Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
ALWAYS go for more truck than you think that you need. I was reminded of this when watching a CA program about a trailer company and their recommendations. They sell aluminum trailers, all the way from 2 horse stock to 45 ft.(I think) long, with very long living quarters. They also sell semi's to pull the really big rigs with, and the number one point they made with those rigs was the ability to stop.
I have had several heart attacks hauling, including when an old couple pulled out in front of me on an airport road, speed limit 55mph, and they were going about 10mph. I don't know HOW I slowed down and didn't mow them down...but I did, and I didn't bang my horses up either, but I had an excellent tow package and really good air brakes, with a manual brake up front.
I have owned two steel trailers, and the 2nd one is 15 years old. DH wanted a slide in camper trailer, but can't find any close, so he is wooing me into wanting to buy an aluminum 3 horse slant with a decent sized living quarters. The specs say that you can haul this fully loaded with a 3/4 ton, like the 1993 3/4 ton Cummins Diesel, NOT 4 x 4. Last time I hauled my 4 horse Steel slant load fully loaded with this truck, you could hear the engine working hard. Last time I hauled my 4 horse Steel slant load fully loaded with my 2007 Full Ton Dodge Cummins Diesel, 4 x 4, Doolie, I had to put in on cruise so I wasn't driving at 80 mph. You don't even FEEL it and THAT is the big difference.
I love hauling with a doolie! Sooooo stable.
We bought the 1993 Dodge Cummins because we just plain wore out our Regular Dodge Full Ton Truck hauling, and the engine was failing at 142,000 miles. I was desperate and thought we couldn't afford to trailer anymore and had to maybe buy a used semi tractor truck.
Diesels almost NEVER overheat, and then, they cool down quickly. They are pansies in the cold, but we have electric plug ins to warm up the engine for an hour, and we have transported in bitter cold and left the engine running to keep it warm.
Spend good money on a powerful truck, and buy a junker car to get you everywhere else.