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Old 08-20-2020, 07:49 AM
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What's the biggest boat you would tow with a half ton pickup? Assuming you will have to go on some inclines and trailer on and off the ramps.
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As a Silverado owner let me go ahead and make the mandatory "THT Ecoboost Towing Reply"....


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lol now that's a boat.
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Depends on the truck’s ratings and setup. I think the most important thing to consider is what your payload rating states. 1500lbs of payload in a half ton = ~1k in usable tongue weight after passengers and all the other stuff that accumulated in the truck is weighed. That translates to 10,000 of trailer weight. All half tons need a weight distribution hitch to tow any load over 5,000 lbs (6k for GM trucks), so the very long answer to the question is 5k on conventional and “depends on ratings” if using WDH.

I tow a 4600 dry boat that weighs in on the scale a hair under 9,200 on an aluminum tandem trailer and full fuel with a half ton. I use a WDH on my trailer and have no issues towing from Charlotte to the coast regularly. For our long FL Keys trip, I’m renting a 3/4 ton from Enterprise Truck Rental.
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lol now that's a boat.

No need for transom straps, or brakes or even fenders.

If they trailer at night and drive normally, no permits are needed for an oversized-wide load for inter/intra-state travel.
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I pulled a rig with my F150 which was a 25-foot cabin cruiser. It clocked in around 9800# on the trailer. I pulled this rig with both an F150 EB and a Silverado. Both trucks had enough power though the EB in the 150 was more than adequate where the Silverado was adequate. The suspension on the F150 sucked and the rig would push the truck around where the suspension on the Silverado was much more confidant feeling. I was towing about 92 miles each way a few times a month before we decided to slip the boat. I felt I was right on the cusp on needing a 2500 and could go ether way. If it was an every weekend type thing I would have upgraded but it was easier to just keep it at the coast.
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Most of today's 1/2t trucks are way more capable than those built prior to 2004 or so. Pick a truck and look at its yellow sticker to find its ratings. I'm of the opinion that if the mfgr. rates a truck at, for sake of discussion, 10k max, then you can tow up to that rating. I do not subscribe to some folks' opinion that you should always leave a 10% safety margin, since I believe mfgrs'. lawyers build that into their ratings already, for liability purposes. Of course, your trailer needs the appropriate, operating brakes, and your hitch more likely has to be upgraded. I do encourage everyone to evaluate if you can tow big by first doing a thorough analysis of the truck and load.

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have a 23' regulator, loaded up is just shy to 10k. I tow with a chevy 1500, with the 6.2. Zero issues with power, but was getting pushed around a bit until I put airbags in. I feel this is about the limit, at least it is for me!
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There's a lot of variance in how much a boat weighs for a particular length, so no good answer there. The big three all have pretty good gas motors in 3\4 ton trucks now too, so you don't exactly have to make such a big jump in expense to a diesel if you're just a weekend toy hauler.
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I'm going to say a 32 intrepid is the max.
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I trailer my Judge 27' Chesapeake with a 1/2 ton Tundra 100+'s a year. The boat on the trailer is ~8,000lbs and the truck is rated to 10,300lbs. Boat is balanced well on the trailer with right amount to tongue weight and I have disk brakes on the trailer for good stopping. I have the trailer serviced 2x a year. Truck has plenty of power and handles the load well.
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Originally Posted by drumsfield View Post
lol now that's a boat.
Unload: back it down the ramp, hit the brakes, jump out and grab a line
Load: leave it in gear, hop in the truck and back underneath it, winch it down and drive away

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Originally Posted by SharkSugar View Post
Nice looking setup. Which truck is that? How much does the boat weigh?
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Biggest boat? The one where boat and trailer fit comfortably within the manufacturer's tow ratings for that specific 1/2 ton truck.
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Originally Posted by drumsfield View Post
Nice looking setup. Which truck is that? How much does the boat weigh?
Looks like a Raptor from the picture. Plenty of power; not enough rated capacity or stability for true tow duty.
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Isn't the Raptor only rated to tow like 7500 pounds? That cat must be well over 10,000 pounds.
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I don't think that's a raptor. They are made for towing. Probably a suped up 150 diesel.
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Originally Posted by drumsfield View Post
I don't think that's a raptor. They are made for towing. Probably a suped up 150 diesel.
That is 100% a Raptor
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Originally Posted by drumsfield View Post
I don't think that's a raptor. They are made for towing. Probably a suped up 150 diesel.
Definitely not. That’s a 1st gen ford raptor.

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