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First Tow w/ New Truck

Discussion in 'Towing' started by littleblue81, May 8, 2013.

  1. May 8, 2013 at 1:25 AM
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    littleblue81

    littleblue81 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Towed my 22' Boston Whaler Outrage for the first time with my new truck. I had towed the boat before w/ a friends Taco, it seemed like mine struggled just a little bit more than his. He is running 265/70/17 and I have 265/75/16...I didn't think it would make much of a difference but I guess the slightly larger diameter is enough to change the gearing a bit. Mostly it was fine, but there were two pretty long and steep grades that I had to slow down to about 45-50mph.

    The truck needs air bags bad. Want to get them asap but need to make sure they will work with the lift I've purchased (TX Baja suspension components which is basically the TSB in the back).

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    Edit: Photo shows truck with stock OR suspension/3 leaf pack. Still trying to get my hands on the Baja lift components.
     
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  2. May 8, 2013 at 1:58 AM
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    4Wheelin4Banger

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    You got some squat in the rear any idea on the tounge weight?
     
  3. May 8, 2013 at 2:10 AM
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    Not sure. I would guess 3-400 lbs.
     
  4. May 12, 2013 at 8:06 PM
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    really bad squatting...might want to look into airbags
     
  5. May 12, 2013 at 8:07 PM
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    rickmeseke

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    He already said that?
     
  6. May 13, 2013 at 1:40 AM
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  7. May 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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    Go to the scales and weigh. If you don't you have no clue where you stand. My truck didn't squat that much with 800#'s TW. You need a WDH and weigh the truck and boat to see where you stand.
     
  8. May 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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    I should get around to doing that, but I really don't think the tongue weight is that high. Of course I could be wrong too.

    All the weight on the boat is center/back. The fuel tank is behind the console and the engine is obviously in the stern.

    I've towed the boat with my friends Taco behind mine on this trailer and a different trailer and it had the same squat. Both 3 leafs. Just standing in the bed or tailgate by myself (205lbs) makes it sag some.
     
  9. May 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM
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    NorGATaco

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    You said you had three leafs which is not the TSB. The TSB is the four leaf packs. My truck sags like this with 500# in the back and I have the OR package (3 leafs).
     
  10. May 13, 2013 at 5:35 PM
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    littleblue81

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    Sorry, let me clarify. I had ordered the suspension package but nothing is installed yet. The photo is stock OR suspension package with 3 leafs in the back.

    My order was successfully pushed through, still waiting for confirmation that I can get the kit.

    Sorry for the confusion.
     
  11. May 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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    AWorthyOpponent

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    How much drop do you have for the tongue? That trailer looks pretty level...maybe you're squatting soo bad because you don't have enough drop. You don't want to try to lift the trailer up too high...

    ...just a thought.
     
  12. May 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM
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    I had to reverse the hitch so instead of a drop it's a riser. With the hitch in the normal drop position the trailer was not level whatsoever.
     
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