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post #1 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for light weight trailer...

Hi everyone what brand of trailers are light weight? I just want a basic 2 horse trailer nothing fancy. Also do you guys thing I could pull one with my Ford Ranger it is 6 cylinder? If not I also have a F150 but it uses alot of gas. LOL

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post #2 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 12:05 PM
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I had 2-horse Valley stock trailer and it was VERY light (even though it was all steel), so you may look into it. I have more heavy 2-horse Adam and like it more in fact. While Valley was a nice trailer, the heavier one adds stability and easier to back up.

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post #3 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 12:23 PM
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You can pull a lightweight trailer with a Ranger, but is your truck equipped with a tow package and transmission cooler? If not, then you're going to burn up your engine and transmission. You'll also need to have at least 15 inch wheels. If they're any smaller, the hitch will be too close to the ground.

In fact, if your F150 doesn't have a tow package, transmission cooler, and larger wheels, it won't be useful as a haul vehicle either.

You say your Ranger is a V6, but what's the liter size? It would have to be at least a 4.0 for you to even consider hauling a small, lightweight trailer with a tiny horse in it.

Bigger is always better, regardless of the size of the horse and trailer. Your gas mileage is going to stink even if you haul with a Ranger. That's just the price we pay for hauling big, heavy animals around in tin cans!
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post #4 of 22 Old 09-13-2011, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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They both have towing packages and have towed utility trailers with a commercial size lawn mower and other things for lawn work. Not sure what the liters is but I can check on it. The F150 hauled a 16 ft trailer loaded with a house full of stuff from Asheville NC to Nashville TN with no trouble but not sure how much it all weighed.

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Being able to pull it is not the issue, being able to stop is what you should be thinking about. I would never tow with a Ford Ranger, I also have a 2 horse bumper pull. I once pulled it around town with my Toyota Tacoma which is larger then the Ford Ranger. My Tacoma is used everyday for lawncare as well, I tow a utility trailer with two commercial mowers, all my other equipment, and loaded up with grass, branches and other things. But it doesn't compare to the weight of a 2 horse trailer with horses in it. The horse trailer will pull your truck around corners because the wheelbase will be similar, and the stopping power of your Ford Ranger is what will put you in real danger. It is a no brainer to me, if you have access to the F150, use it! Bigger is always better when towing, and in this case it is better to spend the extra few bucks if any that you would save on gas.
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post #6 of 22 Old 09-16-2011, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Ok I will use the F150 as I want the safest thing for the horse and me that's why I asked before I tried it.

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... and get a brake controller. As Toy said, it is just as important to stop as much as it is to pull the trailer.

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post #8 of 22 Old 09-16-2011, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Iride the F150 I think already has one its a little box under the dash that has a switch on it my dad says its for the brakes when your pulling a trailer.

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That's great, Amanda. Have him show you how to adjust it so you are not using just the truck to stop the trailer.

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post #10 of 22 Old 09-16-2011, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Will do thank you for your help.

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