did a fun post on Friday about her current hauling rig, and I’m making the executive decision to turn it into an (unofficial) blog hop! I feel like pictures of my rig make it on here on a pretty regular basis, but in case you haven’t seen it….
|Lookin' sharp at Von Holten Ranch. |
The truck is a 1999 Ford F250 Superduty with the coveted 7.3L engine – it’s also diesel with a standard transmission (my two least favorite parts about it, haha). Extended cab, long bed, 4WD, the works.
We bought it when it became clear that my towing needs had outstripped the capacities of my beloved 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500 (although it’s still rolling right along as our hay/miscellaneous farm chores truck).
|Picking up the trailer 7 years ago.|
|The first time I drove the diesel with the trailer -- ack! It was nerve-wracking. |
Learning to drive a manual came with a pretty steep learning curve for me, but I have finally gotten to the point where I’m pretty comfortable driving it on the regular (well ya know, except for that time we put a new clutch pedal
in and I had to relearn how to drive it!). The truck isn’t the prettiest (in fact, I call it Brienne. Props if you get the reference), but it runs like a top with TLC and regular maintenance. This particular engine is well known to last FOR.EV.ER
so I imagine I’ll be driving this truck for the rest of my natural life (I'm only sort of joking -- these engines can easily get over 400K
). I think the next project will be doing something about the incredibly rusted out cab corners, yikes!
|Earning it's keep hauling hay -- 50 bales in the bed? No sweat!|
Brienne is currently sporting some sweet truck magnets that were a Christmas gift from my dad a few years back.
The trailer is a 1999 4-Star gooseneck 3-horse slant load with a collapsible back tack room. We are the second owners of this trailer, and even though it’s older, it’s still in really great shape! A few years ago the roof was badly dented in a nasty hailstorm, but thankfully my insurance company had no problem replacing it (to the tune of like $7K, yikes!).
|That time when I finally got around to acid washing the trailer and it looked brand new again haha. |
4-Star makes a super quality product, even though there are a few features of the trailer I don’t love. Honestly what I’d really love is a 4-Star 2+1 (and of course I literally saw one for sale last week), but this trailer is perfectly serviceable and meets my needs. It also has the added bonus of being fully paid for ;) so probably won’t be changing it anytime soon (unless anyone out there has a 2+1 and is dying for my trailer instead? No? Didn’t think so… haha).
|Topaz and Ruby hanging out at the trailer at a clinic I went to a few years back. |
The tack room is spacious and I love the gooseneck for storing lots of things that are convenient to have in a trailer, but that take up a lot of space (like 5-6 folding chairs, a canopy, several Rubbermaid totes, etc). There is a rack for 3 saddles, copious bridle hooks, and another hook for hanging clothes. I've never had a horse not fit into the slants, from Topaz (16 hands and 1350 lbs) to Jasper (much, much smaller haha). Although I really wanted a ramp when I was trailer shopping, the step up is a reasonable height and most horses load into it quite well.
We recently installed Kensington trailer screens (LOVE) to increase airflow to the horses, and I’m still eyeballing fans and a camera as
ideas for long-term upgrades.
How about you – what’s your current hauling set up? What do you love about it? Are there things you’d like to change about it?