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  • Tacoma truck to haul mini horses
  • Has anyones towed a gooseneck horse trailer with a nissan titan

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    11-19-2013, 11:10 AM
  #1
Weanling
Trucks & Hauling

The time has come where my beloved Mini Cooper needs to go. Great car, no longer suits my needs.

I'm looking into getting a truck but I am not at ALL vehicle savvy.
I don't see myself hauling very often, maybe a few weekends a month to get to a trail, and live in an area that is predominately flat. Would probably be on the highway most of the time.

I currently have one Arabian and that's probably all I'll have for the next few years. I will probably get a simple two horse aluminium stock trailer.

So far, a 2010 Nissan Titan 4x4, King Cab has caught my eye. Towing capacity is apparently 9,500lbs. If it helps, here are the specs: http://www.autotrader.com/research/m...eTextTab=specs

But again, I'm not vehicle savvy.

Does this type of truck seem appropriate? Or should I try to find something with a little more power? Would love a RAM 2500 but that may be out of my price range at this time.

Any other tips as far as good trucks for hauling would be great- thanks!
     
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    11-19-2013, 01:20 PM
  #2
Foal
I personally would not go for a Nissan titan, my brother in law had one and it was AWEFUL on fuel, no matter how he drove, what tires were on it, it was just bad. Also one of my friends had one to use for towing and always had issues with it, couldn't hold back the load going down hill very well. She traded it off on a new dodge 1500.

I used to have a 2010 dodge 1500 that towed a little aluminum 2 horse trailer very nicely, and I had a 2007 Chevy 1500 that also towed very nice. I'm not a fan of fords (but I think that was just part of my up bringing lol ).

I think a half ton pick up would suit your needs quite well and wouldn't break the bank. Are you planning on buying a new or used vehicle?
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    11-19-2013, 01:36 PM
  #3
Green Broke
With one small horse and an aluminum two horse trailer you have a lot of options open to you. Even some of the smaller trucks (like a Toyota Tacoma V6 double cab) would be OK for this type of usage.

I ended up getting a Tundra 4.6L V8 (the smaller of their two V8 options) and a steel two horse stock (~3000 lbs empty) and it does great. I certainly feel the difference when I haul two horses up to the state park (it gets pretty steep at parts) but it handles it just fine.

I tried out a number of American brand trucks before buying and just didn't like them. With the Ram 1500 I couldn't put my heel on the ground when pressing the gas pedal and my leg was screaming after even the 10 minute test drive
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    11-19-2013, 01:36 PM
  #4
Weanling
Thanks!

Yeah, I hear a lot of good things about Dodge and Chevy. People seem to recommend them for hauling over ever other vehicle.

I would be buying used.

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Originally Posted by verona1016    
With one small horse and an aluminum two horse trailer you have a lot of options open to you. Even some of the smaller trucks (like a Toyota Tacoma V6 double cab) would be OK for this type of usage.

I ended up getting a Tundra 4.6L V8 (the smaller of their two V8 options) and a steel two horse stock (~3000 lbs empty) and it does great. I certainly feel the difference when I haul two horses up to the state park (it gets pretty steep at parts) but it handles it just fine.

I tried out a number of American brand trucks before buying and just didn't like them. With the Ram 1500 I couldn't put my heel on the ground when pressing the gas pedal and my leg was screaming after even the 10 minute test drive
I'd definitely consider Toyota. They seem to last forever!
     
    11-19-2013, 01:55 PM
  #5
Foal
Toyotas do last forever, my hubby brags about his old 1980 something Toyota still being in one piece, although he did have to sell it. Although something to keep in mind is, a Toyota is a smaller truck, and after a couple years are your needs going to be relatively the same? (I know that's a tough question). Only reason I ask is that we bought that dodge 2010 half ton to haul horses around and it worked great for a year, then we traded it off for something bigger because our needs changed. It wasn't cheap to replace let me tell you. If we had really thought about it we would have just bought the bigger truck in the first place and saved a bunch of time and money. Of course you only buy what you can afford, my point being if you think you will want/need a bigger horse trailer in the future maybe think about getting a beefier truck to begin with lol. I hope that made sense.
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    11-19-2013, 02:14 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by NorthernHorse    
Toyotas do last forever, my hubby brags about his old 1980 something Toyota still being in one piece, although he did have to sell it.
I have an '88 Toyota, which I use for hauling firewood, hay, & such, as well as trips on rough mountain/desert dirt roads, where high clearance and 4WD are needed. I wouldn't have a problem pulling a single-horse trailer (do they still make those?) with it, but it might be a little light for most modern 2-horse ones.

