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21' Contender, can she tow it?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Ry1984, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. Apr 7, 2010 at 11:50 AM
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    Ry1984

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    how do you guys think the 2.7 will fair against this 21 foot contender? I dont think that weight includes the trailer....My house is literally 2 miles from the boat ramp. Im really concerned on when it comes time to pull the boat out of the water on the ramp. If theres any upgrades i can do to my truck to help the towing out let me know, i got some extra cash i can drop into it now.
    http://www.contenderfishingboats.com/boats.aspx?id=44
     
  2. Apr 7, 2010 at 11:52 AM
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    Tacofanatic05'

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    If your only towing 2 miles i seriously wouldn't worry about it, but if your towing a good ways, your gas milage will decrease a little. But I definetly wouldn't worry at all.
     
  3. Apr 7, 2010 at 12:03 PM
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    IMO - It will work fine for shorter trips no prob. For longer highway stuff, it will do it, but you will have to work the engine hard. Boat launches should be a non issue, if it's a struggle, use 4L.
     
  4. Apr 7, 2010 at 12:06 PM
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    you should be fine its only 3500 pounds we can tow 5500 i think
     
  5. Apr 7, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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    3500....
     
  6. Apr 7, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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    2 miles of flat terrian in FL should be no problem, will the trailer have brakes? if not leave lots of room, you will be close to max on the GVW. x1 on using 4L to pull it out at the ramp, less wheel spin plus extra torque. Should be okay.
     
  7. Apr 7, 2010 at 1:41 PM
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    X2 4Lo and you will have no problems!

    I was also afraid of pulling a boat in similar weight, because the boat ramp I use is fairly steep. Once I got used to it, and I put it into 4Lo those insecurities quickly vanish.
     
  8. Apr 7, 2010 at 2:42 PM
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    o man i was looking at the 4x4 4.0 6500 pounds but you have a 2.7 first gen
     
  9. Apr 7, 2010 at 2:54 PM
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    I want to see a video of you pulling this boat out of the water if you do attempt this. :D
     
  10. Apr 7, 2010 at 2:57 PM
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    can you pull it yes can you STOP it maybe
     
  11. Apr 7, 2010 at 5:48 PM
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    lol im sure the insurance company will want to see it to :laugh:
     
  12. Apr 7, 2010 at 6:43 PM
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    You will miss the advatage a V6 provides when stopping, hmmm......;)
     
  13. Apr 8, 2010 at 3:08 AM
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    I've pulled a 19' ski boat in and out of the water on a very steep boat ramp with no problem at all, although, I have a 3.4 DoubleCab Tacoma.
    You should be fine, just put it in 4L.
     
  14. Apr 8, 2010 at 4:48 AM
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    Who cares what motor you have.....he will want surge or electronic brakes on that trailer. IMO, that would be my concern....stopping.
     
  15. Apr 8, 2010 at 4:54 AM
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    You are probably looking at closer to 4500lbs in total weight after you add the trailer and gear. Contender tends to publish the weights a bit low.
     
  16. Apr 8, 2010 at 6:06 AM
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    No prob, 4l not needed don't strain the 4*4 system unless you can't get up the boat ramp. Just rock 2/3 and you'll be fine. Go slow and give yourself room to stop. Too many nay-sayers on here about towing :p
     
  17. Apr 8, 2010 at 6:47 PM
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    I owned a 21' center console (built on a workboat hull...heavy) that I pulled with the 2.7/manual trans/4WD. Never any problems. Use the low range. I never went more than 10 miles and I was careful about the stopping.

    Jon
     
  18. Apr 8, 2010 at 6:53 PM
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    I'm definitely a believer now. I just posted a vid in the video section from today. I towed, splashed and recovered a 25 foot avanti, no problem.
     
  19. Apr 8, 2010 at 7:02 PM
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    I saw a old Nissan Hardbody 4x4 with a 2.4 pull out a bass boat AND a Dodge Diplomat full of water that was towing said bass boat no problem. 4 low is a mother fker! I was thinking "there is no way in hell he's about to pull that up the ramp" but sure as shit he did!
     
  20. Apr 8, 2010 at 7:05 PM
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    That woulda been the ultimate video!
     
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