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View Poll Results: Which truck should I get?
Dodge 1500 4 23.53%
Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 5 29.41%
Ford F150 8 47.06%
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post #11 of 18 Old 06-30-2012, 01:18 PM
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Ford, and if for no other reason, because they didn't take, and aren't owned by the government.

The federal government owns 26% of General Motors stock.

I'll never own another GM or Dodge. PERIOD.

Bail out my behind.

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post #12 of 18 Old 06-30-2012, 01:42 PM
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Ford, and if for no other reason, because they didn't take, and aren't owned by the government.

The federal government owns 26% of General Motors stock.

I'll never own another GM or Dodge. PERIOD.

Bail out my behind.
Bingo, prior to the bailout I was ambivalent to what manufacture I owned. I did steer clear of Dodge because they got worse MPG and lower power than the other two before coming out with a Hemi truck engine. Post bailout, I'm a pure Ford man.

Now for the OP. I advise everyone to steer clear of 1/2 tons and most SUV's for towing livestock. Why? They'll do it but just are not as stoutly built as heavier trucks. That means they are harder stop due to smaller brakes, more likely to break down and have catastrophic failures.

These suck while pulling an RV but your RV doesn't get career ending injuries from being tossed around. Your RV doesn't mind getting left beside the road while your rig is towed off for repairs. Your RV doesn't get hungry or thirsty while waiting for rescue. If your rear axle decided to exit the axle (quite possible with 1/2 tons) and you get in a wreck, the RV doesn't have to be "put down" due to injuries from the ensuing accident they just get hauled to the junkyard and you are out a few dollars.
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post #13 of 18 Old 06-30-2012, 07:39 PM
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Darrin has it.

Go with a truck that's a little bigger than what you need, not, a little smaller.

You'll also enjoy towing with it more than using an under sized truck.

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post #14 of 18 Old 07-03-2012, 02:01 PM
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I would look to see what your trailer weighs un-loaded then loaded. I use a Ram 3500 DRW and a goose neck hitch three horse slant.
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post #15 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 10:40 PM
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Definitely ford. I just bought a new f150 after MONTHS of debating which truck to get. It is so great with the trailer and it's so COMFORTABLE.
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post #16 of 18 Old 07-18-2012, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for all the replies and poll votes! You guys have been such a big help! I am still unsure what to do, I may just give up on competing as a junior...I don't know..Thanks for the help though guys!!

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post #17 of 18 Old 07-18-2012, 11:28 AM
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I have an F150 V6 ecoboost, get 17-19 in town, upwards of 25 hwy and about 15 pulling my light two horse with two big bodied TB's in it. I have 9,500 lbs of towing capacity and only pull about 6,000 and it's very comfortable, no trouble at all stopping. The max tow package offers 11,000 towing but it was hard to find that in our area with the supercrew and I really didn't need it.

It really depends on what F150 your looking at.

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post #18 of 18 Old 07-26-2012, 09:30 AM
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Make sure you have a brake controller. Either way you look at it, horses cost a ton!
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