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2wd Prerunner at the boat ramp?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by grant22, May 2, 2010.

  1. May 2, 2010 at 6:38 PM
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    grant22

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    Hello, My boat weighs in at around 5000 lbs but I'd like to buy a Tacoma Prerunner if possible (I really have no other need for 4wd).

    Does anyone know if the Prerunner TRD & Tow Package (I'd get a year with that has a rear locker) can pull a 23' 5000 lb boat out of an average ramp?

    THX
     
  2. May 2, 2010 at 6:40 PM
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    Sparky4.0

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    i would say it possible.. but if it wet i wouldnt wanna try it
     
  3. May 3, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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    I'd go for the 4x4. I pull my boat and launch it in some pretty crazy spots with my 4x2 but I have trouble with clay. I've had to use a pull from abuddy at one unpaved ramp that is a mixture of clay and marl and sand. Other sand ramps without the slick clay have not been a problem for me. The LSD works well but if both back tires are slipping you go nowhere.
     
  4. May 3, 2010 at 12:52 PM
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    Barnone

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    What's a average ramp? Around here they vary quite a bit. Wet,slimy,steep, drop off?
    4x4 if you want to be safe.
     
  5. May 3, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    5000 lb 23 foot boat? sounds like our regulator. Well I know from experience that our suburban struggles pullin that boat around, and its a v8. If i were you I would go for the tundra
     
  6. May 3, 2010 at 1:26 PM
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    Get a lighter boat??? :D
     
  7. May 3, 2010 at 6:17 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Though my boat is only 3000#, I have pulled it out of the water off of realatively steep spots on the shore, with no slipping, or trouble. Pulls it right out every time.
     
  8. May 3, 2010 at 6:39 PM
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    hey, i have a 89 toyota 4x4 with a 22re 4cyl. and a 1730 center console boat that weighs 3500lbs.and i never had 2 lock the front hubs in .but i put it in 4low 2 make it easier 2 pull my boat out of the water .
    hope this helps.:cool:
     
  9. May 3, 2010 at 6:43 PM
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    Maybe spring for the 4x4, mine has not had any trouble in 4hi
     
  10. May 3, 2010 at 7:14 PM
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    Thanks all 4 the help.

    The 5000 lb figure is a conservative one taking into consideration: Boat=3025 lbs, Trailer=1000 lbs, Fuel/Gear/People=1000 lbs.

    My closest ramps are all paved, normal incline, and sometimes have algae slick.

    I don't want a tundra (I'm trying to downsize from my Chevy 1500 4x4) cuz I'm only pulling 5 miles or so.

    I don't want a 4x4 Taco cuz I don't want those 17" wheels or the hood scoop.

    I know! I'm being high maintenance here, but if I can get away with with a prerunner, I'd be pretty happy about that!

    If any locals with a V6 Taco Prerunner wanna meet up and try the launch ramp with my boat attached, I'd be happy to buy lunch or trade for a case of beer or sumthin' !
     
  11. May 3, 2010 at 7:20 PM
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    the pre-runner has enough power for a 23' boat tow, but just watch out for slippery ramps...
     
  12. May 3, 2010 at 7:36 PM
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    You can get the 4x4 without the scoop and the 17in wheels im pretty sure....chris correct me
     
  13. May 3, 2010 at 7:39 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Correct. The SR5 and TRD Off Roads have 16" wheels, and no scoop.
     
  14. May 3, 2010 at 7:41 PM
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    A 4x4 Taco won't necessarily have the hood scoop - that's the Sport Package. The Off Road Package comes with the locker and no hood scoop.

    edit - dang, they beat me to it.
     
  15. May 3, 2010 at 7:50 PM
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    But if I want a long bed, I gotta get the sport, right?

    I kinda don't like how Toyota packages their Tacomas. If you want this, you gotta get that over there. I wish they would offer a TRD Long Bed with the off road pack.........
     
  16. May 3, 2010 at 7:52 PM
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    I tow my 21' boat just fine with my V6 prerunner. Sometimes you just need a fat guy in the bed to get up the ramp. You should be fine but sometimes it would be nice to have 4x4
     
  17. May 3, 2010 at 8:11 PM
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    Sounds like it's kinda a 'tweener.......and I need to bone up and get the 4wd. Ugh!
     
  18. May 3, 2010 at 10:22 PM
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    My buddy towed his 18 ft Key West up a slimy ramp with a 4 cyl Prerunner (with the locker) many times and never spun a tire. He had Michelin LTX on it. Like others have stated, a paved ramp shouldn't be a problem. Dirt= another story.
     
  19. May 3, 2010 at 10:28 PM
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    Yea I think the dunlops are my problem. Looking at getting better tires in my near future
     
  20. May 4, 2010 at 6:04 AM
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    i have a prerunner as well and i pull my 19' boat bass boat with no prob, there is a slight weight diff, but never have had a prob with it
     
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