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post #21 of 39 Old 04-17-2013, 07:15 PM
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Re '5,000 lbs' weight - I believe that is referring to tongue/hitch capacity and not the weight of the trailer. 5,000 is a pretty standard reference in trailer hitches.

Re the blue truck - it might work if it's in good mechanical shape (engine, transmission and suspension are especially important for hauling). You'll want to get it thoroughly vet checked for sure. I started out with an old Ford F150, somewhat similar to that style, when I was first hauling and it worked for years for me. If it doesn't already have one, you'll need to install a proper hitch and brake system so that will add to the cost.
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you would be fine with the Ram 1500 - we pull our two horse trailer (with two horses in it) with our Dakota! It's a PIG on fuel then... like, insanely terrible, 5x worse than my Dad's 1 tonne diesel.

Congrats on the new trailer :)
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post #23 of 39 Old 04-17-2013, 07:20 PM
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You can wiegh the trailer at most any scrap yard. Usually they'll get ya for $5/10 bucks.
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Re '5,000 lbs' weight - I believe that is referring to tongue/hitch capacity and not the weight of the trailer. 5,000 is a pretty standard reference in trailer hitches.

Re the blue truck - it might work if it's in good mechanical shape (engine, transmission and suspension are especially important for hauling). You'll want to get it thoroughly vet checked for sure. I started out with an old Ford F150, somewhat similar to that style, when I was first hauling and it worked for years for me. If it doesn't already have one, you'll need to install a proper hitch and brake system so that will add to the cost.
I'm so confused! It says "gross trailer weight 5,000# Ugh they should make it simple and just say empty trailer weighs XXXXlbs lol I like that the old chevy is so close because I can easily have my mechanic look at it for me. It does have a trailer hitch, Hoping the person gets back to me soon. I know the owner of the store that the truck is in front of, so worse comes to worse I'll ask her if she can find out the answers to my questions, she may even know as she is an experienced horse owner herself and has a truck and trailer.
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you would be fine with the Ram 1500 - we pull our two horse trailer (with two horses in it) with our Dakota! It's a PIG on fuel then... like, insanely terrible, 5x worse than my Dad's 1 tonne diesel.

Congrats on the new trailer :)
I don't think I'm going to go with the ram as it's about 45mins away and it may be hard to have my mechanic take a look at it. It would be great if the older local truck worked out, it's a few 100 cheaper then the dodge as well.

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You can wiegh the trailer at most any scrap yard. Usually they'll get ya for $5/10 bucks.
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Nearest scrap yard as far as I can tell is almost an hour away, and since I don't have a truck yet I would have to ask my mom to take it for me, and it was hard enough to talk her into picking the trailer up for me, but I don't think my little subaru outback could tow it, even if it did have a hitch
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post #25 of 39 Old 04-17-2013, 08:25 PM
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Having a trailer hitch is entirely different than having a factory-installed tow package. A truck with a tow package will have a trailer bar bolted and/or welded to the frame of the truck. Also, having a tow package will upgrade you alternator to handle the lights and brakes, plus added coolant capacity and larger fans to keep the truck from overheating while towing.

If you do look at the Chevy, make sure you specifically ask your mechanic to check out the tow system to make sure it's a factory-installed package and to check the transmission for wear. Tell him specifically what you're looking for and how much you're wanting to tow. A good mechanic will be honest with you about whether or not the vehicle you're looking at will work or not.
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Chevy owner e-mailed me back "The transmission is good was serviced about 6 months ago. The towing capacity is 5000 lbs, it has class 3 hitch on it. Its not the prettiest truck but runs and drives good."
I'm guessing that tow capacity is a bit too low :-/
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Yeah, I'd honestly expect a better towing capacity on a truck like that. If my Trailblazer could tow 7,000lbs, I'd expect a half-ton to be able to tow at least that.

What area are you in and what's your price range?
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Yeah, I'd honestly expect a better towing capacity on a truck like that. If my Trailblazer could tow 7,000lbs, I'd expect a half-ton to be able to tow at least that.

What area are you in and what's your price range?
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I'm in northeast Pa(closest "city" would be stroudsburg 18360) Ideally under $2,000, but could probably save up a bit more if I cut back on my tack addiction
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Half ton or not, it's how the truck is spec'd that makes all the difference. Ford offered an f150 7700 series. Meant for plowing and work. The Chevy pictured looks like it may be a short bed? The angle of the picture may be deceiving though. If it is a shortbed, they really weren't intended to be work trucks. Being a 1500 it could be spec'd as a v6 truck. It's just like horses. Some can, some cant, some do, and some shouldn't.
I stick by my recomendation of a f250. Even with the I6 you'll have plenty of truck. I understand what's available and affordable make the final decision. But you could end up loving or hating towing depending on your choice.
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post #30 of 39 Old 04-17-2013, 10:24 PM
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Phly, ad states that it's got an 8ft box on it.

Rachel, one of my good friends tows her older two-horse straight load (from the 80s) with a truck like this (except hers is an automatic):
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