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Brenderup Baron TC (2 horse)- What do you tow with and how do you like it?

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  • Brenderup Baron TC (2 horse)- What do you tow with and how do you like it?

    Apologies for another B-up thread but I need your opinions! I have searched B-up threads exhaustively but can't seem to find quite what I'm looking for.

    I need to hear how people like their tow vehicles. It's time for my 1997 F250 heavy duty diesel to retire, and the last time I bought a trailer, I decided on a Brenderup... so that when Truckasaurus gives up the ghost, I can get something more family & fuel friendly. I haul infrequently at the moment, but my 3 greenies are all close to being ready for showing, and my towing may increase. Also it will be mostly long distance, as I live far away from... well... everywhere, so I would NOT say I am going to be "light" on a vehicle.

    I am looking at several SUV's and smaller pickups. I'd really prefer an SUV or even a minivan for my family. I saw some people said they haul with a Honda Odyssey but the vehicle is only rated for 2400 pounds. This strikes me as dangerous.

    Does anyone use a Honda Pilot? Comes with a transmission cooler, of course. Tell me the positives and negatives (I know, you have to change the transmission fluid every 20K miles if you're hauling).

    Anyone haul with other unibodies? Or are frames pretty much the norm even with brenderups? My trailer weighs in at 2150. With 2 horses and an EMPTY tack area, I will be topping out close to the recommended vehicle tow max on the Pilot.

    What are some other mid size SUV's people use? Thank you!

  • #2
    I have a B-rup Solo and haul it with the 4.8L Tahoe, 2004 model. I would not attempt hauling with any vehicle smaller than this. The Tahoe, at least that year, is on a truck frame - it rides just like the Chevy pickup.

    I saw people in Europe haul with smaller vehicles, but remember, they go shorter distances, and on roads that are more like streets - not the interstates.

    I would go for one of the larger SUVs for the usage you describe - for example, the bigger engine (5.3L) Tahoe would be the SMALLEST vehicle i would try. I looked at Yukons, Suburbans, Toyota Sequioa, and the really big Ford (Excursion?) when i made this choice.

    No unibodies!


    • #3
      I currently tow my Brenderup Baron with a Chevy Silverado 1500, 8 litre engine. It hauls like a dream, I forget the trailer is back there!

      I have big horses (17h ID and 16.3 WB) and the mileage in my truck barely changes even when hauling both horses.

      I've towed this trailer back and forth from SC to CA and up and down the East coast a dozen times.

      I NEVER worry about my ability to climb over any mountain or to stop under any circumstances.

      I previously hauled my trailer with a Range Rover and it did fine but I definitely noticed the weight in the trailer going up any decent hills.

      Get a tow vehicle that is "more" than the minimum requirement - the piece of mind is priceless!
      You're entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts!


      • #4
        I haul my 2011 Brenderup Baron L SL with a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 5.7L Hemi engine, Tow package (including transmission cooler, lower rear differential, class IV hitch, etc.).

        I only haul one horse, but I don't even notice the trailer is back there. Maintains speed up big hills without any issue.


        • #5
          Originally posted by baysngreys View Post
          I currently tow my Brenderup Baron with a Chevy Silverado 1500, 8 litre engine. It hauls like a dream, I forget the trailer is back there!
          Do you mean V8? I don't think I've heard of a 8 liter half ton engine....


          • #6
            I tow my '99 B-up Baron with a '98 Ford Explorer 5 L. V-8, and even though my Mighty Red Pig now has 227K miles on it , I only notice I am towing the B-up with my 1200-1300 pound mare inside when going up a long, steep hill.

            If I had to replace my wonderful Red Pig, I'd look first at a Ranger. Sadly, I just heard from a dealer that Ford is discontinuing the Ranger line!! They apparently think that the F-150 is so fuel efficient, who'd want a Ranger? DUH. Not all of us need a full-size truck, you dorks!! Grrrr.


            • #7
              I originally towed my B-up Royal w/ a Dodge Durango; it was tough on that vehicle in hilly country when loaded w/ my 1400 lb mare. Never really towed more than one horse. Traded said Durango in for a Tahoe, tow package and it is much better. I wouldn't pull w/ anything smaller, (especially w/ two horses) and I rarely go more than 2-3 hours in any direction.
              We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


              • #8
                Just wanting to throw in that interstates are probably easiest on your rig to tow on

                Everybody in my family (Europe) hauls with a large sedan, and since they are into racing, they generally drive several hours each direction...

                I don't think minivans are engineered to pull anything of substance.
                it would make for an awesome vehicle if they were tho....


                • #9
                  Nissan Pathfinder. Works great.
                  The aids are the legs, the hands, the weight of the rider, the whip, the caress, the voice and the use of extraneous circumstances. ~ General Decarpentry


                  • #10
                    Rav4 with a v6 for a Royal TC. Pulls and stops it effortlessly. I usually just have a pony or two back there, but have done some short trips with 2 horses


                    • #11
                      jeep grand cherokee, 2005, v6. no tow package. long and short hauls, no problem. these days i don't tow all that much, but when i need to, i just hook up and go.


