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Old 10-07-2010, 03:44 PM
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This is an 83 CJ-8 pulls our 18 CC Hydrasports . Doesn't even get the wheels wet when launching. I have pulled alot with it and as long as your not in a hurry it will get there.
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Our 2009 Jeep Wrangler has 2,000 lb tow capacity according to Jeep. The 2009 Jeep Unlimited had a 3,500 rating. Unlimited is same everything except for longer wheelbase. So Wrangler's shorter wheelbase reduces the tow capacity from 3,500 to 2,000 lb.

Doesn't that answer the OP's question??
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Originally Posted by KiKoKiK View Post
You hit the nail on the head
I forgot about this. Now some may cll BS on my, but I assure you this is true. When I was 5, my dad had a 1947 Jeep CJ with the little 4 cylinder. He owned a Marina at the time and our best customer had a 42' Chris Craft cabin cruiser. He used to pull that thing up the ramp with that Jeep when the customer wanted to check the bottom, etc. BUT, you probably wouldn't haved moved that boat or our other friend's 52 Chris Craft on the road. with anything short of a dedicated rig back them. If any of you guys ever saw the lake we lived on "Herrington Lake in Kentucky" and the roads getting to it, you wold wonder how the heel they ever got those boats down to the lake in the first place!!!!! I don't remember if he had to use the winch and the engine on the Jeep to pull that bad boy, but i saw him do it a couple of times. I wouldn't put it beyond him to use the winch because I know he did that a few times to get up some hills up in Eastern Kentucky near my great grandfather's mine when he first got the thing.
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Originally Posted by Pierless View Post
Our 2009 Jeep Wrangler has 2,000 lb tow capacity according to Jeep. The 2009 Jeep Unlimited had a 3,500 rating. Unlimited is same everything except for longer wheelbase. So Wrangler's shorter wheelbase reduces the tow capacity from 3,500 to 2,000 lb.

Doesn't that answer the OP's question??
Thats about what a Montauk and trailer weighs.
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It is a bad idea. You would be putting your's and other innocent peoples' lives at risk
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get a diesel p/u , then a bigger boat. just safer that way.
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I doubt a short tow would be an issue for the jeep and a 20/21 ft boat. Short distance, not high speed.
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Originally Posted by hugot View Post
get a diesel p/u , then a bigger boat. just safer that way.

lol..a dually 4x4 right?

To pull a 21' boat...lol. This place never ceases to amazes me.

I'll never forget the guy a few years back that said your truck needed to weigh twice what you are towing. Lets say you have a 8000# boat. WTH am I going to find a 16,000# pickup??
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@pcozad1 - I cannot thank you enough for posting that picture! One of my considerations is getting a 18' Hydra from one of my friends... the internet amazes me sometimes.

Appreciate the pics and feedback. I think I will need a truck if I go over 21' WAC but for now the Wrangler will do. Engine power to tow the boat is not an issue. Braking is a little bit but I will be going 30 tops. I was really worried about the tongue weight and the angle of launch being an issue.
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I bought a new jeep cherokee country 4.0 in 1996...went and had a hitch
put on it....In 1999 I bought a new 21.7 trophy walkaround...I used the jeep to tow the trophy about a half hour each way four to eight times
a year on busy streets and at times on the highway....never once had
a problem....starting or stopping

the trophy weighed about 50 pounds less the the same size grady....

sold the trophy a three years ago but still have the jeep....spent 300.00
once at Cottmans for some minor problem...
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I'm almost positive towing over a vehicle's manufactured tow limit is illegal
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Just so you guys know, the new BMW X5 turbodiesel is rated at 6500 pounds. BOTH gas models can pulled over 5000. The Mercedes MR350 Bluetec is rated at 7200. The regular Hemi Dodge Durango (non SRT) will pull 8950, IIRC. No dually needed until you are ready to race at the Grove Slam.
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Originally Posted by Atrocity View Post
I'm almost positive towing over a vehicle's manufactured tow limit is illegal
If you have an accident while overloaded what do you think your liability will be for the other people and vehicles? Do you really think your insurance carrier will step in and pay?
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Originally Posted by Pierless View Post
If you have an accident while overloaded what do you think your liability will be for the other people and vehicles? Do you really think your insurance carrier will step in and pay?
umm...no?
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Originally Posted by Pierless View Post
If you have an accident while overloaded what do you think your liability will be for the other people and vehicles? Do you really think your insurance carrier will step in and pay?
Originally Posted by Atrocity View Post
umm...no?







Right!

And stupid should hurt!
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Here's a few of the Wrangler moving the Robalo about the yard. I use the Wrangler to tow it about 4 mi down a 30mph road to the St. Johns. Sometimes I tow it to Oak Hill, but that's a stretch. I would not use it to tow the Seacraft off the property, and it's only 19 ft.






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you need a f-250 4x4 if you plane on pulling empty.f350 if you plan on pulling with full.If it has a t-top f450 and a EBIRP and 15 person life raft with 10 150mph life jackets. If you go on the interstate you will need a wide load sign and a escort
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Originally Posted by id-10-t View Post
you need a f-250 4x4 if you plane on pulling empty.f350 if you plan on pulling with full.If it has a t-top f450 and a EBIRP and 15 person life raft with 10 150mph life jackets. If you go on the interstate you will need a wide load sign and a escort
And if you plan to pull it down bad roads, you might consider the 10 ton gun tractor that they build to tow the Denel G-5/52 155mm howitzer.
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Originally Posted by Atrocity View Post
I'm almost positive towing over a vehicle's manufactured tow limit is illegal
Speeding and jaywalking are also "illegal". While it is likely that it is an offense on the books of most states to tow some sort of an unsafe load, I doubt that unsafe is defined on those books as the manufacturers tow limit. It is probably undefined on the books and thus means what a reasonable person would deem it to be.
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Have you considered a Freightliner?

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