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post #11 of 21 Old 02-17-2011, 08:13 AM
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if you don't have the towing package with a transmission cooler, don't bother trying. if you blow it you can kiss your warranty goodbye.
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post #12 of 21 Old 02-17-2011, 11:37 AM
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I'm glad I'm not the only one that hates their Equinox! I agree with you 100% My Beau! I cannot even fathom attempting to pull a trailer with one.
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post #13 of 21 Old 02-17-2011, 01:15 PM
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I have a suburban, a 4-drive full size crew cab dually, and a camero z28. I drive about 75 miles round trip each day to work. I would like to not have to fill up my gas tank two to three times a week anymore! And with the price of the equinox I can have a fully loaded car at an affordable price. I rented the ford edge for a trip to Florida and completely fell in love so I'm thinking the equinox will be much like it...

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post #14 of 21 Old 02-19-2011, 11:20 AM
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A point nobody else mentioned.... what kind of trailer will you find that is less than 1500 pounds? It's bad to tow at capacity. You have to remember tack, feed, anything else that you bring. It adds up fast!
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post #15 of 21 Old 02-19-2011, 11:32 AM
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I would not do it, period. There's no way I would pull any kind of trailer with a 6 cylinder anything. The issue is not how much weight it can pull, but how much weight it can stop. If you're going down a grade and need to brake and you have insufficient power in the tow vehicle, you will jack knife, it's that simple.

Also bear in mind that the tow weight ratings for vehicles are for conventionally weighted trailers like boat trailers or flat beds. Horse trailers have a much higher tongue weight than a conventional trailer, and therefore require a beefier tow vehicle.
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post #16 of 21 Old 02-19-2011, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by maura View Post
I would not do it, period. There's no way I would pull any kind of trailer with a 6 cylinder anything. The issue is not how much weight it can pull, but how much weight it can stop. If you're going down a grade and need to brake and you have insufficient power in the tow vehicle, you will jack knife, it's that simple.
Maura's right. I was pulling an aluminum gooseneck with a Ford F150, empty, and had to stop suddenly. Even with electric brakes the weight of the trailer pushed the truck through a stop sign out into traffic. I thought I was going to die. If I would have had the horses I would have gone into the ravine along the road.

It's not what you can pull, it's what you can stop, just like Maura said.

And, horses are not like pulling a stationery object - they sway, stomp, prance, lean, and that will make the trailer move. It's not safe.
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post #17 of 21 Old 02-24-2011, 09:19 AM
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Yeap between the trailer and one horse. Your almost maxed out on weight it can tow. Not including the gear in trailer and vehicle. Yes it will pull it but stopping it may get hairy and it's not a good feeling when your trailer is pushing you... I wouldn't attempt it.

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post #18 of 21 Old 02-24-2011, 10:03 AM
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Yes, don't do this. Get yourself an older pickup (F150, 1500). It might not be pretty but spending $1500 on a truck is better than having to replace your transmission in your Equinox. The equinox has a V6, that doesn't have the same output as a straight 6 cylinder would, plus like the other ladies mentioned, the braking ability. If you have the typical two horse steel trailer, that's a pretty heavy trailer even though it may not feel like it when you're towing it. You would easily be at capacity with your horse in there. Besides, you can just throw things like a bale of hay in the box of a truck.
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post #19 of 21 Old 02-26-2011, 09:54 PM
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Don't do it! Equinox is just not equipped to haul a horse.

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post #20 of 21 Old 03-02-2011, 04:00 PM
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As others have stated...NOT a good idea at all. The vehicle in question is simply not enough to SAFELY handle the job that you are asking it to do.

I would NEVER attempt what you are considering....not worth the risk for many reasons.

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