How to Prepare Your Truck to Haul a Gooseneck Horse Float

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If you’re looking at horse floats for sale with plans of buying your first gooseneck float of your own, then you will need to do a bit of preparation so that your truck is ready to pull the float. Here’s a brief to-do list to help you along in the process.

Install an Appropriate Hitch

Most trucks are not readily equipped with the type of hitch that you’ll need to haul a gooseneck horse float. Your first step should be to find out the size hitch ball that the float you’re buying requires. Then, invest in a quality, heavy-duty hitch and have it professionally installed in your truck. You don’t want your hitch to fail, so invest in quality and make sure that it’s correctly installed.

Put Heavy-Duty Tires on Your Truck

When hauling a horse float, your truck will be supporting far more weight than it normally does. Because of this, it’s important to outfit your truck with heavy-duty tires intended for towing. These tires can support more weight, but make sure that you check them regularly to make sure they stay in good condition.

Install an Air Lift System

If your truck doesn’t yet have one, you may need to install an air lift system. The weight of the horse float pressing down against the bed of your truck can take a toll on your truck’s shocks, making for a rough and bumpy ride. Installing an air lift system can help to smooth out the ride and keep your truck in good condition.

Install a Brake Box

Don’t forget to have your truck equipped with a brake box, too. The brake box will connect to the trailer’s brake, operating both the truck and trailer brakes simultaneously. If your brake box doesn’t work properly, then you’ll have to rely entirely on your truck’s brakes to stop the motion. This can be very dangerous, especially if you’re hauling horses – your truck’s brakes may not be able to stop you in time.

Check That the Truck Is Properly Wired

Lastly, you’ll need to be able to connect your truck’s wiring to the electrical system of the gooseneck horse float. Many newer trucks come readily wired so that all you have to do is plug the float’s electrical cord into the outlet in the back of your truck. Still, it’s important to make sure that the electrical connection will work properly. If not, you will need to have the wiring repaired.

Your truck may need to spend some time in the mechanic’s shop in order to be outfitted to haul a gooseneck horse float, but the good news is that once these items are installed, you’ll be all ready to travel with your horses.

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