Horselovingguy, thanks for the tip about the computer. Neither I nor a close friend knows cars. Is that something I should try to avoid? Is it likely it'll end up costing a ton more in maintenance and repairs (or I'll get worked over because I obv. won't know what I'm looking at)?
Personally-I wouldn't. I do not think they are as safe as the newer ones with traction control, ABS and airbags. We have come a long way. I would think one that is about 10 yrs old or even 15 would be a better bet than one that could be classified as an antique.
I am also not convinced you need a 250-I have always towed with Expedition size, but not tons of hills and not 2 draft horses. Handles really well.
Thanks, I hadn't thought about the brake systems. That's exactly why I'm asking for advice!
As far as the 3/4 ton, I probably don't need it. I'll generally be hauling 1,100 pounds of horse (my 15.2 paint), and occasionally a max of 2,500 (mine plus a friend's gypsy). I read somewhere that you should give a 2,000 pound cushion between what you expect to haul and your tow rating.
My main concern is braking and hills. I live in Oregon, and while I won't be using this for high in the mountains, I will have to deal with hills and some rain (though I'll try to avoid hauling in the rain). I need to make sure I can stop reasonably without having a half mile's notice and the trailer won't push/pull me down the hill.
If I could afford to pay people to haul all the time, I would, because it's going to be really tough for me to trust myself hauling Sam, but we love getting off the farm. :) Posted via Mobile Device