Peace of mind
when horse camping
pickup truck leaf spring replacement with air bag
suspension. Self levels, improves ride, braking,
steering and handling.
for Goosenecks: Protect your trailer as well as
your expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat
screen TV. Goosenecks
if you just lock the
coupler, the thief's loosen the set bolts, slide out
your adjustable coupler
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is a fun ride that works well towing
trailers. With a 8500 lb. trailer capacity,
the Q56 can tow a 3 horse trailer under
control. Rear automatic air leveling ride
kept the trailers I towed, level. Even the
automatic high intensity discharge xenon
headlights, are auto leveling. A class 4
receiver hitch, 400 hp V-8, 413 torque going
through a 7-speed automatic is made for
Ram 1500 Big Changes,
now we'll see what Fiat's management
improvements to the Ram will be– improved
fuel economy fuel-saving systems including a
more fuel efficient and more powerful
3.6-liter V-6 engine and first-in-segment
technologies: eight-speed automatic
transmission, stop-start system, thermal
management system, pulse-width modulation
and active aerodynamics, including grille
shutters and air suspension.
with air ride and 8 speed
Super Duty 2013:
wouldn't know there's a recession going on with truck sales this year.
And for 2013, Ford ups the ante with their most luxurious model Super
Duty yet, the
Platinum. I always thought King Ranch was as high as a truck could get
and my favorite. Platinum, like the F150 is about the chrome, chrome on
mirrors, door handles, tailgate and a chrome
perforated mesh in the
horizontal bars in the grill. Bigger nav. screen and
Outdoorsman 1500, Hemi and a Gun Rack towing a Logan Coach;
Outdoorsman model 1500 Ram, crew
cab a loaded model. This truck is ready for elk season. This media truck
had a gun rack in the bedrail weather poof RamBox storage for
two rifles with scopes. A better option over guns in scabbards
on the truck floor.
model has a complete trailer option package with mirrors, brake
controller, heavy duty engine and transmission cooling , the
Hemi 5.7L MDS, 3.92 axle ratio, 6.5 screen GPS, and backup
camera. My favorite option, double folding center console
storage that folds up for the middle seat for six.
Sierra 3500HD Wins Best Overall HD Truck;
2011-08-15 DETROIT – The GMC Sierra 3500HD
won PickupTrucks.com’s “Heavy Duty Hurt
Locker” comparison test, a grueling showdown
among industry heavyweights that included
towing 19,400-pound fifth-wheel trailers up
and over some of the most demanding grades
in the United States.
HD Upgrades announced....
2011 GM HD 2500 LT singe
cab. Such big improvement to the GM HD line
for 2011, from diesel engine, frame, suspension, steering, braking
etc. This model of the GMT900 platform is the most significant truck
improvement for GM since the Duramax diesel came about in 2001.
2011 Chevy HD 2500 LT single cab
with big gauges, a nice layout, you can see them at a glance while
driving. You need to know at a glance if engine temp in the normal
range, oil pressure, transmission temp, battery charge all in operating
range. A change in gauge readings will give you early warnings
Towing with 2011 Toyota's,
Cimarron and Titan Trailers Tundra full size 1/2 ton is a
top towing truck in it's class. Towing ability is the hidden equation
with most trucks. Marketing departments keep the public confused on how
much trucks can tow by bragging about a trailer towing weight and then
in the fine print explaining that weight is only for a 4x2 regular cab.
Finally there's hope comparing truck models towing ability. SAE (Society of
has established towing standards that go into affect 2013. Toyota takes the lead
with tow ratings, being SAE J2807 standard compliant on
all 2011 models already. With the price of
fuel you may need an oil well above or a
load of hay to ride your horse to Starbucks.
We tow Cimarron and Titan trailers with 2011
2011 Heavy Duty GM's, More
Power, More Frame and More Suspension:
For 2011 GM went
massive truck improvement, as in frame,
suspension, payload, brakes and towing
ability puts Chevy and GMC HD trucks at the
top of their segment. It's improvements we
all want and of course the power and fuel
mileage have also improved. The new
suspension keeps the power under control and
tires planted on the pavement. Read
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F-150 SVT RAPTOR ADDS SUPERCREW, TOWING, 6.2-LITER
ENGINE: “We spent a lot
of time getting the ride and suspension characteristics
of the SuperCrew similar to that of the SuperCab.” A
larger 36-gallon fuel tank and increased towing
capability – rated at 8,000 pounds – keep F-150 SVT
Raptor SuperCrew a mainstay in the desert environment,
with capabilities as a chase or tow truck.
