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K2500, Is it to small?
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hinchz2011
Reg. Jul 2011
Posted 2011-07-16 7:40 PM (#5264)
Subject: K2500, Is it to small?





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I have 1995 k2500 and I pull an three horse gooseneck with 6ft tack area and it works great for that. I recently have been looking into new trailers and I have desided on a aluminum 4 horse head to head. I realy love my truck, but I'm afraid it is to small to pull the new trailer. Do I need a new truck? IF not what can I do to make this one suitable?
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Jeepplr
Reg. Jan 2008
Posted 2011-07-17 5:50 AM (#5265 - in reply to #5264)
Subject: RE: K2500, Is it to small?





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Location: Pataskala, Ohio
Whet engine, transmission and bed size is your truck.
Sounds to me like you will be okay as long as you don't want to tow over the Rockies doing 85.
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hinchz2011
Reg. Jul 2011
Posted 2011-07-17 9:35 AM (#5266 - in reply to #5264)
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Its a shortbed extended cab, wth the 5.7l tbi (350). I'm just worried because it says it can only haul like 8000 or some thing, the trailers GVWR is 12000, even though that's what my tag along two horse says I don't think its going to be the same. My three horsesays its 10000 but I've never had any problems and its been 15 years. I'm just wondering how much 2000 lbs is going to be on my truck with the way the axles are on the new trailer. The axles are pretty far back to make room for the side ramp and I think my trucks going to have to take all the weight.
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hinchz2011
Reg. Jul 2011
Posted 2011-07-17 1:19 PM (#5267 - in reply to #5264)
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Oh and its a manual trans.
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Jeepplr
Reg. Jan 2008
Posted 2011-07-17 9:49 PM (#5269 - in reply to #5264)
Subject: RE: K2500, Is it to small?





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Location: Pataskala, Ohio
I doubt your new trailer weighs 12,000lbs empty, that will be the max allowable. Find out the normal loaded weight of the trailer, saddles, all the stuff you carry minus the horses. Then subtract that number from 8000lbs and that will be the max weight of horses you can carry and stay with General Motors weight for warrenty reasons.

If you are smart about how you drive, have a good brake controler and have a good WDH you will be fine. I am not part of the crowed that says you need a simi to pull a horse trailer. Just make sure not to over load your axle or tire weights.

I pull a 4 horse goose neck with a 10 LQ with a 2500HD Chevy that has a supercharged 6.0 gas engine. I am over weight only when fully loaded. With the LQ stocked with food clothes diapers along with propane and about 10 gallons of water the trailer weighs about 8900lbs. I have never weighed it with horses in it but when my Jeep is loaded it is just over 12,000lbs. I do not exceed max pay load, max axle or max tire weights in any loading that I pull and have over 25,000 miles of towing that way through the plains and over the Rockies. Just make sure everything on your truck is in good working order and you should do alright.
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hinchz2011
Reg. Jul 2011
Posted 2011-07-17 11:23 PM (#5270 - in reply to #5264)
Subject: RE: K2500, Is it to small?





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Thanks for the info. I am going to put new leaf sparings in it just to be safe because I'm sure it with put it down on the axel, my three horse does that. I am putting some new alloy rims and new tires do you think the rims will hold up?
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Jeepplr
Reg. Jan 2008
Posted 2011-07-18 2:56 AM (#5271 - in reply to #5264)
Subject: RE: K2500, Is it to small?





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Location: Pataskala, Ohio
Make sure the rims are rated for E rated tires.
Take the trailer to a truck stop, junk yard, or a stone yard and get it weghed, then you will know exactly what weights you are dealing with. A truck stop would be best so you can unhook and find the tong weight.
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hinchz2011
Reg. Jul 2011
Posted 2011-07-18 11:03 AM (#5272 - in reply to #5264)
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My tires are 120 load range is that ok
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hinchz2011
Reg. Jul 2011
Posted 2011-07-18 2:31 PM (#5273 - in reply to #5264)
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Ok I just researched my rims and they are only 1600 lbs. rims
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