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post #1 of 24 Old 07-17-2012, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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What do you pull with?

So I was wondering what everyone uses to pull their trailers and what kind of trailer it is. We are in the market for a new truck. Our has a towing capacity of 6000lbs. Opps. It does the job but with my one horse on it I have very little room for extras. My trailer fully loaded with only one horse I have about 150-300lbs to spare.

So my parents and I are in the market, on the forum there was a previous thread about my parents and I and to be clear I will contribute a large chunk of money into the truck.

We now have a sundowner 2h straight load, + dressing room with all the extras you can get. But shortly we will move to a slightly bigger trailer, Iím hoping to find a nice 3h slant with dressing room.

And I know each person has preferences and some people have good and bad experiences with certain types of cars so I thought if I post on here I would get way more feed back a lot faster then asking people as I see them.
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post #2 of 24 Old 07-17-2012, 08:08 AM
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I have a 2003 Ford 250 and my trailer is a 1982 Kingston 2horse bumper pull.
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post #3 of 24 Old 07-17-2012, 08:11 AM
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We have a 2010 Chevy 2500 HD Vortec. Its a big ass truck.

And i love it.

We haul 3 horses (1000# to 1200#) in a Titan Avalanche II bumper pull. And it hauls like a dream. With the trailer fully loaded, we barely feel the trailer. It was kind of scary coming from a stock trailer and non-vortec engine. I was always afraid id lost the trailer. Lol.

I couldnt be happier with what weve got. Cost a pretty penny though...
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post #4 of 24 Old 07-17-2012, 03:29 PM
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I have a 2011 F150 v6 ecoboost and pull a 85' Cotner 2 horse bp. This truck would not work for what you do but it works really well for what I need.

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post #5 of 24 Old 07-17-2012, 03:53 PM
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My truck is an antique and I love it! We had an '05 Ford 1 ton diesel that spent more time in the shop than out, sold it and bought an old truck and new (to me) trailer.

Truck is a '92 F-250 with a 460 engine, she's a beast. Didn't plan to buy something so 'aged' but it was a one owner with less than 40,000 miles on it. Runs like a top. Trailer is an '06 Travalong Liberty 3H slant with dressing room that we plan to finish out ourselves. Neither are super fancy, nice enough though and get the job done. Best part, I don't owe a dime on either one

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post #6 of 24 Old 07-17-2012, 09:40 PM
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I pull my 2 horse bumper pull trailer with my 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Currently I'm looking to upgrade my trailer to a stock trailer that will hold all my horses, and only change to my truck will be a class three or four reese hitch.
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post #7 of 24 Old 07-19-2012, 12:47 AM
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I don't ever recommend half tons myself but plenty use them. Going to a 3 horse with a decent dressing room will definately put you into a three quarter ton and heavier pickup.

I have a '96 F350 4x4 with the 7.3L powerstroke diesel pulling a 3 horse slant. Lets just say it doesn't know there's a load back there.
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My truck is an antique and I love it! We had an '05 Ford 1 ton diesel that spent more time in the shop than out, sold it and bought an old truck and new (to me) trailer.
Sounds like you had the 6.0L diesel which was a disaster for FORD and buyers from day one. I don't know a single person who bought one that didn't have continous problems with it. Heck, my cousin owns one still (not sure why) and it breaks down darn near every time he hooks a trailer to it.
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We use a 2003 GMC 1 ton dually 4x4 to pull a 96 4 horse slant 4 Star, and a 01 4 horse slant 4 Star with a mid tack and living quarters. The truck definitely knows the bigger trailer is back there in the hills, but it still gets the job done.

We had to replace the motor in the truck though, at 100,394 miles. It was the first model with the Duramax and Allison transmission, which had to be repaired but was covered by a recall. So my advice would be to avoid any truck that was the first or second year for a new engine or transmission. Once they work out the bugs, most trucks will be pretty decent.
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Sounds like you had the 6.0L diesel which was a disaster for FORD and buyers from day one. I don't know a single person who bought one that didn't have continous problems with it. Heck, my cousin owns one still (not sure why) and it breaks down darn near every time he hooks a trailer to it.
It was Darrin, I hated that darn truck. It was low mileage, thought we'd be okay...not so much. I think it made a shop expense record, more than 8 grand into it in a single year. I was not sad at all to see it go. It was really pretty and had all the options but what good is that when it's in the shop more than on the road? If we ever get another diesel it will be a 7.3

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