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Towing Vehicles for Horse Floats

As a horse float manufacturer, we see so many clients turning up to collect their new floats with vehicles that are either underpowered to tow what they have purchased or not with correct towing setups. A secure and stable float , matched with a suitable towing vehicle, ensures a smooth and controlled journey. So, I want to educate my readers on towing vehicles and the best options for towing horse floats on New Zealand roads.

When it comes to towing a horse float, several factors must be considered. The weight of the horse float, the weight of the horses, and the type of terrain you will be driving on all play a role in determining the ideal towing vehicle.

Selecting the appropriate vehicle type:

When trying to select a vehicle that suits your needs understanding the towing capacity and payload of your vehicle is crucial for safe towing. Exceeding these limits can lead to instability, reduced braking efficiency, and potential damage to the vehicle’s components. By staying within the recommended limits, you can maintain control, prevent accidents, and protect the integrity of your vehicle.

Considering suspension and Braking systems:

In New Zealand, there are several popular options for towing vehicles. These include SUVs, Utes, and large sedans. When choosing a towing vehicle, it's important to consider the vehicle's towing capacity, which is the maximum weight the vehicle can safely tow. Does the vehicle have sufficient power, and torque, all of these things attribute to the vehicle’s ability to remain stable and in control on the road. Inadequate vehicles may struggle to handle the weight, compromising braking ability and maneuverability.

You will also need to consider the vehicle’s suspension and braking systems as these are crucial for optimal for the safety and performance of the vehicle. A well-equipped suspension absorbs road irregularities, reducing trailer sway and maintaining stability. Enhanced braking systems such as trailer brakes and brake controllers, improve stopping power and control, especially during emergency situations. Prioritizing these systems ensures confident and controlled towing, providing a smooth and secure journey.

Handling hills and mountainous areas:

Selecting a towing vehicle capable of handling hills and mountainous areas is vital for safe and efficient towing experience. Steel inclines and challenging terrains demand sufficient power, torque and engine cooling capacity. A capable towing vehicle ensures steady uphill climbs, reliable braking on downhill descents and minimised strain on the engine. By choosing a suitable vehicle you can navigate hilly and mountainous regions with confidence , ensuring the safety of your horse float and its occupants.

Adapting to Windy and Rainy conditions:

Choosing a vehicle with adequate weight and stability offers better resistance against strong winds reducing the risk of trailer sway. Additionally, advanced traction control systems and appropriate tyres enhance grip and handling on wet and slippery surfaces. You will need to try and select the best vehicle for you that can assist you to navigate through challenging weather conditions, prioritizing safety and control.

What are some options?

Fortunately for customers there are various options available in the market to suit different towing needs. From powerful pickup trucks with impressive towing capacities to sturdy SUVs with ample cargo space, there is a range of vehicles designed specifically for towing. Lets explore some popular options that combine strength and reliability and towing prowess to meet your requirements.

The Ford Ranger is a popular option for towing horse floats in New Zealand. This Ute has a towing capacity of up to 3,500 kg, making it a great choice for larger horse floats, generally has good boot or deck space to carry your gear. Another popular option is the Toyota Land Cruiser, which has a towing capacity of up to 3,500 kg as well. The Land Cruiser is known for its durability and reliability, making it a great choice for off-road driving.

If you're looking for an SUV to tow your horse float, the Mitsubishi Pajero is a popular choice. This SUV has a towing capacity of up to 3,000 kg and features advanced safety features such as stability control and traction control.

Also in the 3500kg towing capacity range we have seen clients come through with Ranger Rovers, Audi Q7, VW Touareg, Chevrolet, or Dodge Rams as well which also all have great safety features and towing features.


In conclusion, when it comes to towing horse floats, it is crucial to invest time and effort into researching and investigating appropriate towing vehicles.Consider your specific horse float requirements, towing capacity, payload and expectations from a vehicle.Explore the market and consult with experts to find a vehicle that meets your needs, ensuring safety, comfort, and a seamless towing experience for both you and your equine companions.Don’t compromise on the right towing vehicle – its an investment in your peace of mind.


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