I’m having some confusion that I’m hoping people with real world experience can help me understand. We have always heard that if you are hauling horses, you should have a 3/4 ton or better. However the new 1/2 ton trucks have really good payload and hauling capacity so I’m not sure if that rule applies anymore? Here is my situation:
I have a 2 horse all aluminum 4 Star goosneck trailer- it weights 3600lbs empty. With 2 horses and tack, it will weigh 7000lb at the most (we have warmbloods). Total payload based on passengers, cargo and a 15% tongue weight of the gooseneck loaded would never exceed 1600lb. If the tongue weight increased to 20%, it would be 1800lb MAX payload needed. I don’t haul anything else.
I can see the new Ram 1500s equipped how I’d like it can haul close to 11,000lbs with a payload close to 2000lb. I also am looking at a Titan XD as it is very close to the equivalent of a 2500 and has more than ample payload and hauling. The toyota tundra can do 11,000lb hauling and 1653lb payload equipped how I’d like.
Can someone explain why the 1500 is not as good a choice as something more? Importantly, we live in BC, Canada in the mountains so it needs to handle decent grades. We do short hauls up to around 4-5 hours at most usually.
If people have recommendations of what would be suitable, I’d love to hear them. Budget around $50K CAD, or $37K USD. Want crew cab. I would rather gas.