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.
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.
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