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    01-22-2012, 09:50 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Most people around here use diesels and I've never heard anyone laugh at or complain about their horses spooking due to the noise.

Joe, we know you like 1/2 ton gas motors and that's OK, I don't agree with you but it's your choice. What you don't need to do is make snide remarks when people ask about diesels or what what size pickup to buy when suggestions are anything other then a 1/2 ton.
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    01-23-2012, 01:29 AM
  #12
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My uncle uses a 4500 dodge, not sure of the model though. That thing is LOUD and it's never frightened any of our horses. If you want to, start it up around them a few times to get them used to the noise if it freaks them out.
     
    01-23-2012, 01:53 AM
  #13
Green Broke
Nothing wrong with diesels, Big diesels are great, Id like to have one. They are way more efficient than gas engines. Id like to see more light and medium duty diesels available.
I do take exception to the people that seem to think they know better than the engineers that actually design and build trucks and seem to think the only possible way to pull a horse trailer is with a large diesel. People ask questions about pulling a simple little bumper pull back and forth to the park and posters on here tell them that doing that with anything smaller than a Mac truck is a mortal sin. Companies like Ford put alot of research and testing into vehicle design and I tend to put more credence into their recommendations than what Billybob down the road says. People that post truck questions I tend to tell to read the owners manual or look up the specs and follow the manufacturers recommendation.
I also take exception to totally bogus false statements pulled out of thin air.
Those that make outlandish unsubstantiated claims shouldnt be upset when someone points them out.
Yep diesels are great, they make good tow engines, but lots and lots of people tow with gas engines in 1/2 and 3/4 ton vehicles everyday so "Everyone" doesnt tow with a diesel.
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    01-23-2012, 01:55 AM
  #14
Green Broke
I have a GMC Sierra and my horse whose scared of life itself doesn't care. I drive right past his turnout in it whenever the roads are too icky for me to use a non 4wheel drive vehicle and his only response is to start running around like an idiot because he's soooooo happy I came to see him.

I suppose it could be scary for a horse that's never heard a diesel engine but honestly..... the tractor at the barn is a heckuva lot louder and he hears that all the time, same with the 4wheeler.
     
    01-23-2012, 10:32 AM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
nothing wrong with diesels, Big diesels are great, Id like to have one. They are way more efficient than gas engines. Id like to see more light and medium duty diesels available.
I do take exception to the people that seem to think they know better than the engineers that actually design and build trucks and seem to think the only possible way to pull a horse trailer is with a large diesel. People ask questions about pulling a simple little bumper pull back and forth to the park and posters on here tell them that doing that with anything smaller than a Mac truck is a mortal sin. Companies like Ford put alot of research and testing into vehicle design and I tend to put more credence into their recommendations than what Billybob down the road says. People that post truck questions I tend to tell to read the owners manual or look up the specs and follow the manufacturers recommendation.
I also take exception to totally bogus false statements pulled out of thin air.
Those that make outlandish unsubstantiated claims shouldnt be upset when someone points them out.
Yep diesels are great, they make good tow engines, but lots and lots of people tow with gas engines in 1/2 and 3/4 ton vehicles everyday so "Everyone" doesnt tow with a diesel.
I don't get where I acted like I know everything? If anyone is that's you. And it's funny how your getting all worked up over a simple question I asked that has no harm intended. It was just how I worded the question but yes the majority of people do tow with a diesal. No reason to come on here and try to act like your gods gift to trucks.
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    01-23-2012, 10:45 AM
  #16
Green Broke
And try to tell ME about them when I drive them. If you like towing with a gas half ton or whatever, congrats! Go for it. But is there really any point to come on here and post snide remarks just because I wrote "I know mostly everyone tows with a diesal." are you jealous? Or...What? Funny how your the only one taking those few words out of proportion.
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    01-23-2012, 10:52 AM
  #17
Yearling
I pull my horse trailer with a honda accord.. I busted out the back window and ran the gooseneck in there.. so far the trunk hasnt come off and it pulls fine.. and it has a rice rocket exhaust and it scares my neighbors due to its blinding speed.. but not the horses
     
    01-23-2012, 12:08 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by gingerscout    
I pull my horse trailer with a honda accord.. I busted out the back window and ran the gooseneck in there.. so far the trunk hasnt come off and it pulls fine.. and it has a rice rocket exhaust and it scares my neighbors due to its blinding speed.. but not the horses
well 1 person has a sense of humor I guess..lol
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    01-23-2012, 12:29 PM
  #19
Showing
I've got a gas & a diesel (both fords), an '04 f350 7.3 and a '92 f250 w/a 460 engine. Both do a great job. I will say though that the old gas pickup is much easier on repair/maintenance costs and gets a fuzz better mpg.

I've not had any issue with the horses and reactions to either....both are pretty loud.
     
    01-23-2012, 05:53 PM
  #20
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Ram diesels along with most other ones are not to loud. And if so I don't think its loud enough to scare a jumpy horse.
     

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