02-10-2013, 01:15 PM
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Using a 1/2 ton PU to pull a 3 horse gooseneck?
First of all, I know that this question has been debated ad nauseum in this forum and many others. I also agree that the bigger the truck the better and that a 3/4 ton truck is far better for towing a 3 horse GN trailer than is any 1/2 ton truck. I get all of that. But here is my situation. I recently purchased a beefed up 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Big Horn 4 x4. Since I planned to tow a 2 horse bumper pull horse trailer with the truck, I got every tow friendly option available on the Dodge Ram. The truck has a factory rated towing capacity of 10,050 lbs. And a payload capacity of 1,400. About a week ago, a friend of mine offered to sell me his 3 horse Featherlite GN trailer for a ridiculously low amount. He is getting out of the horse business and doesn't really need the money. So, he is willing to give me a super deal. The trailer has a rated weight (empty) of 5,000 lbs. With 3 horses (at 1,000 lbs each) and 1,000 lbs. Of equipment, the total weight of 9,000 lbs is still below the rated capacity of my 1/2 ton Dodge Ram. I can afford to purchase the horse trailer, but am not in a financial position to trade my new truck in on a 3/4 ton. I don't haul a lot, but probably 10 to 15 times each year. Most of my hauling is within 60 miles. Once in a while, I may go as far as 200 miles. I live in the midwest, so most of the hauling is on flat ground. So, my question is, should I buy the trailer knowing that I won't be able to upgrade my truck for a few years? If I buy the 3 horse, I will have to sell my 2 horse because I only have space for one trailer. Thoughts?