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Old 09-09-2007, 02:29 PM
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I have been having trouble with deciding what truck to buy to tow by 25' SeaCat. I thing the weight is about 7000lbs total boat, motor, gas, trailer etc... Not sue to go diesel/gas, truck/SUV. I don't want an overkill but something that will do the job.

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Old 09-09-2007, 04:28 PM
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Diesel anything.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:14 PM
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My boat weighs a little less than yours and currently I'm towing it with a 06 GMC Z71. It was a scary adventure when I had a duel axle trailer and is OK for in town travel now that I'm riding a tri-axle. I would not suggest using a gas powered truck if you want to travel with your boat. I'm currently looking at getting a new diesel so I can trust towing my boat more than fifty miles. For around town use you could get away with a gas powered truck.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:16 PM
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Sorry 06 GMC Z71 1500, just to clarify.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:36 PM
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abglover2 give good advice. Anything will do as long as it is safe for around town. Serious pulling, get a diesel.
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I've dragged about that much weight with an F-150 5.4 Supercrew. If your going to pull alot and since its a new/another vehicle I'd look at a 3/4 ton. Diesel is great if its affordable. I added ARS to the springs to help carry the weight.
I get around 8 or 9 with my truck dragging the boat, and don't have to drag it far.
If the ramps aren't steep avoid 4 wheel as it shouldn't be needed. This will give an extra mile or two to the gallon also.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:13 PM
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So I guess I will have to sell my paid for ,17 tear old truck , cuz it's got a gas motor in it and wont tow my rig out of town.


Gordon, I guess next year I cant drag it [ my boat] 1800 miles to Florida and back to Texas cuz it wont do it.

Don't tell my truck it can't do it or it will get an attitude.

Lets see................

Gas = Ford V10 or Chevy 8.1
Diesel=They have all been redone for 08 good luck

I would go with a new 07 cummins 5.9L or a used 7.3L ford

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Old 10-15-2007, 08:46 PM
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fire- go with a 150 or 1500 gas motor. your close to the water. it will tow it, might not get the best gas mileage but you will only make a long haul occasionally. pm me if you need any more help.
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Old 10-16-2007, 05:42 AM
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welder - 9/9/2007 6:13 PM


I would go with a new 07 cummins 5.9L or a used 7.3L ford


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Old 10-16-2007, 07:15 AM
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Big Question;
How far and how often do you tow the boat?
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Old 10-16-2007, 08:46 AM
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Titan or Tundra
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Old 10-16-2007, 06:42 PM
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I live less than or about 20 miles from most of the ramps. I keep my boat in the water now but may be taking it out and always trailering. I have a Chevy 1500 2wd. It pulls it fine except for the suspension....at night it seems like I always have my high beams on. I was thinking of a 2500 Silverado or a F250 gas. I am so up in arms about this. My budget is 15-20K.
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Old 10-16-2007, 06:45 PM
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I forgot to tell you, our ramps are steep, wet and pretty banged up.
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We use the Ford F350s with the 7.3 Liter Diesel, 4X4 for company vehicles. Weekly they pull around trailers weighing in at about 7,000 lbs up to 1000 miles a week with very minimal maintenance issues. Ford no longer provides this size motor for their newer trucks. If you look around and are patient, you can find one with around 150K miles for less than $20K. It may be over 4 years old though, but if you can do diesel, it is well worth it, especially if you later decide to make a long trip with the boat.

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Old 10-17-2007, 07:17 AM
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What are your thought on milage on the diesels?? How many miles is too much?? It seems like investing 15-20k ona vehicle w/ 140-180k miles is a lot. Is it going to last long enough to get your investment. How many miles can these diesels really get before they start to have problems. (maybe in comparison to gas vehicles...like people say a gas vehicel w/ 100k miles is the most you would want to get)
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I'd say diesel. but I tow my WC246SF with a 06 F150. Gets the job done. I'd really like to get one of the new Dodges or an 04 F250 either diesel powered. Well I guess the new Silverados with diesels are really good too. Maybe you can't go wrong?......
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We have one at work with around 240K miles on it and it still runs great. We did replace the transmission at around 160K, but that was because the guys were not taking it out of OD ( ). I've heard of guys putting 300K plus on these trucks without any major issues. It's important to keep up on the regular maintenance. A friend of mine works for a hospital in Ocala repairing the emergency vehicles(ambulances, etc.), he says they have relatively few issues out of the vehicles with the 7.3L engine. If you do go Ford diesel, stay away from the 6.0L years 2003 and 2004 because they had some issues with them. Enough issues that Ford now offers a 100K mile extended warranty to owners who are underneath the 5 yr/100K manufacturer's warranty. The Chevy Duramax is a strong vehicle (with a good transmission) as well, but they are more expensive than the Fords. The Dodge Trucks are OK as well, but have very little space in the back seats of the crew cabs.

FWIW, I think the Ford F250/350 with the 7.3L is a very strong economical vehicle.

On another note, are you with the CRFD?
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:40 PM
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You really will want a 3/4 ton truck, four wheel drive. After that, pick one you like. Diesel is good, my son just bought a 2003 F250 super duty crew cab 4x4 with the 7.3 liter diesel, the last year of that motor, I think. It has 190k miles and runs almost like new. A friend pulls a horse trailer with a 99 F250 with the same engine, has about 340k on it, he bought it with 275k miles on the clock. The good news is you are already in Florida! Most of us can't imagine you needing to take a long trip from there to fish anywhere else! The diesel is awesome for pulling, especially for a distance, but really needed at the ramp.
Bottom line for you, 3/4 ton for the suspension and rear end, 4x4 for the lousy ramp conditions, and any motor offered in the above combo. Unless you can't wait to go to the OBX get together! Then, get a diesel. You'll have fun with it!
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:46 PM
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If you hadn't mentioned the slippery ramps..... I was going to say one of my neighbors is selling a F350, not a dually, but with a utility body on it, short wheelbase, gas engine... $2500, runs good, everything works, even looks pretty good. I was thinking the other day that it could make someone a good tow vehicle. If you have room, leave it hooked to the trailer and keep your main ride for everything else... My other neighbor had an outfit (a boat hauler) tow his 34 Venture back and forth NJ-FL on his trailer, they used a 350 econoline van, diesel... Three round trips, I was always amazed when it would show up again that it was still alive... It was really really rough looking. Seriously tho, I would look for a single use vehicle... Didn't work for me tho, I bought a nice used Tahoe for $10k just to tow my bayboat back and forth to Florida every year, no other need for a SUV. Turned out I liked driving it more than my STS..... Sold them both and got a nice Tahoe... Good luck!
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Old 10-19-2007, 04:05 PM
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Most cost effective would be to
add airbags to your existing suspension and run an air locker for your differential to lock the diff at the ramp I would also change the gear ratio to 4.11 and add a set of 33" tires to the rear only run them at 30# of air on the ramp and fill to max for the ride home You will have the air from the compressor for the airbags/air locker to do this This would be a dedicated vehicle pick up an econobox car and your done
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