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post #11 of 42 Old 04-04-2013, 04:39 PM
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Okay, I got a chuckle out of you!

I think Muppet has it. You have right now, just the receiver for the hitch. You'll need the hitch and ball and it will slide in there - they make it that way so it's interchangeable if you need to change your ball size or type of hitch.

Your owners manual or the side of your where your manufacture sticker is will have the weight capabilities of your SUV. Use it as a loose guideline. My truck is rated for 9000lbs but I would prefer not to haul over 7000lbs. Any trailer will have it's weight (on the same manufacture sticker like your truck) to compare, leaving weight room for horses/tack/feed, etc.

Depending on whether your driving something like a Jeep Liberty or Chevrolet Tahoe is going to greatly affect your weight ratio.
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post #12 of 42 Old 04-04-2013, 05:07 PM
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You need to go talk to someone at a trailer dealership. If you didn't know a ball goes into a receiver hitch, you need to have a personal tutorial.
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post #13 of 42 Old 04-04-2013, 05:24 PM
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Just go to a trailer place, rv store or truck store. They will set you right.
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post #14 of 42 Old 04-04-2013, 09:00 PM
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First off, what kind of vehicle do you even expect to tow a trailer with? Maybe it's not built for something as heavy as a horse trailer, but just those ****ty little tin things that people haul a couch in.

Then, seeing as you are a complete and utter newbie to this, who is going to teach you how to drive with a trailer? Pulling a trailer is a completely different ball of wax then just hooking up and "away we go."

I applaud you for wanting independence, but you have to have the vehicle, the funds, the knowledge or someone to teach you. Being independent but not safe is NOT BETTER than relying on someone else.

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post #15 of 42 Old 04-04-2013, 09:25 PM
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This whole thing sounds like a recipe for disaster. If between yourself, boyfriend, and any family and adults can't figure out gooseneck/bumper pull, I'm honestly scared to know someone like this may be on the road with others. There's a lot of things to consider when towing a trailer. Hitch capacity, heck ball size, brakes, lights, vehicle ability, hitch safety mechanisms, and that's not even considering the driving end if things. I have to be licensed and i am, to drive doubles, triples, tankers, hazmat but any average joe with the $$ to buy a trailer can can hitch up a wagon and roll. Just don't seem safe for anyone. I'll shut up now. Please find someone knowledgable to teach you and for now stop looking for trailers before someone gets hurt.
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post #16 of 42 Old 04-04-2013, 09:45 PM
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OP there are plenty of bumper pull trailers horse trailers to choose from and your budget will be the decider as to what you purchase. As the others have said, you need to check the towing capacity of the vehicle before you commit yourself.

If you are buying new from a dealer they will answer all the questions you can think of, and some more about 'how it all works'. If you are buying second hand from private individuals then I suggest you go find a friend with a bumper pull and ask to spend 20 minutes looking it over and learning the good points and bad points of that one.

I started towing 8 years ago with my first bumper pull, having never towed anything before. The lady I bought mine from gave me a basic tutorial "always go 10 miles below the speed limit, remember you have a longer stopping distance, and your horses aren't wearing seatbelts". When I pulled that trailer home for the first time I was a nervous wreck, and it probably took me 20 minutes to hitch up the first few times. But with practise it gets easier and now I can reverse park my trailer in the tightest spot of the muddiest farm yard
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post #17 of 42 Old 04-04-2013, 09:54 PM
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To add to what's been said...

Just because BF's SUV can pull a boat doesn't necessarily mean it can pull a horse trailer. Pulling a horse trailer is a whole different animal. I've towed boats, wave runners, flatbed trailers with quads...heck, I've driven a 32-foot class A motorhome with a 28-foot box trailer full of quads and camping gear behind it. But NONE of that prepared me for towing a horse trailer. My Trailblazer had a 7000lbs towing capacity. Even with 1300lbs Aires in my friend's 3000lbs aluminum two-horse slant, my SUV wasn't working overly hard. The FEEL of the way the SUV drove, though, was completely different (I had previously towed a 20-foot semi-enclosed trailer loaded with furniture with my Trailblazer and you could hardly tell it was back there).

Everybody has to start somewhere with hauling their horses, but I would do all the research you can before taking the step to buying a trailer and hauling.
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Also, please keep in mind that while your SUV may be capable of pulling a certain amount, you need to make sure it's able to stop and turn relatively quickly with the weight you pull. For example, I'm sure my Dodge 1500 would be able to pull 10,000 lbs....but I would never go close to that because it would have difficulty turning and stopping.

You really need someone to help you with maneuverability and such. Backing up a horse trailer is a whole 'nother ball game.
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post #19 of 42 Old 04-04-2013, 10:21 PM
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Yes.....and believe it or not, some have the trailer hitch fall right of the tow ball while theyre pulling out of a parking lot while their horse is in the trailer and they think its funny......those people shouldn't be hauling anything, let alone a horse. Idiots.

Do all your research and perhaps find someone who can give you sme trailer towing lessons etc. it's worth it in safety!
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post #20 of 42 Old 04-04-2013, 11:11 PM
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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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