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    12-16-2010, 02:31 AM
  #1
Weanling
Question How much can a V6 engine tow?

This isn't so much about a trailer, but does anyone know what the weight capacity on a V6 engine is? There is someone in the neighborhood who has a 1996 Ford V6 for sale, and I would really like it if it would be able to pull a 2 horse bumper pull, with one horse in it most of the time. I wouldn't be going up the mountain or anything, just shows and the farthest is 4 hours away, but that would only be once a year, and is on the highway the whole time. It has a hitch on it already and the guy said he has pulled two Standardbreds in it to the track a lot..but you never know. So hopefully you guys have some input and can help me :). (I don't have a trailer or a car yet, so this is all hypothetical) My horse weighs 1100lbs at most, and I would like to get a trailer with a tack room if that helps in figuring out weight or anything.
     
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    12-16-2010, 05:42 AM
  #2
Weanling
Its more the towing weight capacity of the overall car. A standard V6 any make should be able to tow a double float ... The car how ever may not have the braking ability or be heavy enough to stop.

So its hard to answer your question without knowing the model .
     
    12-16-2010, 07:33 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Ya that's what my husband said. If you have the manual to the vehicle it should say what it can tow. I don't think that it is big enough, IMO.
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    12-16-2010, 08:36 AM
  #4
Trained
It likely is enough to tow a small 2-horse, but as suggested check the manual, or even write down the VIN and take it to the dealership and ask them. It is definitely more than just the engine that counts. Know how much the trailer and horse will weigh approximately when you ask. 3000 lbs? 5000 lbs? I'd go with 5000 lbs. That should be enough for many small trailers with two pleasure horses (not drafts).
     
    12-16-2010, 11:21 AM
  #5
Green Broke
If I already owned the vehical I might be inclined to use it and up grade if needed but I wouldn't go out and buy an undersized vehicle to start with as it will get expensive to sell and upgrade. You do not say what the vehicle is or how big the V6 is so that will make a difference.
I had a S10 blazer with a 6CC and pulled 1 horse back in the late 80's but my mid 90's 6CC mini van wouldn't have been able to handle it as well.
     
    12-16-2010, 04:49 PM
  #6
Weanling
My mom has looked at it and didn't tell me the model or anything like that, but I am going to look at it myself on Saturday so I can get more info then. I know it would be best to get a bigger truck to start with, but finances won't let me do that right now and even if it can't pull a trailer, I need a vehicle to go to college classes with, just was hoping it would be big enough lol.
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    12-16-2010, 07:11 PM
  #7
Trained
I would personally not attempt to tow with a V6 anything. Just not enough power to stop. There are a lot of 1/2 ton V8 older model trucks out there for good prices these days. For an 1100lb horse, a 3,000lb trailer, saddle, water and stuff, you're around 4,500 lbs. A lot of 1/2 ton V8's are rated to tow around 6,500 which sounds like it would be perfect for your situation.
     
    12-16-2010, 07:58 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
I would personally not attempt to tow with a V6 anything. Just not enough power to stop. There are a lot of 1/2 ton V8 older model trucks out there for good prices these days. For an 1100lb horse, a 3,000lb trailer, saddle, water and stuff, you're around 4,500 lbs. A lot of 1/2 ton V8's are rated to tow around 6,500 which sounds like it would be perfect for your situation.

Your engine doesn't stop the car .... A V6 engine will have more than enough torque to tow a double float .

I've towed a double horse float with 1300kg of horse(s) in it with a 4cly Hilux ute .

You cannot judge if this car will be good for towing just by engine size.
Its all about the braking ability & torque !!! That's how they determine how much weight a vehicle can tow .

That's why knowing the model is so important .
You then know the brake set up (Disc or drum) , the diff & gearbox ratio's.
And the max weight for the standard tow bar.
     
    12-17-2010, 10:58 AM
  #9
Weanling
Is this a car or truck? If a truck with a straight inline 6 cylinder should be able to handle a 2horse without a problem. Even though the are 6 cylinders they have alot of power for thier size. But as other posters have said you need to make sure that the vehicle is rated to handle what your towing. That weight includes the trailer and all that goes in it and your truck.
     
    12-17-2010, 11:25 AM
  #10
Weanling
It is a truck with an extended cab, I wish I knew the model and stuff, but I have not gotten to look at it myself. Will keep you guys posted :)
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