2011 Super Duty, Fuel Efficient Fords;
Finally better fuel mileage, no diesel engine price increase, all new 6-speed automatic,
standard exhaust brake and telescoping steering wheel, oh my!
You may think this is Ford's first diesel, in a truck in the USA,
you're right. But Ford has diesels around the world. My New Holland
swather in the eighties had a Ford industrial diesel, and Ford
tractors had diesels built in England. Building the diesel engine and new 6-speed
transmission in-house, is part of the answer to holding price down. Turbo lag is gone,
we've been promised this before, and now smooth acceleration all the
way to redline.
The rest of the report....
2010 Heavy Duty Shootout Comparison
time again for our truck shootout.
Every couple of years, we have
enough all new trucks in a category
to compare. Of course it's with
trailers, towing up 16 % grades,
drag racing, testing brakes, exhaust
brakes, grade shifting and fuel
mileage. With graphs, charts and
butt dyno. Score a truck to tow your
trailer, here is the guide.
Toyota Sequoia Tows Featherlite, 4Runner Tows Safr and Hat Catcher
full size SUV, is a luxury ride and can tow trailers. Car like ride,
firm in response to bumps, but not harsh and not a boat float ride like
the old wagons. The transmission has...
came with Hill Start and Down Hill Decent,
equipped well for off-road fun. The seats are comfortable. The V-6 towed
well, staying closer to 3000 RPM's, but shifted often. 4Runner is...
small and easy to take along. Good hats
aren't cheap, you can't leave them on the truck seat. Newer cars, SUV's
and trucks headrest...
Toyota Tundra 4.6L
I towed the Titan dump trailer
back from Kansas with the Toyota Tundra and the new 4.6L V-8.
Also towed some Titan horse and stock trailers when I toured the
factory in Waterville Kansas. The power of the 5.7L V-8 is
awesome and a great towing combination with the 6-speed auto and
4.30 axle ratio, but with fuel prices uncertain....
Dodge Ram Heavy Duty, 2500-5500
Now a full size Crew Cab and an eight
Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab still only in a short bed (6' 4"), new
sexy more aerodynamic
fenders are all metal now. Styling
cues inside and out are from the 2009 Ram 1500 for a quieter,
No Urea (diesel exhaust
fluid) like Ford and GM diesels for 2010 new emission laws.
Dodge will be the only truck offering a
manual and automatic transmission.
1/2 ton, the theme of the
new Ram with rear coil springs,
handling, cornering, stability and storage. I've been a fan
of rear leaf springs for decades and considered coil springs
that most SUV's have now, as less desirable for towing. But if
you put a truck on a lift with rear leafs and move the axle,
it's surprising how much play is back there with the axle
hanging. I towed a horse trailer and a travel trailer, was
impressed with the handling.
Click for story....
Silverado Crew Cab, new 6-speed auto tranny tows a Logan Coach
well in Rockies.
Crew cabs are the new "mini" van with folding rear seats for
hauling cargo inside and cup holders galore. Factory
option trailer brake controller, new for GM 1/2 tons.
Bullet makes a great hauler truck.
The 6-speed heavy
duty Aisin auto, grade shifted a couple of times, using the
built in exhaust brake, kept my foot off the brake coming down
Loveland pass towing a Cimarron LQ
horse trailer. The variable turbo sleeve controls
air flow to the engine and closes making the exhaust brake. A
unique efficient design. You can add a bed from 8' to 16' to the
different wheel bases available. 7000 lb. front axle, 13,500 lb.
rear axle on a 50,000 psi frame with 34" frame railing to
the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio, I was doing
circle contests with the Freightliner M2 and the GMC Denali
Quadrasteer. Of course the Quadrasteer won. But when I shut off
the 4-Wheel Steer, the Freightliner M2 won. When means the M2
can turn tighter than just about any truck.
announces 2009 F150 with more towing features.
Trailer sway control can determine from
the yaw motion of the truck if the trailer is swaying
Trailer Brake Controller is factory-installed
and allows direct
new 2009 Ford F-150 offers customers the most choice
with more configurations than any other full-size pickup
on the market. With three cab styles, four box options
and seven unique trim levels, the F-150 comes in 35
different configurations to....
