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post #11 of 27 Old 04-27-2013, 04:05 PM
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I started with an F-250 with 5.7 v8. It did okay, but we found ourselves in a spot where we really needed 4 wheel drive.

Now we pull with an F350 crew cab 4x4 dually.....what a world of difference.

If you're going to pull a lot, then get a 1 ton and never look back....the dually really adds stability in the corners and like was said before, you don't know the trailers back there. No more white knuckles!

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post #12 of 27 Old 04-29-2013, 04:38 PM
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Currently I have a'94 3/4 ton Dodge 12 valve diesel. It's pretty great. I have an 88 Circle J 4 horse gooseneck. It's a really solid trailer & even when my power got pulled out (wiring got caught on my bumper hitch, oops) I had no problems stopping it. (Was hauling 1 horse at the time)

The last truck was a '95 1/2 ton dodge V8/318 the trailer was a 97 Logan 2 horse slant. It was the warmblood edition, so it was taller & wider. They handled really well together, even before I installed the brake assist in the truck.

A 1/2 ton truck is plenty if you're sticking with a 2 horse, but make sure you think of trailer weight, horse weight & tack when you check a potential trucks towing capacity.
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post #13 of 27 Old 04-30-2013, 06:33 AM
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I'd stick with a minimum 3/4 ton 4x4 extended or crew cab short or long bed preferably a diesel but an 8.1, v10 etc would be fine too. Think stronger rear end = more stability, bigger brakes = better stopping, bigger motor = pulling power. The 4x4 helps in wet grassy areas etc. It doesn't matter how safe you drive, at one time or another there will be an idiot pulling out in front of you doing 20 mph causing you to hit the brakes......They somehow just don't "see" you.

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post #14 of 27 Old 04-30-2013, 06:39 AM
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I have towed with a Ford Expedition with the factory installed tow package for years and love it. I add electronic brakes and sway bars for safety. The new Expeditions have a different engine that is much more efficient, but I am told that it tows AWESOME. I have a friend with a Dodge Aspen-that is awful. I guess the wheelbase is different than the Ford. I will stick with my Fords. Love them and it helps that one son is a Ford tech.

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post #15 of 27 Old 05-01-2013, 03:59 AM
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It really does depend on your towing needs. I've been looking for a bigger truck, but I don't like domestic trucks so it's a little harder to find a moderately priced foreign truck the way I would like. Trailering is not a huge concern for me so I am in no rush on the truck.

I have a 2-3 horse slant/stock trailer(bumper) that I pull fine with a 2000 RWD 3rd door 4.7 V8 Toyota Tundra. You can feel it with a full load on a steep hill on the back of the truck, but otherwise, for how often I trailer it works lovely.

I'd like to stick with Toyota because I find them more versatile than domestic trucks, though newer trucks from certain companies are getting much better, I still find Toyota to be my preferred maker.

If you want to tow bigger trailers and more horses, like others, I would suggest, at least, a half ton and if you get a fifth wheel hitch for gooseneck trailers, make sure it is a sliding hitch, so it will decrease the chances of having the front end of your trailer in your cab.
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post #16 of 27 Old 05-05-2013, 08:47 AM
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I tow with a F250 Diesel. I have the ext cab short bed. The first thing I did with the LQ is added a SB1 hitch extender.It sets the trailer back 9 inches and I don't have to worry about the trailer catching the cab. I had a F250 with a 5.4L and it did fine on the flat but I did a lot of mountain riding and the 5.4 didn't have enough to pull over the mountains..Both were 4x4's Agood thing to have if you park in fields etc.

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post #17 of 27 Old 05-06-2013, 09:12 AM
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I wish I had taken a picture of where I had to park at a trail confidence building event over the weekend. It was dry, the grass about 6 inches tall. They told me to park facing down hill. I asked the you "do you have a tractor to pull my 2wd out when its time to leave?" He said yes & that it was a solid field so it should be no problem. We did get out with no tractor, but I think only because I had 3 horses & a trailer shoving me downhill. It was really slow getting to the spot in he first place because of traction. If you have the option, get 4x4! Lol. It's embarrassing when you have to have another truck drag your sorry butt out of the field. My husband never thought I needed it, but recently he has finally realized its better to have overkill in a towing rig if you can afford it.
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post #18 of 27 Old 05-06-2013, 09:56 AM
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I wish I had taken a picture of where I had to park at a trail confidence building event over the weekend. It was dry, the grass about 6 inches tall. They told me to park facing down hill. I asked the you "do you have a tractor to pull my 2wd out when its time to leave?" He said yes & that it was a solid field so it should be no problem. We did get out with no tractor, but I think only because I had 3 horses & a trailer shoving me downhill. It was really slow getting to the spot in he first place because of traction. If you have the option, get 4x4! Lol. It's embarrassing when you have to have another truck drag your sorry butt out of the field. My husband never thought I needed it, but recently he has finally realized its better to have overkill in a towing rig if you can afford it.
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4x4 are good at times.But even a 4x4 will get stuck..Especially if your loaded...So don't feel bad about a tractor pulling you out... A lot of it is also what type of tread your tires have.

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4x4 are good at times.But even a 4x4 will get stuck..Especially if your loaded...So don't feel bad about a tractor pulling you out... A lot of it is also what type of tread your tires have.
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post #20 of 27 Old 05-06-2013, 04:56 PM
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I have a 3/4ton 4x4 suburban 454 big block 7.4L v8... My only pitfall in it is you have to have a BP trailer; but, it is honestly such a kush ride... I have a big family and if one person goes you're likely to attract everyone else into going out. When hauling my larger 1990 ww 2H BP with large dressing room you can hardly tell it's behind you, especially with the power breaks on the trailer. In one of my older (much smaller) trailers the power breaks went out but, it was so small and light when hauling behind the 3/4 ton you could hardly tell.

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