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post #21 of 32 Old 09-08-2010, 09:25 PM
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I have a Nissan Xterra with a towing capacity of 5000lbs. I have the brake controller and the best hitch I could get. However, I will only haul shorter distances, prefer to stay away from a lot of hills, and only haul my own horse, would never haul two. You just have to know your vehicles limits. If you are going to haul with a mid-size SUV, I highly recommend the brake controller.
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post #22 of 32 Old 09-09-2010, 07:44 AM
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I have a Ford F250 that was customized at the factory for towing. It has every option known to man on it I think! I even know how how my exhaust is LOL. It has more power than my friend's F350 dually and it is easier to get around it as it is also my every day truck.



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I have an 02' Ford F250 for my towing. Any Ford F250s that are newer than that have major problems with the engines and will die on you.

I used to tow with my 4Runner when I was hauling only my horse. We have a big four horse stock trailer and then an ancient two horse that we use depending on the ride. Our road is very steep and very scary for the big trailer and the little one we take if we can help it. So for example, when I was showing only one horse I would use the 4Runner but that only happened with Jester and he is so little he only weighs about 900 pounds, and the trailer itself isn't heavy at all. Its majorly light.

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post #24 of 32 Old 09-13-2010, 11:46 PM
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I have an 02' Ford F250 for my towing. Any Ford F250s that are newer than that have major problems with the engines and will die on you.
ugh, i'll liken this kind of statement to the topic I just read regarding animal rights vs. those of us who eat meat... how many newer fords, or any brand, have you owned? Especially since i'm presuming you're talking diesel. How many have you PERSONALLY owned? How do you know that they have "major problems?" the newer stuff is just as reliable (the 7.3 stroker DID have it's share of problems as well), and each newer generation will pull circles around the generation before that!
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This is a great thread, I wonder if the moderators would sticky it? We frequently get these questions about tow vehicles.

When I was doing a lot of hauling with a 16' stock trailer, I had a 3/4 ton gasoline with the full towing package including the transmission oil cooler and it was great. I went all over the state in the rig, over Afton Mt. Repeatedly and to horse shows most every weekend with no problem.

I now have a two horse steel trailer, and only haul locally to trail ride. A gasoline Dodge Ram 1500 is fine for this, but I will tell you, with two large horses on the trailer, we're slow. Safe, but slow. I would not take this rig fully loaded into the mountains, or on hauls longer than an hour. It's fine for my needs now, but if I start hauling longer distances, I'll go back to the 3/4 ton.

The concerns about hauling with an SUV are 1.) wheelbase 2.) stopping power 3.) wear and tear on the transmission and 4.) engine size - in that order. Wheel base smaller than the trailer and stopping power can be deadly - literally. Hauling with an SUV absolutely can be done, but you must be very careful with the match of the vehicle to the trailer. I hauled a 16' stock with a V8 Jeep Cherokee with the tow package a couple of times, and you had to be very, very careful how you loaded the trailer, or it would jerk the tow vehicle all over the road. With most of the weight in front of the axles, it did okay, but not a rig I would choose, but any stretch of the imagination.

Anybody who hauls anything with anything without the trailer brakes hooked up to the controller is asking for trouble, period. The electronic brake controller is not optional equipment, IMO.
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ugh, i'll liken this kind of statement to the topic I just read regarding animal rights vs. those of us who eat meat... how many newer fords, or any brand, have you owned? Especially since i'm presuming you're talking diesel. How many have you PERSONALLY owned? How do you know that they have "major problems?" the newer stuff is just as reliable (the 7.3 stroker DID have it's share of problems as well), and each newer generation will pull circles around the generation before that!
Several mechanics have told me the same thing about Fords 2003 and newer. Something about a redesign and the transmission. I can't elaborate, but she's not the first person to say it.

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I have owned 2 Fords both F250's The first one was a 03 with a 5.4L gas engine crew cab. Loved the truck but it wasn't enough motor to pull my LQ through mountains. It did great on the flat. I now have an 06 ext cab with a diesel. It has 73k on it and I haven't had any issues with it. And I don't baby the truck. I have owned Chevys and for towing they sucked. I got tired of buying transmissions.I didn't like the new style of the silverado to buy another. I also have a ram 1500 5.2L that I towed my 16ft bp stock and it towed a 20ft steel gn. Without any issues and it has over 200k on it now but I don't use it to tow anymore. Any vehicle can have problems. Doesn't matter what brand either. The main thing is matching the truck for the job you need it to do. I would never tow with an SUV atleast livestock. Maybe a boat or small trailer. The wheel base makes a world of difference in towing also. Mine is a short wheel base so it rides a bit rougher. But as far as power and stopping it's the bomb....

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Several mechanics have told me the same thing about Fords 2003 and newer. Something about a redesign and the transmission. I can't elaborate, but she's not the first person to say it.

My dad's 2006 F350 blew up towing our travel trailer up to our property (blew the turbo). Then his partners F350 did the same thing. Usually on our 3.5 drive to our property we see an F 350 on the side of the road with the hood up.
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Im not the driver but my mum drives our BMW X5 with a 2 horse angle float. However our jeep Cheroke struggles. The X5 it seems to do well :) im not a very car like person so im not great on advise....

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post #30 of 32 Old 09-15-2010, 10:37 AM
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A few things should be said.
Always use electric brake controller if your trailer has breaks. You can have one wired into your vehicle if you don't have the tow package were you just plug her in. If you have an old two horse trailer with no trailer breaks, use at LEAST a 3/4 ton truck. And drive slower.
When talking about 3/4 ton trucks the diesel engines will give give you much better mileage loaded or unloaded. People have reported 19-21 mpg in the 6.6 chevy duramax and the Dodge cummins diesel. You pay a little more per gallon, but the biggest issue is you pay ALOT more for the vehicle when new, and more on repairs. A gas 3/4 is probably not going to be very good on gas. Usually 10-14 mpg. But they are a lot cheaper to buy on the front end.
Also stay away from Ford period. Go with Chevy, GMC, Dodge. (haha just kidding. I'm just not really a Ford man.)
Oh and if you are looking to get a tow vehicle also consider the Toyota Tundra. I've heard a lot of good things about it. Has a great drivetrain and most people say it pulls like a 3/4 ton.
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