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post #1 of 22 Old 10-12-2011, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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What should I look for in a truck?

I mean, of course, what I should look for in the means of hauling a horse trailer.
I have a Ford Ranger right now, a little 1997, but it definitely can't be hauling any trailers. I'm looking around right now to find something within my means- I need something I can drive to work and such, but something I can also haul my horse in when the inevitable chance strikes that he needs some vet attention. (Farm calls are a tad expensive out here, and I'd feel better bringing him directly to the office anyway.)

So, my experienced forum friends, do you have any suggestions on what I should be looking for? It can either me a specific make, such as the F150s I've been looking over, or maybe helpful add-ons I should know about, such as transmission types. Explain it like I'm five, though- I have little to no experience with cars. My older brother will be helping me out, since he knows his stuff, but I'd like to learn a little, too.

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post #2 of 22 Old 10-12-2011, 04:35 PM
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You can use a half ton (F150), but you have to make sure to get the right sized engine, and make sure it has a transmission cooler, along with a tow package.

I just bought a 'new to me' 2008 F150. It came with the towing package and transmission cooler, so all I had to add was the brake controller. A local trailer place put it in for me.

A V8 with a 4.6 liter or bigger is recommended. Don't go anything smaller, engine size wise.

Also, make sure you don't buy a trailer that's too much for the truck. You shouldn't go any larger than a 2-horse.

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I don't know a whole lot about engines and towing packages and all that, but one thing I will suggest is that you avoid diesel trucks if you can. The price of fuel isn't all that much different but the cost to take it to be serviced or if it breaks down can tempt you to sell your firstborn child just to pay off the bill.

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You can use a half ton (F150), but you have to make sure to get the right sized engine, and make sure it has a transmission cooler, along with a tow package.

I just bought a 'new to me' 2008 F150. It came with the towing package and transmission cooler, so all I had to add was the brake controller. A local trailer place put it in for me.

A V8 with a 4.6 liter or bigger is recommended. Don't go anything smaller, engine size wise.

Also, make sure you don't buy a trailer that's too much for the truck. You shouldn't go any larger than a 2-horse.
I seriously just copy and pasted your post onto a document to save it- thank you. As for a two horse, that's all I need right now, and probably all I trust myself hauling. ;)

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I don't know a whole lot about engines and towing packages and all that, but one thing I will suggest is that you avoid diesel trucks if you can. The price of fuel isn't all that much different but the cost to take it to be serviced or if it breaks down can tempt you to sell your firstborn child just to pay off the bill.
That's good to know- I didn't plan on doing anything with diesel, but now I know why not to.

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