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A lot of the "WHAT RIG" will work depends upon the boat launch too! If it is reasonably flat, you do not need as big an engine, or low gears in the trans, axel or a 4lo to get out with the boat! My step dad had an old IHC with a 3 in the tree, 230I 6 that barely had 120HP if that, and it pulled a 21' trailer sailer just fine, granted at times a bit slow........
I would think for your purpose a Kia would work. I personally would prefer something a bit larger, ie wt of the TV, wheel base etc, but the Kia should work.
Make sure the hitch reciever is a 2" sq tube, and not smaller. The smaller variety would work, but not as easy to find ball mounts etc later on.
If you do go with a smaller motor/chassis rig, make sure you do have a 4lo or equal option, as on steeper ramps you will want the lower gears to make sure you can pull out.
Smaller motors ie in displacement and HP can get the job done, if they are geared correctly. My dumptruck with half the HP and torque as my Dmax pickup, will go up a steeper grade at 50% more wt than the pickup, before they stall out, all due to the 45-1 overall low vs 17-1 in my pickup! Gears help. Altho in 4lo, the pickup might give the dumptruck a run for its money.....
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