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Old 01-18-2013, 12:44 AM
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So this is what I think I want and why.. 2011 dodge 1500 w/ 5.7l hemi. It will be my daily driver but I will pull a 3 horse trailer from time to time.. I would also like to build it for "light" wheeling.. thinkin a lift, tires, rocker sliders and bumpers.. I dont want a diesel cause I wont use it that much, and they cost so much more to buy and to fix...

Is this the best truck for a daily driver (ie ok MPG), yet enough power to pull my horses around from time to time... and enough guts to have fun in wheeling

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Old 01-18-2013, 12:55 AM
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You will want...need a 4 wheel drive and a tow package for those purposes. I don't know how much your trailer weighs, nor do I know what 3 horses weigh. The 1500 series is rated to pull 9000lbs. They have plenty of power for playing around. I have had mine since July, and it still puts a smile on my face when I step on the gas pedal.
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4x4 is just a given It might just be the redneck in me, but I don think its a truck unless its has it... I would say max weight of 6000lb of horses (and those are some big horses) and 2000lb in a trailer ?? so that should be fine for me then.
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Lol, yeah I think you will be fine. You might get lucky and find a 2012 model that is on inventory clearance pricing? Good luck, glad I could help even though it sounds like you have it under control!
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If you happen to find an excellent deal on a 2500, HEMI, 4X4, i don't think i would walk away too quickly from it, then you could put a snow or rock plow on it too
Though a 1500 with the same setup should do you just fine, look for one with the Integrated Brake Controller too

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I was think of a 2500.. but I am worried about losing to much milage.... Is there a big difference on daily running costs?? I wont be pulling to often...
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because of the weight, you may lose something like 1 mile per gallon
the 2500 is a little rougher riding, because it has a stronger frame & leaf springs, not coil springs like on a 1500

I also believe the transmission is heavier duty & therefore stronger
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3 horses is approx 3000lbs, 3~4 horse trailer is approx 3000~5000lbs, plus tack, fuel, food, gear etc etc....

You are looking at minimum of 7000lbs. Now if you are just towing to the local trail head or arena you should be ok. But get on the highway with hills or cross winds and you'd wish you had the heavier truck with bigger brakes and stronger suspension.

We have a lot of equestrians out here where I live and the most have 3/4 or 1 ton trucks to pull their horses and trailers.

If you do go with the 1/2 ton make sure you get the limited slip rear with 3.92 gears, trailer brake controller and change out the tires from "P" rated to the "LT" type tires. Also Air Lift bags for the rear springs with help keep the rear from "squatting" when hooked up to the trailer.

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Horses....new truck....

Howdy cowgirl, how you doin?

haha, just kiddin with ya.

Is it a slant load? Steel or aluminum? Goose of bumper?

We pull a 4 horse head to head with tackroom loaded with a 3500, she works. having said that however I have friends who haul a 3 horse slant goose with an f-150 no trouble.

I would imagine you'de be fine. But am no expert.
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We tow a Featherlite 4 horse slant loaded with quarter horses and western tack with a 2011 2500 QC 4WD with the Hemi and it does well here in the mountains of East Tennessee. The only mod currently done is a CAI.
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