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    07-21-2012, 05:24 PM
  #21
Weanling
I pull with a 2005 Chevy Silverado 1/2 ton with tow package/electric braking. My trailer is a 2H Titan Avalanche III (galvanized steel). If my trailer were any bigger, I would want a bigger truck, but for my 2H with my two horses in it, no biggy. My older Kieffer was heavier, and while is was great with my horses or my friend's similar built horses, I once had my mare and my friend's Clyde/QH in it and with the heavier boy, I could tell the difference, so I think with that trailer, I was borderline for where I wanted to be with truck/trailer weight ratio.
     
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    07-22-2012, 05:53 AM
  #22
Yearling
2006 Dodge Ram Cummins turbo diesel. This was a VERY good year. About 120,000 on her. Just pulled 8,000lbs over the mountains to Eugene. Takes about 3 1/2 hrs. 65 MPH (or more) and she never skips a beat. And got 18 MPG :) This truck is a freakin beast!! A work hog for sure. The only thing that ever went out was a lifter pump. Not really a big deal, compared to a motor or tranny.
     
    07-22-2012, 06:26 PM
  #23
Yearling
2000 Dodge 2500, Cummins engine and extended box (which is *amazing* for hauling extra hay, the water tank, and such that won't fit in the trailer, but matched with the extended cab and oversized tires that the previous owner modded it for, makes it fun to park alone, much less with a trailer attached.)

And the trailer is a Sundowner 3-horse slant with a tack room. I don't recall the specific model, but I absolutely love it -- the ceiling is higher than the norm (I don't recall the exact height, but my high-headed 16hh boy's ears barely brush the ceiling), the dividers are removable (I only have one horse that fits in the 'stalls', and she fell once and got trapped under them, so no more dividers), the bar between the two doors is removable (helpful for cleaning and reluctant horses), there's lights everywhere (in the tack room, in the horse area, and right outside both doors), and there's a collapsible rear tack area. The main tack area was modified by the previous owners -- they put a mattress and curtains up in the gooseneck, and wired the tack room with fluorescent lighting and such, so it has mini living quarters. (It even came with a mini-fridge. )


The truck pulls well -- we pull a lot of hills and our driveway alone is nearly vertical, rough dirt/gravel, but she hardly skips a beat. MPG isn't pretty though, and diesel is expensive. And the loud truck (especially when it starts/shuts off) makes some horses nervous.
     
    07-22-2012, 07:33 PM
  #24
Trained
I have a 2000 Chevy 2500 with the 6.0 liter engine. While I may cry when I go to the gas station, I am very glad I overbought in terms of truck size. Unlike my friends with 1/2 ton trucks who complain about swaying on the highway when trucks go by and some sticky stopping situations, I have no such problems. I currently have a BP but can upgrade easily to a GN if I want to. Took me a year to find a good used truck, but I'm glad I did.
     

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