What about those of us who tow to the water? Lets see your tow rigs.

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by OldSkool, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. all about fun

    all about fun Member

    69
    Mar 3, 2011
    Nebraska
    2005 240 SD
    Pewter, factory wake-board tower
    350 Mag w BIII drive
    Time for an upgrade! 2011 F 150 Ecoboost. Just got back from Okoboji - compared to the Pathfinder, it was sooo nice. [​IMG]

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  2. Richie89

    Richie89 Active Member

    533
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    450 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 480 Zeus
    it's like 13.5 feet. i take off antenna and satellite when traveling. i'm like 9.5 wide, haven't gotten a permit, and haven't been pulled over.
     
  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
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    No tow vehicle for Beachcomber, but here's our setup for Little Beach.

    I had a helluva time getting the right trailer for the Whaler. The one that came with it was overloaded with the boat on it, the second one I bought had the carrying capacity but was a few inches too narrow between the wheel wells. It came with a 12' jon boat and a 7hp motor so I put the first trailer under the jon boat and sold it as a package and made a couple hundred bucks on it. The second trailer I put under an Achilles dinghy I had and sold it. The gave me the bucks to buy a new EZ Loader trailer. This one was too long so axles and cross members had to be moved forward, the winch stand moved back, and the trailer cut down by about 2'.

    Finally the trailer fits the boat and it tows like it wasn't even back there.
     
  4. Chad33

    Chad33 New Member

    19
    Jun 18, 2014
    Illinois
    1997 Sea Ray 240 Signature.
    7.4L Mercruiser 454
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  5. OldSkool

    OldSkool Active Member

    May 8, 2010
    Boating on Raystown Lake, Pa
    restored 1976 SRV200
    188 Mercruiser I/O
    Can't see your picture Chad
     
  6. islandhopper00

    islandhopper00 Active Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Lake Norman (Denver) NC
    240 Sundancer
    5.0L 260hp, BIII outdrive
    My friend in Florida tows a 330da with a f-450. That boat makes even the 450 look small.
     
  7. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    Reviving an old thread....

    The weather here has been amazing the past couple of days and I've been able to enjoy it on the water. This afternoon I got her all cleaned up before getting her tucked back in for a few days. I tow my '97 Cobalt with my '04 Tahoe Z71 and both look like they rolled off the showroom yesterday. From this angle the boat dwarfs the truck but it's not that dramatic in person.

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  8. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
  9. WahooUSMA

    WahooUSMA Member

    123
    Jan 5, 2012
    Southern California
    2002 290 Amberjack
    Twin 5.0 Merc Bravo III
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  10. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    I know that when I asked here there were/are many opinions about the Ford 6.0 PowerStroke but I did a lot of research and found an '06 with no modifications. The reports were that the '06-'07 were the ones to buy. Plus the dealer split the cost of an extended service plan that covers any of the potential disasters. It only had 68,000 miles and had everything I needed. The 12,400 lb. capacity is more than I need right now but looking at 5th wheels.

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    And I like Fords....
     
  11. Joel_CA

    Joel_CA Member

    83
    Sep 15, 2013
    Norcal
    1998 Bowrider 210
    5.0 Mercuriser/ Alpha 1
    This year, I will be pulling my boat with a 2011 Toyota Sequoia Platinum.

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    Joel
     
  12. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Jeez Joel, your neighborhood looks like mine. Where in Northern Cal are you?

    Shawn
     
  13. Joel_CA

    Joel_CA Member

    83
    Sep 15, 2013
    Norcal
    1998 Bowrider 210
    5.0 Mercuriser/ Alpha 1
    Hi Shawn, I'm about 20 miles North of you in Sacramento

    J
     
  14. MTork

    MTork New Member

    14
    Sep 22, 2014
    Clermont, Florida
    2001 225 Weekender / 1994 V-150B
    5.0L EFI Alpha I / 70 hp Mariner
    I'm pulling with a 2014 1500 Silverado LTZ - (good thing there are not many hills here in Fla, I'm at about my limit) But the two go together nicely.

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  15. Newman

    Newman New Member

    370
    Jun 20, 2013
    Ohio
    1986 Seville
    Mercruiser 170
    I'm guessing you have surge brakes on that.
     
  16. MTork

    MTork New Member

    14
    Sep 22, 2014
    Clermont, Florida
    2001 225 Weekender / 1994 V-150B
    5.0L EFI Alpha I / 70 hp Mariner
    Oh yes - brakes on all 4, does handle nicely in the hills
     
  17. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Here's my tow rig for Beachcomber. 1981 Toyota 2WD that's been in GW's family since day one. We all use it to haul stuff to the landfill, pick up big items, etc.

    I'm the only one who tows a boat with it. :thumbsup:

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  18. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    After 12 years with my 2004 Tahoe Z71 it was time for me to upgrade to a 2016 Yukon Denali. I test drove close to 15 vehicles until I finally found the one that's perfect for me. It had 12 miles on the odometer when I picked it up last week and I already have over 500 miles on it. She's fun to drive and rides like a dream...

    I sold my Tahoe to a friend who runs the parts department at a local Chevy dealer and he's as meticulous as me when it comes to maintaining vehicles. When I handed him the keys, the old Tahoe looked as good as the day I bought it in 2004.

    Here's the new baby with a pic of the old one at the end.

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    And here's the old girl.... sniffle, sniffle

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  19. blaster

    blaster Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F150 5.4 xlt 4x4
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    Nice one! I guess your good to go for another twelve years.
     
  20. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Better late than never???? Here's a shot of our 98 Exploder that I've owned since new and our 1981 Whaler 130 Sport that we bought in 2014. We keep both down in AZ so we can boat down there. The Whaler was fully restored before we bought it including all new wiring, new gelcoat, new wood, new seats, etc.

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