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Woohoo- We've gotten ourselves a trailer! Question....

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  • #21
    Congrats on the trailer. I have had some situations with my old 2h BP towing with my 5.4L 4x4 F150 in FL on flat roads that were almost deadly. My F150 had a heck of a lot more power/weight then the Jeep, so just imagine. You think it will all be fine at first, "oh it is just a short trip! No worries!"

    Yep, I pulled over on the side of the road and sobbed as I almost lost control and could have flipped. It happens, I am not trying to be debbie downer and neither is anyone else on this thread. Its a safety issue for you and your horse as well as other drivers on the road. The stupid part was that my towing vehicle at the time was in my driveway but I did not want to fill it up. Here is to being 16 and just plain stupid/reckless on my part. I was never under trucked again.

    People drive stupid and I mean stupid especially when they think they are going to be stuck behind you. Just be careful, because no amount of sway bars is going to help you when you REALLY need it.

    Like others have said, get a truck just for towing. Older and ugly are your friends but in a reliable year as well as cared for. I have found numerous trucks in CL that have served me well as tow vehicles and daily drivers.
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    • #22
      Some food for thought on whether your tow vehicle is adequate:





      Also remember, that hauling a live load, you will have to adjust your numbers.


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by kewpalace View Post
        Some food for thought on whether your tow vehicle is adequate:





        Also remember, that hauling a live load, you will have to adjust your numbers.
        These are super helpful in understanding all the ins and outs. Thank you!

        And, no worries, you guys are not raining on my parade. No one was mean or insulting. You were all just giving your fair assessments of my situation. I have to say, I appreciate the civility. Sometimes, as we all know, COTHers can be less than kind on certain topics....Towing and towing vehicles being one of them.

        The trailer is 2000lbs, of course with breaks. It did haul well empty. My guys is roughly 1200lbs. I do agree, an accident can happen at any given time, no matter how short or long the trip.

        We did haul a two horse trailer with the Jeep from AL to VA. No horses, but it was loaded. (Horses vs objects totally different, I know.) But the Jeep did indeed handle well, even up hills. That said, we never went over 55. Not using this as a justification, just wanted to mention the Jeep actually had good get up and go on this hills with no problems.

        I will absolutely be sure to have a sway bar added tomorrow. (The truck also has a sway control system.) Nor will I add extra weight to the trailer itself outside of hay.

        Unfortunately, the Jeep will have to do until I can make better accommodations. I will for sure look for an older truck that is better suited. Perhaps I can have someone at the barn tow with her truck until we find something more suitable. (Although, she has an Expedition.)


        • Original Poster

          2DogsFarm, I am so sorry. What an absolutely awful accident. I'm calling around to see if we can figure out something with trucks for show day.


          • #25
            An expedition is a marginally acceptable tow vehicle. It's heavy enough to where the trailer won't grab hold and knock it off the road.


            • #26
              Ok-now you guys have got me freaked out. My f 250 was stolen last spring. I decided to not replace it-I have an f150 that I've used before to haul. I'm purchasing a Exiss all alum bumper pull this weekend and plan to haul it with my f150. Do I need anti -sway bars? I drive in south fla -no hills (once in a blue moon),no heavy winds. Small Arab. Watcha think?


              • #27
                Originally posted by SFrost View Post
                calling around to see if we can figure out something with trucks for show day.
                Please do this.
                If my tragedy can prevent just one other it was worth posting.
                I nearly lost my life along with my horses and still shudder when I think What If another vehicle had been in my way and other people had been hurt...
                *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
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                • #28
                  Kewpalace, those links were extremely helpful, thanks! I bookmarked most of them!
                  *friend of bar.ka

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                  • #29
                    arabracer...an F150 is quite a bit larger and heavier than the vehicle the OP is using. However, I would question the brake size as well and the transmissions ability to haul.

                    So many people think that just because their trailer is aluminum it means its light...and it may be, until you add the horse and all of your gear.

                    I have an F150 with the smaller V8 and I have heard over and over how its supposed to be an RV hauling machine...I wouldnt put anything more than a lawn mower behind it myself because I also have a 3/4 ton and have FELT what 1 horse can do in a really light 2 horse BP trailer...but thats just me.
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                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
                      Please do this.
                      If my tragedy can prevent just one other it was worth posting.
                      I nearly lost my life along with my horses and still shudder when I think What If another vehicle had been in my way and other people had been hurt...
                      I will. Thank you for sharing your story. I can't imagine the heartbreak you went through.