Luxury living
Horse & Hound|August 27, 2020
If you spend weeks on the road competing, you need somewhere comfortable and practical to sleep and spend your downtime. Stephanie Bateman takes a peep through the keyhole of some of the most salubrious lorries on the market
Stephanie Bateman

TODAY’S lorries take the saying “a home from home” to another level. Some of the living areas in modern trucks are more akin to a luxury yacht than your average home, and they can cost significantly more, too.

The mod cons and luxuries you can expect in a lorry nowadays reflect the fact that many riders spend long periods away from home.

“With the advancement in lighter yet strong build materials, more and more clients want larger living accommodation,” says Tom Janion, managing director of Equi-Trek. “This has been made easier with pop-out sides, which quickly make the living space much bigger.”

Indeed, pop-out sides and pop-up roofs have become highly desirable.

“Slide-out sides first appeared on lorries in 2000, and since then, we can now have up to five slide-outs as well as pop-up roofs,” says

Charles Oakley, director of Oakley Horseboxes. “We do one to the seating area, one to the kitchen area and one to the wardrobe in the hallway as well as the shower area to give you a bigger square footage.

“We have also just sent one lorry to a customer with a pop-out bedroom behind the bathroom which has a double bunk that becomes a sofa in the day and doubles up as a games room for the kids.”

Pop-out sides aren’t just the preserve of the larger lorries.

“In smaller HGV trucks we offer a ‘fix pop’, which is a fibreglass extension on the pop-up roof to give more head height,” says Jayne Whittaker, of Whittaker Coachbuilders. “This is nicer for a family so they can sleep four easily without making the seating area into a bed.”

Other popular luxuries include champagne glass cabinets, pop-up TVs in the kitchen area that sink back into the worksurface, underfloor heating and air conditioning.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM HORSE & HOUNDView All

Tipping the balance

Even forage and pasture can contribute to an excess of sugar and starch, triggering a cascade of health problems. David Rendle FRCVS offers dietary advice

4 mins read
Horse & Hound
April 22, 2021

Smooth as silk

A part-bred mare reigns in a breed role, last year’s supreme novice is recrowned and an Exmoor turns heads

7 mins read
Horse & Hound
April 22, 2021

‘He'll jump the moon'

Henry Squibb lands the feature class with Kilcurry Dawn as huge fields of young jockeys emerge from lockdown in flying form

4 mins read
Horse & Hound
April 22, 2021

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl

The German dressage rider of the moment chats to Polly Bryan about her Olympic aims, going vegan and why she nearly quit the sport

7 mins read
Horse & Hound
April 22, 2021

The effects of fire

We hope it never happens, but if your horse was caught in a fire, what would be the implications and how would we restore them to health? Andrea Oakes investigates

5 mins read
Horse & Hound
April 22, 2021

Double booking for Damsel

A young rider makes her debut in open horse classes, landing a spot at the 2021 Hickstead final in the process

3 mins read
Horse & Hound
April 22, 2021

A Mighty victory fulfils Russell's long-held ambition

Scotland’s showcase meeting produces a fairy-tale finish in the Grand National with an unexpected family connection

3 mins read
Horse & Hound
April 22, 2021

Keeping a veteran active for longer

With advances in medicine, our horses are staying healthy well into their twilight years. Stephanie Bateman discovers how to keep our veterans sound and active for longer

5 mins read
Horse & Hound
April 22, 2021

Dargun shoots to the top

Piggy March cements her partnership with Dargun, while Kitty King takes the other CCI4*-S at the first British international of the season

4 mins read
Horse & Hound
April 22, 2021

A guide to box rest

When a horse has to stay in the stable for a prolonged period of time, all kinds of problems can ensue. Gil Riley MRCVS advises on how to manage box rest

6 mins read
Horse & Hound
April 22, 2021