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Part 1-Can I haul a 3-horse?

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  • Part 1-Can I haul a 3-horse?

    Never mind the part about I have never hauled anything-I think I can learn-
    I am determined to get a used horse trailer. and I want/ think I could haul a gooseneck. I first thought I would get a 2-horse but the more I think about it, 3 people is such a good number for trail riding.

    A few months ago I bought a Dodge Ram 2500, gas, 2WD, 2001, 100K+ miles-already had gooseneck and brake controller and was used to haul horses. This is not my primary transportation but it seemed like a good deal. Talked to the previous owner who bought a diesel dually.

    The book says the hauling capacity is 8800 lbs.

    So if a 3-horse is 4800 + 1@1200, 1@1000 = about 8000. Is it too much?

  • #2
    I have a chevy 2500 and pull a goose neck trailer, 3 horse slant w/ dressing room with no issues at all. At most I have had 2 horses in the trailer and the front stall with trunks and such.

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    • #3
      Remember to add on for yourself and also all the stuff too which can add to be quite a bit. Its always better to be overpowered than underpowered.

      It also makes quite a difference with the specific terrain you will be driving...hills? You also didn't say the motor /transmission this truck has...2500 refers to the suspension on the truck.
      "My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sunlight and nicker to me in the night"

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      • #4
        You can - but not safely.
        A pussycat of a horse with a chewed off tail won the triple crown, The Cubs won the world series and Trump won the Presidency.
        Don't tell me 'It can't be done.'

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 5 View Post
          You can - but not safely.


          Where do you guys keep coming from?
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          • #6
            No problem. It has the 5.9 Magnum engine and not the Hemi, correct? The Magnum series engines of that era are not exactly a powerhouse, but I should think it will suffice.


            What size trailer was the previous owner hauling?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by MaybeMorgan View Post
              Never mind the part about I have never hauled anything-I think I can learn-
              I am determined to get a used horse trailer. and I want/ think I could haul a gooseneck. I first thought I would get a 2-horse but the more I think about it, 3 people is such a good number for trail riding.

              A few months ago I bought a Dodge Ram 2500, gas, 2WD, 2001, 100K+ miles-already had gooseneck and brake controller and was used to haul horses. This is not my primary transportation but it seemed like a good deal. Talked to the previous owner who bought a diesel dually.

              The book says the hauling capacity is 8800 lbs.

              So if a 3-horse is 4800 + 1@1200, 1@1000 = about 8000. Is it too much?
              The book probably indicates the towing/hauling capacity of a "bumper" pull trailer (usually using a hitch bolted to the frame of the truck), not a gooseneck or 5th wheel. Gooseneck/fifth wheel towing capacities usually are much higher, since the kingpin weight of the trailer is directly over the rear axle of the truck. You should be fine.
              Whoever said money can't buy happiness never owned a horse.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by IslandGirl View Post
                The book probably indicates the towing/hauling capacity of a "bumper" pull trailer (usually using a hitch bolted to the frame of the truck), not a gooseneck or 5th wheel. Gooseneck/fifth wheel towing capacities usually are much higher, since the kingpin weight of the trailer is directly over the rear axle of the truck. You should be fine.
                http://dodgeram.info/2001/towing-charts.html#2500
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                • #9
                  The trailer weighs 4800 pounds; let's assume the weight of two horses is 2,200 lbs. and the weight of three horses is about 3,300 lbs. Let's also assume another 1,000 lbs. of incidental weight (tack, people, supplies, etc.). Totaled up, we're now at 9,000 lbs.

                  Kingpin weight is figured on total weight of the trailer and actually is considered "payload" since the weight is directly over the truck's rear axle. Kingpin weight usually is 15% to 20% of the total trailer weight. That means the NET weight she is pulling, fully loaded, is between 1,350 to 1,800 lbs. which is well within the 3,830 lb. payload capacity of her truck. Don't forget that the trailer axles carry a substantial portion of the total trailer weight.
                  Whoever said money can't buy happiness never owned a horse.

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                  • Original Poster

                    #10
                    It's starting to make more sense now!

                    Yes, 5.9 engine, Quad cab, long bed.
                    I think the previous owner had a 3 horse trailer.
                    I kept staring at the chart that 2bee put up a link to, but now it's starting to make sense, because the gooseneck is like a lever, sort of, maybe....thanks for the clear explanation, Island Girl-honestly I just couldn't figure out how anyone could be hauling with less than a semi, after reading all these threads, you know? I still have a hard time seeing how I could have a 500 lbs of stuff but maybe-after I get all the things people say you should carry in a trailer....

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                      #11
                      Terrain

                      The area is hilly midwest, that is, some flat, no mountains. The farthest I could see going is a couple hundred miles.

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                      • #12
                        I have the same type of truck, and pull a 3 horse. One thing I wish I had paid more attention to was the width of the trailer. Mine is extra tall and wide, I wish I had gotten the regular width. Some roads are very narrow.

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