For the OP, I would really suggest not buying a newer truck to use as a daily driver. Instead, keep your Mini (or get some other smaller, good on gas car - mine's a 70 mpg Honda Insight), and buy an older truck to use just for hauling.
     
    11-19-2013, 02:35 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by jamesqf    
I have an '88 Toyota, which I use for hauling firewood, hay, & such, as well as trips on rough mountain/desert dirt roads, where high clearance and 4WD are needed. I wouldn't have a problem pulling a single-horse trailer (do they still make those?) with it, but it might be a little light for most modern 2-horse ones.

For the OP, I would really suggest not buying a newer truck to use as a daily driver. Instead, keep your Mini (or get some other smaller, good on gas car - mine's a 70 mpg Honda Insight), and buy an older truck to use just for hauling.
The only thing to keep in mind for keeping the mini coop and purchasing an older truck to just use for hauling, is that you would be paying for insurance on 2 vehicles not just one, and you would have to do maintenance on 2 instead of one. Not all light duty trucks are bad on fuel, the dodge half ton I had was amazing on fuel. I'm not saying this is a bad idea its defiantly something to consider :)

OP just keep your options open, and shop around for what you want/need. What works for someone/myself might not work for you. Think about what you want n need and go from there. Also just throwing it out there, if you really don't haul your horse that much, how much does it cost to rent a truck for the day where you live? You can always keep your mini and just rent a truck a couple times a month that you need it.
     
    11-19-2013, 02:36 PM
  #8
Green Broke
My '01 Dodge 1500 was a good truck for hauling in the flat lands of So. Cal, but now that I'm in the mountains of AZ, the gearing in it is not right for hauling MY trailer (4-horse, stock),so I will be selling it soon. I'll then have to share my DH's F-250-4WD truck-that can handle anything I want to do w/it. Eventually (in about 3 years) I'll get my own hauling truck again-if I'm still wanting to haul out.
     
    11-19-2013, 03:14 PM
  #9
Foal
We have a Ram 2500 Cummins (yes, my husband is a truck snob and wanted a fancy truck...) that he eventually wants to upgrade to a dually. He hauls A LOT with it. I've hauled my horse with it numerous times, and it pulls things so well I would forget it was behind me if I wasn't a paranoid horse mom! It has an automatic which my husband says we'll have to upgrade the transmission in it eventually (I guess the automatic transmissions aren't as durable as a manual transmission, but I told him I'd rather pay more for a fancy transmission than deal with hauling with a manual). Chevy isn't all that bad, but with my experience when doing hay was that our Ram pulled A LOT nicer than the Chevy did. In the Ram they kept telling me to slow down when I was letting the truck coast, and the Chevy they kept telling me to speed up when I was using the gas. Personal preference, but I'd pick Dodge (Ram) ;)

And agreed with NorthernHorse. Totally not a Ford person here!
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    11-19-2013, 04:05 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Crap. Wish you lived closer and we could maybe do a trade. I NEED a small car. I own two trucks, and the are both Dodge Cummins Diesel. My 1993 3/4 ton Cummins, not 4x4 or doolie but it has ONLY 116,000 miles and lives in a garage, getting about 300-400 miles work a year. I have bumper hitch AND gooseneck tow packages, and, of course, it has the extra manual trailer brakes. I can still pull my 4-horse STEEL slant load trailer with it, it's just that the 2007 model is more powerful. If you might be interested PM me and we'll talk.
     

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