It was time to get a new trailer. A straightload two horse was not going to haul 3 horses and a donkey. So, after much looking around we found a used trailer dealer who was willing to work with us. We got an older used trailer, but are completely happy with it. It is a 1987 WW 16' Gooseneck stock type trailer. The dealer traded us straight across. No money changed hands at all.
Thanks. I ask because I just bought a new trailer as well - not as big as yours though. Its a two horse slant GN and my truck is also a 1/2 ton. People have been telling me its not going to pull it well and that I need to upgrade. The trailer itself weighs 3300lb and my filly is a little under 500lb (for now). That pretty much maxs me out according to the specs on the truck. I do plan on upgrading at some point but now I'm being told not to even attempt pulling it with my current truck.
The only thing we are going to do to our truck is put some heavier springs on the back axels. The new trailer has 3500 lb axels on it, and it hauled my 1200+ lb thoroughbred, and our 950 lb quarab with no issues going up and down hills. How did it pull when you took it home? Did you have any issues then?
I havent taken it home yet. I bought it from a private seller, not a dealership and they were nice enough to let me make payments, but it stays on their property until I pay it off. I did test drive with their truck, but its a 1 ton I think. Didnt even feel the trailer behind me. I havent pulled anything with mine.
Don't quote me on this, but I don't think you will have any issue with it. My two horse straightload weighed about the same as this one, and I pulled it all the time with my regular chevy half ton. Never had an issue there either. Don't get me wrong, it would slow down some going uphill, but nothing terrible. And that is when it was loaded with horses, too.