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Old 01-09-2011, 09:55 PM
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That you should be fine, I too have a ramp in my hood that I have used my lawn tractor to launch 16 foot jet boats with, but my ramp has less slope than a garage floor so it's no big deal. How steep is your ramp? I once had to use my 42 Sonic to help push my f350 cc 4x4 dullie up the ramp in 4 wheel drive, The tide was way out and the ramp was more like a wall and had alge on it.
Its a little steeper than most but new well grooved concrete. I have never have had a problem with traction. Never even get my tires wet.

I hate to have to get a new truck. I have had mine so long I dont want to part with it. To spend another 30-40k just to pull the boat out 2-3 times a month isnt on my high priority list.

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I agree with what's been said. If it's short neighborhood ramp tows then that's OK, don't get on the highway. 2wd would be of more concern than the fact that it's a 1/2 ton.

BTW: I had a 3/4 burb and bought a 38 Formula......ended up buying a dually 5-6 weeks later as the 3/4 just couldn't do it.
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Just go try it and see but have a bigger truck there just incase. I pulled my 50 Nortech back from Fort Meyers Fl. back to VA. about 1000k miles did it over night no traffic so no problems, Few weeks later pulled it 40 miles down just a small hyw. The truck was rated at I think 13,500# boat & trailer was about 24-26k#'s. Had to jump on the brakes that were all working fine it even locked up all six tires on the trailer that had brakes on the trailer, the 4th axle didnt have brakes, had to go to the shoulder went though a red light took like another 200 yards to stop. I about crapped my pants. After that I sold the truck so I wouldn't be tempted to tow with it again. I have been racing stuff all my life and have driven big rigs to go carts and have never been scared as bad as I was then.

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Its a little steeper than most but new well grooved concrete. I have never have had a problem with traction. Never even get my tires wet.

I hate to have to get a new truck. I have had mine so long I dont want to part with it. To spend another 30-40k just to pull the boat out 2-3 times a month isnt on my high priority list.
I only spent $2000 on a beater truck to tow mine. My 27/29 on a steel trailer weighs 9680. I usually tow under 100 miles so a gas truck worked well. Its a 1998 Chevy Suburban 2500 with 4.10's, posi, 4x4 and 454. It had a bad trans which I rebuilt in a weekend in my garage for about $300. Only cost about $400 to insure. May be worth buying a different/spare vehicle since your not always going to want to boat in the same waters I imagine.

fyi.. trucks rated at 10,000# towing
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I have a ford excursion 4x4 v10 on my lot for 6k that would get the job down......
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[QUOTE=LapseofReason;3292969]Should pull it all the way to the seen of the crash just fine.

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I had a buddy with the same truck, and a 25 outlaw with a single motor.

On the steep ramps here, he told me how there was some sand on the ramp and the boat pulled the truck all the way down.

With a twin 32 or 35, let someone know with a video camera, so he can post it on u-tube.
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Dry ramp; you might be OK.

Wet ramp; forget it. You better have electric/hydraulic brakes, a good chain, a friend with a strong truck, and a charged cell phone battery.

Are you ONLY going to tow it in the neighborhood?
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bought a 2005 35 Lightning and we had a 1500 Suburban 4wd. After first attempt at hooking up towing less than one mile to ramp and then later attempting to pull boat out, we owned a 2500 HD diesel and the Suburban was gone....

It is to much boat for your setup, get a beater, borrow a buddies but don't count on your truck to handle the tasks....sorry, I understand your situation.
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I only spent $2000 on a beater truck to tow mine. My 27/29 on a steel trailer weighs 9680. I usually tow under 100 miles so a gas truck worked well. Its a 1998 Chevy Suburban 2500 with 4.10's, posi, 4x4 and 454. It had a bad trans which I rebuilt in a weekend in my garage for about $300. Only cost about $400 to insure. May be worth buying a different/spare vehicle since your not always going to want to boat in the same waters I imagine.

fyi.. trucks rated at 10,000# towing
same here, picked up a 96 Ford F350 dually with a utility bed and 460 auto. works great and only sees about five hundred miles a year.
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