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Old 02-22-2006, 10:25 AM
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just bought a new toyota tundra 2006 4.7 v8----to tow my 05 sailfish 218 walk around----could anyone tell me how good these trucks are and will it tow this boat with relative ease, boat, motor, and trailer are about 5100 lbs or so. Thanks much for any info
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I tow a 2300 Bay Bolt with a Yami F250. It tows and stops much better than the POS Avalanche that I had. I would say that the boats are close to the same weight. My hull is listed at 3435lbs dry. I do have brakes on both axles. My truck has 4x4, which I only had to use once to pull the boat up the ramp.
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I just bought a Tundra and I tow a Trophy 2052 which I'm guessing is right around 5500lbs rigged and loaded. I tow over a pretty good mountatin pass gettin to the launch ramp.

It tows good but you will need to turn off the overdrive on any hills. On the long, steep inclines it will maintain 60-65 mph without downshifting. It stops fine.

The Tundra does not have the HP of the bigger V8's but for a package that weighs in around ours I think you'll find it works fine.

Good luck and congrats on the new truck.
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I tow a 24 1/2' Shamrock walkaround w/ my 00' regularly
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I purchased my second Tundra. They are great, dependable, and hold the resale value. I use mine recently to pull my Grady 30' and had no problem starting or stopping. It might have been a tad over the recommended towing capacity. I will say that my buddy's F250 pulled it better, though.
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Traded in my 02 Tacoma for an 05 V8 4WD Tundra last May to tow my Sea Hunt 202. About 4500lbs boat,motor,trailer. Pulled and Stopped like the trailer was'nt even their. Gas mileage...well thats a differernt story. About 10 on the highway. I added a K&N air filter and got it up to 12
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doug828, you ask about the Tundra AFTER you bought the truck. If we give you a negative reply are you going to take it back? LOL

At any rate, I tow a 22 Mckee which I am pretty sure is more weight than you Sailfish 218 with no problem. The key is good trailer brakes.
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doug828, you ask about the Tundra AFTER you bought the truck. If we give you a negative reply are you going to take it back?
I was wondering the same thing.

Actually, I'm sure what he did was take his fully loaded boat and trailer to a public scale to have it weighed. Then he looked through the vehicle specifications to make sure the boat and trailer were within the vehicle's ratings and ordered the vehicle with the factory towing package.

BTW: I tow with a 2003 Tundra and it has served me well.
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Old 02-22-2006, 07:06 PM
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I have a 2002 v8-I think there rated to tow up to 7100 lbs
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Should be fine unless your pulling it up into the mountains. Slowing down will be the bigger issue - and good trailer brakes will take care of that.
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I just sold my 2000 Tundra 4.7 just after I bought a 2002 Sailfish 236. You should be OK with the 218 but no way was I sticking with the Tundra for towing the 236. They say that truck is rated for 7500 lbs. but I don't believe it is safe at that level. I think 5500 is the max. for my comfort level in a Tundra.

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HeadHunt, I think you are right. I feel that I would not want to tow a heavier boat than I have. If I go with a bigger boat then a new tow vehicle would come with it too (like an 07 Tundra)
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.... They say that truck is rated for 7500 lbs......
More like 6,500 - 7,100 depending on the truck body style and 2WD vs 4WD.

Tow Ratings here:

http://www.trailerboats.com/images/e...6045_tow06.pdf
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Can't wait to see the 2007 Tundra, 10,000lbs towing.
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Just found this post, so I need to bring it backk to life. I bought an 05 Tundra Double cab loaded last year not knowing I would be selling Jet Ski's and buying a boat this year. I just stumbled onto a sweet deal for an 04' Robalo 235. It has a Heavy duty trailer and I think the whole rig loaed with fuel will be close to 8000 lbs which is about 1500lbs over the rating. I have about a 25 mile tow to the ramps but it's all hiway and wide open and flat.

Any advice? Hate to go buy a new truck just to tow this boat a dozen or so times a year, but not really wanting to buy a new transmission either. Trailer has Electric and momentum brakes included.

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Those Japanese trucks are towing machines -

Piece of cake!
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That should be a nice setup to tow your rig. The guy towing a 30 grady with this truck... I hope you are kidding.. That setup will close to 12k on a trailer!
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Being a 7/8 size truck, they're fine for smaller boats, but anything over 22 feet or so and you'll need a true full sized rig. As mentioned, towing capacity, HP and brakes are the issue (along with pre-mature tranny failure).

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Come on guys, shouldn't someone be suggesting that a dually diesel powered one ton american made truck (or larger) is just absolutely needed to pull that beast of a 21 foot boat??
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doug828,

I have a toyota tundra 2004 4.7 v8 4WD that I use to tow an 18' Jones Brothers center console on a single axle trailer with surge brakes. My whole rig weighs in at about 3500 - 4000 pounds with gear and half a tank of gas. The truck tows my boat between RI and MD several times each summer as well as locally just fine. On the highway I get about 19MPG without the trailer and about 13 MPG towing. The truck is my daily driver and thus is a good compromise - it tows effectively for me (given a relatively light rig) but gets better real world mileage than gas half tons from the big three US makers. I have owned a Ford F150 and I also think that the Toyota is a better driver and better built.

I would think you would be fine up to somewhere around 5500 pounds for highway towing. Although I have not towed that much with mine, I would expect that excelleration and mileage would suffer above that weight on long hauls. Would be fine for local hauls up to nearer the towing capacity.

Remember that good trailer condition (tires, bearings, etc) and brakes are an important part of the safe towing equation.
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