I’ve had my truck for 23 years. It is a 1995 Dodge Ram 3500 dually. Cummins diesel.
I have not had any serious problems with it for the entire time I’ve owned it. But, I’m a bit leery to haul for long or extreme distances (over mountain ranges or steep grades) because it worries me a little. I’m not sure why… probably because it doesn’t have the same power it used to have. The mechanic says it ‘checks out’… but also shrugs his shoulders when I ask if it will haul safely.
Also, sadly, my misgivings about my truck’s performance makes me no longer feel comfortable offering my trailering services to local rescues or Fleet of Angels because I’m frightened to haul other peoples’ horses, just in case my truck broke down.
Anyway, it is fine for a work truck or driving around town truck. And, when I’m not towing horses, I’m totally OK with it.
But, to haul horses… it is time.
To be honest, I LOVE my truck. It is one of those trucks that all the young cowboys want – stick shift, 5 speed. I still get notes on it, “If you ever want to sell this, sell it to me!”
I’ve loved my truck so much, I used to sing a song when I drove it, “I can drive my truck and trailer any where…!”
For me, it was such a skill to learn to drive a dually around our curvy road in Wilsonville, Oregon – and then to add a horse trailer onto it!!!… Wow! Way back then, I was so proud of myself! I never thought I would own my own trailer! I thought I would never learn…
I know many of you feel the same way…
But as I got more into showing and trail riding, I splurged and bought the truck I have now and my trailer- 23 years ago.
And now, 23 years later, here I am.
I still love my truck and trailer… but I wish my truck was new(er), for mechanical peace of mind.
Cosmetically, however, things have definitely taken a dive. The inside is fine, but the dash is cracked…the ceiling liner sags, the seat no longer moves forward or backwards, the paint has fallen off on the hood and sides, like most white Dodges of that era.
If it still pulled like a locomotive, I’d drive it forever.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What is your opinion of new hauling trucks? Do you have one you love?
My only criteria is that I want a diesel engine.
TELL ME (either comment below or email me) what kind of hauling truck you have and why you love it!
I greatly appreciate all of your input.
DO YOU HAVE A TRUCK DEALERSHIP and could benefit from a tax deductible donation?
I don’t think we can afford a new truck…. but if you have a dealership with a used truck and could benefit from a tax deductible donation, this truck is considered a Horse and Man Foundation truck and we could offer a 100% tax deductible receipt for any sized donation.