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post #1 of 14 Old 05-31-2012, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Size stock trailer for Chevy 1500?

I know I've posted about my truck before but I had a new question and just thought id start a new one. I've got a 5.3 V8 Chevy 1500 an 04 and I'm wanting to get a trailer and I've basically decided on a stock trailer since I just need it for hauling to open shows and horse trails within the state. The furthest ill probably go is 4-5 hours in one day. So with the lightness of a stock trailer I think it's good the only disadvantage is no tack room but I'll either build one in or get a shell and put it in the bed if I get a bumper pull. Anyways my question is what's the longest stock trailer I could get? I was thinking a 12' or 14' I'd only be hauling 2 horses. And would a bumper pull or gooseneck be better in your opinion? Thanks so much.
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-01-2012, 07:21 PM
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Whatever you get, make sure the truck is rated for that weight.

A 1500 is a little light. Pulling isn't the issue, stopping might be.

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Whatever you get, make sure the truck is rated for that weight.

A 1500 is a little light. Pulling isn't the issue, stopping might be.
It's rated to pull 7100 lbs an in thinking the most I'd be hauling is 5000 and I've got a brake box and everyrhing
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Whatever you get, make sure the truck is rated for that weight.

A 1500 is a little light. Pulling isn't the issue, stopping might be.
Saw a Tahoe of that generation (the shorter full-size StationwagonUV ) pulling a two-horse slant the other day. As long as she has trailer-brake controls she should be fine.
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-02-2012, 12:19 AM
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Shorter the better but wouldn't go over 16 foot and that's pushing it.
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The problem I found with my 12 feet stock Valley it was SO light that it actually did feel more bumpy to drive than my 12 feet slant Adam (also it didn't want to back up as easy). Both are BP. BTW, I believe 14 ft Valley may come with the "dressing room".

I've never had problem with stopping even going down a very steep hill (knock on wood!), but remember to keep a good distance always and check your breaks and transmission periodically.
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You need to remember that if your vehicle is rated to pull 7100 lbs, you have to add the combined weight of horses, feed, tack, mats, and trailer combined.

A half ton truck may not have the stopping power. You should also consider sway bars on this light of truck. The braking power on a 3/4 ton and an half ton is different. You should also check with the state laws on trailering. Some trailers by weight and length may require additional license.
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I think you'd come to appreciate a 14'. Room for two average sized horses. My 15.2 travelled well in the back section. He prefers facing backwards when going down the road. My 16 footer is roomier but it's really not needed and it is heavier.
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-04-2012, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone for the info I think ill look for a 14' I've already got a brake controller, so its just finding the right trailer now

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thanks everyone for the info I think ill look for a 14' I've already got a brake controller, so its just finding the right trailer now
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