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    07-06-2010, 10:48 AM
  #1
Weanling
Good to pull with?

I wasnt sure where else to put this....it doesnt have to do with a trailer specificly...more with what im pulling a trailer with...I just want opinions.

My truck is a 2000 model F-150 special edition Lariat with the V-8 engine and a tow package.

Its completely paid off, almost like new (has a dent or two) and I got it for free because it was my grandpas...so you can see where I sorta want to keep it and not need a new one...im just afraid that I don't have the power to pull my horses.

The max ill be pulling is a two horse trailer with two horses in it....usually I only haul one horse though. My 'two horse trailer' is a stock trailer big enough for two horses to fit comfortably...

So opinions? Am I good with my truck?
     
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    07-06-2010, 11:19 AM
  #2
Weanling
You should be fine, as long as you're not hauling 2 horses over giant passes or anything. Half tons are usually pretty good for flat/local, but your gas mileage will suck! My husband has a 1/2 Chevy Silverado that gets good mileage (for a truck) in town and on the freeway, but when we add a cargo trailer and 2 quads, it drank gas like I drink Diet Pepsi! We just secured a 2 horse Logan for us to use for my daughter for 4-H next year, and as long as we're staying local, we'll be fine, but too many treks up and down the freeway or over any passes here in WA would require us to upgrade to a bigger truck.

You can distribute the weight differently with a heavy duty hitch, which for the life of me I can't remember the name of, but it makes a big difference.
     
    07-06-2010, 08:39 PM
  #3
Trained
You'd probably max out at around 8000lbs with a 1/2 ton. It would be beneficial to use a hitch with weight distribution bars. They help prevent sway too. There's a forum on a site called horsetrailerworld.com. If you post this question there, they'll provide you with every bell and whistle you could possibly need.
     
    07-06-2010, 09:13 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
You'd probably max out at around 8000lbs with a 1/2 ton. It would be beneficial to use a hitch with weight distribution bars. They help prevent sway too. There's a forum on a site called horsetrailerworld.com. If you post this question there, they'll provide you with every bell and whistle you could possibly need.

Thank you! It's a hitch with sway bars...for the life of me I couldn't remember what it was called!
     
    07-06-2010, 09:33 PM
  #5
Trained
You'll be fine. We use our Dodge RAM 1500 (5.7 Hemi + tow package) to pull our 2 horse stock BP (about 4300 lbs loaded w/2 horses) with no problem.
     
    07-07-2010, 01:20 AM
  #6
Weanling
Thank you guys! All my riding is currently local. I have a few big hills to top on the way there but Im not to worried...I just didnt want to have to find a bigger truck...im broke and like the one I have lol

And thank you for the sight MyBoyPuck....ill check it out!
     
    07-07-2010, 04:47 AM
  #7
Weanling
You should be fine pulling it. BUt I wouldn't go any bigger on the trailer....Does the truck have a brake controller? I know you said it has a tow package but that doesn't include a brake controller for the trailer brakes....
     
    07-07-2010, 09:05 AM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Mingiz    
You should be fine pulling it. BUt I wouldn't go any bigger on the trailer....Does the truck have a brake controller? I know you said it has a tow package but that doesn't include a brake controller for the trailer brakes....

Good point. My husband's Silverado is a work truck package which came with some extra suspension and different gear ratio in the transmission, and we found out that it's wired for a trailer brake, all we have to do is put the controller in the cab. Saves a ton of money, but is critical with that much weight.
     
    07-07-2010, 11:27 AM
  #9
Weanling
Hmm....not sure. I don't know if the little trailer I use has trailer brakes on it much less if my truck has the stuff to work with trailer brakes 0.o

Its sorta an older trailer but still in nice condition....its small though. Like just big enough for two horses so It isnt a big deal weight wise...atleast the trailer isnt much weight. I usually only carry one horse...so do you think not having trailer brakes is an issue if Im only going locally?
     
    07-07-2010, 11:41 AM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Pidge    
hmm....not sure. I don't know if the little trailer I use has trailer brakes on it much less if my truck has the stuff to work with trailer brakes 0.o

Its sorta an older trailer but still in nice condition....its small though. Like just big enough for two horses so It isnt a big deal weight wise...atleast the trailer isnt much weight. I usually only carry one horse...so do you think not having trailer brakes is an issue if Im only going locally?
A small 2 horse and just one horse is a lot of weight to try to stop in an emergency. When my husband looked into trailer brakes (before he realized his was wired) he was told that it would be about $300 for the wiring and the box...a small price really for the security it provides.
     

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