I actually picked out this truck with a few trailers in mind! When I decided my little v6 nissan frontier wasn't cutting it, I started doing my truck research, and researched trailers/weights of them to help me pick out my truck. When I bought this truck, I had in mind my next trailer to be 3000-3600lbs from the research I had done. So I went with a 2010 f150 with the 5.4L in it, its rated for 8100lbs.
I bought it with in mind to just be upgrading to a larger BP, I figured it wouldn't cut it for a GN and my dad agrees, and I'm ok with that. one I bought doesn't have as big of a rear end that the 150's CAN come with and I'm sure thats why it wouldn't cut it for a GN. I love my truck though and I live in the city so I really can't imagine having a BIGGER truck lol! So I bought it with having in mind what type of trailer I wanted next, now just have to pick out the actual one!
I try to follow a 80% rule, like not towing more then 80% of what its capable of, not sure if thats a silly rule to go by, I just read it a few times and it made sense to not tax my truck everytime I'm towing.
So by that rule my trailer + horse could be 6480 lbs, then with a 3500 lb trailer I'm left with the 2980. My horse weighs about 1200, so just my horse and tack keeps me well below that but with plenty of room I think for a friends horse on occasion. I'm sure if on few occasions I went over my 80% rule I wouldn't kill my truck either though, I follow the rule big time for the tires though, NOT going to put more weight on those then what they say thats for sure.
they deal or you walk out the door to find another and a sale is lost...not happening in most places.
Ha thats totally my dads moto when buying things, he helped me buy my first two cars and when they wouldn't deal with us we left...they called within 24 hours to get us back in there! My last three vehicle purchases I actually made without him, just followed his rules and got great deals. I wish USAA had a trailer buying program like they do with cars...
I'm still debating if I do want to finance or not actually. Once I get my taxes back, and from selling my current trailer I should have 7000-8000 in cash...I was just thinking of paying off some other stuff with that and having a few thousand left for down payment. Right now I just have my mortgage, truck payment and one credit card (which would be getting paid off before buying a trailer) so I guess thats why I thought about financing too...Paying one thing off in full, having a good downpayment leftover and getting what I want sooner haha.
I have friends who have a beautiful LQ aluminum gooseneck, brand new... going to Congress to compete the hitch ripped out of it and the frame racked... manufacturer fixed it... 6 months no trailer, returned and it did it again...manufacturer now gave them a brand new trailer... verdict is out.
They are looking to go back to steel, they've had it!! That is their experience and not one that is common but....IDK...
Wow that is crazy, your poor friend! Its kind of hard to decide between alum/steel...my current trailer is a little rusty, pretty much all surface, but its just gross looking to me and I'm always worried it could get worse :(
I appreciate all your advice! Part of me wants to just keep using my little clunker trailer...and save more...I dunno! Its so tiny and rusting and old :( Guess I'm partially wanting to sell it too before the floors need replacing. I've pretty much replaced everything in it BUT the floors and right now I have it parked at my dog grooming shop, on grass/gravel...so not ideal for parking a trailer. If I get a new one I think I'll just pay the little extra to park it where I board because it would be a much more trailer friendly environment. I check the floors pretty often though, like prodding the underside and topside with a screw driver, and for now they're still pretty darn solid.