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    Registered Shorty's Avatar
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    1999 Mach1 290
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    LOTO / Overland Park, KS
    I'm inclined to believe that's too much boat. I have a 97 Dodge with the 360 (5.9l). I towed my last boat, 27.5', 5600 lbs + trailer + gas, probably 7500# total, which would be similiar to the scarab. It did it ok till a medium+ grade on a hill and then I was crawling. I can't imagine trying it with a smaller engine. Transmission needed rebuild at 68k miles.

    Plus, your pushing the rated tow capacity of the 1/2 ton. A 3/4 ton with the 360 minumum. If I had to do it over again, I'd have bought a 3/4 ton with either the V10 or Diesel. Tell him to buy mine so I can upgrade!

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    Team Dysfunctional Charter Member Hot Boat's Avatar
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    28 Scarab, Blown 850+ Hp
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    PUTNAM VALLEY, Hudson River Valley
    Thanks for all your opinions,

    Currently I have a 2000 1500 ram with the 5.9 but I ordered a 3.92 posi rear for it and it pulls fine for what it is. . The last truck I had was a 1995 same truck but with the 3.55 gears. The gear ratio change made a hell of a deference. in the truck but I never got to tell the deference in towing between the two because I bought the truck in the winter and I also changed to a much bigger boat that year.

    Un fortunately the truck dose not have a tow hitch on it of I would of brought the boat over and took it for a test run. but I did drive the truck around town and it seemed fine. But how it would be under a load would be a deferent thing.

    I think that I am going to price out the 2003 with the 5.7 hemi 345 Hp .. That is now the current base line motor for the 3/4 ton trucks. It's 40 more HP than the V10 but 65 Lb's less torque and 100 HP more than the 5.9. Unfortunately they don't offer that motor in the 1/2 ton series. They also come with a much longer warrantee for the 2003 models.

    I'll keep you posted on what I get

    Paul .

  3. #13
    2001 1500Ram 4x4 360 is 10.5 mpg at 65mph
    long trips..1100miles..360 miles..27 Baja 4400#
    plus trailer..and loaded with luggage..
    Keep speed up and can go to overdrive..under 65
    do not use overdrive....Good enough for me..

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    Charter Member #9/ Moderator Charter Member LakeRacer's Avatar
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    99 Advantage 34 Offshore
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    Phoenix, AZ, USA


    You won't regret it. And there's just no excuse for not getting one. I've gone through them all. 1997 Dodge 1/2 ton with the 5.9, 1996 GMC 3/4ton with a 454, and now a 2000 Dodge 3/4ton with a diesel. I'll never go back when it comes to towing.

  5. #15
    Registered 26scarab's Avatar
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    st. clair shores mi ,us
    Diesel diesel diesel !!!

    Average 13-14 towing my boat @ 80.
    I get 18-20 not towing.

    Talk to Packinair on this board , he will get you a killer deal.

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