A good horsebox conversion is not a trailer to easily say “neigh” to – horse trailers are rugged things sporting both a dual axle and a braked trailer system which is unusual for any other trailer their size and weight. This makes for smooth and easy towing on a stable (no pun intended) trailer chassis.
Designed and built to keep a prize horse or beloved fourlegged friend safe and warm, not for transporting livestock, most horseboxes were used by enthusiasts and taken care of with love, meaning there is very little wear and tear that is not purely cosmetic making them a great base for catering trailer conversions that will last you years.
While no catering trailer will strictly speaking ever be more practical than a standard rectangular concession trailer custom built to order – a horsebox conversion offers something different: style!
Horsebox conversions offer a uniquely more classy model than rectangular concession trailers, with their style and design giving off a quirky, vintage or retro charm – even for new units. This gives a novelty factor to your food truck or catering operation much like an Airstream conversion would, except the horse trailers can be converted for but a fraction of the cost. Having this novelty appeal is a great draw for crowds at events and festivals and for being spotted on a booking website for private and corporate functions.
Measuring 11 by 5 in most instances the horsebox is not a big trailer – so we would not recommend using it for a BBQ concept. There are many other uses though, with a horsebox conversion being greatly popular as a mobile bar for cocktails, wine or even beer and prosecco with taps installed and all. Of course you can also just repurpose them as a general use horsebox catering trailer conversion.
Check out all the options on this page, or, if you already know what you want, jump straight to requesting a quote.
Allround all-purpose horsebox catering trailer conversions are a great price to value unit for small trailers.
Weddings, corporate events, golf course catering and more – the horse box bar is a popular and welcome sight at many different functions.
Other ideas? We are open to design and build any custom conversion you have in mind.
The UK has an enormous equestrian tradition and a great love of horses – evident from riding schools and the many Olympic medals in Dressage to the simple fact that “The Races” refers to nothing other than horse racing, and you would never need to specify that.
This had lead to a glut of horse trailers widely available and well maintained at bargain prices, and as a result most of our horsebox catering trailer conversions come from original UK horseboxes or occasionally Dutch or Belgian units.
Karpatia can source your horsebox for you or you can do this yourself and only contract us for the conversion. With prices starting out at $15k (€13k, £12k) they are an absolute bargain for a great quality trailer bed, braked trailer and a dual axle setup.
Included in the conversion price are custom stainless steel worksurfaces, basic cooking equipment and custom cabinetry offering plenty of storage for dry goods.
As 11×5 ft is not the most spacious concession trailer but it is more than ample square footage and storage for a good bar – be it cocktails, wine or beer. You can serve from the bottle or we can kit out your horse trailer bar with a full beer tap system.
Which is not even restricted to beer! It just as easily holds prosecco or cider on tap. An advantage hidden in plain sight is that the older rice horseboxes make it very easy to add a second service counter on the diagonal of the front, or use this side of the trailer to split the cash register and bar to optimize your serving speed and flow.
You can and will be the life of the party and many weddings, but can certainly also expect to be popular for corporate events held out in the country. As a restaurant owner or vineyard the horsebox bar can be a very cost effective solution to create an extra bar outside.
Most horse trailer conversion will use a Rice(-style) trailer as the basis, given the cute paneling and retro/vintage look fitting right in with what customers tend to want out of their trailer’s design. But nobody is stopping you or us from doing any other kind of horsebox conversion custom fit to your business needs.
You can go modern with an aerodynamic polyurethane front that will outlast any wood or metal trailer, or go big and convert a two or even four horse or larger trailers that had a sleeping area.
As these units are seen internationally as “British” they can be a great on-brand option to convert if you are considering doing UK cuisine outside of the isles, like Fish & Chips, Sunday Roast, British pub food, pies or stews.
By assessing your dreams we come to a shared understanding of who we are building for and why
Exploring multiple design options lets us find the solution that best suits your business goals
We refine the concept and provide you with a detailed design that meets your needs
Close monitoring during production ensures we meet your standards. You can always fly- or drive in and take a look!
We offer a range of extra services to support your operation, so you can keep your focus.
There are literally hundreds of food truck builders.
SO Why KARPATIA?
We also provide additional services to help you get started – from financing to food truck websites
Yes, all our trailers for European customers (and yes, that includes the UK) are made in Holland or Hungary. You can pick them up from our workshop or we can deliver for a small fee.
Yes, we ship to Hawaii. Extra rates apply.
Yes, we ship to Alaska, although extra rates apply.
We will gladly export your trailer to Canada but need a little more cooperation with you to get it up to local code than we would for US or EU customers.
Containers go everywhere, and all units can always be shipped to the nearest port. We might not have a local forwarder in your country (yet) though, in which case we will find one together with you.
Karpatia has no showroom – but of course, we are always happy to show the workshop. You can make an appointment through our contact form and try before you buy.
Yes, all our trailers are completely scrubbed of any horse-traces and will pass health department or local equivalent inspection.
Yes, all our horsebox conversions are braked trailers.
Most horseboxes are made from wood, aluminum and various plastics.
We keep the full loaded weight with all equipment inside under 3,5 tonnes so customers in the UK and EU can drive the trailer with a regular license.
Prices start at €12.700 or $15.000 for a 11×5 ft horsebox conversion without any equipment. This includes the horsebox being provided by us.
For a detailed breakdown of the price, please request a quote for your specific build.
Glad you asked – in most of the US and EU you will not need a special license for the horsebox if it is under 3,5 tonnes.
In the UK, the answer is of course more complicated. So complicated in fact, the UK government has published a 25-page horsebox guide. The short answer is yes, you need a license.
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