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post #31 of 44 Old 10-17-2011, 09:48 AM
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Not a gearhead (altho my family is...) I just know I have an older heavy steel trailer with a tack area (not really a room). One of my horses is a draft cross, and when he moves in the trailer I would prefer to stay in my lane. My last 3 vehicles have been Ford Expeditions with the towing package that Ford offers, wired to add electronic brakes. I also have sway bars on the trailer. This combination is wonderful. Easy to tow for sure. Very stable and feels secure. I do not, however, ever take 2 horses-just one HUGE one, and my "portable tack store" AND I get about 17 mpg when pulling. LOVE it!

My best friend has an Aspen ((Chrysler, I think)-totally SUCKS to drive a trailer with. The vehicle is enough lighter that you feel like the horse is driving. Not a good feeling. She gets about 10 mpg.

I have 4WD because I need and like it for other reasons. Not necessary to pull with, depending upon terrain. I do use it from time to time returning my trailer to its parking spot up a grassy incline when it is wet.

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Hmm....this raises an interesting idea. I wonder if an SUV would be worth considering. Any opinions to share?
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post #33 of 44 Old 10-17-2011, 11:18 PM
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Gooseneck IS much easier to handle, so they say...but I use my vehicle for more than just towing, which is why I have an SUV. Would probably have one anyway.

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post #34 of 44 Old 10-28-2011, 08:57 PM
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We pull our 1965 sundowner with an f150. It is a little heavy for it but it works and it tows 2 horses plus tack i think you should be fine with a 150 unless it is a gn
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post #35 of 44 Old 10-28-2011, 09:21 PM
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Because of our laws here in BC Canada, most horse trailers can only be pulled with a 3/4 ton unless you beef up the suspension. I have seen a 2 horse trailer being towed with a 1/2 ton (it had a camper on it), pulled off the road at a DOT check. I had a 14 ft stock trailer, & a 3/4 ton, DOT guy made me unload the horses & checked my breakaway brakes, went thru my rig with a fine tooth comb & I passed. Fortunately I knew the lady ahead of me being pulled & I had room for her daughter's horse while she had her trailer towed, they allowed her to drive her truck.
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post #36 of 44 Old 10-28-2011, 09:31 PM
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A f250 or f350 would be good trucks for hauling.

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post #37 of 44 Old 10-28-2011, 10:31 PM
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Truck needs to be 1/2 ton or larger - 3/4 ton (250, 2500) or 1 ton (350/3500) are best. Go with diesel, the engines last longer. Either get a gooseneck or use a reese hitch, don't pull from the bumper. 4x4 is worth its weight in gold at a muddy trail ride or horse show.

I prefer to pull a trailer with a stick shift transmission, more control - but that's your personal preference.

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post #38 of 44 Old 10-28-2011, 11:02 PM
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I love love love my 4x4!! Have used it several times now to get myself out of a muddy field!
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post #39 of 44 Old 10-29-2011, 07:10 AM
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I tried telling Danielle this, and she didn't believe me. Yes, you may see more Fords at a horse show, but that makes them like an Evo in the tuner world. Unless you buy brand new its going to be used up. She didn't believe me and bought it anyways. She's already sunk 10k in it in less than a year. So her 15k truck has quickly turned into 25k.

Take that into consideration, does it already have a gooseneck? What did they haul with it? If it's an RV it's not nearly as hard on a truck as pulling a six horse trailer.
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post #40 of 44 Old 09-14-2014, 12:08 PM
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Just the facts Ma'am.

I have hauled a good size 2 horse with big tackroom with both an Expedition 2010(V8, 5.4L, 3.73, EL=wheelbase of 1.44 inches) and prior to that a '05 F150 ( V8, 5.4L, 3.55, 4door, 5.5 ft bed)

Both hauled just fine in all conditions. Gas mileage was not good, but we were more concerned with safety.

That being said, after 87k miles of Moderate use on the F150 ( Long trips out of State 4-5 times a year) I had to rebuild the rear differential (the gear box, a 3.55 ratio) costing $2500 in 2011. But I found this acceptable, because it would have cost me more in gas for everyday driving to/from work with anything bigger( F250, 3.73, etc)

Hope that helps someone.
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