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LittleFuss 12-01-2012 10:51 PM

Will my truck pull an X45?
 
I am considering an upgrade later on this month. I currently own a 1997 Prostar 190 and I am looking at a 2005 X45. My question to you fine folks is this:

Will my 2003 Toyota Tundra pull the X45?

I dont usually haul my boat more than 10 miles so long treks are not part of the plan. The truck has a V8 and is a 2WD. The rated towing capacity is 7200 lbs. but am wondering if pulling a boat up a ramp was considered when that was made the rating.

All information iswelcome.

Cobra Rob 12-01-2012 11:53 PM

My X-45 sits about 7800 pounds with trailer..

My 2007 F150 struggled with it a bit going up even minor hills on the freeway. The new F250 does not even blink.


If you are going short distances you will be fine. Pulling even up the ramp is ok.. Stopping is usually the bigger concern just know you will be over your limit.

gotjag941 12-02-2012 07:21 AM

I know a guy that pulls a 2002 Regal 2860 Commodore about 10000 lbs with with trailer using 03 TRD Tundra Crew Cab about 300 miles a few times a year he said it does fine

Miss Rita 12-02-2012 09:23 AM

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he truck has a V8 and is a 2WD. The rated towing capacity is 7200 lbs. but am wondering if pulling a boat up a ramp was considered when that was made the rating.
They look at everything when they determine tow ratings. The 7200 lb rating is based on the maximum towed load with nothing in the vehicle, so it's clear you'll be over the max. I doubt you'd have trouble over a level ten mile route. I'd be most concerned about pulling the X45 up a boat ramp. Two wheel drive, perhaps a high axle ratio, lack of traction, and slippery ramps could be a problem. You could be "that guy" on YouTube videos.

mikeg205 12-02-2012 09:59 AM

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Curb weight is about 5300 pounds and your x-45 is 7800 lbs...

It's going to be close....I assume you have the heavy duty towing package.

#1 - Gravity...backing down the ramp you will the 60% of the weight pulling your tow backwards...so I suggest electric brakes on trailer

#2 - Get the best tires money can buy that will give you excellent traction characteristics - ask Thatsmastercraft here - he's the tire guy. Any debris sand gravel water slime will make you that youtube guy like Miss Rita writes. At least upgrade to bigger wheels and tires. And make sure there some nice weight over that back axel.

#3 - It's not the rolling that kills the transmission and rear end - it's the start.

#4 - If you can afford an X-45 upgrade that towing vehicle - at least to a 4-wheel drive...

Was in a 1999 chevy blazer backing down a ramp with prostar 205v. (not my car) some light gravel debris was on ramp. Surge brake on trailer useless when boat started dragging Blazer down ramp...we were almost those guys...usual tow vehicle was in shop. How did we get out? 2 10K Lbs straps connected to tow rings on blazer and to an F150 with a big 8 - and towing package..

Just my opinion..but don't be this guy..below

mustangtexas 12-02-2012 10:26 AM

Most people don't think about what may be the most expensive part of over capacity, the ticket and being stuck on the side of the road waiting for a larger capacity tow vehicle to show up. Your Parish Sheriff's office and state troopers have weight and measure units on patrol as do all states and most counties. And if you have an accident, your insurance may not pay and if someone gets hurt you could be paying for a long time.

mikey.145 12-02-2012 10:30 AM

I had an 08' Tundra with the smaller V8 (2wd) when I got My X45 about 3 years ago.
The only problem was about half the boat ramps I use, the rear wheels would spin when trying to pull the boat out. Usually would need a couple guys jumping up and down on the bumper for traction. Otherwise it pulled the boat just fine locally and did pretty well on the Houston to Austin trips, and would struggle slightly on steep hills though at highway speeds.
I went out and bought an F250 which may have been a little overkill to pull the boat, all you need is a 4 wheel drive gas truck. 4X4 is the key, even the F250 spins the rear wheels at the same docks if not in 4wd.

mikeg205 12-02-2012 10:36 AM

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Originally Posted by mikey.145 (Post 893504)
I had an 08' Tundra with the smaller V8 (2wd) when I got My X45 about 3 years ago.
The only problem was about half the boat ramps I use, the rear wheels would spin when trying to pull the boat out. Usually would need a couple guys jumping up and down on the bumper for traction. Otherwise it pulled the boat just fine locally and did pretty well on the Houston to Austin trips, and would struggle slightly on steep hills though at highway speeds.
I went out and bought an F250 which may have been a little overkill to pull the boat, all you need is a 4 wheel drive gas truck. 4X4 is the key, even the F250 spins the rear wheels at the same docks if not in 4wd.


Truck yeah! :D

Kyle 12-02-2012 11:24 AM

The truck should work fine for 10 miles.

Be careful stopping and backing down the ramp.

Getting out of the lake should be easy. Have a boat driver and a truck driver. When the truck starts pulling have the boat push the truck for a running start. Once the boat prop is near coming out of the water just turn the key off on the boat. The truck should be able to make it fine up the ramp in 2x4. :)

mikeg205 12-02-2012 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Kyle (Post 893508)
The truck should work fine for 10 miles.

Be careful stopping and backing down the ramp.

Getting out of the lake should be easy. Have a boat driver and a truck driver. When the truck starts pulling have the boat push the truck for a running start. Once the boat prop is near coming out of the water just turn the key off on the boat. The truck :D be able to make it fine up the ramp in 2x4. :)

It's the "should" that always get's me... ;)


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