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    10-13-2011, 07:01 PM
I wouldn't take a chance on mashing the truck cab. B&W (gooseneck hitch mfg.) makes an extension for the hitch on your trailer. A friend bought one for his race car trailer. I think it was pretty easy to install.

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    10-13-2011, 07:51 PM
I may look into an extension. Unfortunately, the trailer is an older model, and the coupler is one solid piece, not a sleeve. So I will need some custom weld work done. This is getting expensive! Lol
    10-14-2011, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
I may look into an extension. Unfortunately, the trailer is an older model, and the coupler is one solid piece, not a sleeve. So I will need some custom weld work done. This is getting expensive! Lol
Expensive? Doesn't that describe darn near everything to do with horses?
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    10-14-2011, 05:20 PM
The ball is directly over the rear axle. The truck is turned a bit in the photo and makes it look behind the axle, it isn't. All three of our short bed trucks have a goosneck plate directly over the rear axle.
    10-14-2011, 05:30 PM
A short bed I think will work better than a long bed. Because of the length of the back to the axle on a long bed may be to long for a trailer. And the shorter box means a shorter chassis which means... in theory its better on the frame, since your not bending it out.
    10-18-2011, 08:13 AM
I have a 2500 Dodge crew cab with a short bed, but it's not as short as yours. I pull a 2H GN that has the V nose, same as the set up shown in a previous post. I've been pulling the trailer with this truck for the past 4 years and I do have to watch when backing, parking etc. Last Dec, I turned too sharp and Bam! The nose hit the truck and broke out the back window. $400+ to replace it.

The trailer you got is a square nose and will NOT work with a short bed truck unless you get the extender and even then you will need to be careful. So think about your options and decide if you want to modify it or get a v nose trailer.
    10-19-2011, 06:36 PM
I tow a 3h w 8ft LQ with a short bed. I did add a hitch extension.It moved the trailer back about 9inches but yet keeps the weight over the ball. I can jack knife the trailer into places with out worry. It's called a SB1 Also easier to unhook and hook up.
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    10-19-2011, 07:08 PM
Firstly there is 2 sizes of short box trucks. We have 2 pickups.One is like yours the other is our 3/4 ton.Or 3/4 ton is the one we use for towing our GN.It has a bigger SB than our 1/2 ton.Our previous truck for towing was also the same,we have never had issues.I would be concerned though with the smaller box,I also would question the pulling capacity of your truck for pulling that trailer.
    10-19-2011, 11:44 PM
I am not sure where you got your information Dunoir, but I have towed plenty of square front goosenecks with a short bed chevy 1/2 ton truck. Have also pulled all kinds of goosenecks with a 1/2 ton chevy short bed and also a 3/4 ton chevy short bed. No issues at all.
My 3/4 ton Chevy crew cab has the exact same short bed box size as two of our 1/2 ton Chevy short box. Now, each manufacturer has different sizes for their short beds: dogde is different that ford that is different than chevy.
As far as not towing a square nose or pointed nose gooseneck with a short box truck, guess all the cowboys, outfitters and farmers in Wyoming have not read the same information that is being said here, everyone tows with short box trucks.
    10-20-2011, 07:46 AM
I probably should have qualified my statement, that with a Dodge you shouldn't haul a square nose GN. When I got my GN hitch installed, I was told by the owner of the company who has been working on horse trailers for over 30 years, said that because of where the axles are on the Dodge, you can't pull a square nosed GN. My trailer has a tapered nose, so I am able to pull it, but I can't do the kinds of turns that you can with a long bed. The original poster has a very short bedded truck, don't remember the model, but the bed is very short and the trailer has a square nose. She has been told by professionals that it won't work and needs to be adapted. So it's not just me saying she needs to make some adaptations.

I've done some riding in Wyoming (loved it!)and it always amazed me when I saw some of the rigs in use. I was impressed with the way they could load way more horses than the trailer was rated for, and they came out just fine. What part of Wyoming are you from? I did a bunch of week long trips, riding parts of the Pony Express trail, Oregon trail, Outlaw trail, and my favorite up in the Dunoir... where I got my screen name prettiest place in the world.

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