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Old 02-26-2013, 02:32 PM
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I use my F-150 / 4.6 with a 5 speed stick w/overdrive to pull a 1998 Prostar 190; it does an awesome job. don't even know the boat is back there.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:17 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.
What year Taco? The latest gen that can tow 6500lbs is pretty stout. The earlier ones were a little smaller/lighter/less powerful and had a shorter wheelbase.

Another big fan of the V8 4Runner... Ive got a '07. Our boats are all under 20', but Ive had no problems towing those that dont have trailer brakes. Rear air bags are nice top help level out the ride if you travel with a lot of gear though... Id recommend them since theyre pretty cheap ($90).
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:35 PM
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What year Taco? The latest gen that can tow 6500lbs is pretty stout. The earlier ones were a little smaller/lighter/less powerful and had a shorter wheelbase.

Another big fan of the V8 4Runner... Ive got a '07. Our boats are all under 20', but Ive had no problems towing those that dont have trailer brakes. Rear air bags are nice top help level out the ride if you travel with a lot of gear though... Id recommend them since theyre pretty cheap ($90).
I have the 2004 Tacoma Prerunner (the old body style).

Hard to kill a toyota - mines got 194K on it
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:44 PM
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Your boat is pretty light and you don't tow that far so many vehicles will work for you.

One rule of thumb for towing....longer wheelbase = better and more stable.
For example, suburban is better than a Tahoe.
Crew cab pickup better than a regular cab. You get the idea.

Pick a vehicle you like to drive solo first, then make sure it's up to the task pulling your boat.

(I've had 2 Suburbans, a Yukon Denali and a Yukon XL Denali and they would all be great for towing your prostar)

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Old 02-26-2013, 11:38 PM
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I've got the same boat as you, except an 88. I tow with a 2004 Chevy Silverado 4.8 extended cab. We've towed the boat about 150 miles, two adults, two kids, boat toys, camping gear, food and ice for a week with no issues. I'd guess easily 700-800 lbs of stuff in the truck, a full tank of gas in the boat. No idea what mileage was, I'd guess 14-15? No major problems pulling the hills, either. I occasionally wish I'd gotten the 5.3, but truth be told, the 4.8 moves me just fine. Picked it up used for $7k.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:08 AM
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I've got the same boat as you, except an 88. I tow with a 2004 Chevy Silverado 4.8 extended cab. We've towed the boat about 150 miles, two adults, two kids, boat toys, camping gear, food and ice for a week with no issues. I'd guess easily 700-800 lbs of stuff in the truck, a full tank of gas in the boat. No idea what mileage was, I'd guess 14-15? No major problems pulling the hills, either. I occasionally wish I'd gotten the 5.3, but truth be told, the 4.8 moves me just fine. Picked it up used for $7k.
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Same boat... 89 Prostar 190. I tow with 2004 Silverado Z71 w/5.3. That motor is more than enough for a boat of this weight. It handles the boat very well and gets pretty decent milage. Not towing about 19-20 highway, 14-15 city. Towing the boat 15 MPG highway at 65. About 12-13 if I am in a hurry doing about 73-75. My average wknd trip is 135 miles and it is a nice ride. My buddy has a Suburban with the same powertrain and also loves it.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:11 AM
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It pretty much depends on how much gas you want to burn the rest of the week. As a daily driver you would need a big gas allowance to have a pickup, or anything truck related. It's up to you if you are comfortable spending $100+ a week to drive to work,etc. then get the truck. Other wise any vehicle with a v6 and 3500-4000 towing capacity will fit the need.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:49 PM
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But seriously, if this can tow a PS190 just about anything can.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:58 PM
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But seriously, if this can tow a PS190 just about anything can.
That's about the same proportion as a lot of rigs here.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:24 PM
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For your boat, just about any SUV with an appropriate tow rating will be fine. I towed my boat (1000 pounds more than yours) for years with a 4.0L V6 '98 Explorer, and never had a concern. Couldn't go over about 55 going up the 6% grades around here (well, I actually proved that I could maintain 65, but it involved some awfully high RPM's), but for anything else I had sufficient power and stability.
With the Expedition I have now, the boat has even less impact on performance/handling.

I'm going to agree with JerseyDave:
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Pick a vehicle you like to drive solo first, then make sure it's up to the task pulling your boat.
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