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yea, i know, i generally hang with a high speed group so everyone is pretty comfortable. Now the guy that has the new "smart" car..........well....i don't know; it's a new friendlier more open service now. When i start to see baton twirlin' and pink PT gear then i'll definitely know it's time to go. Until then; i'll ride this wave till i hit a rock or drown.
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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

Ideally a 4x4 P/U/Van/Suburban with weight is best for pulling anything. They have weight on there side.

That being said. A wagon can't tell if the load is high or low. It doesn't control the sway per se. The hitch height can play a part. But that's the same regardless of vehicle. Trailer brakes play a huge part.
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Favorite old towing vehicles?

I used to own a 1995 Buick Roadmaster wagon and used it to tow my 23' Paceship. Installed a class three hitch and air bags in the springs.

Some come with a trailer tow package and are rated to 5,000# I believe. Trailer brakes help a lot.

It was a true boat towing a boat!

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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

I've seen many a full size pickup with more than enough power unable to pull a boat up a ramp. The 2 wd two door long beds are the worst. They have no weight on the rear axle and just spin. If they don't have posi rear end, it's hopeless. I've pulled at least four pickups and their boats up various ramps with my 4x4 Liberty. If you decide to get a pickup, put a camper on the back, get 4x4 or have lotsa friends to climb into the bed of the truck to help you get up the ramp. LOL. 4x4 trucks do much better.

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Yes, 2WD long beds are terrible on the ramp! It is fun watching them though!
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4000 lb is not very much.
True, compared to what a lot of people haul. However, it is a lot if it is pulling you off into the ditch, or coming through your rear window. If you are going to be trailering every time you sail, get something big. If you are just going to sneak the boat to a marina in the spring, and back in the fall then maybe risk pushing the envelope a bit. Just my $.02.

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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

I tow my Lancer 25 almost every weekend in the summer with an F150, 5.4 ltr auto. 4X4. Boat and trailer is round 5000 lbs. Tows like a dream. My wife, girlie-girl, tows it down the highway on occasion.
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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

I had a Skipjack 20 fishing boat, total trailer & boat weight about 5,500 lbs, IIRC. Had a Ford F-250 super cab, 4 speed manual gear box with super low first gear & posi traction differential. Never had any trouble getting off the ramp, even at low tide. Pulled it once with my full size Detroit iron sedan, for a short distance, big mistake, lucky to make it home.

As mentioned earlier, if you are going to tow very much, bigger is better.

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I'm on the overkill side of things. I use a 2000 F350 dually with a V10. 1/2 ton would be plenty.
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1990 Suburban, big block 454 w/ 4.11 rear, 10,000lb towing capacity. 160k.
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If that is as nice as it looks it is a sweet choice. I don't need a tow car but if I did I would be in touch.

I still rely on a mint (stored for 25 years) 1979 Lincoln Continental. 6700# GVW. It doesn't even know it is hauling a trailer. It is fun to drive, too.

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