Useful Trailer Terms

DR - Dressing Room - Carpeted unless other noted.
HA - Horse Area
SW - The Shortwall of the Dressing Room or Living Area. This is the shortest wall (the side where your entry door is and is measured only along the floor length.) A shortwall measurement does NOT include the Gooseneck area of the trailer.
LW - The Long Wall of the Dressing Room or Living Area. This is only the floor length and does NOT included the Gooseneck area of the trailer. It is usually 4ft longer than the shortwall due to the slant wall separating the Horse area form the Living area LQ - Living Quarter
RWC - Road Worthy Certificate , Safety Certificate, Pink Slip etc
GVWR - Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (Same as ATM)
ATM - Aggregate Trailer Mass. (this is the weight that the trailer can legally carry taking into account the Empty weight of the Trailer and the weight of the Cargo) E.G. Empty or Tare weight 2000kg + 2500kg of Horses / Cargo = 4500kg ATM. Same as GVWR.
Tare Weight - Empty Weight of Trailer without Horses
Open Sides - The Air Spaces in a trailer without Drop windows such as is seen in a Stock Trailer or the Butt side of a CXF model
Black Water Holding Tank - Holding Tank for use in Trailers fitted with a Toilet
Blanket Bar - Designed to store saddle blankets on. Usually in Rear Tack.
Butt Bar / Strap - Butt Bar or strap designed to keep the last horse loaded off the Rear door
Bridle Hooks - Plastic or Metal Shaped Bridle Rack
Brush Tray - Usually in Rear tack (or in Dressing Room in Trailers with no LQ). Great for storing brushes and odds and ends.
Bumper Pull - US lingo for Float (Not a Gooseneck)
Butt Side - The side of the trailer where your horses butts would be. Usually the Drivers side.
Coupler - The hitch connecting your trailer to your tow vehicle - either a gooseneck, fifth wheeler or standard towball hitch
Dressing Room - Area up the front of a Bumper Pull or Gooseneck that is usually carpeted and sealed in trailers with NO LQ fitout. Dressing Rooms are still suitable to camp in as they have 240V outlets, interior lights and are fully lockable
Escape Door - Side Unload Door
Fresh Water Tank - Drinking / Washing water storage
Flatbed - Flatbed trailer - either a bumper pull or gooseneck style. Used mainly for transporting cars, machinery etc.
Float - Known in the USA as a Bumper Pull. NOT a fifth wheeler. Pulls directly behind tow vehicle with standard tow ball and hitch
Fifth Wheeler - A caravan gooseneck that is all Living Area and does not transport livestock.
Gooseneck - Trailer that hitches into the back of your pick up or on top of your truck tray rather than tows behind such as a float
Gravel Guard - Checkerplate that is positioned at the front of Bumper Pull trailers or gooseneck fenders / drop walls to protect the trailer from stone ships etc
Grey Water Holding Tank - Tank positioned underneath trailer in models with an LQ fitout. This is the tank that all washing and shower water drains into.
Gusset - A re-inforcement to help with the structural integrity of your trailer.
Hay Rack - Roof mounted rack fro the transport / storage of hay, extra water, feed, generator etc
Head Side - The side which your horses head is on - generally the middle of the road in Australia and the kerb side in the USA
I-Beams - The beam that runs cross ways underneath your trailer floor which braces and supports the floor boards of the trailer.
Living Quarters - LQ
Load Lights - Halogen 12V lights that are adjustable at the rear door to help with loading at night
Long Wall - The longest wall in your dressing room or LQ measured from the gooseneck drop to the dividing wall between your horses and Dressing room / LQ.
Lower Divider Panel - Panel that is attached to a divider that goes all the way to the floor. Usually rubber but can be solid and made from aluminium, timber or steel. They help to prevent horses from kicking one another, small horses from getting their head underneath a divider or gear that is being carried from sliding underneath a divider.
LQ - Living Quarter
Manger - Underhead storage which acts as a manger in which you can feed or water your horse whilst still in trailer.
Systems Moniter / Panel - This is small panel which enables you to check on your Battery power, Fresh water and Holding tank levels in an LQ model trailer.
Non LQ - No LQ fitout. Dressing room only
Open both sides - Open slat sides, not fully enclosed with windows. E.g. Stock trailer models have open sides.
Open butt side - Open slat sides, not fully enclosed with windows on the side that the horses butt travels on.
Open Head side - Open slat sides, not fully enclosed with windows on the side that the horses head travels on.
Power Converter - Charges your deep cycle batter system and converts 240V power to 12V power when plugged into mains power
Rear Tack - Area located at back of trailer where saddles, bridles and Misc. gear can be stored.
Running Lights - Tail lights and side marker lights used at night
Saddle Rack - Rack specifically designed for saddles. These saddle racks will accomodate larger saddles with ease.
Shortwall - The shortest wall in the Living Area or Dressing room area of a trailer. When your dividing wall is on an angle, one wall is shorter than the other. LQ and DR sizes are measured by the shortest wall.
Slant Load - Angle Load Trailer where horses stand on an Angle. Horses tend to travel better like this as opposed to travelling straight.
Slider - Slide gate positioned in the full swing gates that appear on Stock trailers models to enable the transport / loading / unlaoding of cattle easier. Same as appears on may cattle trucks in Australia.
Straight Load - Trailer where horses travel facing directly forward rather than on a slant. Most double floats made in Australia are straight loads.
Swing Gate - Centre or Rear gate common on most Stock trailer models. Takes up the entire width of the trailer. Can have a slide gate built into them.
Tail Side - Butt side of trailer. Side where horses butt would travel
Tipper Trailer - Trailer that tows behind a vehicle (large or small) that can be used to transport dirt, gravel etc. Usually has a hydraulic ram for tipper.
Walk thru Door - Door leading from Living Area or Dressing Room into Horse Area.