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  • Can a v8 dakota pull a bumper pull 2 horse trailer
  • Can a 318 tow a ford ranger

 
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    01-29-2011, 10:02 PM
  #1
Weanling
What do you tow with?

I am looking to get a 2 horse, bumper pull trailer this spring, and will need to get a tow vehicle as well. I am hoping to get something 2000-2003 ( or earlier ) Since both vehicles are hypothetical at the moment ( although I have a lead on a trailer..) I am wondering what others use to tow bumper pull trailers? Any vehicles that work well? Any to avoid? What is YOUR tow vehicle?
     
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    01-29-2011, 11:47 PM
  #2
Yearling
I will answer this because I don't pull with the traditional full size pick up truck.
I have a full size Dodge Ram van 1500 that I use.
The pro is that if I go on an overnight trip I can sleep in the van. The con is that it is a pain trying to get my tack out of the back of the van because the doors only open at a 90 degree angle and then the trailer is in the way.

This is a good question because I have been wondering myself about a possible new vehicle. Of course a full size pick up would have no problem, but what about a mid size? Oh, let's say the 2007 Dodge Dakota V8 4.7 L 4x4 4 door w towing package, sunroof and heated leather seats that I have been eyeing????

Someone told me you have to consider the rear axle ratial, as well as the wheel base. So in other words, you don't want to pull with a small truck like a Ford Ranger not only because the truck is not rated for that much weight, but also because it is a very narrow truck thus lacking in stability on the highway. Am I right?
     
    01-29-2011, 11:51 PM
  #3
Yearling
I tow with a 3/4 ton GMC and I have a 2 horse straight haul and it pulls awesome you don't need anything bigger than a 1 ton if your pulling a small trailer and no less than a half ton
     
    02-02-2011, 09:47 AM
  #4
Foal
Does your van have a 318? Your 1500 is the same as a truck. It's a half ton, which is plenty to tow with. I had a 95 Ram half ton (1500). It towed my 97 Logan 2 horse slant, which weighs 2800lbs. The truck was great. Hardly felt the trailer behind me. Was a little slow going up larger hills, but it was great otherwise. Unfortunately the truck was rolled, so I no longer have it. My transition truck was an 85 Ram w/a 318. It also towed great. My new truck is a 94Ram 3/4 ton (2500). It's a Cummins turbo diesel. I went with a larger truck because I want to trade my 2 horse for a 3 or 4 horse.

It largely depends what trailer you want. I had my truck first, so I needed a trailer less than 3000lbs, so it could be loaded & below my trucks tow capacity. My in laws have a 95 Dodge Dakota. It will pull my trailer, but we never have horses in it. It's a small truck. My trailer is large. Now, if you have an older straight load, it would likely be fine. Just check into tow ratings, horse weights (on the heavy side) all tack, water, whatever you bring with you.

You can also look into some SUV's also. We were thinking about a durrango. Hope this helps
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    02-02-2011, 10:46 AM
  #5
mls
Trained
F350 diesel
     
    02-02-2011, 10:50 AM
  #6
Showing
I used to tow with a GMC Envoy but it just didn't do the trick. I just traded it for a Ford Expedition (5.4) which will have no trouble at all towing a 2 horse BP.
     
    02-02-2011, 10:51 AM
  #7
Yearling
I tow my 2 horses trailer loaded... with my ford bronco. It does awesome. I never even know its back there.
     
    02-02-2011, 10:58 AM
  #8
Banned
1 ton dually.
     
    02-02-2011, 11:18 AM
  #9
Green Broke
1997 Ford F250 Powerstroke
     
    02-02-2011, 12:37 PM
  #10
Yearling
RitzieAnn,
I thought the Durango was a v6, while the Dakota (both dodge) had the V8 option, therefore would be the more powerful choice?
I can't seem to get a straight answer from the dealership. I've had every answer from it can only pull if the rear axle ratio is high enough( in which case you would need the vin # from the exact truck to tell) to you can pull a large trailer loaded w/ dressing room!
I have also heard that you should only pull up to 75% of the rated towing capacity, and conversely that the rating is just a guide and you are ok to go a bit over.
So I am unsure that just because your vehicle can pull a trailer, whether it actually should. I don't know if it is enough to say that you can hardly feel it back there, what happens to your engine/brakes/tranny 3 years down the line?
I mean, I'm sure that a small ford ranger actually could pull a 2 horse bumper pull trailer, but it doesn't mean it should.
Maybe I will have to contact the manufacturer to get a definitve answer. Grrr. I want that Dakota! :)
     

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