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post #11 of 20 Old 06-28-2013, 06:28 AM
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I personally love my Ram 1500. I have no doubt in my mind that it will haul a loaded two horse easily when I finish some brake, tranny upgrade, etc fixes. Though, I only get 8mpg city currently D:

I'd place Dodge, GMC, Chevy, and Ford as last just as the trucks themselves. I haven't hauled with any of them yet, but truthfully, with proper upkeep and weight limits not tested and good brakes, I can't see any of them having too many issues due to hauling..except Ford, I just don't like the trucks, lol.

But, my next truck will be a brand new Dodge diesel, as soon as I make enough for the monthly payments, haha.
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post #12 of 20 Old 06-28-2013, 06:32 AM
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haha True that Iseul!!
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post #13 of 20 Old 06-28-2013, 08:16 AM
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disregard anyone that says "A" half ton will or wont pull anything. There is no such thing as "A" half ton. thier capabilities run from near zero towing to 10,000 lbs.
You need to know the weight of the load you are towing and the specification for the exact truck you are looking at. Generally you can look the tow rating up online. To do that you will need to know at minimum the engine size. (SIZE not number of cylinders) and rear axle ratio. Usually listed in door as an axel code, again you may have to look it up online.
For instance a 2004 with a 4.6 Liter V8, and 3.31 rear gears will get 20 mpg highway. And cant pull a little red wagon.
A 08 Ford F150, with a 5.4 Liter VB has over 100 more horsepower, combine that with 4.10 gears and max tow package and I could easily handle my 2 horse aluminum gooseneck loaded to about 6000 lbs.
Also the 1990 ish to 1996 F150's had a 300ci (5.0 iter) straight 6 cylinder in them that are great tow vehicles up to about 5000lbs.
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post #14 of 20 Old 06-28-2013, 09:53 AM
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Joe has given the best advice yet. It isn't about the brand so much, you do still need to do research and check out reviews and recalls. But you need to look at all the specs and really understand what they mean. Do not ask the dealership what they mean as they will do anything to sell a truck.

We have an 04 f150 it's the v8. I don't know all the specifics of it as it is my bf's truck but I do know it has a tow rating of 8,000lbs. It was picked out specifically for towing ability then gas mileage. That said we won't tow anything more than 2 horses with it.

But the majority of the half ton trucks out there should be able to tow that trailer if you buy one that has the specifics to do so.
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post #15 of 20 Old 06-28-2013, 10:06 AM
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There are lots of things that will and won't pull. :) Plenty of big trucks with the wrong gearing/rear ends. I'm partial to diesels since that's what we always had on the ranch. However, I can't afford to buy one, so I'm using my dad's 1996 Land Rover discovery. Rated to pull 8,000 lbs, shown in the manual towing a bloody yacht. You wouldn't think to pull a trailer with something like that. I am only pulling an aluminum 2 horse with one horse in it, and I don't think I'd be comfortable pulling anything heavier, despite the high tow rating.

One other comment: Put in the brake box for your trailer brakes!!! I forgot to tune my brakes before I pulled out the other morning and slid all the way down the driveway while standing on the brake pedal (slowly, though), so I'm definitely not safe without mine. Unless your vehicle is specifically for towing, the brakes are not meant to stop a loaded trailer, and even then, the manufacturer probably assumes you'll use trailer brakes.

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post #16 of 20 Old 06-28-2013, 10:24 AM
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Joe's info is the best, here. We haul a 3 horse just fine with our 1/2 ton (350 Vortec), 3/4 ton after-market rear-end. Of course, one of our horses is a 300 lb pony. ;)
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post #17 of 20 Old 06-28-2013, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input. I do like ford a lot. But it just depends how things roll over the next few months. I am working on my car now and doing what other people said about things it could be that is making it do what it does. So I have started to save and hope to get one this coming fall once I know for sure what truck I would like.
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post #18 of 20 Old 06-28-2013, 02:21 PM
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i'll be the odd man out:

i drive a 3/4ton chevy w/ diesel (diesel has been more expensive for past 10+ years at least, anytime i've seen it at least)

but I would say look at the toyotas, you can still get a good truck, bit better milage, and will do fine hauling a small trailer without a ton of hills
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post #19 of 20 Old 06-28-2013, 02:29 PM
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Finally something is cheaper in BC!!! Diesel is $1.33 per litre, gas is $1.41. With all the DOT checks here & rigs being pulled off the road, I don't risk pulling even a utility trailer without a 3/4 ton, it's ridiculous!
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post #20 of 20 Old 08-04-2013, 11:41 PM
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When I say this I want you to understand where I am coming from, I have over a million miles of towing experience in everything from a Jeep with an inline 6 to a Semi grossed out at 137,000 lbs.

You could get a half ton, and it would work for towing the trailer however the issue I have with a half ton is that in any make you are going to have a semi floating rear axle. The issue with a semi floating rear axle is if you bust a clip or an axle shaft the tire comes off the vehicle, and that can make for a very bad day especially if you are towing your trailer when it happens.

If you are looking for a deal I would look seriously at the 91-95 chevy/gmc trucks. the TBI 350 is a **** good motor, in a 3/4 ton you can get a 4L80E and 16" tires and a full floating rear end, and those trucks can be had for 4 grand or less with a reasonable amount of mileage on them.

I have had several of them in that body style and have worked the dog snot out of them and they have always performed well for me. Even the 6.5 is not a bad engine and gets good mileage, but it has some quirks you will need to make yourself familiar with if you are going to run one. Otherwise you will wind up very frustrated.

If you were to go newer into a 96-00 I would recommend going with the Vortec 454, not the 350, the 350 in these years had issues with the intake manifold gaskets sealing, they will lead water into the crank case and eat the bearings.

As well with a 3/4 ton you do get much better brakes, which means if for what ever reason your trailer brakes fail your truck will be much more capable of stopping.

The final note on that is a 3/4 or 1 ton is going to get the same fuel mileage, going with a 1 ton would mean in the future if you so have the need to get a larger trailer, IE taking friends on a trip with horses and a borrowed trailer, it will open a lot of doors to things you can do.

Another thing to consider may be having a dedicated tow rig, and then getting an econobox for a daily driver so you can go see your horse with out breaking the budget.
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