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December 14th, 2012

Arabian horses are one of the oldest, fastest and most beautiful breeds of horses around, so it makes sense that when towing your Arabian horses you would want to ensure that they stay safe and comfortable in their trailer, you should also want to keep your truck and passengers are safe as well. There are certain guidelines that need to be followed when towing your horses by trailer; you must have at least a Class III or Class IV receiver hitch with each part rated to match the GVWR of the trailer. Also, the frame of the trailer must be inspected for cracks and loose wires and connections, all hinges and hitches should be greased and there should be no rust on the hitch or trailer. Following these guidelines will improve your safety when towing however there are other aspects to consider.

Towing horses can add a lot of weight to your vehicle, and even though your weight is within the GVWR you may experience sagging from the weight sacrificing the quality of your ride and making it more difficult to tow. By the simple addition of level load support such as air bags or helper springs you can reduce sag, sway and bottoming out and increase safety conditions for you and your horses.

All kinds of trucks are used for towing horses, when picking a truck to use for this purpose there is a general rule of thumb; for a 1 horse trailer a 1/2 ton truck will do, if you have a 2-4 horse trailer you will need a 3/4 or 1 ton and any trailer above a 4 horse you will need a heavier duty vehicle like an F450.

There are many different options for load support when towing a trailer.  Air bags are usually the more popular choice; since B & W gooseneck hitches or 5th wheel hitches are often used for towing 2-Horse to 6-Horse trailers you will need to get an air bag kit designed to install with the in-bed hitch.

Truck

Year


Firestone


w/ In-Bed Hitch


Air Lift


w/ In-Bed Hitch

Chevy/GMC 1500

2007-2013

2430

-

59565

-

Chevy/GMC 2500HD

2011-2013

2528

2528 *

57338

57338 *

Chevy/GMC 2500HD

2001-2010

2250

2250 *

57275

57275 *

Chevy/GMC 3500

2011-2013

2528

2528 *

57338

57338 *

Chevy/GMC 3500

2001-2010

2250

2250 *

57275

57275 *

Dodge Ram 1500

2009-2012

4190

-

60818

-

Dodge Ram 2500

2003-2012

2299

2299

57295

57295

Dodge Ram 3500

2003-2012

2299

2299

57295

57295

Ford F150

2009-2013

2525

-

59568

-

Ford F250/F350 Diesel

2011-2013

2535

2535

57395

57395

Ford F250/F350 Gas

2011-2013

2452

2550

57395

57395

Ford F250/F350

2008-2010

2452

2550

57212

57397

Ford F250/F350 4wd

2005-2007

2400

2400

57212

57397

Ford F250/F350 2wd

2005-2007

2398

2398

57212

57397

Ford F450

2011-2013

2535

2535

57396

57396

Ford F450

2008-2010

2446

2446

57347

-

Nissan Titan

2004-2013

2355

2355

57299

57299

Toyota Tundra

2007-2013

2445

2445

57299

57299

Legend

* - Will Fit In Most Cases

 

Another option to look into for load support while towing would be Hellwig Helper springs. These are not as versatile as Air Bags, but they provide you with up to 3500lbs of support and will work with in-bed hitches. You can get helper spring models that will automatically adjust to your load so when you need them they will engage, but when unloaded your ride will go unaffected. Many people enjoy the helper springs since they are easy to install and have no air pressure to maintain.

Truck

Year

EZ-990 (2000lbs)

Pro Series (2500lbs)

LP-25 (2500lbs)

LP-35 (3500lbs)

Chevy/GMC 1500

2007-2013

987

61902

2515

3515

Chevy/GMC 2500HD

2001-2010

-

61901

3527

Chevy/GMC 3500HD

2001-2010

-

61906

3527

Dodge Ram 1500

2003-2008

982

61901

2527

3527

Dodge Ram 2500, 3500

2003-2012

-

61901

2527

3527

Ford F150

2009-2012

989

61902

-

-

Ford F250/F350

1999-2004

-

61904

2520

3520

Toyota Tundra

2007-2013

985

-

-

-

Toyota Tundra

2000-2006

991

-

-

-

 

Timbren Kits are also a preferred choice for towing. With a Timbren SES kit there is zero maintenance and your unloaded ride will be the same as it is now. Timbrens replace your stock bump stop and sit 1-2" about the axle, once your hook on your trailer and load your horse the Timbrens will make contact with the axle and prevent you from sagging. Timbrens offer up to 8600lbs of load support and can be easily installed with or without an in-bed hitch and forgotten about.

Truck

Year

Timbren

Capacity

Chevy/GMC 1500

2007-2013

GMRCK15S

6000lbs

Chevy/GMC 2500

1999-2010

GMRCK25S

6000lbs

Chevy/GMC 3500

2001-2010

GMRCK35S

8600lbs

Dodge Ram 1500

2009-2013

DR1500DS

6000lbs

Dodge Ram 2500

2003-2012

DR2500CA

6000lbs

Dodge Ram 3500

2007-2012

DR3500CA

8600lbs

Ford F150 4WD

2009-2012

FR1504D

6000lbs

Ford F250

2005-2010

FR250SDG

8600lbs

Ford F350

2005-2013

FR350SDF

8600lbs

Toyota Tundra

2000-2013

TORTUN4

6000lbs

 

When towing a horse trailer you also need to keep in mind the GVWR of the vehicle. Even with the added support of helpers you cannot exceed the GVWR. With a gooseneck setup you can approach your vehicles maximum capacity very quickly so be careful when choosing your truck and trailer. If you are following all of the safety guidelines for towing and still experiencing sagging in the rear adding airbags, helper springs or Timbrens will do the trick.

 

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