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Question for the guys who launch boats

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Fishtac0, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. Jun 30, 2015 at 8:53 AM
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    Fishtac0

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    So I just bought a 2015 off-road 4x4. Waited till I put about 2000 miles before towing. I tow a 16ft bass tracker to the ramp and back about 8 miles round trip. He's my question when I launch the boat pull the trailer out( no boat on trailer) truck pulls out fine. Now when pulling the boat out of the water on the trailer putting the truck in drive truck wants to roll back a little (automatic trans) and stepping on the gas makes the traction control kick in( light starts blinking) (and not pounding on the gas either) I can hear a grinding effect when the transmisson is first starting to engage. Anyone else have this problem? And forgot to add there is a incline on the ramp too. Tia tacoma world
     
  2. Jun 30, 2015 at 8:58 AM
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    Ugly Betty

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    Put it in 4lo:notsure:
    much easier on the truck
     
  3. Jun 30, 2015 at 8:59 AM
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    And I always start giving it a lil gas while ebrake is still on then pop the ebrake
     
  4. Jun 30, 2015 at 8:59 AM
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    kenneth.morris07

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  5. Jun 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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    I've never had a problem. I use 2wd in 4 and it pulls right out
     
  6. Jun 30, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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    I have an 89 pickup I pull the same boat out in in 2wd I don't see why I would need to go in 4lo the incline isn't that bad. But I'll try and see next time.
     
  7. Jun 30, 2015 at 9:03 AM
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    Off topic really quick, and stupid question but I noticed with my new '15 4x4 OR that break pedal has an audible squish sound when I push on it during normal driving, is that from this combination too? Again, sorry for the stupid off topic question.
     
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    Thank you rock lobster didn't even think about that.
     
  9. Jun 30, 2015 at 9:04 AM
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    Figured as much, thought I'd throw it out there any way. Thanks.
     
  10. Jun 30, 2015 at 9:05 AM
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    I dunno, is just what I do
     
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  11. Jun 30, 2015 at 9:24 AM
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    You can also turn off the throttle-limiting "feature" of the traction control system by pressing the VSC button once. The auto-LSD light will come on in the dash.
     
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  12. Jun 30, 2015 at 9:42 AM
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    No need whatsoever for 4 lo at an improved public boat ramp...pretty much ever. I have only needed 4 high occasionally in the dead of winter when a ramp is coated with ice or on steep, wet, unimproved loose cobble launches on a river. With an auto trans just put your left foot on the brake pedal, release the e-brake, and ease on the gas as you ease off the brake. Works the same with a manual trans except it's the e-brake that eases off as the throttle is increased. The rear dif breather mod is something to really consider doing if your ramps have a shallow slope and your rear dif takes a bath.
     
  13. Jun 30, 2015 at 9:48 AM
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    its not a problem, its a built in feature of your truck doing its job. It scared the crap out of me the first time mine went off. The grinding noise/beeping made me think something broke.
     
  14. Jun 30, 2015 at 10:44 AM
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    Never spun a tire on any ramp with my Prerunner or current truck and I have a much heavier boat. I am guessing you are a little heavy on the throttle.
     
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    I've launched a 17.5ft bass boat, and a 20ft deep V fish and ski tracker using my Tacoma. I've never had an issue with anything. I use 2 wheel drive.
     
  16. Jun 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM
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    i always hold my brakes a little bit to keep from rolling back, and give it a little gas to get moving then let off the brakes .2
     
  17. Jun 30, 2015 at 2:54 PM
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    Not knowing what the launch looks like it's hard to know what's really happening but I regularly tow a boat and trailer that weighs ~1200lbs or so and what I do, like 2010TRDtaco, is to press the gas a little before letting off the brake to keep it from rolling. Some ramps are dirt and loose gravel so I throw it in 4wd HI and I am fine. I also use it as a time to exercise the 4wd lo and the locker sometimes too. Don't need it but it's a good excuse to use it.
     
  18. Jun 30, 2015 at 3:08 PM
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    What? :notsure:
     
  19. Jun 30, 2015 at 3:10 PM
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    That wasn't well thought out...I used 2wd in D and it's fine.... :anonymous:
     
  20. Jun 30, 2015 at 4:24 PM
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    No worries :thumbsup:
     

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