration needs of your trailer, it’s time to load up and hit the road/trail. We understand that as you’re making the investment to purchase a horse van or horse trailer, you have likely been at this for many years, if not decades. However, it is always nice to have a checklist to reference when packing in case you have forgotten or overlooked something important.
You will need the following:
– Horse & Human First Aid kit (including a sedative, God forbid, in case of an accident)
– Trailer Aid
– Air Compressor
– Dielectric grease
– Duct Tape
– Trailer chocks (anything from bricks to pieces of 2×4 will work)
– Heavy duty Coupler Lock
– Tool Box
– Warning Triangle and Flares
– Large, durable tote
– The Clip
– Grooming Supplies
– Fly Spray
– Muck Bucket, Broom and Pitchfork
– Extra halter & lead rope.
– Extra Clothes
Although this list is quite obvious, we can all agree that in the midst of both excitement and haste, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the most obvious items only to swat your forehead and curse yourself 40 miles into your trip.
Whether you’re the proud new owner of a custom trailer, merely shopping around and considering options, or looking to make changes to your existing trailer, please feel free to contact Phoenix Coach Works with any and all questions or comments regarding your horse trailer needs. We offer a range of services from new construction to repair and customization. If you can dream it, we can build it.