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Towing a Boat...

Discussion in 'Towing' started by JeffC, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. Jun 9, 2009 at 2:58 PM
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    JeffC

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    I'm new here as I'll be getting my first Tacoma later this week - Can't wait!
    I've had a 03 Trailblazer that towed our 17 ft Tracker Targa around and took yearly vacations from Illinois up through Wisconsin and into Northern Minnesota.
    The TB did ok towing, but not sure what to expect with the Tacoma.
    Anyone have any thoughts on this?
     
  2. Jun 9, 2009 at 3:01 PM
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    neontrail

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    What year TAco are you buying? PreRunner? TRD? SR5? SPORT?
     
  3. Jun 9, 2009 at 3:02 PM
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    JeffC

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    2009 - I guess I should have explored the forum alittle bit as I now see a forum for towing - sorry 'bout that.
     
  4. Jun 9, 2009 at 3:26 PM
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    Johnson8537

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    I have an 06 taco (see signature)
    I have a 20Ft Malibu that I tow with no issues.
    (I also Tow a double Jetski set up. about 1500lbs)

    My Boat does have Surge Brakes... (Jetski doesn't and I do not like the Tacomas breaks!) my only complaint!!

    Malibu 007.jpg
     
  5. Jun 10, 2009 at 8:38 AM
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    Bryan139

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    I cut some wires here. Added some wires there.
    I tow a Tracker Pro170 and it handled it fine before and after the TSB. The breaks are spongey to begin with, just keep that in mind.
     
  6. Jun 10, 2009 at 9:58 AM
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    i tow my 21foot deep V center console no problems. i went from fort lauderdale florida to the keys. i have the towing package. you shouldnt really need 4wd for boat ramps unless its really slippery. i have pics in my profile
     
  7. Jun 10, 2009 at 10:00 AM
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    Bart

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    I tow 18 ft procraft fish and ski no problem.
     
  8. Jun 10, 2009 at 10:09 AM
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    kbaum08

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    i pull a 19 ft Lund Pro V, a fairly heavy aluminum boat. No problem, pulls just fine.
     
  9. Jun 10, 2009 at 4:42 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    I pull a 17' Bayliner without an issue:
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  10. Jun 10, 2009 at 5:46 PM
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    littledvl

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    Iv towed my boat (21' tunnel hull), only thing that was a issue was braking, and it wasnt that bad considering the trailer dosnt have brakes. Other then that it pulled it with no problems.

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  11. Jun 10, 2009 at 5:49 PM
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    Thanks all for the reply. I'm feeling pretty good about my choice of vehicles.
     
  12. Jun 10, 2009 at 5:50 PM
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    How much does your boat weigh? My 20 CC weighs in @ 2800lbs and in the city and the boat ramps its good however driving I-95 @ 60 mph the front end was very loose where I have to compensate all the time.I'm looking into checking the weight on tongue to see if it's too heavy where it's causing the rear end to sag.
     
  13. Jun 11, 2009 at 6:12 AM
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    my 21CC is close to 5500lbs with trailer, boat, gear, gas and i dont really notice any sway or control problems. i was going about 65mph from fort lauderdale to the keys.
     
  14. Jun 11, 2009 at 6:20 AM
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    did you do the TSB?
     
  15. Jun 11, 2009 at 6:23 AM
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    nope...missed the warranty period:( i get almost no sag in the back when i've towed both of these. very impressed. the only sag i had was when i had the boat, 4 people in the cab and gear loaded down in the bed and boat. but was barely noticeable
     
  16. Jun 11, 2009 at 6:26 AM
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    I think that I might have the boat trailer with too much tongue weight, I think I have to move the winch back a little to see if it makes a difference
     
  17. Jun 11, 2009 at 6:53 AM
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    yea that's probably the case. by the way i see you live in delray. i've tried to get a south florida meet up planned, there are 4 or 5 of us on here, but so far we haven't gotten together. would you be interested in something like that
     
  18. Jun 11, 2009 at 7:08 AM
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    yeah, most definetly...keep me posted. Since I found this site I haven't been able to keep my hands of my truck doing little mods here and there.
     
  19. Jun 11, 2009 at 7:17 AM
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    I also think that since your truck is a 4X4 the lift is a little higher.
     
  20. Jun 11, 2009 at 7:22 AM
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    i dont have the TRD package so i think my lift is the same as the prerunner...but my truck is probably about 500lbs heavier with the 4x4 hardware so that might help with the sway
     
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