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post #1 of 14 Old 08-10-2012, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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brenderup trailers, what's the difference?

So I've been looking around for my next car/truck so I called my trailer manufacturer and confirmed my trailer weight 1650lbs however I got curious as to see how it stacks up against other two horse trailers specifically the brenderup trailer series so I went to their website and found out it weighs 1750lbs yet they can be towed with a 6cyl with "ease and confidence." I see that they have a special tounge weight distribution going on but, is that the only difference between, weight doesn't really matter? I'm going to continue looking into this but anyone who is familar with the "horse box" style of trailer as opposed to the american bp horse trailer want to shed some light on this for me?

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-10-2012, 03:51 PM
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If you have an older steel trailer, I can't imagine how it would weigh less than a ton. Even if it's an aluminum trailer it should still weigh more than 1,650 pounds, unless it's a small 1 horse. Even my tiny, ancient 2 horse BP weighed over 2,000 pounds. Is it a stock trailer? Those are lighter than enclosed BPs.

Brenderups are light because except for their skeleton, they're fiberglass. Fiberglass is much lighter than steel or aluminum.

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I thought the same thing however that's what the manufacturer said so I find it hard to believe they would lie I even gave them my vin number which was verified off the trailer and the title so they could verify the weight for me; will drive by a weigh station for sure though... However the weight of my trailer isnt a salient issue because I have a special order V8 suburban to pull it. I was just thinking along the lines of an absolute emergency and/or when I have to trailer literally two blocks down the street to the trail head. I was considering selling my trailer to buy a brenderup as well however just thinking about it for now...

The roof and 1ft section of my trailer is fibergrass and its skinnier than a normal trailer not sure if that matters but, I do believe a lot of thebrenderup's towing ability has to do with the weight distribution through the tounge.

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quite a few aluminum framed BP trailers are under a ton,, Pulled with a 6 cyl is meaningless statement. Number of cylinders have nothing to do with displacement or towing power. Fords 4.6 Liter 8 cylinder can't get out of its own way, while the 4.9 Liter straight six is larger has more power and make pretty decent 5000 lb and below tow vehicle engines.
For that matter lots of people pull living quarter multi horse gooseneck trailers with 6 cylinders. All the Heavy dodge cummings turbo diesels are 6 cylinders. Allways read between the lines, look at the tow rating of your exact vehicle and the loaded weight of the trailer. Marketing hype and incomplete open ended statements are meaningless.
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quite a few aluminum framed BP trailers are under a ton,, Pulled with a 6 cyl is meaningless statement. Number of cylinders have nothing to do with displacement or towing power. Fords 4.6 Liter 8 cylinder can't get out of its own way, while the 4.9 Liter straight six is larger has more power and make pretty decent 5000 lb and below tow vehicle engines.
For that matter lots of people pull living quarter multi horse gooseneck trailers with 6 cylinders. All the Heavy dodge cummings turbo diesels are 6 cylinders. Allways read between the lines, look at the tow rating of your exact vehicle and the loaded weight of the trailer. Marketing hype and incomplete open ended statements are meaningless.

Thanks for the explaination joe, so do you believe that the brenderup trailer is able to be towed by what they display as a volvo station wagon because its light weight or because of the tounge of the rig?

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for instance I would never haul with the vehicle in the picture below yet this trailer is able to do so yet it according to the manufacturer weighs more than mine? Which makes me want to trade lol



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A friend of mine has a Brenderup that she tows with her Blazer sometimes. That is the reason she bought it. She now has a truck so does not tow with the Blazer, but she knows that if the truck is out of commission that the Blazer can pull the trailer.
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tlfc that is exactly why my question came up I really would like to have the back up in case of an emergency situation... being limited to only towing with one car is kind of a drag especially since they're cars and things break ALL of the time

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More than likely the rep you talked to got it wrong or you two were talking apples and oranges. Only way to know for sure is weigh your trailer on a scale. I personally doubt a steel trailer weighs less than a Brender. There is two different weights also. One is just the trailer by itself and another is what it weighs when hooked up to a tow rig. The difference will be in how much weight a trailer is designed to put on a rig.

Now the tongue. I haven't looked that closely at Brender's but think it does come standard with an equalizer hitch while most trailers don't. Thing is you can go buy an equalizer hitch for any trailer. What an equalizer hitch does is helps transfer weight off your rear axle to your front axle for a more even weight distribution wich improves how a trailer tows.

Pull easily with a 6 cylinder. Like Joe said, what kind of 6 cylinder? An inline 6 really is a superior design for producing torque, torque being what you want for towing and not horse power. Given a V6 and an inline 6 with a similar build, the inline will out torque the V6.

Last of all. I would never pull a horse trailer with a car, minivan or small suv. The absolute minimum I would pull one with is a half ton set up to tow and at that still don't recommend it but you will get away with it most the time. The minimum I recommend is a 3/4 ton.
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Thanks everyone, I just mostly wanted to know if it was worth trading trailers for. In colorado with our cr*p road system I couldn't pull my trailer very easily with a half ton and would never try it so far the smallest I've ever towed with a 3/4ton but obviously it's done with smaller vehicles in other countries safely which is why I was considering buying a more economical car... Oh well thanks again everyone

And I am for sure going to get my trailer weighed at the weigh station to see what the heck the rep was talkin' about do you guys think it would be worth giving another phone call to ww and see if I can't get someone else to tell me what's up? Or skip it and just go to the weigh station

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