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Old 09-23-2010, 08:30 PM
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I vote Toyota Tacoma. Should fit the bill perfectly.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:28 PM
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I used to sit in the boat and run the engine - yes, in forward - to get the rig rolling when we retrieved the boat at the end of the day. With practice we pulled it off so smoothly that nobody around us even knew what was happening. Never had an issue, never touched the prop to the trailer (trailer had a prop guard so we were not likely to hit the ramp itself with the prop), and never ran it too long so that it came out of the water before I shut 'er down. We had it down to a science, and didn't even need any signals or yelling back and forth -

I sure didn't miss the old 'system' when they finally purchased a full-sized pickup with a V8, and I have never seen anyone do it before or since.
And I thought we were the only ones doing that. We used to pull our Nautiques with small, 4 cyl, 2wd Toyotas and S-10s. Our trailer had the bow pads and you would just load the boat like normal, but then just keep pushing until the truck started moving up the ramp then hit neutral and kill it before you cleared the water. Good times.
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:09 AM
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I used to pull a 94 205 out of the water at Chrelston park with a old *** volvo GL240 4 banger and drive it up to the storage at the top of the hill.
Anything further than that wouldnt have worked, good times!
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:28 AM
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that 2.8 better be cheap...like what 2k?
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:41 AM
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heypops,

I am in consensus with the crowd here, 4.3L, 4x4 or greater. The engine is really of less concern than the brakes and transmission. The extra power is really only necessary for acceleration or towing up hills. A transmission built for towing will help with longevity, and brakes that can handle the extra load will keep you safe.

That said, if you are towing 2-5 miles over flat terrain to a nice ramp most of this discussion is moot.

I was convinced that I would end up with something small (thus cheaper). I was convinced by some friends that I would not be sorry to go full-size. I took their advice and am VERY happy that I did. You never know when you may want to tow the boat to locations other than your local site and having a full size truck to tow with has made it fantastic.

I hate the thought of hesitating to take my boat somewhere because I am not sure if the truck can handle it.

Also, kpickett, your 9mpg is better than my full size with V8. I get 8mpg in the city towing the boat
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:11 AM
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I've pulled ski boats many, many miles with my '96 Ford Explorer. You can easily pick up an old Explorer with a 5.0 V-8 w/trailering package (lower gear ratio and trans cooler) in great shape for 3K if you look around. Very reliable engine and trans, and the 4x4 is a must at the launch IMO. At 170K I've had no major mechanical problems, just routine maintenance ...and that's coming from a Chevy guy.

BTW - The Explorer comes with 4 wheel disc brakes and you can add a leaf to the rear springs (adds about 900lbs capacity) for about $120 for parts, it's an easy afternoon project. Throw on some heavy duty shocks and you're good to go.

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Old 10-01-2010, 04:17 PM
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Looks like I should go bigger for my tow vehicle....

How about GMC Jimmy, 1998 4.3L V6, 4x4 ?? 127,000 miles.

My buddy owns auto repair shop and knows the owner of the jimmy. One owner, good shape.

Any thoughts on this one??

as always, thanks!!!
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Old 10-01-2010, 04:52 PM
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I had a 97 Jimmy with the 4.3, it towed very well. I did put air shocks on to help raise the back but other that it was great.
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Old 10-01-2010, 04:55 PM
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Looks like I should go bigger for my tow vehicle....

How about GMC Jimmy, 1998 4.3L V6, 4x4 ?? 127,000 miles.

My buddy owns auto repair shop and knows the owner of the jimmy. One owner, good shape.

Any thoughts on this one??

as always, thanks!!!
Sounds like a better solution to me.
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