The XC schooling trip this past weekend also marked several exciting “firsts”. The first time Henry has been in the new trailer. The first time both boys have been in the new trailer together (and thus, the first time I’ve hauled the trailer “fully loaded”). It was the longest haul so far with the new trailer, with horses in it. First time testing out and using all the new accessories we put in the tack room. And of course, the first time using the new camera system.
The timing of the trip ended up providing plenty of opportunity to thoroughly test out the camera system. I loaded up at dawn, and with all the doors and windows closed, it was still pretty dark in the trailer. Dark enough for the camera to be using it’s night mode. The picture is definitely grainier, but it’s still plenty clear and light enough to see what the horses are doing. I was worried it might not be. No issues there.
The sky lightened as we rolled along into the rising sun, and soon the camera switched itself over to regular day mode. The picture is pretty darn good in this mode, and I didn’t have any issues with buffering or dropped signal as we drove – both common complaints that I’ve heard about wireless trailer cameras in general. The picture stayed really perfect the whole time, and I could clearly see what both boys were doing at any time.
Like when Presto ran out of hay and started pawing, and Henry got mad at him. Or when Henry blamed Presto for a particularly bumpy part of the road and kept pinning his ears at him after every bump. Or when I felt some weird bouncing and checked the cam to see that it was just Henry being Henry, bucking in the trailer. As one does.
He has a lot of feelings. Most of them are rude.
Anyway, I made a short video of the monitor so y’all could see the streaming quality. Henry was even kind enough to choose that moment to poop.
So far I’m super happy with this camera setup. It was so nice to be able to just quickly flick my eyes to the camera if I felt something weird, or check on them when we stopped at lights or stop signs. I could see that they were both happily munching their hay (or not) and I didn’t have to worry that someone was in trouble. That security alone makes the camera priceless, especially when you’re hauling a baby and/or you’re a really freaking paranoid person by nature. And for Henry, who has a hard time handling heat, I could check and make sure his respiratory rate looked normal and he wasn’t getting hot and sweaty. 10/10 would absolutely recommend a trailer camera system to anyone. It takes the hauling anxiety way down. This is the one I got, although there are a lot of options on the market. I can’t vouch for how they compare.
Speaking of sweaty, the fan seemed to help keep Henry a bit cooler, too. It’s a small fan, so it’s not putting out a spectacular amount of air, but between having the roof vent open, the screen on the head window open, and the fan on, Henry was getting a pretty darn good breeze back there. He stayed a lot cooler than he normally would, for sure.
The saddle racks also survived their first mission! They stayed put and so did my saddle and the pads. I love these Saddle Boss racks, they’re the only ones I’ve ever had any luck with as far as actually holding the saddles and keeping everything stable. It was so still that even the half pad and square pad on top of the saddle didn’t budge. There’s nothing worse than opening the tack room door and seeing your stupid expensive saddles SPLAT on the floor, so I’m definitely happy with this purchase too.
I still have some organizational things to tweak, but otherwise really happy with everything so far. The trailer pulled great, fully loaded, and the boys seemed to have a pretty comfortable ride back there.