Mechanical braking systems are speed and load sensitive. They provide the right amount of braking every time – regardless of the load. This is the European standard braking system.
As the load in the trailer increases the chances that any loaded two-horse trailer will outweigh the towing vehicle also increases. For safety, the trailer needs to be braked earlier and for longer than the lighter towing vehicle.
Mechanical brake systems are designed to apply the brakes on the trailer before the tow vehicle begins to brake, such that the trailer never pushes on the tow vehicle Braking on the trailer initiates as the tow vehicle begins any deceleration. The mechanical brake begins to operate as the driver comes off the accelerator pedal and before getting to the brake pedal. As the tow vehicle begins to slow down, pressure is applied to the tongue of the trailer, enabling the braking system.
Under all circumstances, whenever the tow vehicle begins to push on the trailer, the trailer brakes are applied in direct proportion to the weight of the trailer at the time and at the rate of deceleration. European brake systems also provide an independent parking brake, emergency breakaway and anti-lock characteristics.
European-designed horse trailers are here to stay! Offering rider and horse owner an alternative horse transport that does not require a large truck as tow vehicle.
Every Car Manufacturer offers a Model that can Tow. Some examples are below. If you are car shopping, check the specs of your favourite brand at www.edmunds.com:
One Vehicle for work and play! Any Tow Vehicle with Tow Capacity of 3500lbs, V6 or Turbo 4 Cylinder can tow a Böckmann! Choose your preferred Vehicle Manufacturer and look for larger sedans, SUVs, Cross-Overs or smaller trucks as possible smaller tow vehicle options. Lower tow capacities are possible, however we recommend a V6/Turbo 4 Cylinder for the power you need for inclement weather and traversing trails and hay fields to get to your event. See below for details on the Böckmann difference.
The minimum requirement is 125 horsepower. We recommend a vehicle with a V-6 engine, which provides sufficient power to accelerate into traffic, to move easily in and out of traffic and sustain your speed on hilly terrain. More power is always better when you need to manage through Canadian weather, over our rugged terrain, and hills, and through city or highway traffic. Most drivers prefer to tow with a V-6 engine and are quite comfortable with a towing capacity of 3500lbs.
Some vehicles offer a tow package – it is always worth considering, as a tow package supports the work of your engine. Tow packages are designed to keep your engine cool, and it often includes the wiring as part of the package.
If you already have a round 6 or round 7 plug, an adapter which reduces to a flat 4 can be easily found at your local automobile parts store, or in the automobile section of your nearest department store.
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The minimum is 93″, however we do recommend at least 100″ for SUV’s. A wider wheelbase provides stability in a tow vehicle. As with anything – more is always better … we recommend at least 100″ of wheel base.
In order for a mid-size vehicle to pull a trailer easily without stressing its engine, aerodynamics are key. The aerodynamic roof-line eliminates the vacuum that builds up behind a flat roof trailer – like behind a transport truck. It is the vacuum that makes a trailer bounce around behind a tow vehicle.
Remove the vacuum – create a more stable ride for the horses. Vacuums also create a drag behind a trailer. In order to break that drag it requires a very powerful engine in the tow vehicle . If the vacuum is eliminated – so is the requirement for a powerful engine.
Aerodynamics are built into all Böckmann horse trailers.
In order for a mid-size vehicle to be able to tow a trailer that is heavier than what is described in the vehicle’s manual, there cannot be any extra weight on the hitch beyond the capacity of the vehicle.
To create a trailer that does not significantly “lean” on the tow vehicle, European trailer manufacturers have designed a trailer that will be “self-supporting” or be well balanced. The placement of the “load” is the key to a well-balanced trailer.
Europeans have solved this by placing the horses directly over the dual axles. The dual axles directly support the primary load…the weight of the horses. When horses are loaded ahead of trailer axles, the horses weight is supported by the tow vehicle rather than the axles.
For this reason, knowing your vehicle’s tongue weight capability is an important factor.
European regulations only allow about 4% of the total trailer weight to be on the tongue of the trailer … a maximum of 150 kg or 330 lbs of tongue weight for the largest European trailer. To determine your vehicle’s capacity to tow a European horse trailer, consult your manual for your vehicle’s towing capacity.
Take 10% of that towing capacity … for example, a 2003 Ford Escape has a towing capacity of 3500 lbs. 350 lbs is 10% of 3500 lbs. 350 lbs is the amount of weight the Ford Escape can safely bear at the point where the tongue connects to the hitch. 350 lbs is greater than the tongue weight of a European 2-horse bumper pull trailer, making the Ford Escape, with a V-6 engine, an excellent tow vehicle.