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Kingstons are built in New England, and Kingston
models are named after towns in the region. But not this model.
It’s called the Thoroughbred Deluxe, or TBDX for short. To add a
little more to the story, the longer warmblood floor plan was made
standard a few years ago, so the Thoroughbred part of the name no
longer fits. Questions about the model name aside, the TBDX is one
of Kingston’s longest-running models because it offers excellent
functionality and value. With the now-standard longer floor plan, it
meets the needs of an even larger number of equestrians.
In Kingston terminology, a thoroughbred-sized floor
plan has a horse area about 10 feet long. Their warmblood floor
plans are one foot longer, at approximately 11 feet. To produce
that extra foot, Kingston adds 6 inches to the stall length and another
6 inches forward of the breast bars, and that describes the current
configuration of the TBDX. (We’re tempted to call it the WBDX
for Warmblood Deluxe, but that might confuse matters further).
Suffice it to say, Kingston gave this trailer the longer floor plan a
few years ago, and it now has a horse area that’s essentially the same
length as that of the Windsor and Bedford warmblood-sized dressing room
Here’s a summary of key dimensions: The TBDX
body width is 74 inches, interior height is 7’5”, the horse area is 11
feet and the dressing room is nearly 4 feet long (46 inches).
(Dimensions are from manufacturer literature and are approximate.)
Practically speaking, the TBDX is the same size as
the Windsor with dressing room. The main differences are that the
TBDX has Kingston’s traditional front end styling rather than the
Windsor’s V-nose, the TBDX has a standard full stall divider rather than
the Windsor’s half divider and the TBDX is typically priced several
hundred dollars less.
Per Kingston practice, the TBDX is very well equipped. Everything you see here is standard (everything, that is, except the clear plastic runners we put down to keep the dressing room floor clean). As we usually note in our Kingston descriptions, there are plenty of windows for light and ventilation. There’s a long slider window at each stall, two more windows at the escape doors and another two in the rear curtain doors. Even the large window between the dressing room and horse area is standard – great for moving buffered air over the horses.
Two generously-sized escape doors are standard.
A rear ramp is standard as well, and it’s equipped with Kingston’s
adjustable easy lift spring assist. The nice thing about Kingston
ramps is that they’re tough, but the assist is so effective that they’re
easier to lift than the less-robust ramps we’ve seen on many trailers.
If you’re considering other brands of trailers, check out the ramp
construction and especially the ease of lifting. We consider an
easy-to-lift ramp an essential safety feature not only for the health of
your back, but also to help you get that ramp up or down quickly.
The TBDX’s lockable dressing room comes with 2
folding saddle racks, several bridle hooks, a clothing bar and even a
shelf as standard. If you look below the bridle hooks, you’ll see
Kingston has thoughtfully padded the wall to keep your bits from
clanging as you travel. You’ll find more windows here, as well.
A little earlier, we mentioned the robust
construction of Kingston ramps. Robust is an appropriate term to
describe the entire Kingston structure. Kingston trailers have a
reputation for safety and durability, and much of the credit goes to the
stout construction of the frame as well as Kingston’s attention to
detail in preparation and finishes. Kingston chemically etches
their frames and uses epoxy primers to give them excellent protection
against rust. There’s a carefully applied finish and for
additional protection, lower areas are undercoated. The aluminum
skin with baked-on finish is naturally rust resistant and is
simultaneously bonded to and isolated from the frame by a special
adhesive. If you’re considering other brands, take note of the
size of Kingston’s structural elements for comparison.
Fortunately, even though Kingstons are solidly built, they’re well
balanced and pull very nicely.
The TBDX comes with a standard spare tire with
cover, smooth-riding torsion axles, radial tires, brakes on all wheels,
bright LED tail lights, stone guards on the nose & fenders and much
We invite you to stop by and see our great selection of Kingston models at Traveled Lane Trailers.
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