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gonewiththewind 04-10-2012 10:25 PM

So we just bought our first "official" horse and we are looking to buy a trailer for a full showing season ahead. Buuuut, we have a problem. My parents are not interested in buying or driving a truck. We are wanting maybe a 2 horse slant load trailer (we don't have one yet) in aluminum. The biggest debate remains to be the type of SUV that would be best suited for our needs. I don't know if y'all would have any kind of opinion or experience that could point me in the right direction? But if you did it would be very much appreciated. Thank you :D

cakemom 04-10-2012 10:38 PM

We pull a 2 horse alum side by side with my expedition. Does great!! I adore my vehicle. Paid 8500 for it with 95k miles on it late last year.
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cakemom 04-10-2012 10:38 PM

And it looks like new!
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franknbeans 04-10-2012 10:40 PM

I will tell you what I know from my own experience. I have a steel trailer, 2 horse BP, x long, x wide. Heavy. Best friend has an Exiss aluminum, 2 h BP w. dr. WE have pulled both trailers with her vehicle as well as mine. Both are SUV's. Hers-Plymouth Aspen, Mine-Ford Expedition. NO comparison. WE both HATE towing with hers. WE think it is the wheel base. The trailer moves much more and you feel everything. Plus-her gas mileage is AWFUL. Mine is much better. I (actually so does hers)have the towing packing, sway bars on the trailer as well as the E-brake installed on my dash. Tows like a dream. Well, as good as it will get for a BP. I highly recommend it. If you are getting one, try and get the back up camera-it helps immensely with hook up. I do not have it.

Adam 04-10-2012 10:49 PM

I've pulled a 2 horse, bp, with both a Jeep Grand Cherokee (V8, towing package) and the Jeep Commander (V8, towing package) and they both pulled it fine, stopping got a little hairy tho...

ls6firebird 04-10-2012 10:54 PM

i think the only 3 suv's i would personally pull a trailer with would be an expedition, excursion, or suburban (preferably a 3/4 ton with the 6.0). theres pros and cons to the three of them, but they're all very capable of pulling a trailer

cakemom 04-10-2012 11:01 PM

By the way, I get about 15 mpg pulling.
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franknbeans 04-10-2012 11:07 PM

Me too Cakemom. I do not think the newer ones are as good on the mileage. My hubby has one and his is not as good.

Adam-personnally-I used to pull with an Explorer. Sure it worked, but if I had any hills-it was tough. Nearly needed to get the horse out and walk it. And downhill-he was pushing me all the way. And I only hauled ONE horse, yeah a draft cross, but still. Not again. Might be fine for short hauls on flat ground. That is it.

cakemom 04-10-2012 11:35 PM

Yeah, mine is an 03.
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franknbeans 04-10-2012 11:41 PM

Mine is an '09-and I will turn 100K shortly. I drive a lot. lol

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