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Old 04-14-2002, 06:49 PM
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At what weight do you guys consider moving from a 350 to a diesel for towing?? I am currently looking at a couple of 35 lightnings, and am wondering if a 350 z71 will do it. Dealer says the boat is 7700 dry

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Did you sell the Baja? A half ton pick up is rated to tow 7500. That 35 with a trailer will be close to 10000, A 2500 series pick up will tow 10000. You can get used 2500s for the same price as 1500s, Where is the 35? Jim Earles?........Doug
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you had better consider the turbomax diesel with the allison transmission with 410 rear end ratio.they are awsome!!.there would be too much of a strain on the 350 ." been there done that thing!!!!!!"
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Sorry, the 350 TBI in my Jimmy has its hands FULL with my 29 even with the 4:10 gears The 29 wieghs about 6000, so I figure Im right at about the trucks towing limit of 7500 when I got the boat on the trailer......
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thanks for the info........ and yes twinn29..got a couple of serious bites on the baja, & there are two 35s at jim earles...one 92 & one 90...was up looking at them yesterday...........starting to get the fever!!! (ehich will just end up costing me money....oh well....pay to play!!!!!!!!!
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if you"re looking for a boat theres q 91 foutain for sale in nj w/ big power fresh rebuild this winter #5's 630 cubic inch, the good stuff. my friend has it for sale.let me know.
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I pulled my Formula rated at 8500 pounds new plus a heavy steel trailer with my F250 with a 302. Did it pull as well as my F350 dually with the Powerstroke.... No of course not but it was not bad. You just have to accept that getting up to speed takes some time and you will not accelerate up hills. Also grear ratio is everything when towing.

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Thanks for all the responses guys....outer37, sounds great but I'm going to check out these local ones first ....is it a 35?
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no its a 38 fountain, let me know if the others dont work out. its listed in powerboat page108 4 down on left. good luck in your search.
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If you tow any kind of distance to the water and are looking at a 35' boat, I would start looking into more power, like a diesel....Fred
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