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Old 11-01-2010, 02:31 PM
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How much does a galvanized tandem axle trailer weigh that would hold a 28' cc? Around 2000#??
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My 2010 Tidewater, galvenized tandem boat trailer with 64 rollers with surge activated disc brakes on all 4 wheels is 1,800 lbs empty. -GD

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2,000 is a good estimate....aluminum would be about 1,500
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Looks like I need about 10000# towing capacity. Boat around 7000#
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do you think a standard GMC 1500 with the 5.3L would handle that load? It's rated to ~10k pounds, just wondering what that would do to the transmission. Thinking about getting a new truck, and I want to be sure it can pull a future boat in the 24-26 ft range. The 26 sea hunt weighs around 7k w/o the trailer, so about 9k + tackle weight puts it dang close to 10k.

What are you fellas using to tow boats in the 10k range? Anyone using a 1500 (whatever make) care to comment?

*After a little more research, the 2500 HD with the 4.10 axle ratio is rated to tow up to 13k pounds with the vortec 6L V8. The 5.3L is only available down to 3.42, which is really the problem. I don't know much about axle ratios, but I assume gearing a 5.3L any lower than that may cause problems? I thought they used to make those 5.5Ls with 3.73? Doesn't really matter now, looks like the better option is the 2500 with the 4.1 ratio 6L V8

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Yeah, you would want a 2500 (3/4 ton) truck or SUV to pull that load. I'm pulling my boat/trailer with my 02 Tahoe 1/2 ton, but I only go 2miles, 2x a year from the local ramp to my house. If I were towing any distance and/or more frequently, I would definitely want a diesel or gasser 3/4 ton. It's not only the possible tranny damage I'd be worried about, but the breaking and "tail wagging the dog" scenario. In my case, I'm towing to the upper limit of my trucks capacity (not good), and I use a 1,000lb tounge/10,000lb weight capacity Equilizer brand weight distributing hitch (with draw bars, not chains)
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Having never owned a large boat before, and inexperienced with trailering laws and vehicle specs, and with the help of my mechanic and fellow THT'rs, I finally came up with the "Final Solution" for towing my Pursuit OS285 next year. I ended up with the GMC2500 Gas 6.0 Liter with the 4.10 axle. Towing weight capability is 13,000lbs. More importantly (or just as important) is the Gross COMBINED weight Rating (GCVWR), which is 20,500 lbs for the truck I ordered. TO BE LEGAL, you have to register the truck & trailer as a COMBO (in Pennsylvania). They register the GCVWR on your registration so if any cop stops you, you are legal. I can't imagine that this could be drastically different in other states. My boat is 9.5 feet wide, so I'll need highway permits. The GCVWR is the weight of the trailer (W/ boat on it) plus the weight of the truck (including occupants, gas, your sht in the bed, and anything in the boat. GVWR is the weight of the truck alone plus trailer tongue weight gas and alll your belongings. A dealer will be able to tell you the GVCWR (on door), and you absolutely should find this out before buying a truck. I hope this helps. Good luck
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