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Hauling vehicles other than pickups?

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    Hauling vehicles other than pickups?

    What do you guys use to haul with other than pickups?
    My beloved Silverado is rapidly approaching 200,000 miles so the plan is to get something new (to me) next year. I loathe car shopping and at least within a reasonable driving distance for me, used pickups are going for crazy expensive. So I’m trying to expand my options and find some midsize/suv type vehicles capable of towing a basic two horse trailer (with two 1300-1400lb horses inside).

    I have always towed with a (full sized) van. My current tow vehicle is a Ford Econoline van.

    chief feeder and mucker for Music, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now). Spy is gone. April 15, 1982 to Jan 10, 2019.


      I remember you used to see a lot of vans in the olden days, when you'd also see full size station wagons towing trailers. I don't see many vans anymore, but the big ones are certainly capable. Several families in our Pony Club tow or have towed with Ford Expeditions.


        I pulled a two horse trailer with a Suburban 2500. I loved that SUV. Pulled like a dream. Do they even make them anymore?

        I have a one ton pickup now because I have a gooseneck trailer. But I sure miss the Suburban's covered storage and much smoother ride around town.


          Our Chevy Suburban has successfully pulled our two horse trailer. It’s huge and great for long horse show days because there is so much space in the car for supplies, snacks and even napping...


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            Also I forgot to mention, I need something that can be a good daily driver as well. I can only justify having one vehicle.


              What kind of trailer do you have? I tow my Boeckmann trailer with a V6 SUV.


                State and Local goobermints buy and sell both work and consumer vehicles - trucks and vans - with towing packages installed, so if you shop around on the surplus auction sites, you can often get lucky, though some vehicles will be in very rough condition and have cosmetic damage or need maintenance.
                Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!


                  There are a number of mid-size SUVs that can capably tow a euro-style trailer - Bockman, Brenderup, etc. Since you didn't mention that, I assume its an American-style trailer. That means you are looking at a full-size SUV: Chevy Suburban, Nissan Armada, Yukon, Escalade, Expedition, Land Cruiser. If you want to reduce size, I think there is a trim-style of both the Tahoe and Durango that have high enough tow capacities, but you'd have to check.


                    There is little difference between towing capacity of the Tahoe and the Yukon. You may be surprised that the Suburban, though bigger due to longer wheel base, is somewhat lower in towing capacity. I have the Tahoe, and its not my first one, I have a major love affair with them. It works great. Note here that I haul only one horse, maybe 1100 lbs, and the trailer itself weighs in at about 2400 lbs. All of these are likely to be lower than the Silverado, so do your homework and get a good idea of your trailer weight excluding the horses and other stuff.


                      Right now I have a Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer.
                      My boarder has always used a Toyota SUV of some variety. I think a 4runner?


                        Expedition Tahoe Suburban Seqouia Armada Grand Cherokee and Durango are some of the more capable affordable types. Some of the luxury big HP types have crazy high tow ratings (Porsche Cayenne)

                        I just bought a Durango after test driving the Tahoe. I still have my F250 diesel but it is on its last legs and I wanted a dual family hauler/horse hauler. I much preferred the handling of the Durango over the Tahoe. More sport wagon than truck and SRT models can be specked to haul over 8k. Mine is a Citadel because I wanted the extra ground clearance. V8 5.7L Hemi hauls up to 7200lbs and handled my 2 horse stock combo loaded to 6200 lbs with ease. You MUST get the factory installed tow package or there is some bizarre low legal towing limit on these without it. Nice long wheel base on these and massive brakes. Integrated proportional brake controller is so much better than the after market time delay one I have on my truck.

                        If I was hauling thousands of miles a year across the plains states (IME headwinds are worse than hills) or Rockies I would keep a truck but for 20 miles once a week with one horse in Maryland it’s fine.
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