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post #21 of 31 Old 05-21-2010, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by maura View Post

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.

Yes I did mean 1/2 ton thx for catching that

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post #22 of 31 Old 05-21-2010, 11:03 AM
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05 and newer 1/2 tons have been given bigger brakes and most have all wheel disc, abs, built in hitches, prewired for brake control, trans tow and many other advances. Buy the longest bed/cab you can and use weight dist, sway control, properly set up electric brakes, towing will good. Factory installed tow mirrors are worth every $$.
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post #23 of 31 Old 05-27-2010, 04:39 PM
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To the OP...

I tow with a V8 F150...its a 2000 model so it isnt new and isnt old...but it works for just one or two horses at a short distance but hell it sucks gas like crazy...I will not run the AC when towing...lol but im a penny pincher when it comes to gas...

You should be fine with a half ton if you dont have to go ridiculously far...i wouldnt use it for anything more then 100 miles though...i only go about 20 miles to the trails with mine...

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post #24 of 31 Old 06-07-2010, 06:59 PM
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We pull our trailer with our Dodge Dakota quad cab, its not quite a 1/2 ton and I haven't had any problems and it has the total tow package and has a V8. Usually I am only towing Hunter, but occasionally we tow 2 smaller horses too. We are making the first trip up to our property in a week. Never taken the horse trailer up there but have taken tons of heavy loads with this truck. Hmmm I'm pretty sure I have a pict of the truck and trailer, will look at home. This is the trailer we are towing.

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post #25 of 31 Old 06-12-2010, 11:38 PM
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Red and Rad,

Your vehicle manufacturer specifies how much weight your vehicle can tow. Also, if you are using a gooseneck trailer, make sure you do not exceed the weight ratings on the tires of your tow vehicle
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you should be fine
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post #27 of 31 Old 06-15-2010, 08:40 AM
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This what I am towing with
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post #28 of 31 Old 06-15-2010, 09:56 AM
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I just got an aluminum 2000 Collin-Arndt 2 horse slant with a large dressing room. The title lists the empty weight at 1850. I'm pulling it with a 2004 Dodge Ram 4x4 with the Hemi motor and factory towing package. I barely know it's back there. With both horses and all the tack and camping supplies, I'm figuring it will be right at 4400 pounds. Best I remember, my truck is capable of pulling 6000. My only complaint is the 12 miles per gallon when I'm pulling everything.
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post #29 of 31 Old 07-03-2010, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Alrighty, so I've heard the words "toung weight" (forgive my spelling) & I have been told it's the weight the trailer puts on your tow vehicle instead of the actual complete weight of the trailer. I'm not sure of that made any sense, but does anyone what I'm talking about?
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post #30 of 31 Old 07-05-2010, 10:29 AM
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It the amount of weight your bumper hitch can handle with it affecting your over all rig...Your trailer should always be level for the best tow.
HowStuffWorks "Calculating Tongue Weight"

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