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Mustang42
Reg. May 2022
Posted 2022-08-29 10:35 PM (#185389)
Subject: High school rodeo dad needs tow/trailer advice


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All,
My daughter is now doing high school rodeo. With that sport comes all the other expenses. We are now considering a LQ horse trailer. However, I have a question about my truck.

I currently have a 2014 F350 that I use to currently tow a 12k toy hauler. However, the truck is lifted 4” on 35” tires. Everything I am reading says don’t tow a gooseneck horse trailer with a lifted truck. It tows my toy hauler great. What am I missing when it comes to LQ’s? I admit I don’t have extensive knowledge on the horse trailer world.

Thanks for the help
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hgut
Reg. Mar 2004
Posted 2022-08-30 8:10 AM (#185390 - in reply to #185389)
Subject: RE: High school rodeo dad needs tow/trailer advice




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truck bed rails might get smashed, might put all the weight on the trailers back axle 
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akinstrailers
Reg. Apr 2009
Posted 2022-08-30 11:02 AM (#185391 - in reply to #185389)
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What's the measurement from the ground to the top of your bed rail?  
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RTSmith
Reg. Nov 2003
Posted 2022-08-30 12:43 PM (#185392 - in reply to #185389)
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My opinion- if it tows your toy hauler fine, you'll be fine as there won't be much difference-  As long as the loaded LQ trailer rides level and you have enough room at your bed rails as the other 2 folks have mentioned. This is more of a problem with older trailers that sit lower in the rear and have low necks. So it will vary trailer to trailer. 
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Mustang42
Reg. May 2022
Posted 2022-08-30 7:33 PM (#185394 - in reply to #185389)
Subject: RE: High school rodeo dad needs tow/trailer advice


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Thanks for the replies everyone. I did go out and measure and it is exactly 60” from the ground to the top of my bed rails.

Is there particular brands that are typically higher off the ground than others? I am comfortable with the nose a tiny bit high, but really don’t want to overload the rear axle of the trailer.
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akinstrailers
Reg. Apr 2009
Posted 2022-08-31 1:50 PM (#185395 - in reply to #185389)
Subject: RE: High school rodeo dad needs tow/trailer advice


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Every dealer orders their trailers a little different so the short answer is no.  You'll need measure each prospective trailer to make sure you'll have enough bed clearance.  60" isn't extreme though so you should be able to find one that will work or that can be blocked and made to work.  
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Mustang42
Reg. May 2022
Posted 2022-09-01 7:55 AM (#185396 - in reply to #185389)
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Thank you everyone for the help. Looks like I need to go shopping with a measuring tape to make sure everything lines up.
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ThreeCW
Reg. Apr 2014
Posted 2022-09-03 1:14 AM (#185397 - in reply to #185389)
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If you are seriously considering any trailer, in addition to a tape measure, I would also suggest hooking the trailer up to your truck and performing a test pull. Nothing like actually connecting the trailer to your truck to determine what the truck box / trailer clearance will be.

And while you are at it, run your truck and trailer over a scale to determine what the actual loading will be in on your truck. In my experience, a single rear wheel 1 ton truck will only pull one of the smaller living quarter trailers without exceeding the GVWR of the truck. Any of the larger LQ's will likely require a 1 ton dually to stay within your truck's GVWR.
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Mustang42
Reg. May 2022
Posted 2022-09-22 3:32 PM (#185419 - in reply to #185389)
Subject: RE: High school rodeo dad needs tow/trailer advice


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I appreciate everyone’s help. I have a bunch of thinking to do and really exploring what my truck is actually rated for before I even move forward. I would have all of my most prized possessions loaded up and I don’t want to endanger any of them trying to pull something I shouldn’t.
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