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Old 03-19-2006, 12:23 PM
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How many of you use your 4Lo on the ramp to pull out the boat? I found a used F550, but it is 4x2. I really want a 4x4 (just in case), but can not find a nice used truck with decent miles and a fair price.

Also, I am trying to determine if the F550 is needed. I have a 40 Hustler and may move up, but not 100% sure. Been looking at a few 450s and 350s. I am worried that I will be near 15K on the F350 tow rating... not worried that the truck can't handle the weight, but liability issues if I am over 15K.

PS, I know, go to a scale and weigh it
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Always use 4l.....I have it might as well use it.
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Old 03-19-2006, 01:10 PM
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I use it just about everytime! I've been stuck on a busy Boat ramp with a 2-wd dually before and had to pulled up the ramp by a buddy in his bronco with his trailer attached. (that sucked!!)

I don't know if the extra weight of the 550 might help a little...........
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Old 03-19-2006, 01:18 PM
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I use a GMC Kodiak pulling about 12,500 max out of the ram, no prolbems yet..........
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Old 03-19-2006, 01:52 PM
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I have a GMC 3500HD (same as a F450) two wheel drive. It is the WORST at the ramp, the tires are so stiff any slime, moss, gravel, if you touch the gas pedal its stuck. They use the 19.5 lo pro tires with ten lug rims. My truck even has weight in it, hits the scales at 10K. I hate a 2wd truck for many reason, and I am sorry I wound up with this one, again..
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Super, point well taken. Any 4wd will spin on slime, moss and gravel.
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Old 03-19-2006, 02:02 PM
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If the tide is low at Atlantic Highlands Marina, then you will have your rear wheels on that green... slick as owl chit...bay scum. Guess what? You are in a bind. Here is where 4wd pays off. Place that transfer case in 4wd when you back up to dip that Myco to retrieve your boat, winch that little honey into place, hook up the safetychain to the bow eye and haul that salty preztel up the ramp and over to the lot where you can attach the transom straps. Now it's off to the house for flushing the engines ( a neighborhood favorite) and washing the boat. All painless because of 4wd.
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Old 03-19-2006, 02:16 PM
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Thanks for the input... I guess my search will have to continue!
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Default Re: 4X4 Use on the launch ramp

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I use a GMC Kodiak pulling about 12,500 max out of the ram, no prolbems yet..........
Scott, BOB has got to weigh more than that! Rich's 37AT on a trailer full of fuel, tools, gear, AC, portable Honda generator, and everything else was 12,800 lbs. on a Myco Aluminum trailer!
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Old 03-19-2006, 03:06 PM
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Dry weight is only 9500lbs according to Formula. No gen, water heater. I will be weighing it as soon as I get the truck done with it's new look. That's only the boat no trailer. I would guess @2000lb on the trailer maybe.
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