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Looking to buy a boat... Whats the biggest you can tow with our trucks

So I'm looking to buy a boat but was wondering how many of you guys have boats and how big they are and what you use to tow them to the lake?

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I have one but its only like a 12' V-bottom boat with a 18 horse. Not big but fine for me. Ranger pulls it fine since the boat weighs like nothing.
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I pull an 18ft Aluminum Bass Tracker with 50 Merc on the back occasionally and my truck pulls fine. Drops the gas mileage drastically. So if you go get a fiberglass boat, whcih is heavier, then you can still pull it, but gas mileage goes out of the window.

What kind of boat you looking for-bass boat, ski boat, etc
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I had a 15.5 foot Glastron boat with an 85 Horse merc, that I towed with my 2004 4.0 with 4.10’s. That is as big as I would tow. I also wouldn’t tow very far with it as the truck struggled with it at speed and was hard to keep it stable. I used my expedition whenever I had to go far.

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I pull an 18ft Aluminum Bass Tracker with 50 Merc on the back occasionally and my truck pulls fine. Drops the gas mileage drastically. So if you go get a fiberglass boat, whcih is heavier, then you can still pull it, but gas mileage goes out of the window.

What kind of boat you looking for-bass boat, ski boat, etc
I'm wanting a ski boat or just something that is pretty fast that can tow a tub or skier behind it and fit maybe 10 people. Any suggestions?
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I've got a 19 foot ski boat with a 4.3 v6 and a 26 gallon fuel tank after its all loaded up i wouldnt go any bigger then this. but then again i also have 33's and a lift which doesn't help me any.

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2wd + 3.0L + boat = not a great idea in my opinion.
How well do you think that little truck with 225s is going to pull a boat up a wet slimy boat ramp? I wouldn't want to join the ranks of drowned trucks while trying to retrieve a boat. But if you're crazy enough to try, manual or automatic trans makes a big difference in the tow capacity.
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2wd + 3.0L + boat = not a great idea in my opinion.
How well do you think that little truck with 225s is going to pull a boat up a wet slimy boat ramp? I wouldn't want to join the ranks of drowned trucks while trying to retrieve a boat. But if you're crazy enough to try, manual or automatic trans makes a big difference in the tow capacity.
oh **** ya i wouldn't try to tow much with a 2wd and a 3.slow
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I tow a 18 foot Lund fishing boat with a 100 hp motor, total weight, when loaded and fueled, is around 3,500 lbs
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I pull our 18' cajun bass boat with a 200 johnson. It is not bad just don't drive around like your in 3/4 ton.

When I had my 00 3.0 2wd ranger I would pull our old boat which was I think 14' or 16' and 150 on the back but it sucked
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My 2WD 3.0L 4.10 Open Diff pulls my double jet ski trailer OK, but not the greatest. It takes about 20 minutes to get to 45 mph and 3 days to stop. The trailer weighs about 2100-2200 lbs. Each ski weighs like 950 lbs each.

A 3.0 can do a little, but hopefully you'll have a trans cooler and won't have to tow it very far.
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I've got a 19 foot ski boat with a 4.3 v6 and a 26 gallon fuel tank after its all loaded up i wouldnt go any bigger then this. but then again i also have 33's and a lift which doesn't help me any.

^^^ thats what I'm looking for but maybe a v8 if I can find one. I have a 3.0L v6 with 3.73 gears and a 5spd transmission and have pulled a 18' trailer with a 3500 lb trans am on it with my truck with no problems.

Thanks for the input guys and the pics.
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Yes but slipping that weak clutch with 3.73s, pulling a boat up a wet ramp in 2wd is not going to be pretty.
I don't think pulling a 3000lb boat around on land is going to be a huge issue, but getting it out of the water is.
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Well I do have a reserved covered boat slip on the water that i can put the boat in if I can't get it back out of the water and I could always use my Explorer to pull it.
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Heres me towing a few things! that trailer weighted over 6000 and i went from kelowna to van and it did fine! drivin over INSANE mtn pass's and the boat is a 19 foot with a v8 in it!





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Well I do have a reserved covered boat slip on the water that i can put the boat in if I can't get it back out of the water and I could always use my Explorer to pull it.
so why don't you just use your explorer then?
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I might if i the ranger wont make it up the boat ramp but I don't think i will have much trouble. But well see how it goes when i find the boat i want.
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i only had an issue once getting out of the ramp and 4wd solved that problem.
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I tow a 21' Rinker V205 Cuddy. Total weight (40 gal. fuel, plenty fishing gear and all supplies) is around 3,500 ish...maybe more w/ the trailer. It tows pretty good, you certainly feel it behind you and can't be in too big of a hurry. If I slam the brakes at about 15 mph I can break my tires loose. The trailer does have surge brakes so that helps a lot. I would definitely be careful at the ramp because I always use 4 low, mainly because its easier on the clutch and of course traction. Wouldn't recommend towing it w/ a 3.0 or a 2wd, my 4 liter does okay... and wouldn't try getting out of the ramp w/o low.
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I have a 16 ft Lund ProV w/ 100HP Merc on it..Pulls out of water fine, tugs a bit on the highway though. I figure it is around 2200 - 2500 lbs all together.
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I'm still wondering what I can do with my Ranger. I've got a 2wd XLT with the 3.0 liter engine and automatic transmission. I live at the beach with the marina I'd be using about a mile or so from the house. No hills, speed limit's 35 mph.

The thought of having to get rid of the truck just to get a boat is unacceptable. I'd rather just get a smaller boat. Mostly all I want to do is take a few passengers (2-3) for joy rides in the Intracoastal Waterway. I doubt I'll pull water skiers although I might want to fish from it.

So the question remains, how much boat can my truck handle under those circumstances?

I saw three Rangers today with boat trailers parked at the marina today but the boats and their owners were apparently out on the water. One of them was a XLT too. Sure makes me curious...

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just keep the boat within your tow rating and you will be fine, it's pretty simple... specially since you only have to travel a mile or so.
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