Is Your Vehicle Ready to Tow a Horse Float?

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Loading your horse up onto a horse float and taking off for a trip can be a wonderful experience. But before you start looking at horse floats for sale with a plan of buying a horse float for your own, it’s important to make sure that your vehicle is ready to tow a horse float.

Towing Capacity Weight

One of the first aspects you want to consider when evaluating whether your vehicle is safe to tow is your vehicle’s rated towing capacity. Check your vehicle owner manual for information on what weight your vehicle is rated to tow safely. This weight should be well above the weight of your fully loaded horse float.

But wait – just because your vehicle is rated to pull the weight of your horse float doesn’t mean that you should. You need to carefully consider your vehicle’s overall weight and stopping power. Remember, when you’re hauling horses, you will be pulling live weight, which is very different from the dead weight of an empty horse float. If you’re in doubt of whether your vehicle can handle – and can stop – the load, then don’t use it. There’s nothing worse than getting out on the road to discover that your horse float out powers your truck, and that you are out of control.

Braking System

When you’re hauling a horse float, your vehicle must be capable of stopping a heavy load with momentum. This takes a toll on your vehicle’s braking system, so it is both safest and best to have a braking system installed in your vehicle so that you can use the trailer’s brakes. Braking systems are easy to install and can mean a safer ride for all involved when you tow your horse float.

Hitch Capacity

You will also want to make sure that your hitch is up to the job of supporting your horse float. Many vehicles come with hitches that are intended for lighter use, and that aren’t rated to haul fully loaded horse floats. Have a quality hitch installed on your vehicle before you attempt to haul your horses.

Tire Soundness

Always make sure that your vehicle has quality tires in excellent shape before you hook it up to a horse float. The weight of the horse float puts extra pressure on your vehicle’s tires, and you don’t want to risk a blown tire when you’re traveling with your horses. If your tires are old or worn, have them replaced – including the spare tire – before you hook up your horse float.

In order to keep everyone safe, make sure that your vehicle is capable and ready to haul a horse float before you start looking at horse floats for sale.

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