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    07-27-2011, 08:41 AM
  #1
Weanling
Horse Trailer questions

I plan on buying a gmc sierra 1500 crew cab before end of yr or early next. I want to get a decent 2 horse trailer and wondering if the bumper pull ones are hard on your bumper and is one of those things to where even if 10 yrs or so down the road, your bumper might need maintenace? Just looking for pros and cons of the diff types of trailers. I have just one horse, recently bought and might not have no more than 2 at most
     
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    07-27-2011, 09:18 AM
  #2
Started
I pull a 3 horse slant, heavy duty not aluminum, trailer and it's a bumper pull. Never had a bumper problem and it pulls very well.
     
    07-27-2011, 09:45 AM
  #3
Showing
I've had both types of trailers and although many people prefer a GN, I love the BP. As for your question about wear and tear on the bumper, it really is a non-issue.

The way to safely pull a trailer is with a trailer hitch mounted to the frame of your truck - not using the bumper at all. Pulling a trailer with the ball mounted on the bumper is fine if you are pulling a small utility trailer or a light boat but never a horse trailer.

If you intend to pull a heavy trailer with a full load, you can add an equalizing hitch to the system which will even out the load and decrease the tongue weight on the truck.

Even though you intend to pull one horse, you just never know when that may change so you need to figure on the maximum.
     
    07-27-2011, 10:15 AM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
I've had both types of trailers and although many people prefer a GN, I love the BP. As for your question about wear and tear on the bumper, it really is a non-issue.

The way to safely pull a trailer is with a trailer hitch mounted to the frame of your truck - not using the bumper at all. Pulling a trailer with the ball mounted on the bumper is fine if you are pulling a small utility trailer or a light boat but never a horse trailer.

If you intend to pull a heavy trailer with a full load, you can add an equalizing hitch to the system which will even out the load and decrease the tongue weight on the truck.

Even though you intend to pull one horse, you just never know when that may change so you need to figure on the maximum.
trailer hitch mounted to the frame?
     
    07-27-2011, 01:14 PM
  #5
Showing
Yes. The term bumper pull is really not accurate. The frame for the receiver is actually mounted to the frame of the vehicle not the bumper. There are different classes of hitches and the proper one for a horse trailer is a "class 3" hitch. http://www.nextag.com/class-3-receiv...ch/stores-html

Trying to use the bumper from your truck will eventually pull the bumper off or damage it. The other things to consider is the proper towing package of the truck you are going to consider. Heavier suspension, transmission oil cooler, etc. It isn't just a matter of sticking a 2" ball on the bumper of the truck.
     
    08-06-2011, 12:44 PM
  #6
Trained
You'll find you can't get the reciever part of the hitch up to & over the ball on a bumper anyways, it's too high. Your truck will have the hitch set up anyways, haven't seen one that hasn't.
     
    08-07-2011, 01:41 AM
  #7
Green Broke
With a 1/2 ton truck, make sure the trailer you buy has trailer brakes. Many of the older ones don't have any brakes or only on 1 axle. 1/2 ton trucks have smaller brakes so you ideally want a trailer with brakes on both axles.

If you have a 6ft bed on your pickup that introduces problem for a goose neck trailer. Ideally the hitch should be over your axle but with a 6ft bed the trailer will get into your cab or you have to buy a more expensive offset hitch. Just something to calculate into costs.
     
    08-07-2011, 10:18 AM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Darrin    
With a 1/2 ton truck, make sure the trailer you buy has trailer brakes. Many of the older ones don't have any brakes or only on 1 axle. 1/2 ton trucks have smaller brakes so you ideally want a trailer with brakes on both axles.

If you have a 6ft bed on your pickup that introduces problem for a goose neck trailer. Ideally the hitch should be over your axle but with a 6ft bed the trailer will get into your cab or you have to buy a more expensive offset hitch. Just something to calculate into costs.
I'm going to buy a GMC Sierra crew cab and I think its a 5 ft bed but I could be mistaken, it might be a little longer. I know it isnt as long as the extended cab's bed. I saw one at money man pawn shop that I was going to check out but it might be a little longer than I want and its a bumper pull though a bumper pull is fine, just don't want too much of a long one. Also, I guess I would actually have to hook it up and take it for a stroll to tell if the brakes on the trailer work properly and what brakes it has?
     
    08-07-2011, 11:18 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Newer trailers should have brakes on both axles, it's the older ones you need to look out for. You have to look at the axle and see if there is a drum brake on each one.

Take that trailer for a test drive but that brings up the next question. Has your pickup been set up to pull with a trailer brake unit and plug?

Trailer brake unit-Some pickups come with it built in (look at your owners manual) but most have it as an external unit. Generally mounted low on your driver side dash. This unit allows you to set up how hard the trailer brakes when you brake the pickup with a knob so you can manually apply brakes if needed.

Plug- Check the type of plug you have because there are several types. The trailer plug will have to match your pickup. If it doesn't the trailer plug will need to be rewired or find an adapter. Also clean your plug if it is full of dirt, spiders, whatever so a good electrical connection can be made.
     
    08-07-2011, 12:01 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by nyg052003    
I'm going to buy a GMC Sierra crew cab and I think its a 5 ft bed but I could be mistaken, it might be a little longer. I know it isnt as long as the extended cab's bed. I saw one at money man pawn shop that I was going to check out but it might be a little longer than I want and its a bumper pull though a bumper pull is fine, just don't want too much of a long one. Also, I guess I would actually have to hook it up and take it for a stroll to tell if the brakes on the trailer work properly and what brakes it has?
Pick ups come with a 6'6" bed or a long bed is 8'
     

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