                      • #12
                        Loved my B'up Royal. Some days I really miss it.

                        I towed it with an older F150 XLT. I know I risk being flamed for admitting this, but for a few (local, flat road) trips I had to use a Jeep Grand Cherokee or a Ford Ranger.

                        Never had a bit of trouble with the Brenderup - no sway, no difficulty stopping, no nothing!
                        Veterinarians for Equine Welfare


                        • #13
                          We used to haul ours with a Ford E150 (actually three of them, as the trailer's outlasted them all!) but if and when it gets used again it'll be a 2010 standard Explorer, unless Dad really DOES decide to finally buy a pickup truck. (It's his trailer; I don't have a tow vehicle.) Pickup would almost certainly be an F150, I can't see him buying anything larger.

                          I was considering the largest variation on the Ranger. It would have been fine for hauling the B-up, but it wouldn't be practical, even small as they are, for daily driving for me.
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                          • #14
                            I towed my trailer with a 5.7 liter Jeep Commander limited with a tow package. It towed better than my Expedition, in my opinion. I never had trouble going up or down steep windy hills (the gorge for any locals). My trailer isn't a brenderup, but it weighs about 2400 lbs empty. I only towed 2 horses at a time with the Jeep (for a total weight of about 4500 lbs). I loved that vehicle. My husband decided he wanted a sport's car, so we traded it on a mustang and bought an old exped to be our spare vehicle. I have an F350 crew cab long bed dually for towing, but I liked the Jeep as well or better.


                            • #15
                              I have the Royal HB, and haul w/a Dodge Durango. Works great!!

                              If I could do it over, I would have popped for the Baron, but at the time, I couldnt justify the extra money for it. It was my first trailer, but now, I would LOVE the extra space of the Baron. It would have been worth the extra money, but I didnt know that then.

                              Great trailer, and now that they arent available in the USA anymore, I'll probably keep it forever I love my B'up that much
                              Riding is NOT meant as an inside sport, GET out of that arena!!!


                              • #16
                                We've had several Brenderup trailers over the years and really, really like them (have a Solo now).

                                When we had the 2-horse Baron model (we just sold it a couple of months ago) we attempted to haul it with my huband's Lexus suv (RX330) with two horses, 2 saddles, no other gear. Let me tell you that was a WHITE KNUCKLE ride. Thank goodness we were only going a short distance. Told hubby I would NEVER do that again.

                                Now we use his Lexus to tow the Brenderup Solo and it is quite capable of doing that (in fact we picked a horse up yesterday w/ the Lexus and the Solo).

                                I have a 2006 Saab 97X SUV w/ the V8 engine and it towed the Baron like a dream, w/ two horses and tack, couple bales of hay and water on board. It also does a good job of towing the lightweight Gore 2 horse w/ no dressing room that we have now.

                                I have to tell you I LOVE MY SAAB suv, I've had it 5 years now and it is a great vehicle. The gas mileage sucks but I wanted something to tow a small trailer with and it does that job for me very well.

                                IMO the ads showing the smaller vehicles like the Lexus RX, etc. happily towing the Brenderup are NOT true and I would not recommend it!

                                Honestly I don't think you can get ANY vehicle that you will be comfortable towing with that is going to get good gas mileage.

                                If you don't tow much you might be better off getting a cheap, older pickup like a base F150 just for towing, and a fuel efficient minivan for your daily driver.

                                Good luck!
                                Proud Native Texan!
                                owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!


                                • #17
                                  I loved my brenderup too; unfortunately my new horse was not of the same opinion. She scrambled around on corners, no matter how SLOW I went, so badly that she popped the divider out of its little hole and also managed to make it bow a bit in the middle. Two times like that and I wouldn't haul her in it anymore. Tried a friend's slant load, and she was happy as a clam, so had to trade in my little B.

                                  But - anything for the princess..........
                                  We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


                                  • #18
                                    I have a 2000 Baron w/ tack area. I tow with a 2003 LandRover Discovery. Works fine.


                                    • #19
                                      2007 Acura MDX here, with tow package. Rated at 5000 lbs and pulls the fully-loaded Brenderup like it's not even there. 20mpg on the freeway (NOT towing), which drops to around 19 in the steep hills around my house.


                                      • #20
                                        Hmm. Tow mytwo OTTBSs (one a good 1,200, the other near) B-up w/ a diesel F250 short bed ext cab, which of course does not notice the trailer. One factor folks aren't including is the horses towed. Some folks w/ a 2-hore are towing a 900 lb. Arab, some are pulling a couple of 1,300+ lb. Warmbloods.

                                        This makes a significant difference in what one asks of the Honda or Acura or whatever else.