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post #11 of 13 Old 02-02-2011, 01:26 PM
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The newer "smaller" trucks are better than the older versions. As far as the Dakota vs Durango, I don't know. My husband is the certified mechanic. Not myself. They had a trade in at the dealership he works at, about a week ago. He was inspecting it & told me that it was better than my old half ton dodge. I didn't ask for more details once he said "sell the diesel". Lol

Also, a "2 horse bumper pull" doesn't mean much. My friend has one that weighs about half as much as mine. She pulls it with her Explorer. But wouldn't dare pull my trailer with it. Whig is why I mentioned earlier that it also depends on what kind of trailer you get & its weight.
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post #12 of 13 Old 02-02-2011, 01:42 PM
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Yes, I see what you mean. My trailer is very old (1970), so it is a LOT smaller than anything you would buy today. I can just squeeze in my 2 quarter horses, they only have a few inches on either side of them. You know how some people tack up before they load their horses? Not a chance with my trailer, no room for stirrups, lol.
Anyway, straight load with ramp, no tack room, just a small escape door.

But you know if I got a new truck, I would also want a newer trailer within a few years, right? I better start putting those loonies in the apple juice can, lol.
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post #13 of 13 Old 02-02-2011, 02:19 PM
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We have a 3/4 ton '92 Ford 4x4 pick-up with a 460 engine that we towed our 3-horse slant steel trailer w/ dressing room and tack storage. That towing package had no problems at all handling the load it was asked to do. When shopping for a tow vehicle that will be used for hauling live weight in a trailer always look for a higher rating than specified. Plus, tongue weight is more important than overall weight specs.
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