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post #1 of 22 Old 07-19-2012, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Barn Trucks

Alright I'm not old enough to drive yet, but what truck would be great for going to the barn, and sometimes pulling a horse trailer? I love trucks and that's the kind of vehicle I want when I'm ready to drive.. so have any ideas? When I say truck, I don't mean a huge gas hog.. I just mean a small truck to get me to and from the barn, without using a bunch of money for gas. Thanks!
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-19-2012, 07:49 PM
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well if you just want a nice ride to and from I would go with an suv or a car...but if your planning on hauling the smallest I would get would be an F250 or a Ram 2500 (i only go dodge or Ford I hate chevy haha)
An F150 is kinda iffy on pulling a trailer. Even just a 2 horse bumper can get too big when you add in the tack room the horses and all that. But they can get about 20mpg.
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what will your budget be? Are you looking for somethin newer or a little older?
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I'm not really sure about the price yet, I've got a few more years until I'm able to drive. I'd basically want an older, smaller truck to get me around without being too much of a gas hog. :)
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I agree with Roper Chick....

But on a funny note, my first 'truck' that I drove around and hauled my saddle/feed/tack in was an old 90's something mustang with a hatchback. It was my rolling tackroom...LOL!

That's all I had at the time....I had horses for years before I ever got a trailer of my own. And I never could get the horse smell out of it before I sold it....
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I agree with Roper Chick....

But on a funny note, my first 'truck' that I drove around and hauled my saddle/feed/tack in was an old 90's something mustang with a hatchback. It was my rolling tackroom...LOL!

That's all I had at the time....I had horses for years before I ever got a trailer of my own. And I never could get the horse smell out of it before I sold it....
that's awesome! Sounds like a truck I'd love. How much did you pay for it? When I'm ready to drive, I'd love to have an old clunker.
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Honestly, if you're hauling small you should be fine with a half-ton truck. That way you can save a bit on gas but still have the towing power of a truck. I love my Ram 1500 (5.7 liter Hemi), though the gas mileage isn't the greatest. When we took it on the highway without the trailer and set it on cruise control, it was a struggle to get it up to twenty.
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a good diesel will probly be more than you will want to spend for a first truck. The mid 90's powerstrokes are pretty reasonable. A regular cab long bed probly wouldnt be too big for ya.

On a small budget, I've had great experiences with the 88-98 body style chevy pickups. Decent power, pull good and handle a trailer good, and they take a lot of abuse. Parts are really cheap for them too so theyre a reasonable older truck to own. I've had 4 of em. You can find those trucks with the 6.5 diesel for pretty cheap. They do pretty good, but I would only recommend those if you know someone that is mechanically inclined
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..........I'd love to have an old clunker.

Are you saying my 90's car was old?? I should hush - I think I just dated myself....................

LOL! $800 bucks for that car...I got it with 80K miles and drove it well past 100K ....thank the LORD my dad was a mechanic...that's all I can say about that! Hahaha!

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Are you saying my 90's car was old?? I should hush - I think I just dated myself....................

LOL! $800 bucks for that car...I got it with 80K miles and drove it well past 100K ....thank the LORD my dad was a mechanic...that's all I can say about that! Hahaha!

So am I an old clunker if I was born in 92??? Gosh.

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