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  • SUV for Towing a Brenderup

    Here's the deal. It's time for me to get a new vehicle and I would like to get something I can drive everyday and haul a horse trailer with. I know that a full size truck is the BEST option for hauling, but that is not a practical purchase for me right now. Down the road, yes, but for now I need a lightweight setup that can travel short distances and be ready to go in case of an emergency (fire, vet clinic visit, etc.)

    I've read the threads on Brenderup trailers with great interest and think this would be a really good trailer for me. I understand you can haul these with a mid-size SUV and I would feel comfortable driving this size car as my everyday vehicle as well. If Brenderup owners or those knowledgeable about these trailers could chime in and let me know what vehicles they tow these with, that would be great. I would like to get something as fuel efficient as possible.

    Also, please let me know what I need to have installed on the SUV for towing a Brenderup. Depending on what I end up spending on the SUV, I may be able to purchase the trailer within a couple of months and I want to be ready to go.

    For those who hate Brenderups, I am open to investigating other lightweight trailer/SUV options, so please feel free to chime in too.

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    The people who hate them never drove one.

    Big problem usually is that the SUVs are so much higher than the sedans the trailers were originally planned for. So you must have the hitch installed that allows for level towing. It's better for your car and for the trailer.

    I am not a great fan of SUVs. Seems to me that most models are underpowered for their size and what they claim you can tow with.

    (and while I love the option, for what you can buy even a used Brenderup, you can buy a conventional rig, truck and trailer...)

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    • #3
      Mine pulls beautifully with a Jeep Grand Cherokee, V8 Hemi engine, towing package including transmission cooler factory installed.

      When I was vehicle shopping, I limited my search to vehicles with a tow capacity of 7000 lbs. or more.

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      • #4
        My Expedition 5.4L V8 with factory tow package (tranny cooler, etc.) would just need a drop hitch, and I would be good to go.

        I base this on having used it to tow a 14' Featherlite (for which I had a break controller installed). There I really needed sway bars and was only hauling one horse, but I think that was a 3,400 lb trailer (empty) too. Not my favorite set-up, I would prefer more truck. If I was using that trailer more than 1x a year, or at higher speeds, I would add a weight distribution hitch.

        I personally would stick to a larger SUV: Suburban of course, or Yukon, Tahoe, Expedition and would skip the Explorers, Trailblazers, Escapes, RAV, etc.
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        • #5
          I haul with a V6 TrailBlazer and my brenderup royal with no problems. In fact, you don't even know the trailer is back there. I have a factory installed class III hitch and I did an aftermarket tranny cooler. I also upgraded the suspension in the back just to be on the safe side. The suspension needed some attention anyway.

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          • #6
            I haul my solo with a V6 Lexus RX350. It has the factory tow package.

            I adore my Brenderup Solo, but I would caution you against purchasing one in the states. Mine needs a repair on the ramp, and no one can get the parts here. (I'm in Texas.) There is supposedly a company in New Hampshire that can or will get parts, but they are not responding to calls or emails from the trailer repair companies here. ASAP Trailers in Tomball, TX used to get parts, but can't anymore. They haven't had any luck getting a response out of the NH shop either.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by LEL View Post
              I haul my solo with a V6 Lexus RX350. It has the factory tow package.

              I adore my Brenderup Solo, but I would caution you against purchasing one in the states. Mine needs a repair on the ramp, and no one can get the parts here. (I'm in Texas.) There is supposedly a company in New Hampshire that can or will get parts, but they are not responding to calls or emails from the trailer repair companies here. ASAP Trailers in Tomball, TX used to get parts, but can't anymore. They haven't had any luck getting a response out of the NH shop either.
              Try Traveled Lane Trailers in MD. They do a lot with the European trailers and have been awesome as far as researching things for me. They understand there is a definite market for European trailers in the US and are very dedicated to serving people who own one/want one.

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              • #8
                I tow mine with a jeep grand cherokee, 6 cyl, no special tow package. I added a class 3 hitch. no problems towing.

                sucks that we can't get parts for them here.

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                • #9
                  I tow with a Nissan Pathfinder with towing up to 7000lbs. I just bought a trailers usa (out of FL) 2 horse warmblood size, all alluminium that weighs 2300lbs. tows great.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Snowflake View Post
                    Try Traveled Lane Trailers in MD. They do a lot with the European trailers and have been awesome as far as researching things for me. They understand there is a definite market for European trailers in the US and are very dedicated to serving people who own one/want one.
                    Agree. Good people
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                    As to the tow vehicle, a Euro trailer will tow easily with many available choices. I test towed at Traveled Lane with my Highlander. I still feel that a true mid-size or full size SUV is the best choice for this to insure that the tow vehicle weight is up where it should be for best results. I wouldn't hesitate to tow a Euro trailer with my current Highlander or with the Grand Cherokee that I drool over as a potential next vehicle.

