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Old 11-08-2005, 10:30 PM
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You can not tow this boat with out dual wheels...to much weight...well over those numbers i would say.....anything less is being a total moron!...Sorry!
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Around here my guess..........pull over let him by...................m.m....
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I gotta go with Byrdman on this one. You have the power to pull it, probably even the brakes, but you are missing 2 wheels in the back. It will eat your lunch if you are not equiped correctly, and you my friend are not equiped to go that far safely.
Enterprise rents dually diesel trucks that they will let you tow with. I rented one in KC. Surely Chi town has the something similar.
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Old 11-08-2005, 11:18 PM
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Ford states Im rated to tow up to 12500. The dually is 15k.

My buddy tows his 17k lb 5th wheel 34ft camper with his f350 7.3 and single axle doing 80mph on the interstate with no problems, but he is kind of sick.

I know a dually will be better, but i was going to add a true class V hitch to replace the stock ford one, get a heavier duty ball and mount rated for 20k, redo all the trailer brakes, and possible add a weight distributing kit(trailer has electric brakes). I know the local performance marina hauls big boats around with a diesel F350. I saw him pulling a 42ft and a 47ft Fountain with it. he says it tows nice.

I guess Ill have to try a short trip with it first, and see how she handles
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Pulling it at 80 on the interstate isnt the problem....its stopping/keeping it straight at 25 when someone pulls in front of you.
I say dually.
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I have two trucks in my fleet for boats and one is a single wheel 3/4 ton dodge with a diesel. I use it to pull 40 ft skaters with no problem. You just have to remember what you are using and drive accordingly. Drive sanely and you will have no problem
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Mild, If you have the JRC Express, that boat has to weigh over 10k. Thats a big and heavy, full cabin boat. You will be fine, just watch your speed.
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You can not tow this boat with out dual wheels...to much weight...well over those numbers i would say.....anything less is being a total moron!...Sorry!
WTF??? His truck, check referance pic, is rated for 12,500-15,000!
If the trailer has electric brakes at all 6 wheels its a cake walk...If it has surge, make sure the tongue is greased up good.
But don't listen to me I'm a moron too....I towed this to N.Y. and back twice
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Old 11-09-2005, 12:33 AM
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Are you saying I cant or can?
So you have an excalibur brochure huh? , Maybe I could get a copy of it some time? As for towing, I would say you will be ok, the boat tows pretty easily. I did use a f350 dually towing mine from miami to texas, If there wasn't this gargantuan thing in my rear view mirror, I wouldn't have known it was there. It is real easy to let the momentum and solid feel you get when pulling it give you a false sense that you can pull alot faster, but, I would warn you to keep it around 55-60, and anticipate your stops well ahead, Things get out of control quick with that boat behind you if you take it any faster, The 4wheel drive low will probably be needed to get it out of the hole (ramp) on a wet day. Check your lugs after your first few tight turns, sometimes they loosen up with that big azz boat,,or maybe it was just mine, If you can get your hands on a f350 dually do it, but my buddies 2005 4x4 dodge 2500 long bed pulls mine almost as easy as the f350 did.
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You can not tow this boat with out dual wheels...to much weight...well over those numbers i would say.....anything less is being a total moron!...Sorry!
Comments like this show how truly clueless you are. There is no difference between the F250 and F350 springs. Only difference is a 2" versus a 4" spacer giving the axle more height.

I've pulled the Z33 Donzi on a steel trailer at a weight over 13K# with no problems in my 2WD F250 diesel.

Listen to those who know... check the trailer brakes, tires and bearings. Be sure you know your lengths around corners and keep both hands on the wheel during crosswinds.
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