Ready to hit the road? Whether you’re new to trailering or an old hand, traveling with horses and a trailer can be a different experience each time. We want you to have all your questions answered, no matter how big or small!
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This is one of those easily overlooked but important details!
Before Your Trip
Two to three days before, connect the trailer to 110-volt power. On the control panel, turn the 12-volt master switch to the ON position so the batteries will charge.
We like to keep all systems OFF during travel. If needed, the fridge can run off propane while you’re moving.
At a Powered Campsite
Connect the trailer to 110-volt power. The 12-volt master switch should be ON. This setting lets you operate all the 12-volt systems and charges the batteries.
At a Non-Power Campsite
Turn the 12-volt master switch ON to operate your 12-volt systems and devices. With no 110-volt connection there will be no A/C or microwave, but everything else will run off batteries and propane.
After Your Trip
After cleaning and storing your trailer, make sure it is plugged in to 110-volt power and the 12-volt master switch is ON so the batteries charge. Disconnect the 110-volt power and turn the 12-volt switch OFF after a couple of days so you don’t overcharge the batteries.
If you want to learn more about cleaning and storing after a trip, read our Post Trip Clean Up Tips.
Summer is the perfect time to go for a trail ride! These tips will help make sure your horses are safe and comfortable:
- Water your horses well before loading.
- Open all doors/windows/vents necessary to keep air moving through the horse area.
- Travel in the cooler hours of morning and evening, avoiding travel in the hot afternoons.
- Park under shade when stopped for any length of time.
- Consider using butt fans in the horse area to keep the air moving.
- Check your horses often to be sure they’re cool enough.
The last thing you want is a finicky battery while you’re on the road! Here’s how to get the most from your battery:
- Keep the battery and box clean and free of dirt and gunk.
- Make sure the cables and connections aren’t corroded.
- Have the battery inspected and tested at least once a year by a mechanic that has the testing equipment to do the job right.
“I’ve been told everything from don’t put paper in your toilet to fill it with ice cubes before dumping! What is the proper way to dump the tanks? Sometimes mine will not completely empty even though I tried several different tricks.”
Ah, the septic tank! One of the most important features of your living quarters… and one of the most misunderstood. There are more wild stories about septic tank maintenance than there are catfish in the Mississippi. But following these common-sense suggestions will help your septic tank do its job every time:
- Use RV Holding Tank Deodorizing products for odor control.
- Let the tanks fill to near-capacity before emptying.
- Only use toilet paper recommended for RV use.
- Besides RV toilet paper, don’t put anything in the toilet that you haven’t eaten first!
- Empty the tanks with the trailer level or slightly tilted to the dump side.
- Rinse the tank thoroughly when emptied.
Safety comes first so we recommend being prepared, just in case! Have a plan and any gear you need to handle unexpected problems.
- Get to the safest place possible before stopping to protect humans and livestock.
- Immediately account for and secure all humans and livestock.
- Make sure your mobile phone is charged in case you need to call for help.
- Be prepared to unload livestock for safety and comfort, if needed.
- Travel with a first aid kit and emergency road assistance kit.
- If animals are injured, be mentally prepared to take whatever action is necessary to protect and help them, including euthanasia if necessary.