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post #11 of 31 Old 05-18-2010, 06:38 PM
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All great things to think about.
It is V8 as far as I know.

I will double check with my hubby on that for sure.

maura, I will make sure to take all those things into consideration before we actually commit to this.
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post #12 of 31 Old 05-18-2010, 06:59 PM
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I actually found an ad that looks just like the trailer I am interested in. I believe it is even the same year.

1992 Circle J Horse Trailer for Sale in Tonasket, Washington WA - FREE Ads

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You can tow a 2h bp/gn with a 1/4 ton truck, but overall in the long run your better off getting the 3/4 ton. Less over all strain on the truck it self...Especaily in hilly areas. Most transmission's won't hold up even with the cooler. There made for towing boats smaller trailers..With a 3/4 ton you can upgrade to a bigger trailer withour worry...

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Wow. I didn't know there was more to it than towing capacity vs. weight. Thanks!
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Wow. I didn't know there was more to it than towing capacity vs. weight. Thanks!
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Go to www.horsetraileworld.com and read some of the threads on trailers and tow vehicles. There is a lot of great info on that site....

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Mingiz,

I'm assuming you meant a 1/2 ton, not a 1/4 ton, correct? Typo? Everything else is right on the money.

To the OP,

Another thing to consider is how many miles you're going to be hauling and on what kind of terrain. When I was hauling long distances every weekend and shorter ones during the week, I had a 3/4 ton and wouldn't have considered doing anything smaller. Now, I haul short distances once or twice a month with a 2h bp, so a beefed up 1/2 ton V8 works just fine.

A wise man once told me it's no how much weight a truck can pull, it's how much weight a truck can stop.
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A wise man once told me it's no how much weight a truck can pull, it's how much weight a truck can stop.
Isn't that the truth. Make absolutely sure that whatever truck and trailer combination you get, have electronic brakes installed. Almost all newer trailers come with them but if the trailer you are looking at doesn't not, you definitely want to have them.
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So I'm guessing a chevey silverado 1500 is completely out of the question? Wow you are really close!
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I would never tow with a half ton...........minimum is 3/4 ton....but since having a one ton diesel I would never go back to a 3/4 ton.

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Isn't that the truth. Make absolutely sure that whatever truck and trailer combination you get, have electronic brakes installed. Almost all newer trailers come with them but if the trailer you are looking at doesn't not, you definitely want to have them.
Where we live it is illegal to tow with out brakes if your trailer is over a certain weight I believe it is about 2500 lbs............so a horse trailer with a horse will most certainly put you over that limit. I believe this is the case for most places.

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Agreed. I know people who are casual about hooking up the trailer brakes; and I always thought it was insane.

I would never haul without the trailer brakes hooked up and working properly, and I also test and adjust them as I'm going down the driveway on my way out.

Super Nova, I also hear you about the truck size. I much prefer a 3/4 ton, and for anybody considering a tow vehicle that's what I advise. However, now that I'm not doing any teaching or competing, I have a two horse Ponderosa trailer, and I occassionally haul 15 - 20 miles to a friend's house or the local wildlife refuge to ride and that's it. For my light usage, a 1/2 ton is sufficient. Larger trailer, trailer with a tack room, hauling more often, hauling on difficult terrain = 3/4 ton or more.
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