Trucks & Trailers - Enough Truck?

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trout21
02-27-2011, 11:08 AM
This is a little late but I would like feed back on whether people think I have enough truck to pull my boat.

I have a Parker 21' SE that Parker says weighs 4000 pounds when loaded which includes the weight of a 150 hp four stroke engine. I have a Yamaha HDPI 200 hp engine which I assume weighs about the same or less (495 pounds). I have a Shor'lander double axel trailer that weighs 975 pounds. So the grand total of this is about 5000 lbs.

My truck is rated to pull 5000 pounds. In general when I am towing I do not have a lot in the care other than a fishing buddy and some tackle. On the other hand when I drive the 350 miles from my home to Cape Cod I have a lot of stuff in the truck and boat since I stay there for six weeks.

In my old 2001 4Runner during the two years I trailered this stuff I never seemed to have a problem. I would need to struggle a bit going over the Berkshire "mountains" grades but other than that the truck appeared to pull fine.

Any thoughts as to whether I am ok with my new 4Runner which is again rated to tow 5000 lbs?


KarlP
02-27-2011, 02:52 PM
I predict the following answers -

You need a diesel dually to pull that. Anything less is irresponsible. If you hit me towing with that combination I'll sue you for everything you own.

You're fine. I pull that up the Rockies with a Yugo every weekend.

The new 4Runner has more going and stopping power than the old one. If you were okay with the old one the new one probably won't be any worse.

Eventually someone will pipe up and say something useful like -
That's probably a bit over 5000lbs so you ought to be careful. You really ought to take it and get it weighed to see how much over you are before buying that new vehicle.

gnel
02-27-2011, 02:52 PM
If your old one handled it why wouldn´t your new one?


thefermanator
02-27-2011, 02:57 PM
Make sure you have good trailer brakes on all wheels, and let her roll is what I would do. Stopping is normally your main concern, so if you can safely stop it then just limit your speeds and let her roll.

DeepV25
02-27-2011, 02:57 PM
I predict the following answers -

You need a diesel dually to pull that. Anything less is irresponsible. If you hit me towing with that combination I'll sue you for everything you own.

You're fine. I pull that up the Rockies with a Yugo every weekend.


Nice.

makonnen
02-27-2011, 11:15 PM
I predict the following answers -

You need a diesel dually to pull that. Anything less is irresponsible. If you hit me towing with that combination I'll sue you for everything you own.

You're fine. I pull that up the Rockies with a Yugo every weekend.

The new 4Runner has more going and stopping power than the old one. If you were okay with the old one the new one probably won't be any worse.

Eventually someone will pipe up and say something useful like -
That's probably a bit over 5000lbs so you ought to be careful. You really ought to take it and get it weighed to see how much over you are before buying that new vehicle.

Hells I'd buy a QUADRUPLY if I could.

bear685
02-28-2011, 07:15 AM
u need more. or let me know if you tow in my area so i can get out of your way - sounds like a stopping issue to me.

DreamWeaver21
02-28-2011, 07:27 AM
I'd load up and roll across a scale and see where you are really at weight wise.



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