Originally Posted by Ace
looks good im looking to pick up a 18-19 foot bow rider soon
so im curious how did the 3.0 tow? my main concern is braking even though our trucks are rated at like 5,200 LBS i think a 3k lbs boat would be fine...
P.S i have the 4.0
You'll be fine, boats tow generally well and bow riders are even better since there so low. I have never towed mine with my Ranger but I have towed it with a 4.0 and it towed decently well. I could feel it behind me but that won't go away unless I towed it with my 2500.
As far as braking you should be fine, just remember you have a trailer behind you. Everyone always says get trailer brakes, and blah blah but it's not needed. Unless you plan on doing some hardcore braking you'll be fine. And not to mention 95% of single axle boat trailers don't come with trailer brakes it'll be a pricey upgrade. Most tandem axle trailers have brakes because well, most boats requiring a tandem axle trailer weigh alot. All though some "high end" boats get matched with either tandem axle and single axle trailers with brakes it is usually because since your buying a really expensive boat, your expecting the best trailer you can buy.
And you shouldn't have a problem with launching and retrieving your boat since you have 4x4. (It's a must for steep and or gravel boat launches)