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towing vehicle choices

hey everyone, I'm starting to look at changing my vehicle and I need to tow my boat, what do you recommend ???
so far my list consists of the F-150 and the wrangler rubicon unlimited,
I'm open to your suggestions
my boat weighs only 2200#
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Re: towing vehicle choices

Hey fred lots of vehicles can tow up to 3500 lbs which should cover you. I used a Ford minivan for 10 years, as it was rated for it - and no problems. Your final choice might depend moreso on your other specific needs and preferences.

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If both are new, go for the F150, the jeep will be no where near the tow vehicle that the ford is. Jeep has a very short wheelbase, light brakes and less weight than the F150.
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Keep the older vehicle you have now. Buy a bigger boat on the water. Have you seen the price on a new f-150. You could buy a lot of boat for $45k
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I currently tow my Catalina 22 with an F150 that came from the factory with a tow package and has a fiberglass bedcover and bedliner. The covered bed allows to place a large number of items back there to keep out of the weather and the locking tailgate and bedcover help me relax a little more while I'm actually on the water. This is my truck with my son's AF 16 attached.
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Re: towing vehicle choices

My experience is that 4-wheel drive is useful, on the odd day that you're launching at low tide and the ramp is super-slippery.

If the Wrangler is the long-wheel base version it would be fine. It sounds like you want one because it's a cool vehicle, not just for it's towing ability. There is nothing wrong with that!

If you just want hauling ability, I'd get an old Chevy pickup with the 5.7.

I just bought a Land Rover Discovery to tow my inflatable dinghy. Ridiculous overkill? Of course. I just like the Discovery.

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Used Toyota Tundra... around the 2002 -2006 era. torquey V8, solid dependability, low clearance in the back (because it's a pickup) which helps if you have a mast overhanging. And bed storage.

Definitely don't go with a Jeep if all you want to do is tow a sailboat.

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I currently tow my Catalina 22 with an F150 that came from the factory with a tow package and has a fiberglass bedcover and bedliner. The covered bed allows to place a large number of items back there to keep out of the weather and the locking tailgate and bedcover help me relax a little more while I'm actually on the water. This is my truck with my son's AF 16 attached.
Be sure you know what is in the "factory tow package". I know someone who burned out the transmission on his new Suburban and was not covered under warranty. The dealership told him that his "factory tow package" consisted of the hitch and an electrical plug. In order to tow his size boat (Capri 26) he should have had a transmission cooler. The C22 is not a lot of weight, perhaps not an issue.

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Re: towing vehicle choices

If it is only going to be used for towing, then I would get a beater used truck, or SUV. Really I would be concerned more about how it would suite your other needs first, unless it is just a beater truck. I would imagine that in QC you might have trouble finding an older truck as they are likely all used for plowing. That is an issue here in New York, most beater trucks have had snow plows on them and are shot.

I do like the Wrangler though. It is due to have a diesel and that would be my pick. It may be available in Canada already, not sure I know you guys got the common rail diesel in the Liberty for longer than we did here in the US, and I don't think it was ever available in New York.
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Re: towing vehicle choices

My 2010 F-150 does an excellent job of towing around my 26'er. no need for 4x4 as long as you have a little weight in the back over the tires if your pulling on slimy ramps. I am on a lake that stays at the same level year round so I don't even have weight in the back when I put in or pull out. Ford is the #1 selling truck in America for a reason. Hang around a lumber yard and count how many Fords come through vs. all other trucks. If you want to look cool and pick up chicks go for the Jeep. I hear skinny jeans help too. That's what the Hipsters wear.
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