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post #1 of 10 Old 02-23-2014, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Any reviews on 1992 chevy silverado? How do they haul?

We are looking at a 92', 350 engine, 4x4. Good miles. Really good deal but I'm not having the best luck finding towing specs and reviews. What kind of horse trailer do you guys think that size of a truck will haul?

I'm desperately trying to get my gelding out of his current barn. And looking at our options and so far if we can get the truck we hope to rent a horse trailer. But my current b/o warned us that those trailers run small.
What size of trailer should I keep my eyes open for a 16-16.2 hand Tb? If I were to buy Id look to get a bumper pull, slant load, warmblood trailer. But, I have to wait for that :(

Anyways, anyway tips advise on rental trailers? Or do you know a good hauler in WA state?

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Need more info like is it a 1500, 2500, 3500. Does it come with a towing packaging, auto or manual, tranny cooler etc.

Just to toss some info out there:

-I wouldn't tow with a 1500 but others will tell you to do it. There's reasons why a 1500 shouldn't be used to tow livestock but yes, they can do it. 2500 and 3500 have a few different designs changes that are very important and are built stouter which make them safer for towing.

-You want a tow package on it.

-Tranny cooler if it's an automatic, the job of a tranny cooler is to keep you from frying your transmission while towing.

-Need an electronic trailer brake, this can be added if one isn't already installed but it is something you need to be aware of.

-Need a receiver hitch rated to tow a horse trailer along with a properly selected stinger and ball.

-Last of all that pickup is 22 years old, take it to a mechanic prior to purchasing to get it checked out.

As for trailer rental, you're stuck with what they have to rent and yes most of them are short for a 16+ hand horse. If your horse is used to being towed he already likely knows to keep his head down. If he's not used to being towed and just for safety they have bump caps for horses to protect their head. Most rental trailers come with surge brakes so you don't need a brake controller but you still need a heavy enough hitch and stinger.

For a quick trip have you considered offering someone at the barn some money to haul your horse to the new location? Best way is to offer to pay their fuel plus cash with the amount determined by how far you are going.

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post #3 of 10 Old 02-24-2014, 07:10 AM
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From what I found, Bumper Towing is limited to 4,000 lbs. On that model, Towing with the proper added Hitch to the Frame is 6,000 lb.

But as Darrin mentioned there are a lot of other factors than ratings, those published ratings by the manufacturer are the "Maximum" for "properly equipped" vehicles....


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post #4 of 10 Old 02-24-2014, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help!

Trust me there is no way I want to be asking anyone at the barn to haul. One lady already ranted because she hauled a horse for her "friend", cause we are all "friends" at this barn. Anyways she ranted because at the end she only made 25 bucks. But the friend paid over $300 and even asked if that amount was ok and if not let her know. Well the drama goes behind the back and to the next person.... I just need out.


Here is the ad for the truck we are looking at. 1992 Chevy Silverado 4x4
I'll be sure to ask some of your questions before we go out and look at it. What do you think, is it something to go look at? We just need a good ol farm truck to haul hay and horses. Nothing fancy but I want something that can get the job done that doesn't break the bank.

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That's a 1500 (half ton) pickup which I personally don't recommend like I said above. It also looks to have a hitch installed in the back so that leaves finding out which class it is.

FYI, if you were pulling a travel trailer I wouldn't hesitate using a half ton pickup. I consider hauling livestock making it a must to use a heavier duty pickup.
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Well, for a couple of years we had a late 90's Ford F-150 with a 6,700 towing capacity that towed a 2 horse bumper pull, but had a frame mount Trailer Hitch.

Trailer had 4 wheel brakes and we only used it 6-8 times a year and only drove 20 miles or less, never had a problem even when a nut pulled out in front of us one time. Keeping brakes in top shape and using the correct brake controller is key.

Of course for longer trips, driving on the Interstate, large hills, etc we would have not used such a vehicle.


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Thanks guys! We wont go for that other truck since it is smaller. And we just found a larger chevy. Its a 1981, 1 ton 4x4, quad cab, dually. They just installed a low mile(21,000) "perfect" running 454 with a turbo 400 automatic. Dana 60 front end and corp dually rear. 5th wheel set up, gooseneck set up and receiver set up.

We are waiting to hear from the guy. This truck is closer but just a tad bit more. But would be worth it if it all checks out. Any suggestions on what to look for on this type of truck?

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It's already set up for towing and certainly can handle the load so you're good if your mechanic says it's sound.
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Just be ready for the 10mpg....

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-19-2014, 11:19 AM
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That's a better choice. I had a '93 Chevy 1500 and it just didn't have enough frame for towing horses. The average 2 horse bumper pull trailer weighs something like 3200# itself, iirc. We looked at that on another board last year and I found numbers like 3200-3400# quoted numerous places. Brenderup and trailers like that are less. There wasn't a significant difference in weight between aluminum, aluminum+steel, and all steel, for the 2 horse trailers.
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