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Towing Question New Boat

Discussion in 'Towing' started by JoeA, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. JoeA

    JoeA [OP] Member

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    Guys--

    I am brand new to the forum so be easy on me.

    I have a 2007 Tacoma double cab 4x4 V6 with tow package and 201K miles on her.

    I am buying a new boat with a dry weight of 4,400 pounds plus a trailer weight of 1,200 pounds. I suspect after adding the trailer and liquids I am going to me near 6,500 lbs.

    I plan to trailer the boat a few times a year (30 miles or so) since the boat will be stored on a lift. I do want the ability to tow it on trips up to a few hours away.

    Can I use the Tacoma to tow this boat or is it too heavy? I don't care about gas mileage but I do want to be safe.

    I welcome any suggestion or upgrades that may help me. If I'm screwed just say so.

    Be kind, be honest.
     
  2. jtav2002

    jtav2002 Kenny Fuckin Powers

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    I personally wouldn't want to be towing right at the maximum rating of my tow vehicle. Certainly need a trailer brake controller. But I'm not a fan of towing something that weighs a ton more than my truck. Pulling is one thing. It's stopping all that weight.

    I'm no expert and my boat and trailer and all are only around 2000-2200 lbs. If it was me though and I was looking at a boat that size I'd be shopping for a new tow vehicle as well.
     
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    Really pushing it. Am sure others will say it's fine but it will be a hand full you'll have to have breaks on the trailer but it probably all ready does and most likely a WD hitch that's a lot of weight me I won't tow any thing that weights more then the truck.
     
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    IIRC i remember *seeing others* mentioning that the 4wd towing limit is at 6600 lbs, but as jtav mentioned stopping all that weight sounds dangerous.

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    if you want to be safe i suggest you dont.
     
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    Most, if not all boat trailers have surge brakes, so as crappy as they are, you will most likely at least have brakes. My boat is about exactly what yours is, and I wouldnt try to haul it with the taco. When we go to the lake I hook it up to my powerstroke.
     
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    I just had a break controller added to one of our company vehicles. I highly recommend spending the extra $200 and saving your truck brakes and maybe your bumper.
     
  8. JoeA

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    Ok, well it sounds like the Tacoma is not well suited for the boat. That's disappointing. i guess I'll have to borrow a vehicle for towing purposes.

    I believe i can borrow a Yukon and an Expedition if I need to. :mad::mad:
     
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    Been there tried that... Didn't work good. Smart to get a bigger tow vehicle. I pull a close to the same weight boat and it was all white knuckled tow. Going down the ramp was the real scary part, since trailer has surge brakes :( front wheels locked up but couldn't stop ended up hitting emerg. brake to stop it. Since then I bought a Newer F150 5.4 4x4 to do my tow jobs.
     
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    What kind of boat are you buying OP?
     
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    I would say if you were only towing the 30 miles from the house(or where ever it’s stored) to the dock a few times a year, i would think you would be ok towing really close or right at the limit as long as you have trailer brakes and a controller. But i would not want to tow it a few hours a way.

    also how steep is the boat ramp you would be using? I know some in TN are kinda steep and others are not very steep.
     
  12. JoeA

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    It's a Malibu MXZ22.
     
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    There re several boat ramps near me. Most of them have a gently slope.....nothing crazy.
     
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    TnRedNeck721 GO VOLS!

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    yeah. Like i said if only you were going from where you stored it(i’m guessing at home) to the boat ramp 3 or 4 times a year. I would think as long as you have brakes you’d be ok. Would not tow it on trips tho.
     
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