Trailering over Hills

When it comes to trucks and towing, I am an overpreparer.  If I could haul my 2H trailer with a 1 ton pickup, I would.  That's not a practical solution though.

Favorite rig picture, but unfortunately with the trailer still gross pre-pressurewashing.

Yelling (in my head) at people with underequipped tow vehicles is also a favorite sport of mine.  Do not even get me started on the episode of "Tiny Homes" I saw recently where a couple of PhD students hauled an 18ft long, 12 foot high tiny home from New York to Colorado with an aluminum body F-150.  The girl was like "It was super scary, we fishtailed a lot, but we made it."

Ughhhhh.

Anyway.

I know that I have more than enough truck for my trailer + pony + gear, but I was still pretty nervous about my first time hauling up and down (for Indiana) long, steep hills last week.

Still so in love with this truck.  I got an incredible deal on this one at 2/3 of KBB value (why so cheap, I have no idea.  Maybe because there's a big poorly hidden scar on the drivers side where it was keyed once?), but it's unfortunately set me up for a lifetime of luxury truck ownership.

Before I left, I recalibrated my brake box, did a thorough walk-around, even read my owner's manual to see if there was anything I was missing.

(Did you know, according to GMC, you can get carbon monoxide poisoning from hauling with the windows down?  They recommend leaving at least the back windows up while hauling.  Who knew?)

And...

It was totally fine.  Easy, even.  I didn't feel under-trucked or over-trailered a single time.  Uphills, downhills, winding country roads: I never even knew the trailer was back there.  The more I tow this trailer, especially now that I've done so much to it, the more I love it.

Unrelated: Cummins HQ on our walk home from dinner Saturday night.

That said, I've been told by a lot of people that you learn what you like and what you don't like with your first trailer after you start using it.  As I've towed a lot lately, I've kept thinking about how much space I don't use in this trailer.  How I would not haul two horses in it unless I got a bigger truck.  I've also started to plan (way) ahead for the eventual day when I'll need to replace this truck, and how to extend its useful lifespan while I save up for the next one.  I've thought about how much nicer it would be to have 1,500 less pounds behind me now that I'm towing a lot.  Admittedly, I thought about how easy it will be to sell it now that all the work it needed has been done, rather than waiting until it needs something else.

So after some very idle searching, I found a woman selling the exact trailer I want, almost brand new for 3/4 of the new price, and listed mine for sale.  Whatever happens, whether it does or doesn't end up selling, I'll be happy one way or another,

13 comments:

  1. We looked up the trailer you are hoping to buy - looks perfect for you and Connor! Hope a buyer snatches your current trailer up soon :)

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    1. Pending pickup, it sold in under 4 hours!

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  2. "..you learn what you like and what you don't like with your first trailer after you start using it."

    Isn't that the truth, haha. While I love my 4-star, there are definitely features on it that annoy me. Some of them are things we are going to try to fix (adding bars/screens to the drop down windows so I can drive with the windows down for better ventilation), some I'm stuck with (no escape door). Ultimately though, it's a great trailer, so I can't imagine we'll be replacing it any time soon.

    Fingers crossed things work out with the new trailer you want!

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    1. Just goes to show you everyone is different. I do want escape doors if it's a straight load, but I don't want drop down windows at all. 4*'s are NICE though! Lucky girl!

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  3. Hope the new trailer comes through!
    We're in an interesting spot where we definitely have too much trailer (3H GN with large mid tack) for what we do now (uh, nothing?) but it also doesn't make sense to sell it and go for something else. Of course I also know that when it eventually is 100% mine, I'll need more truck than I otherwise would (although we hauled it through NM and CO mountains with a decked out Silverado 1500 without any issues) which could be a tough pill to swallow.

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    1. Yeah, for sure. I am personally not a fan of half tons and goosenecks, but then again, overpreparer, haha. Ultimately you do what you're comfortable with.

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  4. Over trucked is my preference as well. I love my big F-250 diesel, but it's 17 years old so I don't know how much longer we can keep it. I am definitely replacing the trailer as soon as I can.

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    1. Diesels do last forever, but I know what you mean. Mine is 12, hoping to start saving now and replace it when it's around 17 or so.

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  5. Uh just because the blogger merry go round is a thing, can you message me the specs of your current trailer if it's still for sale? (I mean. I'm not looking. But I might be.)

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  6. I just can't wait until the day when I can have my own truck and trailer! I'm getting close on the trailer but very much drooling over your truck haha

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    1. Yay!! It's a good truck, even for 12 years old. I hope to make it last a long time - trucks are SO expensive!

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  7. Every time I use my Brenderup I wonder why the heck I didn't get one sooner. My old trailer certainly filled its purpose, but I love my Brenderup so much more. Grats on your new trailer!

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  8. Indiana has some pretty serious hills in some areas, I don't blame you being nervous!

    I might still be in the honeymoon stage with my trailer but there's only a few minor things I would change on it if I could. I got it for such a good deal it's hard to imagine being able to find a deal like that again!

    It is going to need to be repainted at some point though.

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