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5000 lb Boat up the Ramp?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Florida Guy, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Aug 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM
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    Florida Guy

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    I am lookingfor a tow vehicle to pull a 5000 lb boat – total load including trailer, fuel,gear, etc. Until two days ago I used a 1996 F150 with a 4.9 liter in-line-6. It pulled the boat great. But it was killed by another vehicle and has gone to truck heaven. I love Toyotas (have had several – still have a Camry – and like the Tacoma over the Tundra. I’m sure with a 6500 lb tow rating the Tacoma can pull my boat on the road, but my concern is pulling up the incline of the ramp.The F150 claimed 145 hp @ 3400 rpm and 265 ft-lbs @ 2000 rpm. The Tacoma 4.0 liter V6 claims 236 hp @ 5,200 rpm and 266 ft-lb @ 4,000 rpm. At first look the torques are close, but theF150 has it on the low end where you need it when slowly coming up a ramp. The ramp I usually use is about three miles away and has excellent traction – deep grooved surface for traction– and I’ve never lost traction even with the light back end of a truck and a very wet ramp. Has anyone out there had experiences good or bad pulling a similar load up a ramp with a Tacoma? And if it will do the job, do I want to put that kind of strain on it? I don’t want to go to a Tundra, but I will if I must. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
     
  2. Aug 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM
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    bulhas

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    i think you should just read my build thread ......
    I pull a pontoon boat all the time up some steep grades it still accelerates going up hill
     
  3. Aug 16, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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    Florida Guy

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    Sounds good. My boat is a fiberglass 22 ft Mako - pretty heavy rig. Do you know how much your total weight is?
     
  4. Aug 16, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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    just use 4 low.
     
  5. Aug 16, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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    itll pull it no problem at all.. ive had 7k pound equipment trailers behind my taco...i just upgraded my rear springs ;)
     
  6. Aug 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM
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    i would deff get an automatic over the 6spd though the autos are a great tranny our 6spds not so great...
     
  7. Aug 16, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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    I pulled a 7000 lb wooden boat up a steep ramp with my 4cyl stick. I just put it in 4lo and let out the clutch. It idled up the ramp. No problem. No wheelspin either.
     
  8. Aug 17, 2012 at 5:35 AM
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    The Tacoma has 4 low, I bet it would tow the boat up the ramp no problem even in high range 2WD.
    Make sure to put a breather hose on your rear differential routed to somewhere high like your gas filler neck.
     
  9. Aug 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM
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    Please excuse my ignorance, but what is 4lo? Is that only on the 4x4 Tacos, or do all the manual trannys have a 'granny' gear including the 2x4?
     
  10. Aug 17, 2012 at 7:09 PM
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    MJonAgs32

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    yeah 4lo is only for 4x4
     
  11. Aug 18, 2012 at 4:13 AM
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    I guess I should point out that I am considering a 2 wheel drive automatic transmission Tacoma to pull with. Do you guys still think it will pull a 5000 lb boat out of a good ramp?
     
  12. Aug 18, 2012 at 5:07 AM
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    Yes, I have a 2wd PreRunner and my boats tow fine, it can get slippery on some ramps but overall you will be fine. I assume it is the 6 cylinder and not the 4?
     
  13. Aug 18, 2012 at 5:27 AM
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    Buy a 2wd PreRunner (obviously with the 4.0L) and you'll be fine.
     
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