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post #1 of 4 Old 09-28-2013, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Help with towing vehicle

i've never driven a truck, but now I have to. Will be towing a 2 horse trailer, but it'll be loaded with only one horse. What is the very smallest truck that can do this safely? I'm not in the mountains. Do I HAVE to get a V8? Makes/models/years I should look @ appreciated.
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-28-2013, 11:27 PM
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Welcome to the forum, wildhorserunfree. How big is the trailer and the horse? How often do you plan on trailering? How long will your trips be? Will you be going to shows or doing trail riding?
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-28-2013, 11:45 PM
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i've never driven a truck, but now I have to. Will be towing a 2 horse trailer, but it'll be loaded with only one horse. What is the very smallest truck that can do this safely? I'm not in the mountains. Do I HAVE to get a V8? Makes/models/years I should look @ appreciated.
What is the largest truck you can afford?

Pulling with a small vehicle is possible but expect more maintenance cost as it will have smaller brakes, transmission etc...

Seriously, I think you might need to look at the weight of the trailer, plus gear and horses, then pick a vehicle with at least that GVWR...
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-29-2013, 10:31 AM
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I would also caution you about a bumper pull vs a goose neck. We have a diesel truck and a goose neck trailer, it is A LOT easier for us to back, turn, and for me to get myself out of tight spots than it ever would on a bumper pull.

Gunslinger has a point as well, what is the biggest you can afford? You need to remember, the horse, weight, and trailer will rate weight capacity on the bumper and hitch, so the smaller the truck the less weight you can safely move. If you try anyway, you run the risk of burning out your engine. If you have hills you have to take that into consideration as well.
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