                    As to the question about what you need on the tow vehicle, aside from the obvious (Class III or better hitch and electrical), the best practice is to have a factory tow package if available that provides additional cooling for the drive train. My Highlander has that, for example. You do not need a brake controller for a Euro trailer as they don't use electrical brakes. Rather, they use inertial braking which is self-contained in the trailer, itself. The second you let off the gas, the trailer begins braking proportional to the decrease in velocity of your tow vehicle.

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                    • #11
                      The only thing I will add is a friend of mine in FL had a brenderup and sold it within 2 years because it was much hotter than other trailers she had experience with (and her replacement Trail Et was much cooler). Maybe up north and in Europe it's not such a big issue, but she thought it was pretty significant in Florida.
                      Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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                        #12
                        Great!

                        Thanks for all the replies so far.

                        I want to get a 2 horse model, so does everyone agree that I need the V8?

                        I've been doing some research and it looks like there is a big price jump between a V6 and a V8 vehicle.

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                        • #13
                          Over in England/Ireland you go to hunt meets and people are pulling Brenderups with BMW sedans, Volvos, I even saw a VW Jetta pulling a two horse near Thurles once. I tend to think we Americans go a little overboard in sizing rigs for trailering a horse or two.

                          When I was talking to Brenderup about getting a Brenderup Solo, their brochure stated all you needed was a minimum 115" wheelbase and 115 hp.

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                          • #14
                            When I first bought my Brenderup Baron, I was torn between getting a Volvo XC90 and an F-150. I eventually went with the F150 simply because it was a good $15,000 cheaper. (I eventually upgraded for a 250, but I still have my Brenderup. Feel kind of ridiculous hauling it with such a big truck )
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                            • #15
                              I have towed my 2003 Brenderup Solo with a Volvo S70 sedan (5 cylinders), a Volvo S80 sedan, and now I drive a Volvo XC90 SUV with a 5,000 lbs tow rating.

                              The SUV has been the best ride/handling of my 3 vehicles. I have been able to find the one repair item i've needed in the last 9 years -- (brake light/turn signal assembly) at a trailer place in NJ - ordered from their on-line catalog. Got the part number off the old light assebly... easy peasey.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Jim_in_PA View Post
                                As to the question about what you need on the tow vehicle, aside from the obvious (Class III or better hitch and electrical), the best practice is to have a factory tow package if available that provides additional cooling for the drive train.
                                Not all SUVs with a towing package have an appropriate transmission cooler. My trailblazer cooled the transmission by utilizing the radiator that also cooled the engine. This means my transmission would overheat when hauling and start pushing tranny fluid out of it and eventually, the transmission took a total crap and I had to have it replaced. When I did, I had them install the biggest auxiliary cooler that would fit on my truck - basically, it's the same one that's on the big bus RVs. I was going to protect my investment. And it was less than $300 installed. Well worth it I say. I would talk to your mechanic about the specifics of the truck that you're interested in. They will be able to tell you about what upgrades would be appropriate for the truck in question.

                                My truck has a large 4.2L 6 cylinder engine and I don't feel underpowered at all when it comes to towing. I would have no qualms about hauling a brenderup with a V6.

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                                • #17
                                  I love my 2010 Brenderup Baron TC and I safely pull it with my 2009 Audi Q7 diesel w/ towing package (capacity 6600 lbs).

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Inese View Post
                                    I have towed my 2003 Brenderup Solo with a Volvo S70 sedan (5 cylinders), a Volvo S80 sedan, and now I drive a Volvo XC90 SUV with a 5,000 lbs tow rating.

                                    5 cylinders? really?

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Major Mark View Post
                                      Over in England/Ireland you go to hunt meets and people are pulling Brenderups with BMW sedans, Volvos, I even saw a VW Jetta pulling a two horse near Thurles once. I tend to think we Americans go a little overboard in sizing rigs for trailering a horse or two.

                                      When I was talking to Brenderup about getting a Brenderup Solo, their brochure stated all you needed was a minimum 115" wheelbase and 115 hp.
                                      Well, the new Jetta's are about 3 sizes bigger than the ones from my youth....but not exactly what I think I'd use. (a cousin pulled one horse with a VW Golf...now THAT was a sight, and so not safe! and up a really steep hill, too!)

                                      When you consider that US trailers don't have the same breaks as a european trailer, yep, you need the big machine.

                                      But I think the Europeas when the other way around: Small cars, narrow roads = smaller trailer.

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                                      • #20
                                        Important to remember here that for Brenderup, it's "used" only in the US at this point. They are no longer manufactured here as the owner, Thule, pulled out of the US market. Other Euro options include Fautras, St Georges (made by Fautras) and Böckmann.

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                                        As an aside, I saw a woman pulling a Brenderup Solo with a Subaru Forester last weekend near Flemmington NJ. While it brought a smile to my face, I know too many people who would have been cringing! LOL

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