Originally Posted by freia
I can't tell you whether the G-wagon will suffice or not, but I do have some observations.
I'm from Norway (live in the US now). I'm used to seeing horse trailers, both double and single, being hauled by sedans and station-wagons. In the more recent years, I'm seeing more and more being hauled by SUVs and an occasional truck. I've seen many MB G-Wagons used for horse-hauling over the past 25 years.
I'm just wondering why the Europeans haul their horses without trucks, while in the US a truck seems to be required. Are the trailers designed differently somehow to be lighter weight and not fishtail so badly?
Anybody have any experience hauling horses on both continents who might know what the difference is? I've been wondering about this since I was a kid.
I mean, what is this, a Kia? Kj°ring med hestehenger
First of all, laws from country to country are different when it comes to how a vehicle is built. Many vehicles built here in the US are not legal in the UK and vice versa. They may have the same tag but are actually not the same vehicle.
Second point works with my first. With taxes and rules in place across the atlantic you just don't have the big vehicles like we do here in the US. How many diesel pickups that are well over 6 liters in size do you fine in Europe? Not many. I've been told by some Scots and Irish that were over her training that you wouldn't even be able to buy the 7.3 liter motor I have in my pickup.
Third. There aint no replacement for displacement, 'nuff said.
Fourth. Wheel base, weight, brake size and torque is what makes a good tow rig. That's why people here don't recommend anything less than a 3/4 ton. Yes, lesser vehicles will do it but that doesn't mean they are all that safe in comparison.