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post #1 of 4 Old 07-09-2009, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help please - Trailer Hauling

I am looking to take a couple horses to a local farm this weekend for Cross Country schooling.

I can borrow my boss's 4-horse trailer, but am curious whether I should ask for a truck to borrow as well, or if my Silverado can haul it.

It is not a big-rig 4-hors, it is a simply stock type trailer with dividers. Nothing fancy or super heavy.

I am going to be hauling two (maybe three) horses. I'd say they're all around 1,000 lbs, maybe a little over for two of them as they are Thoroughbreds.

I have a 2006 Chevy Silverado 1500... V8...

Would this haul what I want it to? I don't want to blow my engine or transmission trying to haul something too heavy.

Any advice?
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-10-2009, 07:34 AM
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Help please - Trailer Hauling

I think you are going to be pushing the limits with a 1/2 ton truck. You did not say if the trailer is a striaght pull or a gooseneck. Personally, when you tow a 3H trailer, I think you are at the point of a 3/4 ton truck, minimum. Best way to tell is hook up the trailer, load what you expect to haul, and see how the ruck trailer combination sits. If you are getting a lot of sag at the rear of the truck, then I would say it is not safe as you lose front end control.
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If you can get the horses over the axle of the trailer (or most of the weight) you should be fine. I have a F150 and hauled two horses regularly in my 16 ft stock trailer and would haul three from time to time. It makes the truck work thats for sure with three (but you said it is local so not a long drive)... just keep an eye on how much your truck sags. Do you have a break controller in your truck? If you don't then I wouldnt haul that heavy of a load.

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Thank you very much for the replys! It is a bumper pull trailer...

We have decided to use a different, heavier truck, one we know will haul with no problem. I will keep my truck for hauling single horses. :P
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