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post #1 of 11 Old 04-07-2017, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone used a newer luxury SUV to tow horses?

Someone I know is looking at large luxury SUVs such as the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes GLE350, etc for a mobile vet business. They were wondering if it's reasonable to tow say a small, basic 2 horse trailer with 2 standard size (say 1100 pounds) horses in it once in a while. The tow capacity is more than enough on the vehicles, they're all rated for 6-8000 pounds, which should be nearly a ton above even a heavy 2 horse BP + 2 horses. Is there anything else to consider or does it sound fine?

They would not be towing this regularly. It would be a few times a year if that.

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-07-2017, 11:46 PM
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I towed that setup with my Yukon XL just fine. However, my chevy suburban doesn't pull nearly as well as my Yukon did....I wouldn't hesitate to do it, but do read reviews on how each model hauls first.

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post #3 of 11 Old 04-08-2017, 08:15 AM
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I know someone who pulls a bigger 2-horse trailer w/ a Suburban. All I know is that she does it...I'm not sure the towing capacity of the Suburban or how safe it is.
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Towing capacity also includes driver, passengers, fuel ( a full 30 gal tank hold 250# of fuel), tack and anything else in the car or trailer.
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Towing capacity also includes driver, passengers, fuel ( a full 30 gal tank hold 250# of fuel), tack and anything else in the car or trailer.
Payload/GVWR is anything inside the vehicle, tow capacity is anything behind the hitch.

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Sure you can, and your transmission will thank you later with large repair bills, lol.

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Sure you can, and your transmission will thank you later with large repair bills, lol.
I'd trust a BMW X5 or Touareg with an Aisin over any domestic or Asian SUV. Probably even over most of the 1/2 ton truck transmissions. I did say once in a while... as in a handful of times a year.

I wouldn't buy anything less than a 3/4 ton for towing more than once a week, or every other week if it was long distance. Or if towing at-capacity more than a few times a year.

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I just looked on Edmunds.com asking your question of "can these.....".
So results came back of towing a maximum load of between 6,000 - 7,000 pounds, varying between model and manufacturer and exactly how the vehicle components options were put together.
So, a typical steel trailer 2 horse guessing weighs in around 2200 pounds, possibly more.
Add 2 horses at 1100 a piece...
Now at 4400 pounds...
Now add in tack, people and incidentals and you are suddenly pushing close to those numbers.
Now remember that those towing numbers are all "dead" weight, called stagnant weight, means it is more a boat, camping trailer...never a horse or live cargo.
That makes a difference of dead cargo or live that moves.

So, bottom line is....sure the numbers say it can be done.
But if you want to keep your car from having adverse wear and tear I would not be towing a horse trailer with it more than in a crisis situation.
It isn't just the "it can tow"....it is the wheel base length and the stopping and handling ability that could be lacking seriously in these vehicles.
What you mentioned are all cross-over style vehicles...not trucks nor do they have the needed beefier suspension most of them. A station wagon and mini-van combination vehicle...that is what these are.
Personally, I would keep my very nice mid-size vehicle for my vet practice reliable and road worthy and buy either a real SUV like a Yukon, Suburban or Expedition style that are built on a larger capacity truck platform or a truck, period.
Those "occasional" towing needs very easily can become more than occasional and so can the damages to the vehicle pushed to close or over their safe limits of towing live cargo....
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@horselovinguy you are aware that GVWR and tow rating are separate numbers right? If the tow rating is say 6000 pounds and max payload is say 1000, you can put on a 5900 pound trailer and say 3 people at 200 pounds each + 200 pounds of tack + 200 pounds of grain/medicine/misc and you're not violating any of the vehicle ratings. But again, as I've said multiple times, this isn't going to be some 16 year old girl's vehicle who's driving to barrel races 100 miles away every night. It would be a 30 minute trip maybe a couple times a month at most, back and forth. The statement that they're "crossovers" is just completely false. They are SUVs with a modest tow rating. A crossover is a small SUV body put onto a sedan frame...

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You argue to much trying to convince others Naphth....

Yup I know the differences...
I know what it is like towing with a vehicles just like this one...
And I know how quickly that once in a blue moon becomes more often...

Personally, like I said I would be keeping my vet vehicle and all that equipment carried which weighs down a vehicle separate from a vehicle I would be towing my horses with...
For a variety of reasons...some I mentioned and some are better left "mum"....

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