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Old 09-11-2009, 07:16 AM
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I am looking to tow a 10,000 pound boat and want to pick a used truck or SUV, what would you recommend?
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Diesel, dual rear wheels.
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I'd say Diesel, I don't think you have to have a dually. I'd say you need a 2500 or 250.
A diesel 3500 dually would be great if you tow ALOT and Only need the truck to tow. You don't want to drive a dually around town as your everyday car.
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I am looking for something used and cheap, budget is $10,000 to $20,000.

I don't really want a dually and would like something you can drive around town.
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Originally Posted by v70cat View Post
I am looking for something used and cheap, budget is $10,000 to $20,000.

I don't really want a dually and would like something you can drive around town.
ford 99 thru 03, 7.3....dp tuner....put fuel in and go......12 towing,16 avg, 18 highway......300,000 mile motor easy with 0 problems......
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chevy 2500 crew cab short bed. duramax with allison tranny. end of story.
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Is that 10,000 lbs with motors, trailer, fuel, cargo, and vehicle passengers or just the dry weight of the boat? If the former then you can probably get away with a 3/4 ton diesel but you're getting close to the limits for a single-rear wheel drive if you want a safety cushion. If that number includes everything then you would be best served by a line of 3/4 ton diesels with the highest rated towing capacities (typically Ford which maxes out at about 12,500 for a conventional hitch.) Otherwise if you decide to step into a 1-ton dually diesel then all of them can do the job.
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10,000 +/- weight of the boat and trailer. The Rig is 27 Foot World Cat.
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Originally Posted by v70cat View Post
I am looking for something used and cheap, budget is $10,000 to $20,000.

I don't really want a dually and would like something you can drive around town.

I have a Dodge 3500 single rear wheel diesel for sale, it is in the classifieds.
I would personally prefer a dually for that much weight on a hitch, but a dually can be a hassle to deal with.
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Default Toyota Tundra 5.7 V8

The Tundra with the 5.7 v8 has towing rating of 10,800 lbs in double cab and 10,400 in Crew Max (true 4 dr model) and pulls these weights well. 2007 used should run around $16,000-20,000 depending on condition and miles and maybe less. It is a buyers market. Not diesel, but great pulling truck and yet good driver with great fuel economy for an almost 400 hp engine. The 2007 5.7 v8 came standard with the class 5 hitch on the truck w/trans/oil cooler.
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That's heavy, but I don't think you need a dually. I use my 2500 Cummins powered diesel for daily driving, hauling safes, and pulling my 5th wheel and boat together. I have never felt like I needed more truck. There are tons of them on autotrader right now for a song. Mine is an 04 1/2. I wouldn't go with newer than an 06. I recently went to Tn. to pick up about 1200 ft. of lumber. On the return trip with the lumber aboard I got 21 1/2 mpg, not with a computer, but odo and gallons pumped.
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Where do you get the 10,000 lbs weight at. I thought a world cat 270 was around 6500 lbs. just curious.
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Originally Posted by bayotanzk View Post
The Tundra with the 5.7 v8 has towing rating of 10,800 lbs in double cab and 10,400 in Crew Max (true 4 dr model) and pulls these weights well. 2007 used should run around $16,000-20,000 depending on condition and miles and maybe less. It is a buyers market. Not diesel, but great pulling truck and yet good driver with great fuel economy for an almost 400 hp engine. The 2007 5.7 v8 came standard with the class 5 hitch on the truck w/trans/oil cooler.
that truck, and tranny would be all over the place with over 5 tons behind it....dont care what the manf says.....
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that truck, and tranny would be all over the place with over 5 tons behind it....dont care what the manf says.....

Curious why you say that, have you towed with a Tundra? How is it any different than towing at the max rated capacity with a 3/4 or 1 ton truck?
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Originally Posted by aristocraft View Post
Where do you get the 10,000 lbs weight at. I thought a world cat 270 was around 6500 lbs. just curious.
10,000 is probably on the high side but when you figure fuel, trailer and the load in the truck.
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Originally Posted by bayotanzk View Post
The Tundra with the 5.7 v8 has towing rating of 10,800 lbs in double cab and 10,400 in Crew Max (true 4 dr model) and pulls these weights well. 2007 used should run around $16,000-20,000 depending on condition and miles and maybe less. It is a buyers market. Not diesel, but great pulling truck and yet good driver with great fuel economy for an almost 400 hp engine. The 2007 5.7 v8 came standard with the class 5 hitch on the truck w/trans/oil cooler.
It sounds good, I don't think I want a diesel they make a lot of noise.
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
Curious why you say that, have you towed with a Tundra? How is it any different than towing at the max rated capacity with a 3/4 or 1 ton truck?
This is my honest opinion:

I have.. we had a rental for a week and it doesn't hold a flame to a F250. It will tow it, but the 3/4 ton will tow it comfortably. For a 10,000 pound boat a 3/4 ton is your best bet.

Also, the Tundra's fuel economy was worse than my F250, the fuel tank is smaller, and it is much harder to park because of the bubbly design. I can drive over 550 miles on a tank in an f250.

and don't buy foreign. Support Ford!
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I am buying used so I am not so concerned about the buy US part.
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