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anyone? I am wondering what you pull it with and how well it does. I picked up a 1/2ton '99 silverado (ext. cab z71) this year and plan on pulling a 25-26 foot crusier a couple times a year (up north, in and out of marina, etc.) I figure about 8000 pounds for boat and trailer and my truck should do it but probably complain a little wondering. If anyone does it with a simliar truck what's your experiance, easy? no problem? pain in the but?

I got a new job in Sterling Heights and its time to go boat shopping!
 

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8000lbs is a lot to tow with a 1/2 ton truck. My boat/trailer weigh in at 5000lbs, and my old '95 GMC 1/2 ton struggled to tow it on the highway in 3rd gear @55mph. That might have been because of the 3:42? gear ratio in the read end, but still, the load was well within the tow rating of 7500lbs.

I just got a new truck, and moved up to a 3/4 ton with a diesel. Now when I tow my boat, I don't even know it's behind me!
 

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Hi there Cadmonkey
I have a 245 Vista Cruiser that we tow about every other
weekend with a 96 Yukon and have had no problems.
the boat and trailer weigh about 6800lbs loaded, just
keep your speed down and use 4low on the ramps.
I always tow in 3rd gear to keep the engine up in the
power band alittle more ([email protected]). Hope you
find the perfect boat and have a great summer
 

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A couple years ago, the folks in the neighboring boat well took their boat all over the place, about every other weekend. It looked like they had a 27' cabin cruiser w/ 8.5' beam. I think they used a Suburban or something like that. They used to take their boat up to Georgian Bay a few times a year too.
 

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Make sure that your trailer brakes are in top shape! 1/2 ton brakes are kind of wimpy for that kind of weight. When it is time for tires you may want to get a higher load rated tire then what is normally put on a ½ ton.
 

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Congrats on the new (Eastsied) job!!!
My Sea Ray is a 24' , 8'6" beam - weight/displacement 4500lbs. No trailer, so not much towing knowledge, sorry


I'm sure that Bill272 (aka 33'6) and Convincor can share towing knowledge here.

Good Luck
 

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I HAVE PULLED MINE A FEW TIMES FROM FENTON AND BACK WITH GMC JIMMY V6 . 24 ft REGAL COMMADORE never had a problem just take it easy.. mines about 5700 boat and trailer another2000? I have never gone further than thatTHOUGH. and still use IT to pull it to the shores and back to troy at start and end of season.
 

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I have pulled my 268 Sundancer (5500lbs, plus double axle trailer) with 1/2 ton Sierra, 3/4 ton Dodge and a 1 Ton Duelly. The 1/2 ton was able to pull it, but had a really hard time. The 3/4 ton did ok, but I think on a long trip might not, and the 1 Ton had no issues at all.
 

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Hi! The JennyJennyII is 24'6" with 8'6" beam...about 5100 Lbs dry...figure a bit more for fuel, etc plus the trailer weight...we just put her in the water, driving from Troy, with a Chevy 2500 and it was just fine.
 

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Pulled my 34' Powerquest with triple axle steel trailer 3 - 4 times a year with a 99 Expedition, 3.73 rear end and the 5.4 engine. Total weight of both was about 11,000 #'s

Never had a problem and still drive the same truck.

However, bigger the truck, easier the towing.
 

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QUOTE(hammer @ Jun 14 2004, 11:07 AM)sticky cap locks key??

Yeah little bit i need to break down and buy a new one..
 
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