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    09-13-2011, 03:58 PM
I have a Dodge 2500 Turbo Charged Cummins Diesel with a 6 speed automatic transmission and tow gear. You won't even know the horse trailer is back there with a fully loaded 3 horse STEEL trailer, never mind an aluminum one. I also have an older Ford F250 Turbo Charged 7.5L Diesel and it hauls like a champ too. I like the diesel engines because they are much sturdier than gas and as long as you keep oil in them you pretty much can't kill one. The Ford has almost 300,000 miles on it and still runs like a top. The Dodge is new.

I also have trailer brakes on the trailer, I NEVER want to try to stop that whole package with truck brakes alone, I remember those days and that was just way to scarey.
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    09-13-2011, 04:15 PM
Depending on your area, if you are looking at a new diesel, do not do it. In the northern areas the new set up has lots and lots of problems with freeze ups. And the new set up for diesels is mandatory by the US govt...
    09-13-2011, 08:36 PM
There's a website forum call Horsetrailerworld.com that will provide all the info you'll possibly need to educate yourself on truck sizes, engine and trannys. I did a lot of lurking there and it really helped me make my decision on buying a truck.
    09-13-2011, 11:54 PM
Green Broke
Go online and look up the specs, Every truck maker has a towing guide, it can also be found in an owners manual, "beefy" isnt a spec.
Look at the trailer you want, they all list an empty weight, add ur horses and gear, now look at the truck you want. You will need to know what engine and what rearend and installed options, then you look at the chart for that particular vehicle and it will give you the weight it can tow.
    09-14-2011, 12:02 AM
^^^^^^such a guy thing.
    09-14-2011, 12:38 AM
I'm going to buy used, and am hoping to not spend too much, so I'll be looking at an older truck, so I won't be able to be TOO picky on the exact specs like if I were custom ordering, hence all my questions. I'll check out that forum. Thanks!
    09-14-2011, 12:54 AM
Green Broke
Nothing to do with custom ordering, tow guides are online going back for years, what engine a truck has is a pretty basic question.
    09-14-2011, 07:36 PM
I have an old F250 triton V10 that tows fantastic, its a 2000. I also just bought my new daily commuter truck, a 2011 V6 twin turbo F150 4 door ecoboost with tow package. This truck ROCKS. Hauls the 2 horse gooseneck as easily as the big truck, and tons smoother, plus about 19 miles per gallon for daily driving as opposed to 12 in the big truck. You have to get the 6 foot bed to fit a gooseneck hitch in the bed, so its pretty long - but I love this truck!

I was VERY skeptical until I hooked my trailer to it... and you have to accept limitations, it will never safely haul anything bigger than a two horse gooseneck, but since that's what I have it works just fine.
    09-15-2011, 08:20 PM
Our F150 pulled a 2 horse steel bumper pull for years with no problem and also a 3H GN steel now. We have the 5.4L engine with automatic transmission, cooler, tow package and we also had a kit added to the transmission to beef it up. The truck pulls amazingly well with 2 horses and tack loaded. The towing specs rate it as 13,500 for weight.

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