Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: NW Washington State
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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