Towing Horse Trailers with Your Truck

When it comes to helping you carry heavy equipment and gear, Ram trucks can help you make easy work of even your toughest jobs. The type of truck you pick depends heavily on the kind of work you need it to do and how much strength and skill is required to manage your heavy loads safely and efficiently. 

So, what do you do when you need to tow a horse trailer? Which truck is right for the job? Your safety, the safety of the creatures you have along for the ride, and the safety of others on the road depend on how well-prepared your truck is when towing horse trailers (or any kind of trailer), so it's important to make sure you have the right equipment!

What to Know When Towing Horse Trailers

One of the primary things to explore when searching for a truck that can handle horse trailers is towing capacity. Ram trucks are divided into light-duty and heavy-duty categories to describe the kind of work for which they are best suited.

Light-duty trucks like the Ram 1500 are typically used for recreational lifting: trailers, boats, ATVs, and the like are common cargo items.

Heavy-duty trucks like the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are designed to take on tougher jobs such as carrying construction equipment and hauling commercial loads, making them ideal for towing horse trailers.

High-performance SUVs like the Jeep Wrangler have surprising towing capacity. If you're looking for a Jeep with even greater towing performance, consider the new Jeep Gladiator.

To know how much strength you need to carry a horse trailer, you should know your gross combined weight rating. This includes the weight of your vehicle plus cargo and passengers added to the weight of the trailer and its cargo. As long as this figure does not exceed your vehicle's towing capacity, you should have no problems!

Which Ram Truck is Right for Towing Horse Trailers?

Before choosing a truck, make sure you know how much your trailer weighs both empty and occupied. Be sure to account for horse tack, feed, and other items besides the horses themselves that might add to the weight.

Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 may be a light-duty truck, but don't let the terminology throw you off. This truck can handle its fair share of weight. With two gas engine options and a diesel engine option, you can pick the amount of power you need.

  • Max Gas Horsepower: 395
  • Minimum Towing Capacity: 3,045 pounds
  • Max Towing Capacity: 10,620 pounds

Ram 2500

This heavy-duty champion offers a different baseline from its little sibling, the Ram 1500. The Ram 2500 offers powerful V8 engine options as well as a diesel engine.

  • Max Gas Horsepower: 410
  • Minimum Towing Capacity: 6,820 pounds
  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 17,980 pounds

Ram 3500

If you want to make sure that you have plenty of wiggle room when packing your truck full of gear and hauling heavy horse trailers, the Ram 3500 offers incredible power and an optional Max Tow Package with a 30K upgraded hitch, Auto-Level rear air suspension, and fifth-wheel prep.

  • Max Gas Horsepower: 410
  • Max Gas Torque: 930 pound-feet
  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 31,210 pounds

Which Jeep Vehicle Can Tow Horse Trailers?

Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is a rugged and dependable SUV with strong performance, but it may not be right for the largest horse trailers. The specs below will depend on the engine and configuration of your Jeep.

  • Max Horsepower: 285
  • Max Torque: 442 pound-feet
  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 3500 pounds

Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Gladiator is a truck with the wild spirit of a Jeep. This isn't a heavy duty truck, but it's strong enough to pull small to mid-sized horse trailer. The specs below will depend on the engine and configuration of your Jeep Gladiator.

  • Max Horsepower: 285
  • Max Torque: 260 pound-feet
  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 7650 pounds

Explore Our Inventory

Our dealership in Marshall is home to a wide variety of popular Ram trucks with plenty of the power and technology you need to move horse trailers safely around Shreveport, Longview, and Tyler. Visit us today to get a closer look at our inventory. Our sales experts will be happy to set you up for a test drive and help you choose the best truck for all your horse trailering needs! If you have any questions about towing horse trailers, don't hesitate to reach out to our team. We'll be glad to help!

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