2009 Ford F150 with new 6-speed, diesel and turbo gas
engines coming in 2010. The striking F-150 Platinum
Update: 2009 Ford F150,
King of Towing, You may not need a F250!
Ford King Ranch, gorgeous
brown paint, thick full grain leather seats, big towing mirrors,
6-speed automatic, bold chrome grill, 20 inch wheels, just makes you drool ! At least if you're into
towing trailers. Tops the 1/2 ton class at 11,300 lbs trailer
capacity for all three cab configurations, not just a single cab. That makes it easy to match your trailer.
Growing segment of folks downsizing and still towing. Ford is
leading the pack for 1/2 ton trailer capacity and payload.
SuperCrew has the only 1/2 ton truck with a 6.5" bed option.
This helps with gooseneck and 5th wheel trailers. No V-6 or
ShootOut 2008 for 2009 1/2
ton trucks: At PickupTrucks.com and
MrTruck.com, You want all the truck details so
that you can make the best decision possible.
That’s why we created Light-Duty and Heavy-Duty
Shootouts that put these ever-changing trucks to
the ultimate tests.
2009 F150, most popular vehicle fighting for position.
The new 2009 Ford F150 is part of the trend to 1/2 trailering with trailer
brake controller, similar to the option with Super Duty, first time
extendable trailer mirrors and trailer sway control. Higher towing
weight rating, higher payload, stronger frame, a new 6-speed auto tranny
with grade shifting like big brother F250, make the F150 on the border
of 3/4 ton capacity. The Roll Stability Control detects when your
trailer is swaying and controls the truck to counter act the trailer
sway. Or Max Trailer Tow
Package option, will
also apply the trailer brakes automatically in a trailer
time I herded Buffalo, I mean Bison and my first trip to
Yellowstone, was a kick driving the all
new 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser 200 series. The Land
Cruiser was Toyota's first vehicle to the US back in 1957. he
Cruiser, makes a great tow vehicle. The ride and handling is
smooth, you're in a solid vehicle with very little outside
influence like wind making no difference with a heavy 5690 lb
curb weight. The Land Cruiser has the tightest steering I can
remember. This makes driving fatigue go away.
Rest of the review....
Dodge Ram, new coil spring rear suspension,
finally a normal crew cab called Ram Crew, bed storage
under the rail and cab floor storage, plus more.
2008 Nissan Titan. Longer beds, more payloads, the Titan
reaches for more customers. Last year I drove across the
bridge that collapsed in Minnesota across the mighty
Mississippi twice, once going to the Minnesota Horse Expo
and to the 2008 Nissan Titan press preview traveling from
Minnesota to Wisconsin. Off-roading at Apple Valley Farms
near Sand Creek, Wisconsin, the new e-locker rear
differential lock that you turn off and on. did well in the
2008 Ford F450,
will be here soon. Factory bed, factory step and had rail built
into the tailgate, power folding trailer mirrors, quite exhaust
& yes, the 6.4L twin turbo diesel.
GM Hybrids, 40%
improvement in city fuel mileage gets your attention. That's
the story of hybrids, incredible mileage tooling around
town. Part of that is to regenerative braking, which charges
the batteries when you brake. With Active Fuel Management,
the truck can run on half of it's cylinders. GM hybrids can
tow up to 6,100 pounds.
2007 Tundra, the Limo that Tows Trailers Fast,
2007 Tundra introduced at the National Western Stock
Show & Detroit Auto Show. Nice for Toyota's
50 anniversary to introduce a true full size truck. Known as dependable, Toyota trucks may now set benchmarks for how
full size trucks are designed. I'm impressed.
read the review...
Old Guard 2007 GM trucks and
Sundowner, New Kids on the Block Toyota Tundra and Lakota.
GM has the trucks that have towed
horse trailers for close to a century back before the Apache model and
Toyota has towed horse trailers since the T100, 7 years ago. For the
trailer team we have the new Lakota aluminum trailer, that I first saw
at last years All American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio, with their
HUT bumper pull LQ. Then there's Sundowner's most popular trailer,
the SunLite 727, with a proven track record.
look at the 2007 Silverado and Sierra.
