DIY: Tiny Horse Trailer Bed
About a year ago we sold our old gooseneck trailer with partial weekender living quarters for various reasons and purchased a small 2 horse slant bumper pull instead. I love the new trailer. It is so easy to maneuver, so light weight, and all aluminum so no rust. The only drawback was that there was no where to sleep.
Luckily, I have a friend who invites Ink and I to travel with her to endurance rides in her living quarters trailer. However, sometimes our ride schedules don’t line up, and if the ride is close to home it is so much easier to take my own rig where half of my stuff stays packed and where Ink’s high tie is. At the first endurance ride I took it to I slept in a tent. In a storm and heavy rain on an awful air mattress. NOT fun.
The next endurance ride I took it to was a local one day night ride, so I figured I’d sleep for a couple hours on the floor in the dressing room with padding. I wouldn’t finish until almost 1am and by the time I got done taking care of Ink it would be so late and I would be so tired that I could sleep in anything, right? Wrong. No sleep. At least it was only a couple hours. The best part was getting to watch Ink, who chose to sleep just outside the door. So cute.
Inspired by pictures on facebook’s Bumper Pull Horse Trailer Conversion group, I asked my husband to build a tiny bed in my tiny trailer. He framed it in with scrap wood left over from another project.
Then he added a piece of plywood on top. We sewed a pleated curtain to cover the front. There is a split down the center for easy access. The top of the curtain has velcro on the inside. The other side of the velcro was stapled to the wood frame. This allows me to store all kinds of stuff under the bed without looking cluttered.
I ordered an inexpensive memory foam mattress from Amazon, which he cut to fit. Add bedding, and voila!
I’ve been to two rides with this set up, and it is a huge improvement. It is not big enough to really sprawl out, but for 2 nights it does the job and I am able to sleep in comfort! There was even room for my dog to sleep with me at the last ride when it was quite cold overnight.
Since the stock lighting wasn’t working and he had to fix it anyway, my husband upgraded the lighting to strip LEDs which would use less power and could be controlled by remote. They can dim/brighten, change colors and even have a disco mode!
It may not be a full living quarters (or even close), but it sure is better than nothing! It didn’t add much weight at all, and I still have my tiny little easy trailer for day to day use. I didn’t even lose any space for all my stuff, thanks to the under bed storage. It is the perfect solution in this situation. I love it!