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.