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  • Best truck for infrequent horse towing
  • Can any type of jeep pull a 2 horse trailer?

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    02-06-2012, 08:55 PM
Green Broke
I just saw a dodge dakota with a 5.9L engine, not sur eif the rest of the truck will do it, youd have to look up the stats, I know jeeps are built like tanks, lots of the wagoneers, cherrokee, commanche pickup truck models have 318's to 360 ci engines. Plenty of torque. Can take a good hitsh and have no problems with 2 horse trailers.
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    02-07-2012, 10:37 AM
Green Broke
Perhaps an F150? I've seem them pull goosenecks...wait what am I doing?!?!


I'd get a 90's model GM 1500...they are fairly narrow.
    02-07-2012, 03:58 PM
Green Broke
Buy a tax payer funded truck?

You're kidding right?

No Government motors products for me, shame they took the money.
    02-07-2012, 04:23 PM
    02-15-2012, 01:22 PM
I got an F150 ecoboost that is set up to pull 9800 lbs and I only pull about 5500 with my full two horse. I only haul short distances and infrequently and it does great. I have hauled my friends 3 horse with 1-2 horses in it short distance and it still performs great. But it's not really a narrow truck.

Around here we seem to see allot of SUV's pulling 2 horses, cherokees, pathfinders(what I used to have and I refused to tow with) and ford SUV's. Most of the big trucks I see are set up for mudding and have huge lift kits. I don't know why anyone would ruin a perfectly good towing vehicle ;) My friend has an f350 turbo charged diesel(any more info I'd have to ask for). I swear she could pull a hose with that thing and it's got a full sized bed on's a land yatch to me LOL.
    02-15-2012, 02:24 PM
Its not the "towing" that you need the size for its the STOPPING. That's where a lot of people loose control. The other instance in a bumper pull is that it starts swaying behind the vehicle and it creates enough momentum to jerk the back end of the vehicle around....look at how many people tow those giant mobile homes with small trucks....and are wrecked on side of the road because the trailer got to swaying and the truck didnt have enough weight. Hauling live animals adds sway and movement to any trailer, and that is all magnified when it goes through the hitch and into the rear of the vehicle.

I tow something somewhere everyday, I live and work on a huge farm. Something is always hooked to me. I have a two horse bumper pull and I always pull it with my 3500 duallie or my 2500 diesel excursion or I have a 3500 suburban I put a Cummins in and beefed up everything in it. It does great towing and weighs 8450lb on its own. It has enough "butt" to hold anything I ask it to tow with a bumper hitch. Id rather be 'overkill' than underkill when my babies are back there.
    02-15-2012, 04:10 PM
Green Broke
Every truck and suv sold comes with an owners manual or you can look it up online. All will list the safe towing capacity, stay well below that and you are fine. Horse trailers stop because they are required by law to have working brakes, not because of the weight of the tow vehicle. Claiming you must have a F35O to STOP a trailer is ridiculous.
That dually F 350 weighs 7800lbs, so I guess by your logic it can only tow a 7000 lb trailer ? Since it is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo unsafe to pull a 3500 lb load with a 4400 lb Ford explorer ?
Follow the manufacturers ratings. They are easy enough to look up.
    02-15-2012, 08:31 PM
Green Broke
There are a lot of variables that impact how well a vehicle will tow and how well it will tow a particular trailer. Looking at the GCVW of a rig will only tell you part of the story and you can certainly get yourself in trouble by just going off of it. That's why most of use recommend using a vehicle that is specifically designed to tow heavy loads, which will be a 3/4 ton and larger. Even with them you can get in trouble, just less likely. That means, for the average person who doesn't know these factors, they are a better vehicle to buy.

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