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Old 02-25-2013, 10:54 PM
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We are driving a 2003 Lexus GX470. 6500 lb towing capacity and a short wheelbase, so backing is easy. We have owned ours from 35k miles to 85Kish now. Other than being hard on brakes (it is heavy and the rotors tend to warp), and looking a little tall, it has been bulletproof. The drivetrain is a dream.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:02 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...
Holy h*ll! details!
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:11 PM
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Holy h*ll! details!
I posted this in another thread, but I'll repost it...

We were very lucky. My wife was 5 months pregnant at the time. I was up late the night before and wanted to catch a quick nap on a 12hr ride we had that day so I let her drive. I got too confident in my diesel truck and figured she could keep it between the lines with the cruise control set at 75mph, but unfortunately she didn't know to turn the cruise control off when it started raining and after a semi-truck cut her off she started hydro-planing, slammed off the left guard rail, got sideways, jack-knifed, and went off the right side of the road, down an embankment, ejecting the boat from the trailer. I woke up when we started slamming into the left guard rail, but there wasn't much I could do from the passenger seat at that point.

We are definitely very thankful to have walked away from that and I hold myself 100% accountable for having too much confidence in my diesel truck and it was a learning experience I hope no one else ever has to experience first hand.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:14 PM
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Sorry i just caught it in the other thread! glad everyone is okay!
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:36 PM
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Yeah, glad everyone was ok.

Was this the same incident that sparked so much debate on ww about tie-downs?

Well, we all learned an important lesson - women can't tow boats
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:00 AM
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Yeah, glad everyone was ok.

Was this the same incident that sparked so much debate on ww about tie-downs?

Well, we all learned an important lesson - women can't tow boats
Amen... Preach brother....
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:35 AM
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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...
Thank GOD IT WAS JUST A NAUTIQUE! Are the v8 runners geared like the sequia's? I've towed with a family members and it felt like it was geared wayyyyyyyy too high to tow at highway speed
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:41 PM
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I tow with an 02 tahoe 4x4. I bought it when someone traded it in at my work for 5 grand. It is so nice to drive, we take it on all of our long trips even without the boat. gas mileage usually averages 15-17mpg per tank. (boat is 1990 tristar 190)
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:10 PM
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Glad everyone was ok in that crash! But IMO it had nothing to do wtih confidence in the diesel truck and all about confidence in your tires and wife's decision making capability. Again glad there were no injuries. Big trucks hydro plane with crappy tires just like little ones. Whether driving a F350 pulling a house or a Yugo it's not a good idea to use cruise when it's raining.
To the op, older Prostar and short trips in the flatlands, pretty much any V6 SUV or midsize pickup rated at 4000lbs or better will do the trick. Obviously the bigger the vehicle, the easier on drivetrain and brakes and the more comfortable the ride, but anything in the Grand Cherokee, 4Runner, Explorer size vehicles will do fine.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:25 PM
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My .02 cents...

I pull my PS205 with a Toyota Tacoma and I'd much rather have a bigger heavier tow vehicle... The boat tosses the Taco all over the road and it could use more power to get moving.

I vote for the heavier vehicle.
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