Re: '(@ Eddie....Can it do it?
"John Riggs" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Well, I will be going down with an empty trailer, but I'll be coming
> back with about 1,000 pounds of horse. What you are telling me is/was my
> feeling, so I figured I could haul it with the bumper hitch, it was the
> loaded trailer I had queezy feelings about. The class III I installed says
> it's rated for 500 pounds tongue weight and 5,000 towing weight (6,000 if
> were to use a weight distributing hitch which I don't have ). I figure
> ought to safely haul it.
My experience with towing trailers is that just because you can doesn't
necessarily mean you should. I was towing a 22 foot travel trailer with an
Astro Van. It was well within the limits of the van but my knuckles were
always white and I was nervous as hell driving the rig. I bought an old
F350 (maybe a little overkill) and from then on it I had to remember that I
had a trailer behind me and my adventures became fun again. Towing right at
the limit of the tow vehicle can be fine as long as nothing goes wrong, but
there's always some bonehead who wants to merge between your tow vehicle and
your trailer or some idiot who cuts in front of you and hits the brakes.
In your case I would be especially cautious because you will have a living
being back there.
Before I started towing I used to drive "one car length for every 10 mph"
behind the car in front of me. Now, even when I'm not towing, I follow
about one quarter mile behind. I usually follow a big truck because most
people don't want to be behind trucks so it greatly reduces the number of
cars cutting in front of me.
One more thing I just want to mention is sometimes a little more than 10% on
the hitch can improve handling of the tow vehicle and trailer (assuming you
can do this without exceeding the limit of your hitch). I adjusted all the
stuff in my boat to get it around 15% and it just felt better driving it.
Of course you would need to get your horse to cooperate ;-) Also, is it
possible to get one horse in the middle of a two-horse trailer? It may
improve handling if you don't have all the weight on one side.
> "Ulysses" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> | "John Riggs" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> | news:email@example.com...
> | > That was kinda what I thought. Why would you think anyone asking
> | a
> | > question was a troll? It's a good question. I personally prefer a
> | III
> | > receiver hitch, but I am still trying to understand ford's thinking on
> | > putting only class II hitches on the Explorers.
> | It just sounded like the kind of question a troll might post, or right
> | the verge thereof.
> | But seriously if the trailer is empty then you might be able to get away
> | with it. If you look around you will probably not see any horses being
> | pulled by anything less than a GMC 2500 or F250. I'm no expert on horse
> | trailers but all the one's I've noticed had gooseneck hitches. Are you
> | trying to move an empty horse trailer or do you plan to have something
> | it?
> | I have towed a boat on a trailer with a total weight of about 3500
> | with my Explorer with no problem but that was with a Class III hitch.
> | I pulled the same boat and trailer with an '82 Toyota 3/4 ton pickup
> | bumper hitch (ball installed in the bumper). It was OK but I never
> | taking up any mountain roads. The Explorer, of course, has a lot more
> | power.
> | Generally you should distribute your load so you get about ten percent
> | the weight on your hitch. So if your trailer/load weighs 3000 pounds
> | should have about 300 pounds on the hitch. That seems like that's
> | about at the limit (what does the owner's manual say?) for a bumper
> | I think it's around 500 pounds for a Class III.
> | >
> | > "Ulysses" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> | > news:email@example.com...
> | > | If you weren't a regular poster here I'd think you were a troll.
> | > |
> | > | As long as the two horses aren't in it...
> | > |
> | > |
> | > |
> | > | "John Riggs" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> | > | news:1118721002.94eef2b0df2df625eedee8822fe83267@bubbanews...
> | > | > I apparently have to make an emergency drive from Nebraska to
> | > Florida
> | > | to
> | > | > pick up my horse. Since I have a '92 EB and it only has the
> | > bumper
> | > | > hitch, will that be safe enough to pull a two horse trailer 2400
> | miles?
> | > I
> | > | > dragged my old Bronco II behind me farther than that with no
> | > but
> | > | > that was using a tow bar, so not tongue weight.
> | > | > I need answers pretty quick guys.
> | > | >
> | > | > Thanks