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post #1 of 6 Old 05-24-2014, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Ford Bronco for a horse truck?

I'm looking to buy a truck soon. My S-10 in about to die. My Dad is a classic car guy and for some reason is against me loading hay into his 78' Z28. But he has offered to buy me a truck for my 18th Birthday to save his poor Camaro.

My requirements:

  • Able to pull a two horse trailer. Bumper pull probably.
  • Can haul a round bale of hay.
  • Has a backseat for my dog
  • Easy to put a camper top on for when I star farrier work
  • Decent gas mileage
  • Easy to work on.
My Dad instantly said a Ford Bronco. He adores these trucks and has owned a few.

Anyone else use a Bronco?
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-24-2014, 01:53 PM
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I used to own a Ford Bronco. It was the big kind - not the smaller one (I think they're called Bronco II if they still make them); you had to put it in 4 wheel drive by getting out of the vehicle and turning the lock on the front hub cabs. That one had a v8 motor and given its size, would have been able to easily handle a 2 horse trailer; however the gas mileage wasn't that great but at least you weren't likely to get stuck anytime soon. At any rate, my Bronco was the SUV style - I didn't realize it came in the 'truck' style???
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Bronco's are trucks but they are also SUVs. they have the removable camper top.

Gas mileage in my family is odd. We own mostly classics that my Dad is rebuilding so anything over 12mpg is pretty good in my family.

The ones I'm looking at our Bronoc IIs when they became full sized. Probably and 80's or 90's Bronco.

They have been discontinued.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-24-2014, 02:26 PM
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One issue with the full size Bronco is the short wheel base. A truck has a longer wheel base and will be smoother.

They may work for hauling a 2 horse trailer but they probably don't have enough suspension or braking. They are built like a 1/2 ton truck. The gas mileage isn't going to be great.

Definitely not the smaller Bronco's. Suspension, brakes, engine and weight are not enough.
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Ford broncos are pretty good, Ford highboys are even better, and a dodge ram 2500 or 3500 is beyond good!
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LOL I can just see my Dad's face. "Daddy can I have a Dodge?"

"Go find somewhere else to live!"

My Dad is Chevy and Ford only. Limits my options quite a bit since Silverados are suckish.

Hauling a trailer won't be common with it. Maybe once a month or so when I feel like dragging my horse off on some new trails. Or as an emergency vet situation.
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