3 Ways to Make Your Short Bed Truck and Your Horse Trailer Play Nice

All-terrain and SUV truck models grow in popularity, but the dimensions of particular vehicles pose problems for horse haulers.  A truck bed of limited size creates issues for those pulling gooseneck and bumper-pull trailers.

Trends turn heads but they may turnover trailers that don’t play nice.  Ensure trailer setups equal success, minding the following fixes.


Short Bed with a Gooseneck

The shape of gooseneck trailers keep haulers focused on limitations of steering, braking, and maintaining control of the vehicle.  A primary concern is attaching the trailer far enough forward on the truck for optimal balance.

If the trailer nose is too wide, a gap between it and the cab grows larger during sharp turns.  Some haulers break rear windows, miscalculating how trailers will react during turns.

Place the ball head hitch directly over the rear axle, or a few inches in front of it, to maintain balance and make it easier to steer.

Extended Coupler

Trailer couplers give haulers added room between the truck and trailer.  Latch and unlatch a trailer without climbing into the truck bed.  Installing in little time, the coupler fits standard, round trailer tubes.  Find models with 9 and 16-inch extensions.

Gooseneck Trailer Extender

Enjoy added inches of free space between the truck cab and the trailer’s front.  Four inches seems inconsequential, yet the added space improves steering and balance, especially when trailing heavy loads.  Moreover, have more hookup room between the tailgate and lower front end of the gooseneck trailer.

Short Bed Truck and Bumper Pull

To add a slide-in camper along with your short bed and bumper-pull trailer configuration, buy an extension that attaches to the truck’s receiver.  Enjoy more room between the truck and trailer for better visibility.  However, buying this attachment takes away a third of the truck’s trailer-tongue weight.  This is a point of concern if driving a ½-ton truck model.

Trailer tongue weight represents 10 percent of your loaded trailer.  If trailing 5,000 pounds, you’re already towing too much – without the extension.  Adding the extension would take away a third of the tongue weight; the most you could tow in this situation would be fewer than 3,400 pounds.

It’s important to find the right trailer for your truck and needs.  Find a selection of models at discounted rates, such as a 2 horse gooseneck trailer for sale, online.

Be Prepared

Of course, the above solutions are to be implemented before a hauling assignment.  Don’t mismatch a truck and trailer due to dire circumstances or immediate needs.  It jeopardizes the health of the horses, integrity of the trailer, and aesthetic of your truck.

You’ll run into trouble if you need to address a major issue while trailing multiple and or young horses.  Don’t start your engine before checking the assembly and solidarity of your trailer hookup.  Double check all hitches and assemblies, and take a short ride with the trailer and without horses to check for problems with wide turns, visibility, etc.

Estela Cooper has been a horse owner for some time now. When she’s not caring for her horses, she’s writing about it online. Look for her informative pieces on many horse and livestock blog sites today.

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