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    03-07-2011, 07:36 PM
HITS, if you look at trucks, you want a rear axle ratio of 3.73 or 3.92. In my area, Chevy's rule. Everybody tows with them. I just got a nice used 3/4 ton for $11,000. I'm sure you could get away with a 1/2 ton towing an aluminum trailer, but it would have to be the fully tricked out engine, V8, Hemi, 4.7 liter or larger engine, etc. There's a good forum called horsetrailerworld.com that has some good truck guys on it. It's worth a look.
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    03-07-2011, 07:46 PM
Green Broke
I'm really leaning towards that Avalanche ;) have to find out if it has the tow package installed though...
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    03-07-2011, 09:56 PM
When we needed a vehicle so we didn't have to use our pickup as a daily driver we decided to get an SUV just in case the truck broke down and we needed to trailer somewhere. We looked at the 4.2L V8 Dodge Durango and a 5.2 (not totally sure on that, but is the 318 V8) Jeep Grand Cherokee. We ended up with the Cherokee. Doing the research we found that the Durango lacked several things which the GC had as standard, like the transmission cooler. Do a lot of research on the vehicle and don't just take the dealers word. Go online and look into what the manufacturer says in regard to the tow capacity. Look for things such as a transmission cooler, and remember even though it may be the same model, as in our GC the two other models in the same year had VERY different tow capacities.

I hate to sound like a broken record but to pull two horses I would not have anything less than a full size pickup with a motor no less than a 5.4 liter. You need to have at least a 1/2 ton in my humble opinion to be safe on the road. When we had to pull with our GC a couple times the horses would shift around and they would cause some sway.
    03-08-2011, 07:53 AM
Getting on line is a good idea. I looked for a forum on the Expedition, joined, and asked as many questions as I thought necessary to be sure the truck I was ready to buy was going to do the job - and what to look for in way of a towing package. The forum was a fantastic place to get the truth about towing as well as problems and cures with the truck.
    03-08-2011, 07:50 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
I have been looking at a Dodge Dakota, have wanted one for years. I have been driving the local horse and truck people nuts with all my questions, the basic one being.. Can this truck (which is a midsize, and similar in size to the Durango) pull a loaded 2 horse trailer?
I have not had a single horse person tell me what I wanted to hear.
They all say I should really invest in a proper, full sized truck, and preferably a 4x4 at that.
As for the non horsey truck people, they said as far as weight goes, you really don't want to be consistently towing at the truck's rated capacity, and that you should generally stay below 75% on a regular basis.
Then you have to take into consideration that it is a live load that can shift.
So I would pass on the same advice that has been given to me.
Can it pull it? I guess so. Should you pull with it? Probably not.
I have pulled our 2 horse up the mountain with our Dodge Dakota quad cab with a V8 and full tow package. Mostly I just have my small guy in there but have taken 2. We had them thoroughly check it out and it is fine for towing them around. Usually only take him up the highway 2 times a years though (3 hour drive) the rest is local driving. Will post a pic when I get home

BTW Best truck ever!!!! Never had a problem with is since new in 2003. Hauls logs around etc.
    03-10-2011, 09:10 AM
Green Broke
Ok I've narrowed my search down to these trucks so far...now I'm calling around to find out which already have the tow package installed and then which also have the brake controller installed.

Grey Ford F150 (this one has the factory tow package installed but NOT the brake controller):
Cars for Sale: 2005 Ford F150 XLT in Akron, OH 44333: Truck Details - 286465146 - AutoTrader.com

Burgundy Ford F150:
Cars for Sale: 2003 Ford F150 XLT in Brunswick, OH 44212: Truck Details - 295071032 - AutoTrader.com

Silver Dodge Ram:
Cars for Sale: 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck SLT in Canton, OH 44703: Truck Details - 295519770 - AutoTrader.com

Blue Chevy Avalanche:
Cars for Sale: 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche LT in Parma, OH 44129: Truck Details - 295560892 - AutoTrader.com

Silver Dodge Dakota:
Cars for Sale: 2005 Dodge Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab SLT in Middleburg Heights, OH 44130: Truck Details - 295553426 - AutoTrader.com

My question is -- if the dealer tells me "it has the factory tow package", what does that include? Basically, I know a tow package should at least include a transmission cooler and there are other components, but what are the "across the board" components I should be asking the dealer about? What does the tow package NEED to include that I should specifically be asking if it includes?
    03-10-2011, 10:26 AM
Typically there is a difference between a tow package and a HD tow package. The HD will be able to handle a higher tongue weight and pull a heavier trailer (loaded).

In the case of my Expedition, the HD included a better suspension as well the trans cooler and a larger radiator. The regular towing package did not. The way to know (since it was used and did not have a window sticker) was that the HD had not only the 4 pin flat but the RV type hook up for the trailer (the round RV plug has the wire for the brake controller but the 4 pin does not so it may require some wiring).

In 99% of cases, there will be a wiring harness under the dash that will allow you to simply plug in your brake controller rather then have to wire it.
    03-10-2011, 08:30 PM
While I'm not a Ford girl, (transmissions tend to suck) of the 5 you posted, I like the first Ford the best. V8 5.4 liter engine. If you can find out the gear ratio on that one, just make sure it's not the 3.55. 3.73 or 3.92 is better.

I like the Dodge, but only if it's 5.3 liter engine. The ad doesn't say. It might be the 4.3 liter which isn't as powerful. Dodge's drive a bit rough, but they're good trucks.

I don't think the Dakota or the Avalanche are big enough trucks to be towing your sweet Sandie.
    03-10-2011, 08:34 PM
Oh yeah, brake controllers are only about $300 installed. Just did it last week.
    03-10-2011, 10:49 PM
Green Broke
Thanks everyone :) lots of great info!! And yeah I was thinking the same thing about the dakota...but the avalanche is actually pretty big...5.3liter
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