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#357 of 396 Best/ Resonable SUV's/Trucks for Towing
Nov 27, 2006 (5:30 pm)
I am exploring my options: open to new or two to three year old SUVs or Trucks that are $25,000 or less. I am towing a fish and ski boat with a 90 HP engine and of course trailor. Can't find the weight of the boat/trailor, but I know I can take it to a weigh station to weigh. My qst is what do I want to be sure the SUV or Truck is equipped with for towing? And does anyone have any suggestions as to some vehicles to look at? I was thinking at the least an AWD/V6 (really don't want a V8) vehicle, I would like ESC, and compatible safety features. ( I do alot of traveling). I just don't want to be "fooled" by a sales person trying to convince that their vehicle "can tow". thanks!
Nov 27, 2006 (7:13 pm)
And it's just a guess would be that it weighs in at around 3000lbs for the boat, motor and trailer. So you'll want to get something that tows about 25% more than that.
#359 of 396 Re: My guess [paisan]
Nov 29, 2006 (5:20 pm)
thank you so much for the info mike!
#360 of 396 Boat towing and trailer choice
Jan 18, 2007 (11:47 am)
I have a 19.5 ft boat that weighs 3300 lbs. It came with a single axle trailer with no trailer brakes. I am considering buying a Toyota 4runner V8 to tow this boat.
Is this enough vehicle to tow this boat, and do I need a double axle trailer with brakes, or am I o.k. with the trailer it came with?
#361 of 396 Re: Boat towing and trailer choice [jnesbitt]
Jan 18, 2007 (1:31 pm)
Most Tow vehicles require brakes over 1500lbs. Depending on how far you are towing, the terrain, and the speeds, you should be ok to tow it.
#362 of 396 enjoy the great outdoors
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 22, 2007 (2:11 pm)
"Achieving better fuel economy and energy independence are critical national imperatives. But let's do it in a thoughtful, balanced way that ensures millions of Americans won't lose their outdoor lifestyle,"
99% of Car Towing Capacity Lost Since 1970s
I always found a small tent hauled in my minivan more versatile myself, especially for those times when you want to walk 5 minutes into the woods to get away from the RVer's running their noisy generators so the occupants can watch the latest episode of The Simpsons.
#363 of 396 Re: enjoy the great outdoors [steve_]
Jan 22, 2007 (3:43 pm)
I however like to go even further than you. I prefer to tow my boat to the lake and then rent an island campsite that is REALLY far away from everything. Unfortunately I need my 5.6L v8 to tow the 33ft cig boat that has twin 502 engines
#364 of 396 Re: enjoy the great outdoors [paisan]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 22, 2007 (5:46 pm)
I use canoes for that, and they ride on top of the minivan.
Usually camp on gravel bars anyway and go places where there aren't any picnic tables around for umpteen miles.
It would be nice to have a hitch for hauling the occasional load of mulch or straw to the ranchette.
#365 of 396 Re: enjoy the great outdoors [steve_]
Jan 22, 2007 (5:50 pm)
hmm I wonder if we had a picnic table on the islands we rent from the state. Good fun though. Put it this way, on my cigarette boat/performance boat boards last year they posed the question of when you would stop using them based on fuel costs. I think until it hits $8 or $9/gal most of us won't be effected. I guess when a new 30ft cig boat costs close to $200k and $40-50k for a tow vehicle, the gas is the least of the problems
Apr 26, 2007 (5:42 pm)
For the longest time I have believed that the tongue weight of the trailer was subtracted from payload in order to see the remaining Max load But lately I have seen suvs with low payloads hauling large trailers and carrying a full cab of
people . am I right? or is there something i'm missing out on.