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Old 07-19-2005, 03:43 PM
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Anyone use a minivan?

Just found out we have #3 on the way, and the wife want a minivan. I don't like them but they do have alot of room on the inside, but not alot of HP under the hood. Does anyone use one for pulling their boat and how does it work?

I guess I would rather have a minivan with a MaserCraft than a Suburban without!
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Old 07-19-2005, 03:47 PM
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Just found out we have #3 on the way, and the wife want a minivan. I don't like them but they do have alot of room on the inside, but not alot of HP under the hood. Does anyone use one for pulling their boat and how does it work?

I guess I would rather have a minivan with a MaserCraft than a Suburban without!
I am not a fan of minivans when it comes to towing.
How about a 3 seat SUV? The Trailblazer XL or its cousins? Or maybe a Explorer? (MarkP will have something to say here)
Stay away from front wheel drive.
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Old 07-19-2005, 03:58 PM
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Just found out we have #3 on the way, and the wife want a minivan. I don't like them but they do have alot of room on the inside, but not alot of HP under the hood. Does anyone use one for pulling their boat and how does it work?

I guess I would rather have a minivan with a MaserCraft than a Suburban without!

I donít know how well any of the mini vans could pull a boat.. A 3000 Lb trailer would probably trash a MV .

What do you use to pull your boat now?

Oh, Congrats! !

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Old 07-19-2005, 03:58 PM
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The largest minivans (Toyota Sienna for ex) appear to have a tow rating of 3500# ???? Seems rather optimistic to me. Check your rig's weight. Ditto on powerslot82's comments, stay away from front drive with boats this heavy. What about a 1-2yr old full size SUV? Market for used has to be a little depressed with gas prices and discounts on new. We have an Explorer, 2003, but rarely need to trailer. It does a fine job when necessary - all short trips so far. I would probably go full size SUV or truck if I trailered more. Be advised that in the Exlporer, when 3rd row is in use, there is virtually no room behind it for gear. Make sure when you look that you set up all the seats you will use and see what room is left. We have 4 kids so we are probably going for minivan, and 1 pickup truck eventually.
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Old 07-19-2005, 04:00 PM
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I have used my Toyota Sienna to pull for 6 years. Knock on wood the tranny has not given out yet. It is front wheel drive and you have to have a decent ramp in order to get the boat out. Thank goodness my new company car is a Chevy Trailblazer!
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Old 07-19-2005, 04:58 PM
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Massey Fergason or John Deere, Gotcha all beat.
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Old 07-19-2005, 05:08 PM
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We towed our Larson a few times with an Arctic Cat TBX 500 and it did fine. I wasn't driving buy my brother said it was alot easier backin up. We haven't tried with the MasterCraft and won't because the prop guard on the trailer sits really low and the ATV sits low enough how it is where it would never make it.

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Old 07-19-2005, 05:13 PM
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the boat ramp is an 1/8 of a mile up the rd.
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Old 07-19-2005, 05:15 PM
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the boat ramp is an 1/8 of a mile up the rd.
Same here. Thats how we got away with pulling with an ATV.
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Old 07-19-2005, 05:28 PM
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You get some wild looks when on the road and ramp
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