How Much Does a Gooseneck Horse Trailer Weigh? 2 to 5 Horse


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If you’re thinking about buying a gooseneck horse trailer, it’s essential to know what it weighs. The trailer’s weight is critical to ensure your truck is equipped to handle the load and you arrive safely at your destination.

A standard two horse gooseneck trailer weighs about 4,000 lbs, a three-horse roughly 5,000 lbs, and a four-horse 6,500 lbs. The weight of a gooseneck horse trailer varies based on the material it’s made of, the number of horses it can hold, and whether or not it has a dressing room or living quarters.

Horse owners that regularly haul multiple horses often opt for a gooseneck horse trailer over a bumper pull model. But it’s important to consider your truck towing capacity and the additional weight of the trailer.

Why is trailer weight important?

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Your trailer’s weight is the starting point used to determine towing safety. Truck makers assign vehicles a maximum gross trailer weight; this is the amount they can tow safely.

The maximum load of a trailer is called its Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).  The GVWR calculation begins with the trailer’s weight unloaded and then adding each item’s weight, including the horses you load on the trailer.

The GVWR is the universal weight of your trailer plus anything loaded on it, and you can find it on a sticker attached to the tongue of your trailer. Knowing your trailer weight is essential to determine the tow vehicle needed to pull your trailer.

What towing capacity do I need for a gooseneck horse trailer?

Your tow vehicle’s ability to pull your trailer is based on the trailer’s weight, not the hitch system type. In other words, the towing capacity needed to pull a horse trailer weighing 5,000 pounds will be the same regardless if it’s a bumper-pull or gooseneck.

What towing capacity do you need to pull a two-horse gooseneck trailer?

I like this question better because we can get some parameters. Let’s start with the typical weight of an empty two-horse gooseneck trailer, 4,000 pounds.

We need to add the weight of two horses, tack, and other miscellaneous items to the empty weight. Even if you only have one horse now, you may need to haul an additional horse one day, so let’s plan for two horses.

For our purpose let’s assume the horses weigh 1,400 each, (yes I know this is large, but I want to be safe), and our tack and miscellanous items weigh 500 pounds.

Using my figures the gross vehicle weight of the trailer is 7,300 pounds. So our question is: what is the towing capacity needed to haul a gooseneck horse trailer with a gross vehicle weight of 7,300 pounds?

You would need a tow vehicle with a towing capacity of 7,300 lbs to haul this two-horse gooseneck trailer. Finding a truck to pull it shouldn’t be too difficult.

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Ford’s F150 with a towing package is rated to tow 13,000 lbs, Chevy’s 1,500 Silverado is rated up to 9800 lbs of towing capacity, and the Dodge Ram 1500 can tow 12,750.

Each manufacturer offers options that increase or decrease the trucks towing capacity. Another consideration if you’re in the market for a tow vehicle is the type of driving and location you will be hauling your horses.

If you travel longs distances at high speeds or drive in mountainous regions, a strong engine and good trailer brakes are essential.

How do you find a truck’s towing capacity?

Towing capacity is how much a truck can safely pull. Manufacturers determine trucks towing capacity using numerous factors, including the truck’s chassis, engine, transmission, and axles.

Automakers provide information on a vehicle towing capacity in the owner’s manual, on their website, and on the compliance certification, a sticker affixed inside the driver’s side door sill.

Manufacturers also determine a safe overall maximum weight: the truck’s weight plus everything in it, the trailer, and the weight of whatever’s on it; this is the gross vehicle weight rating or GVWR.

Now that you know the vehicle’s towing capacity, you can determine a suitable horse trailer to attach it to. One more thing to keep in mind; you are hauling living animals that shift around in the trailer.

Because horses move when traveling, unlike a tractor, I like to use a truck with a towing capacity rated at least 10 percent above the trailer’s weight. The extra towing capacity probably isn’t necessary, but it adds stability, and I feel safer.

Gooseneck Trailer weights

Keep in mind that not all gooseneck horse trailers are the same. Manufacturers use different materials and construction techniques affecting the weight and strength of a trailer.

