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Old 01-27-2015, 05:17 AM   #1
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I'm sure this has been asked and answered!

Looking to *safely* haul my 3 horse trailer. Fully loaded, trailer included, is probably just under 10,000lb. I have an LQ horse trailer now, but hubby would really like a MH.

Initially we were looking at only diesel pushers, but I read about the Ford F53?? chassis. Maybe that's an option?

Trying to stay under $70k, older is fine. Just want the babies in the back to be safe. I know about GVWR, tow capacities, etc, just would like to hear from RV'ers that tow with their rigs as to which can handle it and which can't.

Most horse peeps seem to think if they can pull it, they are fine. HELLO? Wouldn't it be nice to stop too? From what I read on this forum so far, it appears the RV'ers are a voice of reason when it comes to being in spec of tow capacities....

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Old 01-27-2015, 09:10 AM   #2
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The quick answer for you is no - especially not with a motorhome on a Ford F53 chassis which has, at best, a max tow rating of less than 5k lbs.

Your horse trailer has a high tongue weight and most motorhomes, even diesel pushers, do not have the right class hitch to carry that load until you get to the tag axle coaches. The problem is that you are going to have a long, 43'-45', motorhome with a high cost to acquire.

One possible solution is a Super C that is built on a Freightliner chassis. These are basically a large box truck with a RV "house" and they might have the capacity you need.

As to braking the horse trailer, you would use the brakes that the trailer is already equipped with - electric or surge.

Anything you want to do at this point is going to require a pretty hefty budget so maybe your dually truck isn't so bad after all.

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There may be a few older coaches that can keep you in budget, but as luvlabs says, you need to check everything in the chassis specs and the hitch to make sure your within the limits.
Older Dutch Stars on the Spartan chassis , have a 10,000 tow capacity, but you would need the complete info to make sure you don't exceed the RAWR.
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Not all DP have a 10K hitch many with 5K or even 7K.
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