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Pulling 45' Sonic with Excusion ,NJ to FL. Any thoughts ?

Old 11-25-2003, 09:26 PM
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Tell you what, you find one of those 4 position chips from WD laying around and we will take my 4x4 dually south!

Good talking to you the other day. I can't wait for the UPS man to get here w/ the intake!
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Old 11-25-2003, 09:30 PM
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Old 11-25-2003, 09:30 PM
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We have towed a 43 Black thunder all around the country with a excursion with 35,s and a lift with no problems , and i have a 45 sonic and its not any bigger than the BT, Youre not going to stop any 15000lb boat quick with any 1 ton truck
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Keep in mind everyone, that the trans and brakes on the X are the same as on the 350 superduty. The suspension is soft, but several have posted improvements there. the length is an issue, as is the SRW, but if the trailer is set right, and Boot knows how to do that, you should be okay. I might be wrong, but I think the GCWR is the same between the one ton and the X. (Be gental on me if I'm in error!)
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Old 11-26-2003, 02:40 PM
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One other thing to keep in mind - if you get in an accident, I hope you can foot the whole bill for damages and (God forbid) injuries if someone else is involved. I'm betting that towing 12K+ on a vehicle rated for 10K = "claim denied" every single time...
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Old 11-27-2003, 07:13 AM
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I thought I would give you my two cents. I was pulling my 43ft Black Thunder to LOTO with a F 350 PSD crew cab. It was not a dually. It was raining and I lost traction and had to put the truck into the ditch. Long story short, totaled the truck and my 43ft Black Thunder and I and the passenger are very lucky to be alive! I would NEVER pull a boat that size without a dually!
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Old 11-27-2003, 07:26 AM
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Originally posted by PhantomChaos
Don't forget..........the 542 FasTECH
You should get a longer Ex also.
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Old 11-27-2003, 08:12 AM
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Originally posted by Iggy
Like everyone said, that's a lot of boat for that truck.

If you must do it, take your time allow lots of room to stop and watch the weather for high winds.

What route are you taking? Jersey TP to I-95?
Tolls are going to eat you alive.
Watch the tunnels in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Beltway around DC takes a few twists and turns watch yourself. Virginia will have a few hills but beyond that it's pretty much flat. Watch your speed too.
Should be good till you hit Jacksonville, Fl. Tends to get busy during rush hour. Past that and it's clear sailing again.
Again, watch the weather for rain once you're in Florida. The roads get slick as ice when wet. Be cautious, don't let catch you off guard, especially with all that weight pushing you.


We use Ez -pass up here now . Just drive right thow the ez-pass line with the boat and only pay for the truck only.
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Old 11-27-2003, 08:24 AM
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The insurance issue is VALID. I was told by several insurance companies, that IF you are involved in an accident towing something, THE VERY FIRST THING DONE IS TO DETERMINE IF WHAT WAS BEING TOWED EXCEEDED THE FACTORY TOW RATING OF SAID TOW VEHICLE. IF IT DOES YOU ARE NOT COVERED. CASE CLOSED. I had to upgrade trucks just for that reason.
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Old 11-27-2003, 01:21 PM
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I have to agree with Bulldog. It's not that the truck can't do it, it is can it do it legally? What is the GCVW that you are registered for. If it is not 20,000 lbs plus, then you could have an insurance issue, nevermind a big ticket issue!!
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