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Old 03-23-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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4 banger prerunner -ok for a 16-21 ft boat?

I've got a 4 cylinder dcsb prerunner.

My question is: Am I ok pulling a 15-21 foot boat? From reading on here I am not so worried about towing as I am about the lack of 4wd when putting it in and pulling it out of the boat launch.

I have fears of my 2wd slipping into the water....
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:17 PM   #2
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ehhhhhhh i need to put my 4 banger in 4wd to get out.

do you have a rear locker? how steep is the boat ramp? is the ramp mossy from dirty water or is the water clean?
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:47 PM   #3
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I'm not too sure about the different ramps and whatnot. My buddy used to pull the same boat with a 2wd chevy, and he tells me I can do it just fine. Tells me to go back far enough and use the trailer's winch to pull the boat onto the trailer. I'm just afraid of slipping on algae covered launches, though it seems that the launches i plan on hitting aren't that steep.
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like 97yota said, if you have locker you should be fine. i used my 02 2wd all the time to launch. it has a 6 banger, but the 4 should be fine. most of the launches on lake huron are pretty steep. i never even thought about not getting out, but the 02 had a locker. if i think of it, only used locker a few times. you get that algae slick and you need that little extra traction. been using my fjc the last 5 yrs and that walks it out even with snow.
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You never mentioned the weight of boat and trailer. If the combo is under the gcwr, go ahead.
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is your truck manual or auto? that makes a difference too, auto you can creep back up the ramp slowly so the tires dont spin, a manual you cant do that.... so its super easy to spin in a maunal. tried it with a 18ft pontoon boat. total with boat and trailer are about 2300lbs in my manual 4 banger in 2wd (no locker) and i had to get out and lock my hubs to even move.
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Auto. I'm pretty sure I'm ok, but I guess a 4x4 is always better, just in case.

Again, my friends 2wd chevy was fine. Bigger engine, but I'm thinking displacement isn't as big a factor during the actual launch...

Edit: i haven't looked at gross weight; I'm still just toying with the idea.
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x2 You never want to lock the rear when going up a boat ramp especially if there is algae, mud, grime, etc on the ramp because if both tire lose traction the you're going in the water whereas with it open only one tire loses and you still have the ability to stop the truck.
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is your truck manual or auto? that makes a difference too, auto you can creep back up the ramp slowly so the tires dont spin, a manual you cant do that.... so its super easy to spin in a maunal. tried it with a 18ft pontoon boat. total with boat and trailer are about 2300lbs in my manual 4 banger in 2wd (no locker) and i had to get out and lock my hubs to even move.
With good clutch control it's just as easy to "creep back up the ramp". Sounds to me like you need to spend a little time on an empty hill working on your clutching.
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depends if the boat is 15ft long or 21 foot long and if its aluminum or a bay boat....i tow around my 16 foot xpress with a 50 yamaha on the back and its like i dont even have anything behind me and as for getting out of the boat ramp...no struggles but i have 33in mud grips
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Tow rating on the 4 banger is what... 3500 pounds?
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:12 PM   #12
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3500 iirc.

Sorry for the lack of info amd exact numbers, but I'm still just toying with the idea right now. I don't know much about boats either.

Would love to stock my freezer for a few months, not to mention just the sport and therapeutic aspects of fishing.
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IMO you should be fine because I towed this 17ft Key West 1720 Sportsman with a 90hp Yamaha 2-stroke on the back

with this 2.2L inline 4 cylinder open rear diffs and street tires

for 3 years without a problem. You just have to be mindful of what it is that you are backing up on.
Edit: When the boat is setup for a day of fishing it weighs around 1500#'s.
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to this day that video confuses me. how does someone fail so hard. it is a freakin wave runner! there is no need to have the trailer fully submerged. and why he just kept flooring it is beyond me.

op: depending on how much the boat weighs, i think you will probably be fine as long as you creep up and down and dont gas it. IMO, if the boat is over about 2200lbs that would be pushing it with such a light rear end, and needing 4wd
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to this day that video confuses me. how does someone fail so hard.

op: depending on how much the boat weighs, i think you will probably be fine as long as you creep up and down and dont gas it. IMO, if the boat is over about 2200lbs that would be pushing it with such a light rear end, and needing 4wd
I have no idea, I just thought it appropriate here.
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to this day that video confuses me. how does someone fail so hard. it is a freakin wave runner! there is no need to have the trailer fully submerged. and why he just kept flooring it is beyond me.
My buddy lives on Huntington Harbor.
Ever since Jr. High, we've always enjoyed going to the launch on weekends to watch the "Boatnicks"

That video is not the worst we've seen.
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