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    09-16-2011, 09:30 PM
Brenderup makes a really light weight fiberglass trailer. Finally seen one in person at a horseshow last month. I'd pass on it. I would not ever pull a trailer with a ranger or an suv, never, period. For one thing your wheel base ratio, you have to swerve, you could flip your tow vehicle. I have read on here, their mechanic says it is ok, crap on that. My horses & my life are not worth the risk, nor the risk of other vehicles on the road. Besides, if it is against the law where I live, there is a reason for it???
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    09-17-2011, 07:28 AM
I pull a 2 horse stock trailer with an Expedition (equipped with factory towing package). Are you saying that because it is an SUV, I shouldn't tow my horses with it?
    09-17-2011, 12:14 PM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
I pull a 2 horse stock trailer with an Expedition (equipped with factory towing package). Are you saying that because it is an SUV, I shouldn't tow my horses with it?
Expedition has plenty of wheelbase for a 2 horse stock trailer. What you don't want is to pull a large trailer with a small SUV or vehicle. The trailer will have to much pry on the tow vehicle and push it around.
    09-17-2011, 10:46 PM
Green Broke
My truck is an Explorer Sport Track,& my hubby said it was too light to pull my horses with plus my horse trailer is a 4-horse stock & I usually have 2-4 horses in it when I go riding so I went to the auction last May, & I got an '01 Dodge Ram for under 3 grand, which I keep hitched to the trailer. It really made my life a lot better & yes it sucks gas, but that is the price we pay for loving the big furballs!
    09-17-2011, 11:12 PM
The manufacturer knows how much your vehicle can tow. It will be in the owner's manual, and very specific. My F-150 with 6 cylinder & manual transmission is rated to 3600 lbs, IIRC. With an automatic transmission, it goes up to 6000 lbs. Don't know why, but I'm sure there is a reason.

My Ford Explorer is rated to 7000 lbs. It also has all the towing options.

I've got a small 2 horse trailer and have never tried to move more than one horse at a time. That keeps the total weight down to around 3100 lbs. However, I looked at the thread since I'd like to find a better trailer. I'd actually be content with a one horse trailer, but I'm not sure they make them any more.
    09-18-2011, 07:35 AM
I tried pulling my 2 horse stock with an Encore (before getting the Expedition) and unless I kept my horse over the axle, the trailer got squirly, especially on the highway - with only one horse. It had the power but not the suspension or the wheelbase.

The Expedition is built on the F150 frame and the one I have has the Ford, HD towing package. It made all the difference in the world.

Even though the stats on the GMC were well within range, in practice, it didn't work unless I put the horse at the back of the trailer. I believe the Explorer is smaller then the Encore.
    09-18-2011, 08:22 AM
Green Broke
My Sport Track was rated to tow 7,000 lbs. Also, but horses are a bit different to tow. & w/a long trailer & a full load, my hubby wanted me using a full size truck, & since I don't go out alone anymore, I needed to seat the riders, too, so dthe Crew cab,V-8 is what works for me. I ride trails fairly close to home, so at least I'm not usually driving too far-today we're only going a couple of miles-the road riding is just not very safe around here & we have a novice rider going w/us today so we want to be safe-so it will be the experienced gaited horses today. My Paso Fino, & my friends's 2 Tenn Walkers.
You also asked about trailers-I am a fan of stock type & slant load. My tack room is in the front w/it's own door & is quite roomy. The horses load in pretty easy & it's a lot safer to lead them in & out. I have rubber mats over the double floor, & rubber halfway up the walls on the interior. Explore all your options & keep it safe!
    09-18-2011, 01:15 PM
Hmmm...don't even know what an Encore is.

The Explorer is built on a 4WD truck frame. Crawling under it, I don't see a difference between the frames on my F-150 frame & the Explorer.

Explorer: 189" long, 113 wheelbase
F150: 213" long, 125 wheelbase.

With the same size engine, the 150 is rated about 1000-2000 lbs extra towing capacity.

A horse trailer has a higher center of gravity than most loads, so it would make sense that it would haul better with a longer wheelbase. Also, the "load" has the option of moving, which would make a longer wheelbase good.

But in my case, I'd be choosing between a vehicle the manufacturer says can safely haul 7000 lbs, and a truck rated to 3600 lbs - so I'd choose the Explorer. However, I've never tried more than one horse - total weight with trailer around 3000 lbs - so I just don't know.

I'm asking, not telling, so to speak...
    09-18-2011, 08:30 PM
Encore ..... OOps, Envoy, GMC.
    10-11-2011, 02:06 AM
I don't know much about cars.. But Brenderups are very light! Brenderup Horseboxes
They are mainly in Europe but there are used ones for sale in the US.

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