• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Can I leave BP trailer hooked to my truck for a week?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Can I leave BP trailer hooked to my truck for a week?

    Never had this question before...I'll be going ton a vacation and a friend is using my truck and trailer for a show. Will leaving my empty steel bumper pull trailer hooked up to my truck (ready to tow) for a week harm my truck, tires, or anything? A friend is borrowing while I am away (a very close friend, who I trust)...she asked me to hook it up ready-to-go for a show...but it will sit like that - hooked up, for a week...the show is the day before I return from my trip. I was a little worried about the weight of the trailer on my truck that long...it's a steel stock/slant BP (Adam).

  • #2
    Can I leave BP trailer hooked to my truck for a week?



    • #3
      I'll leave my Brenderup hooked to my Explorer for a week, but I crank the trailer hitch wheel down until it takes the weight off the back of the Explorer when I park it.


      • #4
        Originally posted by JeanM View Post
        I'll leave my Brenderup hooked to my Explorer for a week, but I crank the trailer hitch wheel down until it takes the weight off the back of the Explorer when I park it.
        "Aye God, Woodrow..."


        • #5
          Not sure what pickup you have? 1/2 ton IIRC. Either way, my Dmax ALWAYS has something hooked to it. A week will be no problem for any vehicle. The more you use, it the sooner the rear will 'sag'....simple fact of life. My rear end hangs a touch lower than it did a decade ago, just like my pickup.

          Don't worry about it. Leaving the jack down for your friend is a sure way to have to buy a new jack when you get back.
          Nearly all of what I post will be controversial to someone. Believe nothing you read on a chat room, research for yourself and LEARN.
          Not in the 42% or the 96%


          • #6
            Mine sits all year (except for a handfull of days) attached to the trailer.

            chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


            • #7
              Mine sits all fire season attached to my truck, and I'm certainly too senile to leave the jack down...


              • #8
                Originally Posted by JeanM
                I'll leave my Brenderup hooked to my Explorer for a week, but I crank the trailer hitch wheel down until it takes the weight off the back of the Explorer when I park it.
                The weight of an empty horse trailer will not harm the truck for a week.
                But jacking the hitch wheel down with it still hitched is a bad idea because you would be amazed at how many trailer jacks have been totally destroyed when someone forgot te jack was down(or someoneelse got in te truck and didn't know it was down) and drove off with it down. A good safety habit is to ALWAYS hook and unhook every part of the hitch including the jack in the same order, every time. And when you have left it hitched, do a quick recheck of all the hitch and electric components EVERY time you get in the truck, even if you know it was fastened correctly when you last left it.
                Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
                Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.


                • #9
                  Also a good idea is to do a run through and write down a checklist of hitching and unhitching exact steps down in order with your friend before you leave, example:

                  1) put breakaway wire around ball
                  2) jack the coupler down on ball.
                  3) fasten coupler
                  4) put in the safety pin,
                  5) fasten chains
                  6) put in electrical plug,
                  7) insure jack is all the way up
                  check lights. to unhitch, reverse from number 6 backward ,don't skip anything.
                  These instructions would be in case there is any kind of emergency like the truck breaks down and the trailer needs to be put on another truck, etc.
                  Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
                  Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Patty Stiller View Post
                    1) put breakaway wire around ball
                    Really? Is that common?


                    • #11
                      I've put it around the ball when there wasn't a good place to put it. Although generally I run it through the same spot on the truck frame that I hook my right chain.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by UrbanHennery View Post
                        I've put it around the ball when there wasn't a good place to put it. Although generally I run it through the same spot on the truck frame that I hook my right chain.
                        The hauler who delivered my trailer told me this wasn't legal. I clip it to a (already existing) loop on the front left bottom corner of the truck bed for a gooseneck trailer. I'd have to think about where I'd clip it for a bumper pull. Not sure if there is anywhere else?


                        • #13
                          Yes, you can leave it hooked up for a week-- or much longer.

                          The tongue weight for your trailer will be around 500 lb. That's not a lot in the grand scheme of truck tires and springs/shocks.

                          I wouldn't crank the jack down (too easy to forget that you did). But you *should* go back there and look at the hitch and lights as part of your normal pre-flight check you do every.single.time.

                          Personally, I'd rather attached the break away cable to the truck. It would suck rocks if you snapped the ball off at the stem and released the cable so that it could not do it's job. I'm not sure why anyone would recommend the ball's stem as the best point of attachment. Any ideas/lore that I don't know about?
                          The armchair saddler
                          Politically Pro-Cat


                          • Original Poster

                            Thanks everyone!

                            I also run my emergency brake pull-cord through the same hole as the right-side chain (on BP trailer)...and make sure it's not interfering with, or under that chain. That's how the Adam guy told me to do it. I did have an instance once where I turned a bit sharp on a slight hill...the chain pulled and twisted, and "pulled" the cord taut...and pulled it enough that it engaged the emergency brake IN the field as I was coming out of the turn...spun my truck wheels (not realizing what happened) thinking I was stuck...and ended GETTING myself stuck...later realized the trip-cord was OUT. Lesson learned, LOL. Had to dig myself out, sans horse in trailer...and hours of mud later, was kicking myself when I realized what really happened.


                            • #15
                              Well, I leave mine hitched up frequently -- unplug the electric and I do jack it up so it is not resting on the truck. It's part of my standard "checklist" -- plug in, crank jack down and remove foot, unchock wheels.
                              The big man -- my lost prince

                              The little brother, now my main man


                              • #16
                                Springs wear through repeated compression and expansion- not constant pressure.

                                So you are theoretically putting SLIGHTLY more wear on your truck springs by unhitching, or jacking up, every time.

                                But not enough to worry about.

                                You don't jack up your truck when you are not using it!!

                                And when you DO put a car or truck "up on jacks" for long term storage, it is to protect the tires, not the springs.

                                chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                                • #17
                                  Yes, but unplug electric always.
                                  There is no snooze button on a cat that wants breakfast.