Still waiting to drive the new truck, but I am excited that the
seat belt is back in the ceiling, adjustable and the end of side
terminal batteries. The new GMT900 platform from which the 2007
Cinch plus GM plus
Monroe equals Cool Crew Cab 2007.
The Cinch package from
Monroe, has awesome leather seats, 15.3 inch overhead
DVD, center console, backup cameras on both hitches and
tow mirrors. When you use the blinker, the camera shows
what that outside mirror sees in your GPS screen in the
dash. You can get air ride cab, rear axle and seats. The
Duramax 6.6L LMM diesel and the 8.1L gas engine both
come with the 6-speed Allison Automatic. It's rated to
tow 16.500 lbs. This is conservative and I expect it to
Active Fuel Management Cylinder Deactivation shows in the dash
when switching from V8 to V4, all seamless you wouldn't know it
if you didn't look at the indicator in the dash. This is part of
reason this new Tahoe gets 21 highway mpg EPA rating on the
4x4.. Even with a bolder bigger nose, the Tahoe has 8% less drag
as wind resistance. The dash has more digital info with a tire pressure read out
Ford Expedition EL, longer, stronger and a 6-speed. I
the new Expedition through the winding Washington hills as fast
the tires would hold me. It handled superbly, with no
resemblance of the old leaning SUV's we drove a few years back.
took the 07 Sport Trac off road near Camp Pendleton. With front
& rear traction control, it climbed like a rock crawler. Having
traction control instead of limited slip or locking
differential, allowed me to turn corners in 4WD, have traction
and no wheel hop. Roll Stability Control, standard on the Sport
Trac, great for a truck with an empty bed as well as stability
in bad road conditions. I think all trucks need it.
2006 GMC Sierra SLT HD 2500 now with the Duramax
with 360 horsepower and 650 torque right from the factory is
I towed a new 6
horse Cimarron trailer through Eisenhower tunnel in January out the west
side in a snow storm and had complete control with the manual switch on
the new 6-Speed Allison that let me down shift by pushing a button
making the torque converter lockup in each gear as.....More...
Explorer, new 6-speed auto, 3-valve 4.6L V-8 and it's quieter and of
tows more. I flew to New York to drive it. 15 years of the #1 SUV,
read my review... also
SUV's and towing revisited.
Ford lowers 2006 prices. Rebate weaning
2006 Lincoln Mark LT Truck Towing a Hart
Thoroughbred. The luxury truck market is a fickle one. Maybe it's
the 4x4 option or the fact that it's great looking F150 or maybe
the hip hop stars haven't bought as many Lincolns as the
Cadillac Escalade. But it's a sharp looking truck! The waterfall
grill, chrome, chrome and more chrome does say Bling
TowCommand trailer brake
Featherlite, and reviewing
TireStep. Plus Elk Herding
at Estes Park. The first manufacture to offer a "built in"
trailer brake controller, Ford introduced the TowCommand last
fall in the 05 SD. I tried it at the Ford proving grounds. This
is an update towing in the Rockies.
new from the frame up, the 05 Frontier & Xterra are over
engineered, using the Titan 5-speed auto transmission, Dana 44
rear axle & frame rails. With the most horsepower in the midsize
class, the Frontier sits low with great off-road capability. I
like the folding passenger seat for my laptop. If you think
driving using cell phones are dangerous, wait till you see me
driving & reading email.
Infinity QX56 SUV & Hart aluminum horse trailers
are both upper scale and make a good looking couple. The new
2004 QX56 is the first Infiniti model assembled in North
America. Hart Medallion aluminum horse trailer reminds me of the
beautiful sheet metal on Audi's and Porshe. Also in this review
are Tow-N-See extended mirrors
drove the 05 Ford Escape Hybrid in Denver. With $2 gas, the Escape is
the first SUV to go Hybrid. And a true hybrid, developing it's own energy to
charge it's batteries from applying the brakes and run on an eclectic motor
alone. Something we did a lot of in downtown Denver.
Hemi Durango review, along with
Ice Driving School and Red Rocks.
News with Andrew Lyons.
Technology is changing the
trailer world to
keep up with the more powerful trucks that pull them. News on air
brakes, disc brakes, independent suspensions, hydraulic brake controls, and pour on flooring.
For more click
Andrew Lyons next to a Hart aluminum slant horse trailer.
Horse hauling has come a long way from the "seventies" when I would back
my truck into the ditch and jump my Quarter Horse in the back of stock
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