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Below is a list of weights for popular sizes and brands of gooseneck trailers. These are estimates based on the manufacturers’ information; however, the weights vary greatly depending on options and lengths.

How much do two-horse gooseneck trailers weigh?

BrandStallsWeight EmptyGVWR
Sundowner Rancher Special 2H Slant Load3,2858,750
Trails West Adventure2H Slant Load3980 lbs.8,045
Featherlite2H Slant3,976 lbs7,000
Exiss 7200 SR2 or 3 horse4,700 LBS12,000 LBS

How much do three horse gooseneck trailers weigh?

BrandStallsWeight EmptyGVWR
Sundowner Super Sport3H Slant Load4600 lbs13000lbs
Trails West Adventure3H Slant Load5200 lbs.10,400lbs
Featherlite3H Slant3950 lbs10400 lbs
Exiss 7200 SR2 or 3 horse4,200 LBS10400 lbs

How much do four horse gooseneck trailers weigh?

BrandStallsWeight EmptyGVWR
Sundowner 4H Slant Load5100 lbs13000lbs
Trails West 4H Slant Load5,160 lbs.12,000lbs
Featherlite4H Slant5,500 lbs12,000 lbs
Exiss 4H Slant4640 lbs. 9995 lbs

How much do five-horse gooseneck trailers weigh?

BrandStallsWeight EmptyGVWR
Sundowner5H Slant Load5,750 lbs14000lbs
Trails West 5H Slant Load6,000 lbs.140000lbs
Featherlite5H Slant6,050 lbs14,000 lbs
Exiss5H Slant4640 lbs. 9995 lbs

What is the weight of a gooseneck horse trailer with living quarters?

BrandStallsWeight EmptyGVWRLiving Quarters
Sundowner3H Slant Load13620 lbs20000 lbsw/slide out
Trails West 3H Slant Load10,650.140000lbsw/o slide add 1,000lbs for slide
Double D3H Slant Load7,900 lbsUndeterminedw/o slide out
Exiss2H Slant7,810 lbs 14,000 lbsw/slide out

Why are gooseneck trailers better?

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I wouldn’t say gooseneck horse trailers are better, but they provide some benefits not found in a bumper-pull trailer. First, they distribute weight better because the hitching ball is in the truck’s bed instead of the vehicle’s rear.

A heavy load on a bumper-pull trailer can raise your tow vehicle’s front and decrease your trucks handling capabilities. It’s possible to add a weight distributing hitch to a bumper pull trailer to help offset the lift, but it’s not as effective as a gooseneck hitch.

I wrote an article about weight distributing hitches, it provides some helpful information and I let you know which ones work best. Best Weight Distributing Hitches for Horse Trailers

Gooseneck trailers are easier to maneuver around curves and are safer for hauling more horses. But some are difficult to hook up and are more expensive than bumper-pull trailers.

If I never intended to haul more than two horses and didn’t want a living quarter trailer, I would likely choose a two-horse trailer. My reasons: I wouldn’t take up any room in the bed of the truck, bumper-pulls are cheaper and easier to store.

But for hauling more than two horses, long trips, or if I needed a big tack area or living quarters, I would buy a gooseneck.

Do I need a CDL to haul a gooseneck trailer?

Commercial drivers license (CDL) requirements are based on tow and gross vehicle weight, not hitch style. The same standards that apply to a bumper-pull are also applicable to gooseneck trailers.

An important note: Laws change every year, and each state has its particular statutes governing driving requirements. But the federal regulations apply to all states.

You can click here to visit the United States Department of Transportation website to ensure you comply with the current laws.

The CDL requirement currently in effect requires a driver to have a CDL if the vehicle or when combined with the trailer exceed a GVWR of 10,001 lbs; however, your state may require a CDL below this threshold.

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Miles Henry

I love animals! Especially horses, I've been around them most of my life but I am always learning more and enjoy sharing with others. I have bought, sold, and broke racehorse yearlings. I have raised some winning horses and had some that didn't make it as racehorses, so we trained them in other disciplines. Miles Henry

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