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post #11 of 19 Old 01-04-2011, 08:33 AM
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Expeditions are rated to pull that weight and are just fine. Basically the same engine etc as the F-150. For 2 horses that is plenty, as long as you are not going thru the Great Divide or something. It is the bigger SUV-incase you were mistakenly thinking about the Explorer. MANY of us pull trailers with SUV's, since we need our vehicles for other things and cannot afford to have a seperate vehicle for the trailer. If you can, that is great. Yes, I would certainly prefer a larger trailer, gooseneck, as they do handle better etc.......but I am not in a situation where that is possible or practical, and most of us don't transport for a living. Totally different question.

The OP specifically asked about 2 horse BP's. I still say it is how the package is put together that makes it easy to handle, etc.

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post #12 of 19 Old 01-04-2011, 08:53 AM
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I understand that franknbeans. But I would NEVER pull with a SUV. I just don't feel safe. JMHO. And I would still rather pull an aluminum trailer over a steel. They are lighter and to me easier to handle. The only reason I mentioned Paul is that he used to pull a steel trailer when he first started and switched to aluminum.

Just because you don't agree with me on choosing aluminum over steel is ok. The op was asking for opinions and I gave mine. And if you feel safe pulling with an SUV that is ok too. Just not something I feel comfortable doing. :)

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post #13 of 19 Old 01-04-2011, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! It seems to me like there are just many up sides and down sides to both types of these trailers, and it sounds like neither one of them is significantly better than the other. I guess I'll just have to look at prices and features, and what would be the better trailer!
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post #14 of 19 Old 01-04-2011, 08:38 PM
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So just remember if all things are equal, aluminum will get you a better return if you have to sell.
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Yep, I'll keep that in mind :)
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-04-2011, 09:16 PM
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We have a 4-5 horse slant gooseneck aluminum, they are lighter and in general, easier to haul. They don't rust and as long as you take care of it, the value stays up there pretty well for resale. I also like the looks of them better...most of them. The great thing about them is that you can leave them out in the weather for years and still won't have rust as where your steel trailer will start to rust after only a few years out in the weather. We've had steel trailers in the past and after getting an aluminum, I likely won't go back. ;)

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post #17 of 19 Old 01-13-2011, 10:12 PM
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I have a steel trailer. And the rust does occur, as posters said, and will need to be fixed.

I would have rather had an aluminum, but found this at good price, 2 H, G/N, and got it.

And there are so many pros and cons, that price and what is available and nearness may play a bigger role than steel vs. aluminum too.
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-15-2011, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I agree with that. I will end up with a nice enough trailer anyway :).
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-15-2011, 12:54 PM
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We have a single horse Brenderup, which I love. Very light. I can hitch it up by pulling it to my truck rather than trying to back my truck up to it!
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