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    10-20-2011, 10:15 AM
  #21
Started
I am outside Jackson Hole, the pretty part.
Yep, it amazes me too, a 5 horse trailer will be loaded with 7 or 8 horses. They load them like sardines, they pop out just fine. I am always amazed how they will load up a bunch and not even tie them. UGH
     
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    10-20-2011, 06:04 PM
  #22
Trained
Dunoir, I'm confused by your info as well. I drive a 2007 and 2010 Dodge 2500 shortbox and I have a 2010 Featherlite 4 horse trailer with a square front and it tows just fine with both my trucks, the trailer company, who has been in buiness forever never saw an issue with it and neither did the hitch company. Strange
     
    10-20-2011, 07:35 PM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by FGRanch    
Dunoir, I'm confused by your info as well. I drive a 2007 and 2010 Dodge 2500 shortbox and I have a 2010 Featherlite 4 horse trailer with a square front and it tows just fine with both my trucks, the trailer company, who has been in buiness forever never saw an issue with it and neither did the hitch company. Strange
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    10-20-2011, 07:37 PM
  #24
Foal
My Dodge is a crew cab 2500 diesel 04, so maybe it had to do with the year. Im fine turning, backing, etc, but I do have to be cateful when in tight spots. I sure didnt like hitting the frame and breaking the window.
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    10-20-2011, 09:02 PM
  #25
Yearling
Thanks for all of the responses, very informative!
Re the last few posts, there are different sized short boxes. I believe the 'standard' size dodge w 4 full doors is 6.5 ft, while the chevy is 5.8 ft. I have never personally seen a dodge with the 5.8, although they may exist.
I may have to wait until after the holidays to install the hitch, but I will let you know if I end up needing the extension or not. :)
     
    10-20-2011, 09:47 PM
  #26
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I wouldn't be pulling that trailer with that truck.Not only because of the small short box but you would be pushing the pulling capacity of that truck.
     
    10-20-2011, 11:53 PM
  #27
Yearling
Truck weight: 5210lbs
Trailer wt: 5148lbs (max wt rating 7385lbs)
GCWR: 13,000lbs
Truck wt + trailer wt: 10,358lbs
But that is empty. Pretty freakin tight I think....
     
    10-21-2011, 02:47 PM
  #28
Trained
That's what I've heard, too. (I tow a 4-horse slant gooseneck w/a full sized bed doolie.) Maybe a friend could spot you in an empty parking lot making turns and let you know if he or she sees any problems. That way you'll know if you need to be careful, or not. I understnad that sometimes you can lose your back window turning too sharp. You'll have to give us an update. =D
     
    10-23-2011, 05:14 PM
  #29
Yearling
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
with a short bed you've got to be really careful because you can hit the cab of the truck w/ the trailer.
That. ^^

I know someone who did that and smashed the window out of the back/cab of the truck.
     
    10-23-2011, 07:19 PM
  #30
Green Broke
I've had very little problems with my shortbed f-250 pulling my Trail-Et 2 horse straight load!
     

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