Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Like Phly said, anyone can hook up a trailer and go. Are they safe? Not always. Cudos to you for at least asking and trying to learn beforehand.
A gooseneck trailer hooks up to a ball in the bed of a truck. A bumper pull hooks up to a ball behind the vehicle. The ball can be on the bumper or on a receiver hitch (this is what your bf has).
A vehicle that can tow a trailer doesn't mean it can haul a horse in a trailer. Even if it is under the weight limit, hauling a live animal such as a horse, is totally different than hauling dead weight, like furniture and such. A live horse will shift around on its own and throw the balance of the vehicle off.
Not only do you need to figure out getting the trailer hooked up, you will also need the vehicle to have the correct wiring to hook up to the trailer. Some older trailers use a 6 pin round plug where newer trailers use a 7 blade RV plug. Also, the vehicle will need to be equipped with a brake controller for the trailer brakes. Smaller trailers like boats and utility trailers don't usually have their own brakes. Most horse trailers do.
Depending on what your bf's SUV is, you may or may not be able to haul with it, and depending on how heavy the trailer is. A full size SUV or truck should be fine for a two horse trailer but not a small SUV.
Brenderup trailers are extremely light and in Europe, they haul them with smaller vehicles. The downside is that they aren't cheap. Featherlight aren't exactly cheap either but are pretty light also. Any steel trailer is going to be heavy, no matter what brand. Older two horse straight loads might not be a bad option to look at. They are usually smaller than newer slant loads. The problem with them is more things can be wrong with them because they are older.
So, in all, just figuring out how to hook the trailer up is one thing. You'll have more to think and figure out besides that.
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Last edited by usandpets; 04-05-2013 at 12:14 AM.