The Boating Forum - Mercury Mountaineer (Good for boat towing?)
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11-03-2003, 09:01 AM
I saw a used Mercury Mountaineer v8 5.0 AWD. Manual says it can tow just over 6,000. Anyone have any positive or negative experiences with this vehicle?
11-03-2003, 09:27 AM
Have a 97 5.0 AWD and have towed a 25ft boat
with a 3000lb trailer no problem. Suspension
is kinda soft for long hauls but for short
towshould be no problem. What kinda boat/motor/
trailer combo you looking to tow?
11-03-2003, 09:54 AM
I tow a 18' skiff on a single axle (no brakes) trailer with a 2000 v8 AWD Merc. The more popular Ford explorer is pretty much the same thing. I can definitely feel the boat is behind me when braking. Anything bigger than my rig would likely have trailer brakes but I still can't imagine going much beyond a 20-21' CC style boat with this vehicle and feeling safe. 4000 lbs??? maybe, 6000 lbs??? No way! That is real truck teritory.
11-03-2003, 11:02 AM
we have a 2003 explorer v8 4x4 and we tow a 23 sea pro w/a. My avrage tow to the ramp is 2 hrs on I-40. Not a lot hills but the truck seams to do fine.I run 65-70 mph and the only time I feel uneasy is whe transfer trucks past me. I think boat, trailer, motor, and gear is around 6000-6500. Trailer dose have brakes.
Mickey Barbour-2004 Sea Pro 235 w/a- 200hp Rude
11-03-2003, 11:06 AM
I towed my 22' Pro-Line Walk with my '03 Explorer 4.0 V6 with HD towing package.
11-03-2003, 04:25 PM
2001 Ford Explorer V-8, all weel drive. Tow a 17 foot boat @ 2000 lbs all the time. As you would expect, no problem with that. The only problem is gas milage. Call it 10-12 mpg at best.