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Old 08-26-2018, 12:38 PM
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Hello,

I am considering purchasing a 2008 Nissan Titan LE that currently does not have a tow package. I like the truck but I am planning on getting a boat soon.

If I added an after market tow package, would it pull the same as a market tow package?

I am also curious if there is an amount over the weight of the boat/trailer/gear/water/gas combo?

Thank you greatly for any assistance here.

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Old 08-26-2018, 12:55 PM
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Welcome to THT. If you buy anything less than an F-450 4x4 diesel, you will be castrated and your 3-piece set will be put on a pike, outside of town, as a warning to others.

Depends on the size of the boat, but the truck you mentioned, should be good for 3500 lbs.
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Welcome to the world of boating.

I have been told that adding the components of tow package after taking delivery is VERY expensive and in some cases near impossible, such as changing the rear axle ratio, bigger fuel tank. I suggest you purchase your tow vehicle with the tow package.

How big of a boat are looking at and how much will it weigh?. Be warned that weight number shown in the catalog for the hull will be WAY under the weight once engine(s) batteries, fuel, anchor, etc, etc are included. Odds are somebody on these pages will have the same or similar boat and a real weight value for a loaded boat & trailer.

I suggest at least a 25% cushion between boat/trailer weight and towing capacity. If the ENTIRE rig (loaded boat & trailer) weighs 8,000 lbs, get a minimum of 10K of towing capacity or even more if possible. A lot of boat dealers scrimp on the trailer and especially on trailer tires. If you trailer on the highway more than a few miles I suggest getting tires that provide at least 25% capacity over load and 50% is even better. Changing blown tires on the side of the interstate with cars whizzing by at 80 mph is no fun. The higher capacity tires are also usually rated for speeds > 65 mph.

You also need to take load capacity of the tow vehicle into consideration. With a F150 or 1500 truck, you may have a load capacity of about 1600 lbs which means the total weight of passengers and gear should not exceed that value- that value will also include trailer tongue weight, which is usually at least 5% of the weight of the boat & trailer. An 8000 boat/trailer may have 450 of tongue weight leaving you with 1,150 lbs of load capacity. Four 250 lb guys, plus 450 lbs of tongue weight leaves only 150 lbs of capacity for gear.

Search these pages and you will find a LOT of discussions on the topic.
With boats in my experience, going cheap is false economy. I'm sure someone will post that you can tow any boat with a Rav4 and othesr will tell you a 350 diesel is needed to safely tow a 13 ft Whaler.
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Rav4!

or L9000 Tractor!


Leave a lot of cushion under max rating,
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Look at the on line specs for that truck. Without tow package will have a taller rear axle. Not the red of the world. Quick look you should be in the 5-6ooo pound range. Get you to a 20 foot single engine bay boat.
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Depends on boat weight. If it's a 20ft bay boat, you'll be fine. If its a big ass offshore boat, no... But then again, you'll notice people on here will say an f150 will pull a 12,000lb rig down the highway like it's nothing just because the sticker says it's rated for 12k. I would also tell someone a Prius can pull 10,000lbs just to sell it quicker......

Welcome! What kind of boat your looking at is the key factor
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If you’re on THT then you must have a 36’ Yellowfin with trips that needs an F450 minimum if not a Peterbuilt....J/K
But seriously any factory tow package on a 1/2 ton 4x4 truck or SUV will handle a small to med size boat. Most packages include a tranny cooler, bigger radiator, lower gear set. Easy to order new, a pain in the ass to add later. Find something with a factory tow package.

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Assuming normal towing conditions (not a ton of hills or stop and go traffic) that titan will happily tow 4000lbs without a transmission cooler and maybe 6000lbs with one. Trans coolers are only a couple hundred bucks and they're easy to install so you may want to add one if you do any serious towing. Rough justice, 4,000lbs is the approximate weight of a seaworthy 20' center console with trailer and a load on it. 6000lbs will get you in the 23' range for a center console. If you're talking freshwater boats or bay boats they weigh less so you get a longer boat for the same weight.
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I'm not sure if this holds true for all model years, but on my dad's old '04 Titan the only thing that the tow package added was the hitch, trailer plug and the towing mirrors. He got the dealer to install the hitch and wiring as part of the deal and had no problems towing a 7000lbs TT about 500 miles. It also towed our 4000lb boat for years with no problems.

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