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Old 09-23-2010, 11:01 AM
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What kind of vehicle to pull my MC 190

Hey Guys,

Have a 1994 MC 190 & trailer.

Looking for recommendations for smallest practical vehicle to pull it on public roads. Live in Northeast Ga with rolling hills.

Would chevy S-10 work ? Looking for a used vechile, but not sure of minimum requirements.

Looking to pull boat and trailer locally, about 2-5 miles each way.

any thoughts on this...

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Old 09-23-2010, 11:06 AM
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I'd go 5 miles with my s-10, but getting the boat out of the water may get interesting at the ramp
Lots of power is good, more is better, too much is just right.

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Old 09-23-2010, 11:12 AM
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I pulled my 190 with a Ranger STX 4X4 w/ 4.0 L V6 for 6 years until I got my Suburban. It did fine and our lake is about 20-25 miles from our house. I wouldn't want to pull it out of the water with only a two wheel drive though.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:21 AM
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I agree. Weight wise, you're probably okay, but depending on ramp steepness, you may want 4WD. Bigger vehicle will pull easier though.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:30 AM
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You can and I have towed a small inboard like that hundreds of miles with a smaller 6 Cyl vehicle. On most well constructed ramps, getting it out of the water will be fine. That said, since you are shopping, I'd suggest a bare bones pickup with a V8. Once I got my Expedition, I don't know how I did without it for as long as I did.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:35 AM
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On the smaller vehicle, four wheel drive and high quality brake pads are the answer. If you are only going a short ways, whether you drive 55 or 75 mph doesn't matter too much, but pulling it out of the water and being able to stop quickly (especially more than just once) are the keys. Brake fade will happen quickly, so if you do go with a smaller tow vehilce, good brake pads are well worth the few dollars spent.

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Old 09-23-2010, 11:36 AM
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Back in my early waterfowling days we used to pull a 16 foot aluminum jon with a 25 horse outboard with a 4cyl Ford Ranger. Let's just say that it was interesting at the ramp, ice not being the issue. If the S-10 had a V-6 it would help and 4WD would be even more desirable.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:44 AM
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Lets see, I used to pull my brothers 1979 Ski Tique with my 1988 S-10 with only a 4 cylinder engine, 2-wheel drive and manual shift. The road and highway were OK but had to get a running start on hills. Like others said, the ramps where the issue. Spinning the tires and burning the clutch trying to get it out, and one time being pulled in on a steep ramp. I was saved by the boat hitting the water.

Next, I pulled my 1994 ProStar 205 with my 1995 Chevy S-Series Blazer 4-wheel drive, automatic. It did fine pulling but I had to put on a transmission cooler. Stopping was another story since the trailer had no brakes. Got pushed through an intersection once.

Next: My brother pulled his 1999 Ski Nautique around for years with a similar truck that the Captain mentioned, Ford Ranger STX 4X4 w/ 4.0 L V6 and it did great but he had trailer brakes.

Now we don't mess around and both have full sized V8 vehicles.

If your trailer has brakes then a mid-sized truck with a V6 and 4X4 should work. IMO

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Old 09-23-2010, 11:52 AM
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Most trucks with a v6 should work. The 190 is super light compared to most boats involved in the usual "tow vehicle" discussions on this site.
I have always had good luck with the 4.3 in s-10's, torquey little buggers.
Can't go wrong with toyota V6's and the 4.0 in the Ranger pulls decent.
Either add some weight to the bed or grab a 4x4 for some insurance on slippery ramps.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:07 PM
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Gotta put the plug in for Nissan, have a 08 Frontier Crew Cab 15-17 on highway @ 70-80 MPH pulling either car trailer or 88 190 Prostar 20-22 around town 2WD with LSD ramps have proven not to be an issue. Had a 90 Pathfinder and pulled my 1750 Vector Hydrasport with it, had a limited slip as well as 4 wheel drive, never needed the 4 wheel drive though. 13-15 Towing and 17MPG around town. 2002 Supercharged XTerra with 5spd towed race car only with it about 4,000lbs car and trailer. Plenty of power 15 MPG while towing and 17 around town. Last I heard the Pathfinder had 200,000+ miles on it and was pulling out tree stumps!!

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