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post #1 of 38 Old 03-06-2011, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Question Will a large SUV pull this trailer?

Here's the trailer I'm probably getting next weekend (YAY!!!!) It's a 2 horse step up slant load, aluminum...


I need to get a tow vehicle though (we have a GMC Savanna that pulls no problemmo, but my hubby uses it all the time so it's not always available to me) I have this car right now, which I'm going to doubt can pull a trailer LOL ;) hehe


My Fit is a 2008 that JUST hit 30k miles, excellent condition and I think I could probably get $13k out of it on the top end if I sell it privately, but I'm going to see if I can swing a deal with a local dealer to trade straight up for something like this...

Cars for Sale: 2006 Dodge Durango 4x4 SLT in Massillon, OH 44646: Sport Utility Details - 295189139 - AutoTrader.com

My question is -- can this V8 Dodge Durango safely pull a 2-horse trailer? I was originally looking at trucks only, not SUV's, but I'd prefer an SUV and some of the larger ones like this one seem to be on the same type of chassis anyway so I would assume the wheel base to be the same or close? But before I go making any big purchases, thought I'd ask my friendly horse forum pals! ;)

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post #2 of 38 Old 03-06-2011, 11:48 AM
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why not just trade up to a truck? I had a 2009 Dodge Nitro SUV and was hoping it would pull my trailer...unfortunately...for my own reassurance..I just went and traded it for this :)



You will feel more confident on the road if you have a truck pulling a trailer as opposed to an suv.

Does that Durango have the hemi or? I think it will cost you a heck of alot more on fuel if you are pulling that trailer loaded with an suv

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post #3 of 38 Old 03-06-2011, 12:14 PM
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Ok, the car... definite no on pulling a trailer.

Hubby said the Durango should be able to but the gas mileage is going to be horrid. I do love the Durango, we rented one a couple years ago to visit relatives who lived up in the mountains on unmaintained dirt roads in the middle of Winter. 4 adults, 2 kids in large carseats and tons of stuff all fit in there comfortably and we had no issues driving it on snowy, icy, steep dirt roads.
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lol Delfina, I am sure HITS knows that her car cannot pull a trailer :P

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post #5 of 38 Old 03-06-2011, 12:54 PM
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Yeah, I know..... although around here, I would not be at all surprised to see someone trying!

I was driving to the barn last week and I couldn't believe it, someone was on the Interstate going at least 70mph (they passed me!) and they were hauling a 2 horse straight load trailer, divider removed and THREE horses JAMMED in it. Not small horses either, 2 QH's jammed as far forward as they could go and one QH in the middle slightly farther back so her giant QH butt could fit in. Well, you wouldn't have to worry about any of the horses scrambling around, they couldn't move an inch..... I have no idea how you could get 3 horses to squeeze on in like that!
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Lol yes that Fit can't even tow ME half the time!! ;) as MIE hinted, that was a joke :)

MIE I thought about a truck too but they're both V8 and the Durango looks like a truck more than an SUV anyway which is why I was considering it. Not sure if the one I posted in there has a Hemi or not but I think we may go look at it tomorrow so I am going to ask. PS I love your truck :)
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Omg delfina what is wrong with people?? Geez u may think some of them FEEL like it but horses are not couches!!
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I am looking for a vehicle, and I want it to beable to pull a horse trailer, with great gas mileage. I've been looking at the Durango too HITS. The gas is REDICULOUS, and it is apparently getting to $5.00 this summer.

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Ewwwww...yeah it's like 17 highway isn't it? But I didn't think the trucks with comparable engines were much better at all?
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I will miss that about my fit. I get 32 mpg now!!
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