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When it comes to trucks, horsepeople tend to have, to put it gently, very strong opinions. What’s YOUR favorite truck?
Photo: My 2004 F250. Gotta love the “automatic gate opener.”
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Mine isnt a towing vehicle, since I don’t own a trailer… but I adore our 2010 F150, Full sized back, with seats that fold up completely perpendicular to the the floor so there is a ton of space. AND the floor in the back is 100% flat (the Dodge trucks we looked at had “lumps” in the floor under the seats) which is awesome for the dogs and all kinds of cargo. Plus… heated and cooled front seats! It was more than we were looking for, but we got a great deal, and I love it!
I have my 1993 Ford F350 Dually with the 7.3 turbo engine to pull anything that I could possibly need. I really dislike the newer diesels that Ford has come out with. The 6.0 was such junk. Total fail on their part and they would not stand by it. The new 6.7 diesel gets worse fuel mileage then my 93 and it dump fuel. When I replace my 93, I will be getting a Chevy. My barn trucks, the 90 and 89 Chevy 1500 have been running like tanks. Dodge is just plain junk. Worked at the dealership and they are not worth the price for how many issues they have.
I own a ’99 hand-me down Chevy 2500 that pulls my two horse Sundowner just fine. But my dream rig has always been to roll up on my Land Rover Range Rover pulling my two horse Brenderup. Quick, agile, super easy to maneuver…fits my eventer’s lifestyle just fine.
My tow vehicle is a 2003 Chevy 2500 HD. It pulls like a dream with plenty of power and great handling, the downside, it gets AWFUL mpg, we’re talking 8 mpg if your lucky enough to be cruising on a flat stretch (but there aren’t too many of those here in SW VA). It used to be my father’s work vehicle but it’s been retired to the good life where it only has to work a couple times a month to haul to shows, lessons, clinics, and what have you. The best thing about it though, by far, is that it’s got an Allison transmission, meaning when I put it in tow mode even though it’s an automatic the transmission works like a stick, so every time I touch the brakes going down hill it shifts down and stays there. Super handy to keep from wearing out your brake pads, on truck and trailer and so much safer with all that weight in the back!
I have a 2006 F350 King Ranch. It’s very horsey, with the saddle leather and all, and with the honkin’ V10 engine, it pulls my 4 horse slant Featherlite like a dream. I get about 10 mpg, but I love it.
Also have a F550 that used to be my husband’s dump truck, we put an alumimum hauler body on that and it is now my favorite tow vehicle (sorry, King Ranch!). It has a completely worked over trans and motor, the 6.0L diesel makes a ton of torque and horsepower, pulls like a dream, and the giant brakes stop well, too (always a bonus!). Plus, the hauler body means I don’t have to worry about the trailer bottoming out on the pickup box rails!
I have a ’99 Ford F250 “Git R Done” truck. There is nothing fancy or comfortable about it, but it hauls great and gets us down our sandy road.
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