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Towing boat with 2.7L, close to the limit?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by jaymoussy, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. Jul 13, 2014 at 4:00 AM
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    jaymoussy

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    I have a base 2.7L, with aftermarket hitch only, and may consider towing a 19-20 ft boat, which would be very close to the 3500-lbs limit, rolling.

    How close (or slightly over) can I go, low speed, flat, short distances (5 miles)?

    Another side consideration is, will the 2.7 have enough grunt to pull out of the boat ramps? I believe it will, but have no experience here.
     
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  2. Jul 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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    Indy

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    Low and slow, you can pull a train with a lawnmower.
     
  3. Jul 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM
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    GEORGE STRAIT

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    you will be fine with the 2.7, especially for a short distance. the only time a 2.7 would be inadvisable would be if you had a really steep climb. I've towed ~ 3000 lbs for about 500 miles and it did fine, just didn't have any passing power
     
  4. Jul 15, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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    Indy

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    And 4low will have enough torque for the ramp.
     
  5. Jul 16, 2014 at 4:18 PM
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    jtyson123

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    Over the years I've towed a lot of big trailers with all sorts of vehicles and I can say that you can just about get a minivan to pull a 53' if the conditions are right and it only has to go a few feet. Just be easy on her and you will be more than fine!
     
  6. Jul 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM
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    jethro

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    The only time I would be concerned is if you are launching on dirt ramps and you don't have 4x4 (I see you have a base Taco, but no mention of drivetrain). I have been really, REALLY happy that I had 4wd pulling my boat out of a dirt ramp before. On a concrete ramp you should be fine pulling that boat out no problem (and most dirt ramps).
     
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