Trucks & Trailers - what to use to tow a 34 o 36 intrepid??
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03-18-2010, 06:55 PM
I have a small ram 1500 (not the HEMI) and I'm researching in to an Intrepid 34 or 36.
I'm being told that the 34WA is around 13k pounds and no idea about the 36...
Considering this... what would be a good towing vehicle for that type of weight???
I always liked Dodge but I understand is not the best option for towing...
My next option would have been Toyota but I think the biggest Tundra is still small for that type of load...
So what brand, engine trany and fuel should I be looking at???
The intent is to trailer the boat 40-45 minutes to the ramp (30 miles) and back (another 30) every weekend and 2 or 3 trips per year to the keys(260 miles???)..
03-18-2010, 07:19 PM
definitely a dually. i would go with the 5.9 cummins, amazing truck very reliable
03-18-2010, 07:24 PM
Medium duty, F450 or higher.
03-18-2010, 07:29 PM
If the boat is 13K, you need to account for fuel, gear, and the trailer. My last boat was 10,500 but the aluminum trailer for a rig that size was 2,500 plus nearly 900 lbs of gear, and 200 gal fuel weighed about 1,600. A steel trailer will be a good 1,000 lbs more.
Considering my rig was pulled onto the scales with a near empty tank and hit 15,500 I'd say the weights were under rated by the manufacturers. A single rear wheel 3/4 ton was a HANDFUL with that load and your looking at even more weight. A diesel dually would be minimum based on your weights and even that will not be "rated" for the load your looking at (based on the 13K boat weight you listed)
03-18-2010, 07:56 PM
I'd recommend a diesel with a manual transmission but my opinion is biased.....definitely a dually.....
I think you are at the absolute max for a One ton dually .
You may even have to go to a goose neck trailer depending on the tongue weight .
A dually is doeable but I think you have entered the med truck zone with that large a load.
When you spec out the propr trailer for the boat, I think you'll have your answer what needs to in front of it.
03-19-2010, 04:49 AM
DAMN!!! didn't know that had that i would had to go wit a dually...
I was thinking diesel but this will get me re-thinking the whole thing....
03-19-2010, 07:36 AM
If you are trailering the boat long distances all the time then yes a dually or something a little bigger would be nice. But around town with the proper trailer youll be fine. They make bumper pull boat trailers up to 20k pounds now so obviously someones pulling them. Dually would be preferable because of the added stability but a 3/4 or 1 ton diesel would pull it as well.