WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby GoVols » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:01 am

steve & dot wrote:You guys tow with your bow and cockpit covers on? Every have any issues? How far and fast do you tow?


The cockpit covers weren't designed to be on the boat while being towed. On my 1st boat, I nearly lost the covers while towing b/c I didn't know you're not supposed to tow with those on.

Regarding carpets, I remove mine and throw them in the back of the Pathfinder every time I'm towing. I've heard many stories of those blowing out as well. Some people even remove the bow cushion that covers the anchor locker, but I leave mine in and have never had any reason to believe it'll fly out.

I tow my boat typically ~ 1 hour each way.
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby steve & dot » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:05 am

Roger that, thanks
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby Ryoung » Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:46 pm

steve & dot wrote:You guys tow with your bow and cockpit covers on? Every have any issues? How far and fast do you tow? We typically tow with just out bow cover on to help reduce the carpet beating (we lost some snaps in the past), was always afraid to tow with the cockpit cover. Maybe I should reconsider. Thanks for any input.

We do tow ours with both covers on - though I keep a very close eye on them for safety. I had an extra flap added to the back of the bow cover, at the base of the windshield with extra Velcro which folds over top of the cockpit cover to prevent any wind from getting under at that point. Some of the newer covers are designed that way as well. While towing with these is not recommended, we lost the rear seat cushion on the road due to wind early on ($$ for replacement cushion). Have towed with the covers on ever since. I have replaced a couple of snaps that loosened as I also cover it every night to keep bugs (and other creatures) out while at the dock.
We tow 215 miles each way, 4 to 6 times per year @ 60 to 70 MPH & sometimes a bit faster at the bottom of a big Missouri Ozark holler to help getting over the next Ozark hill. ;)
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby steve & dot » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:33 pm

We typically tow 45min to an hour each way every weekend and I keep the speed down. Earlier this year we towed 7 hrs to Virginia with bow cover only and the carpet was fine. But on the way home I rushed and I forgot to put the bow cover back on, stopped for stretch and potty and saw the carpet barely hanging on- had a few snaps pull through. Won't make that mistake again. I've replaced the snaps and added a few extras. Maybe I'll follow GoVols' suggestion and just pull the carpet out for the long trips. Eventually going with Seadek. Thanks for the info.
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby Ben-89 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:55 am

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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby rlynch03 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:30 pm

2016 Dodge Citadel, she's a Hemi and pulls great...

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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby tcrote5516 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:20 pm

Both are the same vintage and just happen to match.

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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby On Holiday » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:29 am

rlynch03 wrote:2016 Dodge Citadel, she's a Hemi and pulls great...

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According to your signature you have a 9 foot dink and a 37 foot boat, don't think you are towing the 37 with a Citadel.
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby rlynch03 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:42 pm

On Holiday wrote:
rlynch03 wrote:2016 Dodge Citadel, she's a Hemi and pulls great...

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According to your signature you have a 9 foot dink and a 37 foot boat, don't think you are towing the 37 with a Citadel.


Yeah we use'd it to tow the Whaler but no chance for the Regal...for sure...they used a Tractor to bring it down the road


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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby EpicWakeJump » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:01 pm

2017 F-450. What a beast!


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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby tcrote5516 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:17 pm

Wow, do you need a CDL to drive that rig?
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby Alex Brown » Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:03 pm

I am planning to buy one so this thread and these photos are awesome! So much to choose from and so many ideas and inputs to consider.

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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby tlovell » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:03 am

2016 Titan XD with the Cummins 5.0L V8. 10-14 MPG, depending on the roads. Tongue weight 900 lbs. Trailer weight 2000 lbs empty, boat weight 8000-9000 lbs (fuel, gear and water load dependent). For those of you that are super observant, no, the boat was not ready to be towed, it was just pulled up the ramp into the marina, the bow hold down and safety chain are not attached and obviously the arch has not been lowered.
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby pnyxxpress » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:31 am

Upgrade the truck last year and the boat this year. Ready to explore.
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby EpicWakeJump » Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:19 pm

tlovell wrote:2016 Titan XD with the Cummins 5.0L V8. 10-14 MPG, depending on the roads. Tongue weight 900 lbs. Trailer weight 2000 lbs empty, boat weight 8000-9000 lbs (fuel, gear and water load dependent). For those of you that are super observant, no, the boat was not ready to be towed, it was just pulled up the ramp into the marina, the bow hold down and safety chain are not attached and obviously the arch has not been lowered.


How does it tow with a 900 # tongue weight?

I'm at 1100#'s. It tows great, but the rear wheels will lock up in a spirited stop. I have been contemplating moving the boat backward another 6 inches or so.
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby EpicWakeJump » Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:20 pm

pnyxxpress wrote:Upgrade the truck last year and the boat this year. Ready to explore.


