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mollymay 07-12-2013 04:05 PM

Truck and Trailer it UP!
Ok's so my hubs and I are starting to talk more about the fact that we own a horse and always have to borrow a truck and trailer when we want to move our guy around. So as we move along we are discussing truck/trailer options. I know there are millions out there, I totally went to the horse expo last year and drooled over the trailers! Oh wow :shock: So anyhoo, just seeing what everyone here uses for truck and trailer. If you have a pic thats even better! Tell me what you like about your truck/trailer, what you dislike, things that are a must have, and things that you could totally do without, and when you or your family was shopping around what was important to you all?
Happy Posting! :D

Roperchick 07-12-2013 04:33 PM

We have an '04 f350 power stroke diesel automatic

And I have a 2004 ford F350 powerstroke diesel dually standard
And it has no problems pulling our CM 4 horse slant, or our S & M stock trailer.
They're both pretty hardy and very smooth pulls

Here's pics of my trailers. No truck pics though sorry

I prefer a standard truck instead of automatic though. Just because I've had so many problems with my automatics and trannys on them.

COWCHICK77 07-12-2013 07:25 PM

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It really depends on what you are going to be doing with your truck and trailer as far as what would suit you the best.

We used to have a 1994 Dodge 2500 diesel, one of the best trucks I ever had. Low geared, so fuel mileage was okay, But was awesome for a ranch truck and dirt roads! We often pulled a 20' WW canvas top as pictured.(that truck is still running and being used as a ranch pickup with well over a half million miles on it)

We also had a 2006 Dodge 3500 diesel, single rear wheel. Again with the WW trailer. Great for dirt roads and had better fuel mileage than the 94. Loved that truck cried when we sold it...

We now have a 2010 Dodge 3500 dually diesel. I hate the automatic transmission foe towing. I have driven a stick my whole life so I think maybe I am not adjusting well...LOL! Love the exhaust brake though! And the dually is awesome for towing down the pavement, I have noticed a huge difference in handling. You couldn't give me a dually for mud and snow though.
We bought a used 24' Wilson Roper stock trailer with tack room. I used to hate aluminum trailers but for what we do now it's great. We aren't rattling it apart on wash board dirt roads. If so I would of stuck to a rag top steel trailer.
We went to CA to ship yearling a couple of months ago and with this truck and trailer combo loaded with 4 horses we can go over Donner Pass on I80 at 70 mph.

mollymay 07-14-2013 02:25 AM

Thanks for posting!
Roperchick: love your trailers :)

Cowchick: love the pic of your truck and trailer next to the semi! So funny :)
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Mingiz 07-14-2013 10:13 AM

I started out with a basic 2/h bp and a half ton truck. Did fine for what I was doing then. Then I got my first gn and was towing with a ram 1500, again both worked well. Wasn't long after that I got a bigger truck and trailer. The truck was a F-250 with a 5.4l and a 24ft 2h sl with lq. Truck did ok on the flat, but pulling mountains it wasn't strong enough. I now have a F-250 diesel pulling a 3/hsl with 8ft lq. No problems pulling, half
the time you don't know it's back there.

tim62988 07-14-2013 06:12 PM

how often are you hauling?

once a year? not worth the investment

once a month? 1/2ton or 3/4ton truck gas or diesel

more than once a month? 3/4 ton or 1 ton and you will enjoy a diesel much more

as far as trailers, depends what your budget is. Here on the east coast an aluminum 2 h bumper pull w/ dressing room isnt cheap, but if you're just hauling occasionally you could cut out the dressing room.

My rig:
08 2500 chevy diesel (only automatic I would probably trust w/ a diesel) extended cab short bed

I forget what year Exiss trailer we bought but it's a 2 horse straight load w/ dressing room.

Truck is great, trailer is great. When we go camping we can put up one cot on each side of the divider, has a nice large dressing room with lots of vents, aluminum is in very good shape for it being a used trailer.

mollymay 07-14-2013 08:03 PM

We will be hauling a ton in the summer starting next year for rodeos and camping, as well we are planning to purchase another horse next year as well.
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tim62988 07-14-2013 08:33 PM

personally I like the idea of the over-sized straight load because we had 1 pony and were looking for a horse for me so didn't want to find the perfect horse to then be limited by the trailer (one of the trailers was a slant that had very short stalls in it, bit older)

BUT given that you're talking rodeo, i'm guessing avg size quarter horse build so I would say a 3 horse slant, use that extra stall for more hay on long trips, return the favor that others have lent to you of picking up their horse while going camping ect.

and then something with as much or little LQ as you and your husband want, a good awning with some side-walls/tarps could greatly increase your usable space too.

As far as truck, what brand has the best service in your area... I hate ford because we had a lemon and terrible dealer when I was young (We= my parents), My dodge was a piece of junk (assembled in Mexico, best friend's assembled in US and it survived a lot of abuse), current Chevy is great (local chevy dealer a pain, but I take it to the GMC dealer and they are great) If you are towing a lot I would certainly go with a diesel, 3/4 or 1 ton depending on trailer probably want a long bed so you can get a nice wide nose gooseneck for a bed in the LQ, Manual transmission unless you go with the Duramax Diesel then you are stuck with an automatic but the Allison has been awsome for my daily towing as well has hauling the horses.

mollymay 07-15-2013 08:24 PM

Yeah so I know I wanted to NOT do an automatic, but I had never considered doing a diesel. Everyone here seems to think the diesel is a smarter move. How's everyones milage on a diesel?
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Phly 07-15-2013 08:33 PM

My rig, it's old, the trailers a stock trailer I added a tack area to. But it works for me.
And to me that's the important thing, trucks and trailers are tools, if its shiny but won't do what you need it to, why have it?

I've hauled the horses, a full load of hay, lumber, pulled a 20ton tag trailer, hauled tractors, etc... It does what I need it to do.
It's a gasser, 454 auto th400 (3 speed, for ya younger folks lol) and gets 16/18 mpg. It's a lotta truck, but I use it for a truck sooo, it's my choice.

And I bet I bought it for the cost of one new diesel dually a monthly payment ;)
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