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post #11 of 19 Old 06-16-2012, 11:10 PM
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post #12 of 19 Old 06-17-2012, 10:22 AM
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It's not that a half ton can't pull a trailer that size, it's that it wasn't designed to do it. The most immediate thing you'll notice is you wont have the stopping power as a heavier rig. Second, you'll burn up your transmission if it didn't come with a tranny cooler on it, if it does have a cooler you can still burn up your transmission. Third thing you'll have is general breakdown issues which can often leave you stranded with a hole in your pocket.
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post #13 of 19 Old 06-17-2012, 10:43 AM
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LOVE the colour!!! Congrats on a new trailer :)

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post #14 of 19 Old 06-17-2012, 10:57 AM
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It's not that a half ton can't pull a trailer that size, it's that it wasn't designed to do it. The most immediate thing you'll notice is you wont have the stopping power as a heavier rig. Second, you'll burn up your transmission if it didn't come with a tranny cooler on it, if it does have a cooler you can still burn up your transmission. Third thing you'll have is general breakdown issues which can often leave you stranded with a hole in your pocket.
You're so right. A 1/2 ton will not stop that rig loaded with livestock if they had to swerve or hit a crosswind, it cannot handle that payload, not even close. OP, if you were hauling that rig here in BC, you would be pulled off the road. Kinda scares me looking at your set up. In my province, you now have to have a Class 3 driver's liscense to haul a trailer & cargo over 10,000 lbs, pain in the butt but it is for good reasons.
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post #15 of 19 Old 06-17-2012, 11:18 AM
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I'd worry most about ruining the transmission over time. I love your first trailer. Exactly what I'm looking for in hauling my 1 horse! They are very hard to find in used, excellent condition which is why I'm sure the dealer was very happy to get it from you!
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post #16 of 19 Old 06-17-2012, 11:52 AM
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Your original trailer is what I am searching for!!
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post #17 of 19 Old 06-17-2012, 12:13 PM
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I like WW trailers! They are tough!
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post #18 of 19 Old 06-18-2012, 09:46 PM
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It's not that a half ton can't pull a trailer that size, it's that it wasn't designed to do it. The most immediate thing you'll notice is you wont have the stopping power as a heavier rig. Second, you'll burn up your transmission if it didn't come with a tranny cooler on it, if it does have a cooler you can still burn up your transmission. Third thing you'll have is general breakdown issues which can often leave you stranded with a hole in your pocket.
Yes, pulling it isn't the problem. Stopping it might be.

Here's the real issue as I see it.

If you exceed the ratings of your truck, and choose to pull more than the truck is rated for by the manufacturer you could have serious liability issues should you become involved in an accident.

Adding heavy duty springs, shocks, etc does not change the manufacturers rating.

I'd check with your insurance company and make sure you're covered while pulling it.

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post #19 of 19 Old 06-27-2012, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate the concern. I have checked my towing package, and am not exceeding any limitations. I have also checked with my insurance company to make sure we are covered while towing this trailer. We are completely covered when pulling it. We just pulled it up to Mo, and then back down to TX with about 5000 pounds of hay, and had no issues. I know it's different than live weight, but both the truck and trailer did exceptionally well.

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