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post #11 of 16 Old 02-14-2011, 10:23 AM
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Pros and cons for each (IMO)

Gooseneck pros: Bigger, tow better and MUCH EASIER TO BACK!!!
Gooseneck cons: Turn like an oil tanker, need different hitch.

Bumper pros: Light, easy to maneuvre.
Bumper cons: Smaller, aren't as stable behind the car when towing and a pain in the butt to back.

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post #12 of 16 Old 02-14-2011, 10:39 AM
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Another thing to consider is how your pulling vehicle is built. I bought a truck with a short bed so while I can put a gooseneck hitch in there, it's not an ideal situation (something to do with the location of my rear axle, so I need an offset hitch? I dunno, nothing of what was being said sounded like English to me...). I just couldn't consider a truck with a long bed, this thing is completely and utterly ginormous as it is (hubby INSISTED on a crew cab for my kids).

So I'm going to go with a bumper pull trailer and the other nice thing is my truck came with a locking, sliding cover, so I have PLENTY of locked storage for stuff at shows.
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post #13 of 16 Old 02-14-2011, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by wyominggrandma View Post
My husbands truck is a 1/2 ton Chevy and has NO issue pulling this trailer either.
Grandma, how big is the trailer? I was thinking about may be selling my BP and getting slant GN, but I'm concerned if my old truck will be able to pull it (I have 1/2 Chevy Silverado).
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post #14 of 16 Old 02-14-2011, 12:17 PM
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No doubt GN are easier to handle. However, I need an SUV, as opposed to a p/u, so have to have a bp. If I had lots of $$?? I would have a GN camper/horse trailer combo and a nice truck to pull it! AND my SUV!

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post #15 of 16 Old 02-14-2011, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer View Post
LOL smrobs! I am chuckling here, picturing you doing these things during your growing pangs of learning to haul a trailer.

I anxiously await for my turn. lol

I never ran over another car, though I did hit my share of curbs and a couple of signs. Thank God for tolerant horses. I just know they were in the trailer rolling their eyes saying "**** kids".
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post #16 of 16 Old 02-14-2011, 08:42 PM
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I learned to drive on a gooseneck, but I bought a bumper pull... mine is a brenderup. it is as stable as you could possibly dream of being. it pulls/handles/maneuvers Way better than that dang gooseneck. (you have to take turns SO wide with gn and be so much more aware of every inch) Backing can be a little tricky with bp... but I never did learn to back that gn either, so.
I would rather have my bp any day. personally.
I also find it a much bigger pain to hook and unhook a gn than a bp. Don't forget to drop the tailgate when you pull away!!

but depends on how you want to use it.

like someone said, if you have a short bed truck, not very good idea to have a gn. I've heard people do serious damage to their trucks pulling a gn with a short bed.

a truck can generally can carry more weight with a gn as the weight on the truck is distributed differently. gn's have more room and you can use upper part for sleeping.
but your storage space in the bed of your truck is reduced.
I have a cart, so I need the bed of my truck to throw my cart in.
bp are smaller and store better. they fit into tighter spots (I guess depending on the trailer in question, but) good for small camp grounds or crowded trail heads.
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