Hey guys! I'm looking to buy a truck, but I am not vehicle savvy Needing some testimonials- what do you drive to pull your LQ? I need enough towing capacity where I won't have to worry about what's behind it. Primarily would just be hauling horses in an LQ or cattle in a stock trailer.
Towing power is one thing, but STOPPING POWER is something else entirely. I had a 32' GN Cattle Trailer (empty) push a F250 Powerstroke through an intersection, so stopping power is (to me) more important than pulling power.
We have an F350 dually and an F350 SWD. I use the single wheel for our 20' stock trailer, and the dually for the 30' 4H LQ.
According to the specs the single wheel would be able to pull the LQ, but I'd only use that one if I were in a pickle. The dually is just more stable to pull the LQ.
I'd not go any smaller than a 1T vehicle for any LQ or longer trailer. There will be people telling you that it's no problem, "they've been doing it for years!" But just because nothing happened so far, doesn't mean it won't or can't happen...
ETA, both are diesel.
I love my Dodge dually... diesel.
I pull a 3H LQ with 8' short wall with a 2005 Chevy Silverado dually 8.1 gas engine. She drinks a lot of gas, mpg 8.5ish, but I have never had an issue pulling or stopping, even on hills.
We have diesel, dodge duallys.
I'm watching. I have a 2008 F350. Installed air bags to pull new to me 4 horse Elite. 8' short wall and back tack. Reverse load. I Am Not Happy at all with the way it pulls. I'm thinking about buying an air hitch from Fallon Taylor's dad. I will be buying an F450 within 2 years. I don't understand. I see rigs way bigger than mine rolling down the highway behind 1 ton duallys all the time.
CanCan - 2021-01-25 9:51 AM
You may want to have someone inspect the axles on the trailer.
I pull my LQ, 10 ft short wall, three horse, I believe 26ft, with a F350 diesel and she handles that loaded with ease. Any bigger and I'd want the stability of a dually.
Nateracer - 2021-01-25 10:06 AM
Don't say this and leave me hanging. What could be wrong with trailer axles? Even WITH axle problems on my CM, it never pulled this ratchet.
CanCan - 2021-01-25 3:43 PM
Have you checked the brakes to make sure they are not sticking? Sometimes when you have a bent axle it can cause problems as making the trailer kinda have a feeling of lagging/lugging, when was the last time the wheel bearings been checked or packed?
CanCan - 2021-01-25 10:51 AM
my son and his wife pull a lq 5 horse with slides loaded about 38k. he bought a 450 with the big brakes. he did get the thing fallon taylors dad makes and he loves it
stopping power is more important than pulling
2016 Ford F350 Dually pulls and handles our 4H w/18ft SW w/ slide just fine. My husband wants to put airbags on the pickup but I think it hauls pretty good the way it is.
I'm in the stability of the extra wheels catagory. I went to pick up a bobcat for my hubby. Windy conditions. He said just use his 1 ton single back wheel truck. That bobcat walked that trailer allllll over the place on the way home. Truck had plenty of power to pull and stop. It wasn't a case of overload. It was a stability in the wind condition. When I took it back- in the same weather conditions- I put the trailer on my 1 ton dulley - making sure that the bobcat was positioned on the trailer in the exact same location so the trailer was loaded the same way. 100% difference. WAY more stable.
I've got a 4 horse, mid tack, small living quarters. Dulley handles it fine, but I kinda wish I had bumped up to a 450.
Horse trailer rigs have been starting to get pulled over and weighed lately. THE thing you want to be sure of is that your loaded trailer's pin weight is with in legal limit of your truck's payload. One guy got fined pretty heavy. Also, if you are overloaded and have an accident, your insurance "can" pull your coverage and leave you with all expenses, both liability and collision damages.
slipperyslope - 2021-01-26 1:26 PM
YEP!!! And most rigs need a CDL!!! I got mine last year for this purpose and insurance.
2017 f350 srw pulls a 2006 trails west 4 horse with slide LQ like there's nothing behind it.
IF you're having trouble stopping-don't blame the truck blame the brakes. Remember, some things are PIGS to haul (bobcat for example-they are a lead weight in a 8X8 body) I'm glad people want/can have/only have a dually, in ND there are a lot of them, but you don't see them much in the winter time as they are just about useless in the snow. We just have a hard time justifying a dually when we need to use the pickup in the winter time (sometimes)
Make sure your trailer brakes/axles and tires are in good working shape at all times.
FLITASTIC - 2021-01-26 3:55 PM
don't your police have anything better to do than pull over trailers? :)
In regards to the CDL, The CDL criteria is when a vehicles or series of vehicles (truck pulling a trailer) weighs 26001# or more a Commerical Driver's Liscense is required issued from a State.
foundation horse - 2021-01-27 4:51 AM
I went through this process last year (in Texas). I actually have a Class A license because my combined truck/trailer GVWR is over 26,001 lbs. If you say "commercial" in the drivers license office, their heads spin. There is a whole different set of written tests required. It was a huge hassle, because even the clerks don't understand what you're asking for. So in Texas, it's "Class A" license for my own personal use.
Back to the original question, I use a diesel dually for my 3 horse, 12' SW.
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