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post #1 of 5 Old 02-10-2010, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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which hitching system?

I would love some suggestions as to what system I should use with my truck and trailer,let me know what any of you have used and like or features you think would be beneficial. There are quite a few systems on the market and I would like the input from board members to narrow my choices.I am going to start hauling to shows this spring and recently purchased a used 2005 CM Endurance 2 horse straight load steel with 2 #3500 axles ,emergency breakaway system, electric brakes. My tow vehicle is a 1993 Chevy suburban 454 7.4L V-8 3/4 ton 4x4. The specs on the V-5 Suburban hitch has a rating of maximum distributing weight trailer 10,000, tongue 1,000.I will need to have a brake controller installed as well (suggestions?).I will be hauling my daughters 14.3h arabian who weighs around 900 lbs. I will put some gear in the trailers small tack compartment(saddles,bridles) with most of our stuff going in the cargo space of the suburban(third row seat is removed).Most trips will be less 200 miles from home but will include driving on the interstate(Atlanta).
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-10-2010, 02:23 PM
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I wouldn't use any special tow system. I have pulled much larger trailers with my 3/4 ton truck and all I have is a reciever hitch. I don't even have a brake controller many times but as long as you don't drive it like you stole it you should be fine.

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post #3 of 5 Old 02-12-2010, 11:02 PM
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Really watch your max rating because there are parts of the country they will pull you over and make you unload if they think you are over gross weight. Remember, the curb weight of the vehicle, and all your gear in it, counts towards that total. I wouldn't think of pulling without a brake controller, but then I pull a massive trailer (41 ft long GN steel trailer, 4H slant in the back and 26 ft of LQ, it's nearly 10,000 lbs by itself). I use a Tekonsha Voyager brake controller, it's good for anywhere from 1 up to 8 brakes (4 axles) and is inertia activated. With that massive trailer behind me I still come to a stop smooth as can be as if there is nothing behind me. Been very happy with it. As with any towing, make sure you service your brakes and transmission on a regular basis.
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-16-2010, 07:30 AM
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You should be fine..Just get the controller.I have towed without one but it's a good thing to have in an emergency situation.....

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post #5 of 5 Old 02-16-2010, 06:24 PM
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As long as you drive with the trailer in mind, it really shouldn't be an issue. All you're carrying is a little arab with some tack so I really don't see it being an issue. If you were trailering a much larger horse then maybe but I think you should be fine and I wouldn't worry about it.
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