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Old 09-04-2012, 08:11 PM
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Boat: 2004 Mastercraft 209 Sammy Duvall
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your 209 dry is around 2850lbs, plus gear and trailer. you get up to a 5000lb limit pretty quick.

Originally Posted by CCAnderson View Post
We pull our 209 with a Toyota Highlander rated at 5000# towing which is the same drive line layout as the Exploder. I have not weighed the boat and trailer but it is all that the Highlander wants I estimate that boat and trailer are more then 4000#. At 75 mph you do not drive with your knee. I have never found a reason to use 4 low for pulling a boat up the ramp so don't get too wound up about that feature.

The 79 should not weigh anywhere near my 209 and I think the Exploder would be fine. I used to tow a lot with an old S-10 blazer. and it did the job fine.

Based on previous experience don't go with Pathfinder. it may be a true 4 wheel drive but when I yanked around the Nautique 206 it was always hitting the limits in the suspension.

If you can find an older Exploder they were rated at 8000# towing. Ford dropped that capability because less than 0.5% of owners used it.
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