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Towing a Boat

Discussion in 'Towing' started by 04 TRD taco, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. Aug 23, 2009 at 3:29 PM
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    04 TRD taco

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    So I my be about to pull the trigger on a Super Air and I am curious about towing it behind my SR5 04 Taco. Anyone have any experience towing 19-21 ft boats? Any weight problems or issues I need to consider? I used the search function already BTW. TIA
     
  2. Aug 23, 2009 at 3:32 PM
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    chris4x4

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    As long as its within the towing capacity of the truck, you should be fine.
     
  3. Aug 23, 2009 at 3:40 PM
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    genxer36

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    Make sure the trailer has brakes. I had trouble stopping my 18' bass boat with my 03 Tacoma. The trailer does not have brakes. My 05 tows & stops fine.

    Plus with shifting into 4 & 3 for last minute stops helps.
     
  4. Aug 23, 2009 at 3:47 PM
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    I tow my 19' bowrider no problem.
     
  5. Aug 23, 2009 at 3:54 PM
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    you should be fine as long as it's within the towing capacity.
    I've towed a 18ft. ranger behind a 1st gen for years, no real problems.
     
  6. Sep 6, 2009 at 12:52 PM
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    OK so I think I have found the boat that I am going to buy. It is a 21 ft Super Air Nautique that weighs 3190 dry. Loaded with gear and fuel I understand that it pushes 5500 lbs. My '04 2wd SR5 double cab is rated at 5000 lb capacity. Will 500 or 750 extra lbs present a safety concern? The drive to the boat ramp is only about 3 miles w/ no real highway driving. Will I be able to pull the boat out of the water w/o risking damage to the boat or my truck? If this will create a problem, are there any upgrades that would allow me to tow the boat w/o buying a beefier truck? Thanks for the replys.

    BTW i read the bible on towing but it seemed more geared towards 2nd gen.
     
  7. Sep 18, 2009 at 5:25 PM
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    I used to pull a 21 ft. Sea Ray with my 04.. a little tricky pulling it up the ramp(4 low to avoid clutch damage)but otherwise it did great.. I would highly recommend a trailer with brakes
     
  8. Sep 18, 2009 at 7:42 PM
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    If you have the locker it would help you pull it out on a slippery ramp. A buddy of mine used to pull an 18 ft Bayliner with his 2004 double cab and it seeme to do fine.

    I wouldn't think you can hurt it. Just drive slow and cautiously due to not being able to stop as quick and to save the tranny.
     
  9. Sep 19, 2009 at 9:26 AM
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    Isthatahemi

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    The 5000# tow rating is good for highway, hills and whatever....You should have no problems at all, even on the launch.
     
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