Truck Towing Capacity and Buying a Trailer

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CHERRY HILL'S HORSEKEEPING NEWSLETTER

September 2006

    2006 Cherry Hill         www.horsekeeping.com

-   Tractors, Trucks, Trailers and More !!   -

Richard and I would like to share some excerpts from our new book with you.
It is called Equipping Your Horse Farm.

Whether you have one acre or one hundred, you probably need a tractor or ATV, some implements, a truck and a trailer.

We put all that information together in one book.
It includes lots of worksheets, checklists and buying guides.
Here are four excerpts.

Excerpt from Equipping Your Horse Farm

TRUCK TOWING CAPACITY

It is better to have more truck and not need it than to need more truck and not have it.

The Towing Capacity of a vehicle is very important and must be appropriate for the work. Manufacturers rate each vehicle according to its towing capacity but manufacturers’ ratings are usually based on hauling a static load such as a boat and trailer. The demands on a towing vehicle are greater for live weight than for fixed cargo. When you are hauling horses, you should plan to haul about 25% less than the maximum load rating. It’s better to have more truck and not need it than to need more truck and not have it. In general, and especially for interstate driving, the weight of a loaded towing vehicle should be at least 75 percent of the weight of the loaded trailer. Towing capacity is determined by many factors including wheelbase, vehicle width, engine size, transmission, differential gear ratio, and the vehicle weight.

Read a detailed description of all of these factors in Equipping Your Horse Farm.

Excerpt from Equipping Your Horse Farm

BUYING A TRAILER

Physical Inspection

If a trailer sounds promising after the first two stages, you’ll want to make an appointment to look at it. Here is where you want to spend some time looking at details. If you are buying a used trailer, take your tow vehicle along so you can hook it up to evaluate the hitch or bed height, assess levelness and to check the lights and brakes. Used trailers generally have no warranty so you or your mechanic should inspect the trailer carefully.

Physical Inspection Checklist

  • Overall Appearance
  • Stored Indoors or Outdoors
  • Rust
  • Paint
  • Product Identification Number PIN plate
  • Model
  • Serial Number
  • Year manufactured
  • GVWR
  • Empty trailer weight
  • Title
  • Structure
  • Frame
  • Body
  • Suspension
  • Axles
  • Wheel Bearings
  • Roof
  • Other
  • Verify height
  • Verify width of stalls
  • Verify length of stalls
  • Hitch
  • Chains
  • Cable for Breakaway Battery
  • Plug for brakes and lights
  • Coupler
  • Brake battery
  • Floor
  • Mats
  • Tires
  • Spare Tire
  • Maintenance schedule and log
  • Repair records
  • Owner’s manual
  • Doors work:
  • Hinges
  • Latches
  • Windows work:
  • Hinges or slides
  • Latches
  • Vents
  • Number
  • Location
  • Operations
  • Ramp, raise, lower
  • Condition of floor
  • Condition of stalls
  • Sidewalls – reinforcement?
  • Dividers
  • Padding
  • Butt bars and chest bars
  • Condition of tack room
  • Smell
  • Ceiling
  • Floor
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Hooks/racks
  • Lights
  • Other
  • Operating Lights and covers
  • Running
  • Brake
  • Back-up
  • Turn signal
  • Clearance lights
  • Interior lights
  • Loading lights
  • License Plate holder and light
  • Tie Rings
  • Safety warning stickers
  • Under the trailer inspectio
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