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  • What kind of truck do you pull your trailer with?

    I'm in college, starting to put away money and plan to buy a "newer" truck. I'm not looking for super fancy, just reliable that can pull a trailer. I'm looking at a stock trailer, not anything huge, but something I can fit at least two horses in.

    I just need to upgrade from my Dodge 1500 because it has WAY too many miles, and I don't even want to think about pulling anything with it.

    I seem to have this "Only big trucks can pull trailers" thing going on in my head, because that is all my family has ever pulled trailers with (but big trucks are so expensive). So I am just curious what YOU pull your trailer with, gooseneck or not!
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    Dodge 2500 Diesel with an inline 6. Trailer is 3H GN with dressing room
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    • #3
      2004 Chevy Tahoe with HD tow package. I pull a Warmblood sized Sundowner 2 horse trailer with a dressing room without problems. The same vehicle pulls our longer than the horse trailer Airstream; again no problems.

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      • #4
        I pull my 2H GN with a GMC 2500 with a 7.4 engine. It's a short bed, but I've got an extender on my trailer so the nose isn't too close to my back window. It's not a "big" truck, but it's got a big engine!

        I'm not usually a fan of Fords, but a couple of my friends have the newer diesels, and I love how quiet the engines are.
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        • #5
          1996 Dodge 3/4 ton V-10. I wouldn't haul with anything less than a 3/4 ton.

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          • #6
            2 horse steel bumper pull slant load with dressing room...first was 1996 F250 7.3
            diesel...awesome. Next Dodge 2006 1500 with 5.7 gas engine....not so awesome.
            Now Dodge 2007 5.9 diesel 2500 megacab...awesome again!

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            • #7
              2010 Chevy 3/4 ton with a tow package (can't get more specific than that, it is husband's truck but we bought knowing we were going to tow horse with it). Pull a 2H step up slant.
              What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!

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              • #8
                2003 Ford F250 w/ tow package

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                • #9
                  GMC 2500 Diesel, extended cab with all the bells and whistles for towing. My 2-horse trailer is a gooseneck. However, our car transporter is huge--38' long and much heavier; especially when you put a car and all the tools in it. This truck has no problems hauling it. However, since it's a shortbed, we did have to buy a special attachment for the hitch after breaking the rear window of the truck when negotiating a tight turn. The Allison transmission is ideal for towing.

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                  • #10
                    My trailer: 2006 Steel CornPro Stock trailer with a dressing room, its 14' and fits 2 horses, slant.

                    I pull it with a 2013 GMC Sierra 1500. The truck pulls it excellent, never lacking power, and am averaging about 14 mpg towing with it.

                    THe only thing about the truck that needs assistance is the suspension...I didn't get the Z71 package, and could've used the extra back there. I am installing airbags at some point soon and that problem will be solved.
                    "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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                    • #11
                      Chevy 2500HD diesel crew cab makes easy work of a two-horse bumper pull, as well as pulling the gooseneck flatbed trailer with the tractor and mower when necessary.
                      Alis volat propriis.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BasqueMom View Post
                        2 horse steel bumper pull slant load with dressing room...first was 1996 F250 7.3
                        diesel...awesome. Next Dodge 2006 1500 with 5.7 gas engine....not so awesome.
                        Now Dodge 2007 5.9 diesel 2500 megacab...awesome again!
                        LOL, going from diesel anything to gas anything is going to burst your bubble! I used to tow with my boyfriend's F-350 with the 7.3L and then went to a gas truck...what a disappointment!
                        "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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                        • #13
                          We don't have mountains, but have some steep canyon roads and it pulls fine up them.
                          Pickup was 1990 150 F 4x4, that we still use around here and then the one in the picture, 150F 4x4 2007:
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                          • #14
                            2001 GMC 2500 HD 4X4 diesel extended cab - bought in December w/123,000 miles for $12500. I haul a 2H bp slant load (Trails West Avenger). Although you would never know it was back there. My friend hauls the same trailer with a 1500 GMC (newer than mine but I don't recall what year) - yea, not even a contest hauling up the hill from Bakersfield to Tehachapi (a 3500 ft climb), I"m typically at the dinner restaurant 20+ minutes sooner than she is, LOL.

                            Used to tow a much smaller trailer with a much smaller truck. No way would I go back at love. Love my current set up!
                            Last edited by kewpalace; Apr. 29, 2013, 04:21 PM.

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                            • #15
                              When I first bought a truck and trailer it was a 1977 Chevy 1/2 ton and a straight load WW 2 horse trailer. Had no problems going across the country in that set up.

                              We eventually bought a 2000 Ford F250 and a 4 horse WW stock trailer.

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                              • #16
                                If you can find a good Ford F-250 diesel 4x4 with the 7.3 engine the price will be right and your mechanic will fight you for it.
                                My 1989 was 23 years old before we purchased our son's Dodge 350 diesel which is a pricey one to run. The 7.3 89'er had gone everywhere with two horses, plus camper and all over BC and never gave us a minute's trouble.
                                It had always been well maintained by Truck Guy.
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                                • #17
                                  No trailer yet, but a few months ago we snagged a 1994 Chevy 2500 V8, regular-cab w/ tow package, <100k miles, great shape, for $2600 on craigslist. I'm pretty confident that it'll be able to handle whatever 2H I decide to tow with it, but my ideal trailer is a 16' GN stock.
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                                  • #18
                                    2005 Chevy 3500 Dually long bed diesel with Allison Trasmission for 2-horse straight load Gooseneck - hauling drafties.

                                    Voila!

                                    ETA: We moved up to this big truck from a F-250 7.3l diesel... the tranny couldn't handle the load. This hoss of a truck never knows my trailer is there.
                                    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                                    • #19
                                      2001 F-250 7.3 diesel with 4wd to pull my 2 horse gooseneck with dressing room or my 26 ft travel trailer.

                                      more truck than perhaps I need but I don't care.
                                      A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.--G. K. Chesterton

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                                      • #20
                                        F-150, hauling mostly one horse in a basic 2H BP. Bought on an extremely small budget, so had to settle a bit. I saw VERY few used 3/4 tons-- let alone diesels-- for sale under $10k that didn't appear to have been in major accidents/ minor wars.

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