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indyprostar190 02-25-2013 09:37 PM

shopping for a tow vehicle
I own an 87 mastercraft prostar 190(gross weight with trailer 2700 lbs) and I am looking for a new tow vehicle that I can use as a daily driver when not towing to the boat. Generally the boat is towed 3-25 miles to and from the launch. Being Indiana the terrain is generally flat with only one launch being abnormal (steep and about 150 feet long). I am looking at used trucks/suvs and I have gotten input that is all over the place from trucks with massive towing capacity to suvs such as the acura mdx, gmc acadia. I am just looking for some info....let me know

Spork 02-25-2013 09:41 PM

What your budget? We are very good at spending other peoples money...

indyprostar190 02-25-2013 09:45 PM

HAHA very good point, I am looking used/preowned so lets so $20,000

FLY6584 02-25-2013 09:53 PM

I used to own a F-250 Diesel that I towed my boats with so I was spoiled when it came to towing, but we had a baby and needed something a little more family friendly like an SUV so I set out looking for an SUV with the highest towing capacity.

The best thing I found was a 2006-2009 V8 Toyota 4Runner. The 2wd model can tow 7300lbs and the 4wd model can tow 7000lbs which is the same as a Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 or Chevy Tahoe, but the great part is I get 16mpg in the city and 19mpg on the highway (not towing obviously) where a Silverado/Tahoe will only get 16 on a good day.

They stopped putting V8's in 4Runners back in 2009 and the V6 4Runner's only have a 5000lb towing capacity so it can be hard to find one. I had to have mine shipped across the country because it had to be a black limited edition model with 4x4. The sport and limited models also come with a heavy duty transmission cooling package and I believe the sports come with larger brakes as well.

FLY6584 02-25-2013 09:54 PM

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Originally Posted by indyprostar190 (Post 911294)
HAHA very good point, I am looking used/preowned so lets so $20,000

And I found my 2006 fully loaded Limited 4x4 4Runner with 55k mi on it for $20k so it's definitely possible to find a good deal on one if you are not picky on the color and whether it's a Sport or Limited model.

By the way it tow's my large offshore boat great so if it can tow that it will tow a ski boat even better.

SKIBUMM 02-25-2013 09:55 PM

My wife's 2003 Yukon get better mileage than my 08 V8 Runner both with and without the boat.

FLY6584 02-25-2013 09:57 PM


Originally Posted by SKIBUMM (Post 911300)
My wife's 2003 Yukon get better mileage than my 08 V8 Runner both with and without the boat.

Really? What kind of numbers do you all see?

FLY6584 02-25-2013 10:01 PM

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Plus I just think they look so much better than the million Tahoe's you see on the road...

SKIBUMM 02-25-2013 10:28 PM

thats why I have a runner it looks so much better than the yukon INHO. I get 16 in runner around town and 12/13 pulling the boat. The Yukon 5.3 gets 18 around town and 14 with the boat. The Yukon handles the boat os much better than the runner does but I would still take the runner over the Yukon. You want really poor mileage pulling the boat my FJ cruiser (lifted and heavily modified with 35 inch tires) gets only 10 pulling the boat and the V6 is working it's guts out.

FLY6584 02-25-2013 10:38 PM

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Besides a nice diesel truck will give you too much confidence towing and allow your wife to drive while you take a nap only to wake up to this... ;)

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