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post #1 of 20 Old 08-29-2015, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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What is the smallest truck that will handle a trailer?

I am soon to be looking for a new vehicle. I only have a utility trailer right now but I would love a double cab something that has relatively good gas mileage and is smaller in size for a light trailer. I don't even know where to start. Does anyone have recommendations? Thanks.

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post #2 of 20 Old 08-29-2015, 07:42 AM
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Only a Utility trailer or eventually a Horse Trailer?

For New vehicles, my rule of thumb is look at towing capacities of vehicle's claimed towing capacity and subtract 25% of what the vehicle is capable of for non-animal trailers, subtract 50% for animal Trailers as a maximum combined weight of trailer and what you are hauling.

Reason is I think manufactures are pushing the max limits on their vehicles to look better than their competitors and also life if vehicle increases when you do not push the max limits.

A towing Package is needed and Trailer Brakes on the Trailer, unless you stick with a small utility trailer under 2000 lbs.

Brands? Anything but a Chevy ....lol.....

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The typical "small" truck is a 1/2 ton pickup with a tow package.
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I have used 1/2 T and currently have a 3/4 T (Dodge Ram 2500 4X4, diesel turbo) and I LOVE my truck. I wouldn't go back to just 1/2 T for towing ever. I might go up but not down. I have a Logan 3 horse slant that even when fully loaded you barely notice behind the truck. Gas mileage is good for what it is, 15 city and close to 19 fwy.

Here's one similar to mine:

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I spoke to a mechanic about a Dodge Dakota, 4x4 pulling a two horse trailer. He said fine empty in 2 wheel, one horse would be iffy even in 4x4 on long hills. We did trailer an arab with a Chevvy version and it really sucked on the long hill even in 4x4 and we watched the gas needle take a nose dive.



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I have a 1/2 ton Dodge. I pull a 3 horse bumper pull w/ tack room.

But:

I will not take it to the mountains. No way could that truck bring it down safely.

I got the 1/2 ton so I would never have my travel truck pushed into hauling bulls or smooth mouthed cows to town. Nor haul fencing supplies or take out salt or any of the other ranch chores. That's what we have the beaters (old trucks) for.

All my driving is highway. I get about 18 without the trailer and 14 loaded with three horses.
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I was reading that although a smaller truck may have the power, it just doesn't have the mass for pulling much weight. I would LOVE a turbo diesel. I had to follow someone in one once and that thing could really go. I was amazed. Thanks for the feed back!
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I have used 1/2 T and currently have a 3/4 T (Dodge Ram 2500 4X4, diesel turbo) and I LOVE my truck. I wouldn't go back to just 1/2 T for towing ever. I might go up but not down. I have a Logan 3 horse slant that even when fully loaded you barely notice behind the truck. Gas mileage is good for what it is, 15 city and close to 19 fwy.

Here's one similar to mine:
Is that loaded or empty? My fiancÚ has a 2005 Dodge Ram Cummins turbo diesel with the upgraded turbo they offered that year. It is a quad cab 4x4 with an 8ft box. Empty we average 17-18MPG in the city and up to 26MPG on the highway. With a trailer, that drops to about 14 city and 20 highway. And it hasn't had regular maintenance, so it doesn't get as good of fuel mileage as it could. I love that truck!
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I spoke to a mechanic about a Dodge Dakota, 4x4 pulling a two horse trailer. He said fine empty in 2 wheel, one horse would be iffy even in 4x4 on long hills. We did trailer an arab with a Chevy version and it really sucked on the long hill even in 4x4 and we watched the gas needle take a nose dive.
We have a Durango with tow pkg and the largest of everything.

Its hauled our 2 horse trailer for 14 years. Frequently haul 1.5 cords of wood at a time or 3 small horses. We live in the mountains.

Its hauled the heavy 2 horse trailer fully loaded 800 mile trip twice. Just sailed right along.

We used to have a Chevy 1500. This Durango leaves it in the dirt when it comes to hauling. Used to have a 24" camp trailer and the Chevy hauled it ok but the Durango really moved that trailer down the road.
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Is that loaded or empty? My fiancÚ has a 2005 Dodge Ram Cummins turbo diesel with the upgraded turbo they offered that year. It is a quad cab 4x4 with an 8ft box. Empty we average 17-18MPG in the city and up to 26MPG on the highway. With a trailer, that drops to about 14 city and 20 highway. And it hasn't had regular maintenance, so it doesn't get as good of fuel mileage as it could. I love that truck!
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My mileage doesn't seem to vary much. That's unloaded, with trailer and horses on board, it drops to 13-14 mpg. The engine I have is the one that's similar to the 7.3L that I had in my Ford F250.
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