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post #11 of 24 Old 07-19-2012, 02:24 PM
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I use an F800 no worries about getting pushed around
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post #12 of 24 Old 07-19-2012, 02:59 PM
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since yo are already at 6000 lbs with only one horse, you definitely need to move up the scale, Properly equipped 150's seem to do well as long as the weight stays down around 5k or below. Many 2 horse bumper pulls, or stock combo's especially aluminum only weigh about 2000 to 3000, but as you are finding out once you start adding the tall, extra features, dressing room, really starts adding up. Terrain can effect things as well. I plan on moving from a 2 horse aluminum gooseneck to a 3 horse with about a 6-8 foot dressing room, will add a bathroom and shower in the third stall, so will mainly be a 2 horse distance 3 horse in a pinch trailer, aluminum
I drove fords since I was 16, this last one (2007 5.4 L) I was less than impressed, long term known defects, like sparkplugs that either blow out or break off in the heads, crappy exhaust manifold studs that break, few other issues. Also the 6.0 Ford diesel is universally hated by anyone other than someone that makes their living fixing them. Yeh there are a few out there people like but reliability rating is terrible. The 6.4's were better but suck fuel like there is no tomorrow. Ford got their act together with the new 6.7, but it is so new, no used out there and they are god awful expensive. Soooooo I just bought a 2006 Dodge 2500 off road, Cummings Turbo diesel.

2006 was last year of high gas mileage, the emmision laws changed adding particle filters that killed fuel mileage, some now even require exhaust fluids to keep it clean, lots of issues with all three manufactureres. They do work but mileage suffered.
2006 Dodge got the bugs worked out of their tranny issues. So far I am pretty happy. The truck itself doesnt seem to be the quality or fit of the ford, but good lord it is easy to work on, I open the hood I see an engine, the frame to body had plenty of room that putting in gooseneck was much easier. And the power is unbelievable. I have 250 miles on this last tank and am still over 1/2 tank, will dod th emath but seems to be getting good mileage. ? I have about 20 years experience with cummings marine and generator engines so am very familiar with them, opening the hood there seems to be nothing I cant do at home, but if you want my advice if you are specifically going shopping for a tow vehicle especially one that wont need to double as a commuter, I would shop real hard for a Ford 2001-2003 7.3L diesel, or a 2005 to 2006 Dodge Cummings . I wouldnt even consider a GMC, cant say about real recent, but the late 90's are so cheap made pieces fall off them as they run down the road. early 2000 era ones we have at work seem to stay in the shop and again seem cheap made. I will admit the newer ones seem much better but I have no experience one way or the other with them.
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post #13 of 24 Old 07-19-2012, 03:00 PM
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We have a Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 with a 5.7 liter Hemi engine. We're not pulling anything big, just a BP stock trailer.
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post #14 of 24 Old 07-19-2012, 03:13 PM
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we have a 2006 F350 to pull a CM 4 horse slant gooseneck

and a 2007 Ram 3500 dually to pull a 4 horse slant w/ full living quarters

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post #15 of 24 Old 07-19-2012, 03:45 PM
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What do I pull with?

I pull with a 1994 Clyde, one horse, all hoof drive, 1 1/8 ton.
We don't pull anything big just a 6 person waggonette.
He actually produces his own gas.
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post #16 of 24 Old 07-19-2012, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton View Post
What do I pull with?

I pull with a 1994 Clyde, one horse, all hoof drive, 1 1/8 ton.
We don't pull anything big just a 6 person waggonette.
He actually produces his own gas.
LOL Taffy, he is gorgeous!
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post #17 of 24 Old 07-20-2012, 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton View Post
What do I pull with?

I pull with a 1994 Clyde, one horse, all hoof drive, 1 1/8 ton.
We don't pull anything big just a 6 person waggonette.
He actually produces his own gas.
You forgot to mention that he comes standard with a fully independent suspension and a paint job that never wears out.
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post #18 of 24 Old 07-20-2012, 08:04 AM
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I started pulling with a 1984 F-250 two wheel drive. Last year I bought the wife a 99 F-350 dual rear wheel, crew cab, 4x4 with a 7.3 liter diesel.

What a world of difference....towing is actually fun, and like Darrin, I don't know the trailer is back there.....

I went to a 4x4 after the two wheel drive failed to make it up a mountain in the Cohutta's of north Georgia. Six inches of fresh gravel and a steep slope made things quite interesting for awhile.

About the only negatives are the turning radius, and of course, the higher maintenance cost of the diesel.

I thought about adding a wench to the front, but with the combined weight of the truck, trailer, horses, and gear it would have to be a large one. So far, with the 4x4, I'm not sure I need one.

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post #19 of 24 Old 07-20-2012, 10:47 AM
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I use a 5.3 chevy silverado crew cab and pull a 2 horse slant / stock combo. It weighs 2500 lbs and I can put 3 horses in if I need.
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post #20 of 24 Old 07-21-2012, 02:07 PM
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The issue can be not If you can pull it but can you Stop it, especially in an unplanned circumstance. It is not much fun to get pushed into an intersection or an accident happening in front of you on the freeway. Living quarter trailers get awful heavy quickly when loaded for a trip with horses, hay and stuff. We use a freightliner to pull our 4 horse (3 horses) and though at times it seems like a lot of truck it has been a godsend a couple of times.
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