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Old 01-10-2011, 10:54 AM
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I have an 04' new style F150 4x4 with tow package and hauled a friends 32' Fountain Fever last summer. With the optional tow package I'm rated at 10,400 lbs and towed it fine, trailer brakes would have been nice but I did fine. Ramp wasn't step at all. Had to back in a little further with this boat than I usually did with my 28' I had at the time. Rear tires got wet and I had to use 4x4 to get up the ramp. This was also at the nicest ramp at our local lake, nicely corrugated concrete for good traction and almost new Nitto Terra grappler tires.
With that said I wouldn't try it. 2wd and smaller brakes and I wouldn't have even considered towing that boat anywhere.
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I totally agree with the truck being too small, but like you, I upgraded to a heavier boat and needed to make a decision.

We towed it home after buying it with a crewcab 2x4 dually, and it was a piece of cake. Backed it down the ramp, no worries. Had to load up people in the bed of the truck to get the boat out of the water.

My half ton 4x4 will pull it out the same ramp all day long in 4 wheel high. But I wouldn't dream of backing down the ramp without the eoh brakes.

So, while its not the safest way to go, its possible if you have electric brakes.


My bad, I thought it was a 4x4 truck, sorry, if it 2 wheel drive, don't even try.
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Larry,
I gotta agree with the masses, if it were 4x4 I would try it, but I almost lost my truck(you have seen my Z-71) pulling a waverunner out one day, Low tide, and rain on the ramp dont mix, had to back further in due to the low tide, had truck in 2 wheel drive 'cuz it was only a waverunner, as I got out of the truck, I felt it start to slide, hit the 4x4 button, and it stopped, if it were 2 wheel only I would have lost it, and that would have been WAYYY embarassing.
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if its 2 wheel drive dont even bother
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:33 PM
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if its 2 wheel drive dont even bother
+1 Even if your tires don't go in the water what happens if there is a rain shower and you need to pull it out. I normally can pull mine in 2 wheel drive but the couple times the ramp was really wet it sure was nice to flip it in 4hi and pull her right out.
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:45 PM
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2wd..... no way. I had a 35 Fountain on a triple axle manning that would require 4x4 everytime to pull it out. The ramp wasnt even that bad, but the trailer just wasnt putting enough weight on the truck. As said before, insurance will mean everything if and when something happens.
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:52 PM
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Get a Jeep Rubicon

4WD when you need it. TRUE 4WD, not that punney LF/RR 4WD stuff. Rock Crawling low range gearing power to pull the trailer out from underneath the boat. PLenty of tongue weight fro rear wheel traction. Easy parking maneverabilty. Launches real easy!


Seriously, I did not tow the boat behind the Jeep (notice this one isn't even a Rubicon). Just had to move the trailer around in my garage and needed gas. Made the 1 mile trip for the photo op.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:41 AM
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Truck upgrades??....we've all been there, stopped me from getting a new boat more than once.....welcome to performance powerboating
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:29 PM
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Get a Jeep Rubicon

4WD when you need it. TRUE 4WD, not that punney LF/RR 4WD stuff. Rock Crawling low range gearing power to pull the trailer out from underneath the boat. PLenty of tongue weight fro rear wheel traction. Easy parking maneverabilty. Launches real easy!


Seriously, I did not tow the boat behind the Jeep (notice this one isn't even a Rubicon). Just had to move the trailer around in my garage and needed gas. Made the 1 mile trip for the photo op.
I thought you were serious before the edit... I was thinking this guy is out of his Fing mind!!!
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:00 PM
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I looks like that trailer is all that Jeep wants
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