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post #1 of 14 Old 09-29-2012, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Best truck for pulling a horse trailer?

I'm 16, and should be getting my license soon. I'm looking at trucks to buy, and of course I have my future horse in mind. I want to get a 2 horse slant number pull with a tack room. Would an Ford F150 be okay to pull this kind of trailer with two horses in it? My price range truck wise is $5000 at the very max. So would it be okay? If not what else could I use that's still in that price range?
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I'm 16, and should be getting my license soon. I'm looking at trucks to buy, and of course I have my future horse in mind. I want to get a 2 horse slant number pull with a tack room. Would an Ford F150 be okay to pull this kind of trailer with two horses in it? My price range truck wise is $5000 at the very max. So would it be okay? If not what else could I use that's still in that price range?
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I will be 16 soon too and am in the same boat! I am all for a Ford. I think as long as you don't get a trailer that weighs more than the truck(without horses or tack) then you shold be fine. You just have make sure that you don't ask the truck to pull more than it possibly can. With your budget (that's how much I have to spend on a truck too!) you just have to look at what's around you for sale, no matter what the make.
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Yeah, the fords were the best truck I've found in my price range. I'd love to get a dodge though. There's a place that does $250 a month payments without interest so I'm looking into that too!
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Our F150 did just fine w/ a 3 horse slant with 1 horse in. Still not bad w/ 2 horses, but started to cry a little w/ 3. It was a '91 F150 I believe.
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I planned on one of the newer body styles, that like around 2000 I believe. Not the newest but the one before it. And chances are it would be one horse most of the time, but I want to be prepared in case I buy another or decide to go somewhere with a friend you know?
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Well...it depends.

It depends on the weight of the trailer when loaded, and if your truck has a tow package an what it's rating is. You'll have to check with Ford on the specific truck you're looking at - if you go to their website with a VIN number, you can see if a truck has a tow package. DO NOT trust a dealer, check with Ford.

It probably is not a good idea. Most people would advise to go straight to a 3/4 ton trailer for towing. An F250 in this case.

You have to check around and see trailers similar to what you'd want to buy, what they weigh unloaded then try to figure out what they might weigh when loaded with 2 horses and tack. Then pad that number up a little bit. THEN when you are looking at trucks, compare that number against what the truck is rated to tow. Some versions of the F150 are only slated for 5000 pounds, which if you get a steel trailer (heavy!) isn't going to leave you much wiggle room, and most people prefer to tow well under their limit.

Hope that all makes sense!
(When I started looking around earlier in the year, I read a lot and got advice from people on a few boards and ended up buying an F250. I got a super great deal because I was able to buy a truck that had aftermarket mods which made it illegal in a neighboring state where I bought it, but were mostly legal in mine. For under $100 I was able to make my truck street legal.)

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Okay, I was worried because I know they are smaller trucks and all that. What about an older dodge truck?

How about this lol, what kind of truck would be best for pulling a trailer in my price range of 5,000?
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I don't care about make, but I found the best truck to pull with is at least a 3/4 ton with a big ass diesel engine. Gas doesn't even compare to it, and with an average sized slant trailer, it is illegal in my area to pull with a 1/2 ton or less.
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Ok! Thanks.
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Check a lite just over your price range too. If the truck has something wrong with it you should be able to haggle them down.

When I bought my truck, I managed to convince them to the me more than what my old car was worth as a trade in and got them to come down on the price because the truck was not street legal in that state (state next to mine). It's lifted too high for that state and had BLUE (yes...blue) headlights. They would have bad to spend quite a bit of money to remove the lifts and replace the lights (mostly because of the proce of mechanics hours) so the truck likely woild have aat there for a while. It was about a 2 hour drive from the state border. My state wasn't concerned about the height of the lift but I did have to change out the headlights. I bought new lights and sold the old ones for a few hundred dollars. Ended up with a $14k truck for about $9k after all the haggling.
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