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post #11 of 32 Old 07-29-2010, 09:29 AM
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I tow our trailer with two trucks, mine is a Chevy Crew Cab 2500 and my husbands is a Chevy extended cab 1500. Both pull our Circle J 3horse gooseneck without a problem. We have both pulled my daughters 4 horse Charmac bumper pull with either truck.
Average gas mileage is about 15-18mpg.
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post #12 of 32 Old 07-29-2010, 09:39 AM
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I used to tow (years ago) with al Explorer-just short distances, but I swear it felt like the trailer would beat me down the hills......it was awful.
I now tow with an Expedition. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Gets 16-17 MPG with trailer, (my 2008 gets better MPG than the 2004 I had before). My friend and I take turns towing, and she likes my vehicle better than her Dodge Aspen with towing package. I do too, I must say. Wider Wheelbase, and just much more stable. We both have 2h bp's, and use electronic braking systems and sway bars. We do fine, unless she forgets the hitch pin! :)) (only did that once, and were VERY lucky it didn't fall off until we got home!) YIKES!

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post #13 of 32 Old 08-04-2010, 09:38 AM
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I'm looking into buying a jeep or some sort of SUV, But i wasn't sure if it would be able to tow.. say an aluminum two horse? Can anyone give me some insight?
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post #14 of 32 Old 08-04-2010, 10:06 AM
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I pull my 2 horse bumper a full size ford bronco. And I have had no problems. I have even pulled a 16ft stock trailer with 3 horses. And never even knew it was behind me.

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post #15 of 32 Old 08-07-2010, 01:22 AM
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many people underestimate the capabilities of their vehicles. i used to, however one still must be smart as to how much really IS too much....

when i started pulling for myself i was driving a 95 f250, 351 gas motor, 5 speed, and a really light 3.55 rear end. it would pull the old steel 16 and 20' stock trailers, but man it grunted up hills like nobody's business.
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post #16 of 32 Old 08-16-2010, 02:35 PM
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We tow our older 2 horse straight haul with a Dodge Dakota 4x4 with a v8 and the brake and full towing packages. Most of the time its around town but we have gone up to our property 3 times now fully loaded truck and horses and no problems (we go up and down some pretty steep hills too).
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post #17 of 32 Old 08-17-2010, 10:50 AM
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I've been wondering this as well. I have an '08 Buick Enclave with the towing package. It's designed to be able to tow 4500 lbs, but I don't know if it could/should be used to tow a trailer. I may be purchasing a new horse soon and that's my means of transportation to get him home...unless it's a bad, bad, bad idea and I need to look elsewhere for help!
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post #18 of 32 Old 08-18-2010, 07:58 AM
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Any SUV with a 6cylinder or higher will pull a 2 horse trailer. But is it going to stop it. I wouldn't tow any kind of horse trailer with less than a 1/2 ton p/u, The ideal for most people is a 3/4 ton. Look at the comaprison for the total weight your vehicle can tow and the total weight your trailer will carry. Plus you have to think about the weight of the hitch (tongue weight) Most trailers need 500-800lbs ClassIV hitch...There are a lot of things to consider other than just hooking up and rolling..If you start to sway with 2 horses on board they're weight will get thrown around and that is a big possiblity for a roll over or jack knife... Panic stops can be tricky also...think about what can happen.....

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post #19 of 32 Old 08-26-2010, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by brighteyes08 View Post
I'm looking into buying a jeep or some sort of SUV, But i wasn't sure if it would be able to tow.. say an aluminum two horse? Can anyone give me some insight?
I'm not sure what kind of jeep you're talking about...but if it's a wrangler...no. It's not heavy enough to stop it. I JUST traded in my 05 Wrangler Unlimited for a chevrolet 1500 because we recently got a second horse and there was no way my jeep could handle it. We never pulled the trailer loaded with the jeep, but I could have in an emergency hauled the horse to the vet. That's it. I LOVED the jeep, but it just wasn't practical anymore. Even the 1500 isn't really what I would want for hauling, but it's what I could afford that could get the job done a little more safely.

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post #20 of 32 Old 09-02-2010, 09:00 PM
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I use my towing truck as my daily driver too so I don't want overkill. I have a 1500 silverado 5.3 V8 3.73 rear end. It pulls a two horse fine. I also get 17-19 miles a gallon driving empty day to day. I would look at 1500 trucks with an engine no smaller than like the 5.3. If you are looking at the chevys consider vortec max 6.0. Also be sure you have the 4:10 or 3:73 gears in the rear axle. Those 3:08's and stuff get a little better mileage but can't tow good. Anyways good balance for mileage and power with a half ton v8 motor. I wouldn't worry much about the vehicle stopping it because anything you get your going to need trailer brakes and electric control.
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