At the beginning of Spring, my riding club held an overnight horse camping practice. I went sans horse, but it gave me a chance to see how I would fare sleeping in the bunk of my gooseneck horse trailer.
I don't have living quarters, so I was without the usual creature comforts in my bare, steel trailer. Springtime in Colorado can be very chilly. This particular weekend brought one of the last cold snaps of the season. It got down to 35F/1.6C during the night, with a light rain, at our mock campsite.
Brrrr. I had no heat, but my trailer nest turned out to be "beary" cozy.
For my bed, I use a king size foam mattress topper; folded in half, it is the perfect size for a bed in the bunk.
For bedding I use flannel sheets, an open sleeping bag, and a heavy duty down comforter topped with my decorative fleece horse blanket. Inexpensive kitchen valances serve as window coverings. A battery operated camping lantern and magnetic tent light provide some illumination. And a 3-drawer plastic storage chest fills in as a nightstand.
Even at 35F, I was fairly comfortable with the addition of socks, gloves, fleece cap, and a cowl neck warmer. It got pretty toasty in my little nest. In fact, I awoke at 2:00 am and couldn't peel off the socks, gloves, hat and neck warmer fast enough.
I followed advice to crack one of the windows open, but still developed some condensation in the trailer. I do have a ceramic heater, but there was nowhere to plug it in. I'm considering purchasing a Little Buddy Portable Heater to take the chill off next time.
Have you used a portable camping heater? I'm curious what others have experienced.
There is one more item that comes in handy in a non-LQ horse trailer, whether you are camping or parked at a trail head.
I never leave home without my Luggable Loo.
Have you camped in your horse trailer? What creature comforts do you take along? I'm not a seasoned camper, so would love to know what works for you.
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