Pony, what is your tongue weight please? Trailer weight and how does it tow?
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby tlovell » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:14 pm

EpicWakeJump wrote:
tlovell wrote:2016 Titan XD with the Cummins 5.0L V8. 10-14 MPG, depending on the roads. Tongue weight 900 lbs. Trailer weight 2000 lbs empty, boat weight 8000-9000 lbs (fuel, gear and water load dependent). For those of you that are super observant, no, the boat was not ready to be towed, it was just pulled up the ramp into the marina, the bow hold down and safety chain are not attached and obviously the arch has not been lowered.


How does it tow with a 900 # tongue weight?

I'm at 1100#'s. It tows great, but the rear wheels will lock up in a spirited stop. I have been contemplating moving the boat backward another 6 inches or so.


I was at 1200 lbs, which is right at the conservative limit for that truck. I had issues with the anchor catching on the bow stop/winch post on launch and recovery. I had to lower the anchor and put it on the foredeck, even then the bow pulpit would touch/catch the post. I also was clearly not putting enough weight on the rear bunk as I could see daylight between them and the hull for their full length. Most of the boat weight was on the center bunks. So I purchased a cow catcher bow stop and put that a foot further back, and raised the target bunks. That reduced the tongue weight to where I wanted it. It now hangs over the rear bunks by 4 inches, but I am OK with that as it now has more weight back there, I cannot see daylight and the bunk carpeting is clearly crushed from the hull contact after the boat is launched. Its tows very well, no sway at all, virtually no squat and no lock up on stops or wheel spin on starts. I always use 4 wheel low to get it up the algae covered ramps. But the rest of the time it is in 2 wheel high.
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby pnyxxpress » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:47 pm

EpicWakeJump wrote:
pnyxxpress wrote:Upgrade the truck last year and the boat this year. Ready to explore.


Pony, what is your tongue weight please? Trailer weight and how does it tow?


I haven't had the opportunity to check it yet. I've had lots of issues with the boat. I towed it home and back to the dealer one time. It tows great. I'm still trying to get the braking pressure adjusted. I thought the dealer had the boat too far back. Initially the front axle was locking up. I moved it forward about 12 inches and raised the tongue up an inch now the rear axle locks up. So one more adjustment should get me where I need to be. I'll post weights but it will be a couple weeks before I tow again.
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby EpicWakeJump » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:27 am

tlovell wrote:
EpicWakeJump wrote:
tlovell wrote:2016 Titan XD with the Cummins 5.0L V8. 10-14 MPG, depending on the roads. Tongue weight 900 lbs. Trailer weight 2000 lbs empty, boat weight 8000-9000 lbs (fuel, gear and water load dependent). For those of you that are super observant, no, the boat was not ready to be towed, it was just pulled up the ramp into the marina, the bow hold down and safety chain are not attached and obviously the arch has not been lowered.


How does it tow with a 900 # tongue weight?

I'm at 1100#'s. It tows great, but the rear wheels will lock up in a spirited stop. I have been contemplating moving the boat backward another 6 inches or so.


I was at 1200 lbs, which is right at the conservative limit for that truck. I had issues with the anchor catching on the bow stop/winch post on launch and recovery. I had to lower the anchor and put it on the foredeck, even then the bow pulpit would touch/catch the post. I also was clearly not putting enough weight on the rear bunk as I could see daylight between them and the hull for their full length. Most of the boat weight was on the center bunks. So I purchased a cow catcher bow stop and put that a foot further back, and raised the target bunks. That reduced the tongue weight to where I wanted it. It now hangs over the rear bunks by 4 inches, but I am OK with that as it now has more weight back there, I cannot see daylight and the bunk carpeting is clearly crushed from the hull contact after the boat is launched. Its tows very well, no sway at all, virtually no squat and no lock up on stops or wheel spin on starts. I always use 4 wheel low to get it up the algae covered ramps. But the rest of the time it is in 2 wheel high.


I had the exact same issue with the anchor/bow and I rectified it with the same measures.

My truck can take 2100 #'s as tongue weight, but if you are getting less, then I'd love to get less as well. Even though I have a triple axle trailer, my trailer weighs in at 1900 #'s, so you might actually be lighter.

I wouldn't mind getting down closer to 900-1000 tongue weight. I'm going to move my 28 express back as I have about 6 inches of bunks exposed behind the boat.

Thank you for posting your info as well pnyexpress!

As these are pretty much the biggest boats that can be trailered without special permits, we are in the custom trailer territory when setting these things up!
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Re: WHAT IS YOUR TOW VECHILE

Postby ZacUSNYR » Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:07 pm

I'm towing a 2004 2665 on a Venture triaxle with a 2015 F150 with a 3.5 Ecoboost.

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I want more truck but the F150 does a great job - beyond impressed with it. When daily driving I constantly say "I don't want to get rid of my ecoboost!". I'm ~1000lbs away from my tow limit and gross combined weight rating.

Gas stations are the most nerve racking part of towing a larger boat.
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