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    10-10-2011, 09:58 AM
Green Broke
Actually my F150 got some kinda special edition high output engine with 30 more horse power than the 25base engine.

I actually found a place in a magazine that was making the perfect tow rigs, Taking a Ford 250 or 350, pulling out the problematic 6.0, and putting in the cummings from the Dodge.
So you get the well built truck of the Ford with a decent tranny, with the power king, great gas mileage and durability of the Cummings Turbo Diesel,
Whats a shame is for along time, and maybe still, FOrd owned Cummings but an older contract with Dodge kept Ford from using them in their trucks, so they went with an International Harvester, and problems began.
The 2006 model year 6.0 diesel would be the cream of the crop, the reliability rating was higher than the 7.3, and it was before the emissions standards changed in 07 and gas mileage dropped way off.
I wouldnt buy a 6.0 without a real good warranty.
The main point is just about any 250/350 truck you find will do what you want. 150 classes need to be checked to make sure they are set up properly as you will find ones that can and ones that can't.
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    10-10-2011, 06:17 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MySerenity    
I'm doing fine with my 2005 F150 that has the 5.4L engine. I pull a 2 horse slant titan avalanche and my truck is humming right along even when fully loaded. I have to be careful on the open highway not to go too fast. Lol. Up steep hills, no prob.

Obviously, more power is generally better. I truck will last longer if you are not towing at it's maximum capacity all the time.

Also, I was told the only real difference between an F150 and F250 if they have the same sized engine, is just the suspension. The F250s cost a bunch more so we opted against the upgrade.

Happy hunting!
I also tow my 2-horse with my 2005 F150 with the V8 5.4L engine (and it's 4 x 4 as well!) Hauls like a dream! The trailer is a 2011 Eclipse all aluminum but it also has a tack room and it weighs about 3,100 lbs. The towing capacity for my F150 is nowhere near that, even with 2 horses in it bringing the weight up over the 5k mark I don't get near the towing capacity which is good (they say not to tow at more than 80% capacity to be safe).

Definitely be mindful of the engine size! You certainly want a V8 and look for the 5.0L or higher just generally speaking.
    10-10-2011, 09:26 PM
I live in CT which is a little hilly, but nothing extreme. Most of our rides involve highways and windy roads. I tow with a 3/4 ton Chevy Silverado 4x4, the 6 liter engine with 3.73 gear ratio. I have used the 4wd several times just to get the trailer out of it's space when the grass is wet with dew and a few times leaving shows when it's been raining all day. I have also been very grateful to have gone with the 3/4 ton over the 1/2 ton when some idiot pulls onto the highway in front of me and suddenly slows down. (thought the on ramp was for acceleration...guess not) I tow only my horse in a 2500lb Featherlite 2 horse with dressing room. I can barely feel it back there and really do appreciate the extra stopping power considering how much I love my cargo. I have no idea what kind of mileage I get. At $4 a gallon, it's all too darn expensive anyway. Why torture myself with the actual numbers? By the way, in my area, almost everybody tows with 3/4 Chevy's. There's a few Dodge's mixed in. I almost never see a Ford. I've heard there's something bad about the Ford tranmissions. I'm not sure how much truth there is to that, but if all I see are Chevy's, that tells me something.

There's a very good site for towing info called Horse Trailer World- Used trailers for sale, New trailers for sale, trailer classified ads, trailer manufacturer news and more.. Lots of knowledgeable people there.
    10-10-2011, 11:43 PM
Ive got a dodge 2500 that pulls just fine for my two horse nothin' fancy trailer. And its gotta be a good 10 years old or so and its got a cummins engine but I don't know a whole lot about trucks so I can't really offer much for help with your choosing.
    10-11-2011, 12:49 AM
Green Broke
Puck all I see around my area are Fords lol well and Dodges...rarely a Chevy! interesting how different types of vehicles tend to congregate in different areas!
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    10-11-2011, 02:02 AM
Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
Puck all I see around my area are Fords lol well and Dodges...rarely a Chevy! interesting how different types of vehicles tend to congregate in different areas!
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It's the same here but goes by vehicle type and age:

Diesel's it is Ford, Dodge then Chevy.
Newer gas 3/4 and 1 ton Ford, Chevy then Dodge.
Older gas 3/4 and 1 ton is a tossup between Ford(slight lead) and Chevy with Dodge almost not on the map.
1/2 ton would be a toss up between Chevy(slight lead) and Ford with some Dodges running around.
    10-13-2011, 09:10 PM
I wonder if the different preferance of brands in parts of the country have any correlation to how they perform in specific climates/terrains?
    10-13-2011, 11:48 PM
Green Broke
Hmmm interesting theory puck, I don't know! My area is northeast ohio and there are mostly Fords, Dodges, and some GMCs.
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    10-14-2011, 02:21 PM
I have Chevy Silverado. So far so good (I have 2H BP trailer). My big recommendation would be to go with 4WD though. I got stuck couple times really good and switching from 2 to 4 made a trick to get me out of the mud.
    10-17-2011, 08:41 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I have Chevy Silverado. So far so good (I have 2H BP trailer). My big recommendation would be to go with 4WD though. I got stuck couple times really good and switching from 2 to 4 made a trick to get me out of the mud.
Agreed on the 4 x 4 recommendation! I was at a hunter pace this year after it had been raining a lot and the ground was a bit soggy and I think I was the only one who didn't need to get pulled out with a tractor!

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