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post #11 of 43 Old 03-26-2014, 12:07 PM
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post #12 of 43 Old 03-26-2014, 01:51 PM
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I had a hell of a time trying to stay at or around 5000lbs. I really don't see how it would be possible (safe, anyway) to be less than that. (I have smaller horses, weighing less than 1000 lbs each, trailer being about 3000lbs- but I have wiggle room, so it won't kill -or possibly kill- me or my horses to be a bit over. 5000lbs was just a goal). Benderups are light, but expensive! They are also hard to find (at least here).
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post #13 of 43 Old 03-26-2014, 02:06 PM
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Sorry to thread hijack, but I have a question that's related. I have a v6 Chevy work truck, it hauls my two horse bumper pull trailer just fine everywhere I go, and the 4 horse trailer with only one horse just fine, (except that's only in flat areas)
Is using my truck dangerous for my horse? Should I borrow my parents v8 suburban or v10 ford and try to sell my truck for something more suitable?
Honest opinions, I'm going to be going to college in a year, and Stitch is coming with me.

Again, sorry to hijack the thread, I'm just genuinely concerned after reading this. I wouldn't want to put my horse in danger
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post #14 of 43 Old 03-26-2014, 02:12 PM
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What model Chevy? Does it have a factory tow package installed?
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Sorry to thread hijack, but I have a question that's related. I have a v6 Chevy work truck, it hauls my two horse bumper pull trailer just fine everywhere I go, and the 4 horse trailer with only one horse just fine, (except that's only in flat areas)
Is using my truck dangerous for my horse? Should I borrow my parents v8 suburban or v10 ford and try to sell my truck for something more suitable?
Honest opinions, I'm going to be going to college in a year, and Stitch is coming with me.

Again, sorry to hijack the thread, I'm just genuinely concerned after reading this. I wouldn't want to put my horse in danger
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A 3/4 ton truck is going to be better for towing than a 1/2 ton truck.

With that said, I currently pull my gooseneck 3-horse trailer with my husband's 1/2 ton GMC pickup. I usually only have 2 horses in it, but I have sometimes hauled 3. Is it ideal? Absolutely not. Can it be done? Sure.

Until I can afford a bigger pickup, this is what I got and I'm making do with it.

If you have the option and the means, get a bigger pickup.

On that same token, you never want to be "over-trucked". When your tow vehicle is too big for what you are towing, your horses will receive a much rougher ride because the truck is going to "throw" the trailer around a little bit.

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post #16 of 43 Old 03-26-2014, 04:19 PM
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Okay thanks guys! I'll see what's reasonable for me to do

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I had a v6 Chevy silverado, it COULD pull my horse trailer, reasonably, but it really wasn't good for my truck. I have a V8 1500 WT (2013) that is more well suited- truck doesn't even care it's there (flat terrain). Your truck (depending on GVR, wheel base, gear ratio, etc) is probably ok for short distances every once in awhile- but I wouldn't use it (or any V6 truck) for a horse trailer for an extended period of time from my experience and research.
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What's the factory tow rating on the truck? Is the hitch factory? Welded in? How does it feel when you tow? I think you're probably ok in the short run as long as you're doing short hauls. It is much more pleasant to tow with a larger truck, but I think yours meets the minimum requirements for a 2 horse trailer. I'd definitely install a brake controller if you don't have one. Well worth the $200 for that, particularly with a small truck. How much do you think you'll be hauling and over what kind of distances?

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Sorry to thread hijack, but I have a question that's related. I have a v6 Chevy work truck, it hauls my two horse bumper pull trailer just fine everywhere I go, and the 4 horse trailer with only one horse just fine, (except that's only in flat areas)
Is using my truck dangerous for my horse? Should I borrow my parents v8 suburban or v10 ford and try to sell my truck for something more suitable?
Honest opinions, I'm going to be going to college in a year, and Stitch is coming with me.

Again, sorry to hijack the thread, I'm just genuinely concerned after reading this. I wouldn't want to put my horse in danger
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Find out the tow rating on your truck and the weight of the trailers you tow and that will give you a starting point. My guess is that with a V6 you might be a little challenged pulling a fully loaded 2-horse. I know someone who tows an old steel 2-horse with his V6 Tacoma, and it is fine most of the time, but trying to tow it fully loaded up a hill he couldn't make it and had to unload his horses and walk them the rest of the way (which fortunately was not far) I'm not sure the exact tow rating of his Tacoma, but when I was truck shopping I considered the largest engine/double cab Tacoma as a viable option as long as I only ever hauled 1 horse at a time (I only own one, so that would mean not hauling any friends' horses with me)

A 3/4 ton truck is not strictly necessary for a 2-horse. I tow mine with a V8 Tundra with no issues (truck's tow capacity >8000 lbs; my trailer is 3000 lbs empty and rated to 7000 lbs).

As mentioned, definitely use a brake controller. I'll pull my trailer out of its parking spot without connecting the brake controller sometimes, but wouldn't even consider driving it around without it.
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Thanks guys. I'll look into the tow rating and hitch stuff. I'll have to ask my dad.
I will have to drive from California to colorado to get to college next year (if all goes as planned)
So based on what I've learned, my truck isn't a good idea.
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