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Old 06-26-2008, 03:35 PM
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What size boat for what truck and still pull out of a state park wet ramp? half ton, three quarter, and one ton. How big of boat are you pulling with a 4x2?
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Old 06-26-2008, 03:59 PM
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How big or heavy the truck is does not matter. If you've got a wet ramp, you won't pull a jet ski up in the wrong conditions. There are a few people that will tell you they pull an 650 foot freighter up wet ramps all the time with their 1975 Chevy Luv 2WD in OD, but all it takes is one bad ramp for you to have trouble.

Every thread on here that has a theme of "Do I really need 4WD" gets squelched by:

"4x4 is PRICELESS when you a slipping backwards down a ramp with no help in sight."
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:09 PM
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Althought I have never used it - I wouldn't have dared bought a truck without it. It is VERY comforting.

F-350 Dually

35 Cigarette.

It's like sydwayz said - as soon as they slip you are probably in more trouble than you want to be in.

Plus it gives you the confidence to know you can launch anywhere not just some ramp that you know locally that isn't a problem.
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You could get stuck on a wet ramp with no trailer or boat at all.
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Slimy ramps are the worst. I've had difficulty with 6,000 lb boats in my Excursion with it in low range. At the same time, I rarely have issues with pulling the Apache 41 in 2WD. With a Freightliner.
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Originally Posted by tblrklakemo View Post
You could get stuck on a wet ramp with no trailer or boat at all.
Very true. I've used this ramp in Miami a couple times. The ramp is so steep, those little holes at the top holding water are from trailers bottoming out. That was a fun day. Ever back a boat into the water at 30mph at a 45 degree angle?

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I was more looking to see if any one was running a 4x2 and pulling what ever boat, just to see if any one was. See if any one was getting away with it at there stomping grounds.
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I was looking for one but they are hard to come by here. Ended up with a 4x4 like the rest... I really wanted a dually 2x4 for my 12K rig as I have NEVER used 4x4 to date to get my boat out of the water.
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I use my '72 c-30 to pull my scarab and other large boats out all the time...I get good traction with 33" tires and a locker. It is also a utility bed so I have a little extra weight back there.
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07 Classic 2500HD 2X4
28ft boat at approx 6000-6500

Never have had a issue ANYWHERE that has a hard surfaced ramp and that includes Jamestowns ramp at Lake Cummberland when wet.

Having correct tongue weight is key with todays limited slip rears.
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