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Sea Hunt Gamefish 27 tow vehicle

Old 03-21-2019, 04:01 PM
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Just bought a 2019 Sea Hunt GF 27. Now I need a truck for towing. 8600 lbs including engines, trailer and fully fueled. Can I get away with a 1/2 ton truck or do I need a 3/4? Most of the driving will be to a boat ramp across the street and I drive a company car so this is just for the weekends. Hoping to buy something cheap since the boat took all my money!!! Ha!
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Many half tons will do it, but if you want cheap, capable, and reliable, find an older gas Chevy 2500hd with reasonable miles. 2500 suburban or avalanche would be good as well.
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I have a 28ft and for long trips I use my F-250, but from the driveway to the ramp, I have used my 2004 Escalade more than once (it has a great turning radius for tight ramps) and never had an issue. Ramp is about two miles from my driveway.
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1/2 ton will work fine..
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Also will add, if you want to go super cheap but need something reliable for road trips, Enterprise Truck Rental (separate from regular enterprise) rents fairly nice, late model 3/4 and 1 ton trucks, many which are diesel. For once or twice a year road trip duty, it’s. It a bad way to go.
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Weigh your boat and the trailer with fuel and all the gear...many rock and gravel yards have a scale.

I thought my rig was heavier...after all, I have Hondas....

But on the trailer with about 150 gallons of fuel, water and the gear I usually fish with, it was 7780 lbs.

Well within the tow rating of my 2018 Tundra. I did add an AirLift system to keep everything level. On board compressor levels it with 40 lbs of air in the bags.
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I second trying to find a Chevy 2500/3500 with the 6.0L gas motor. It should be relatively easy to find one under $10k. The 6.0 is bulletproof and the heavy duty chassis will be better suited to handle the weight. Fords that are 2011 or newer with the 6.2 are also ultra reliable but are going to be more expensive. Older Fords are good trucks but the 5.4L and 6.8L V10 suck compared to the Chevy 6.0.
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Great information! Thank you all
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Any of the half tons made in the last decade with the max tow packages will suffice
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Jodisavannah View Post
Just bought a 2019 Sea Hunt GF 27. Now I need a truck for towing. 8600 lbs including engines, trailer and fully fueled. Can I get away with a 1/2 ton truck or do I need a 3/4? Most of the driving will be to a boat ramp across the street and I drive a company car so this is just for the weekends. Hoping to buy something cheap since the boat took all my money!!! Ha!
I am literally in the same boat (pun intended!). Have a marginal tow vehicle rated at 9,100 pounds capacity. Has tranny cooler - thinking about adding the air assist bags to the rear suspension.
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As long as the trailer brakes are very well kept up I think a half ton with do OK for fairly short trips. Any amount of mileage or tow frequency I would want a 3/4 ton. I have pulled my buddies 27 with his 07 duramax a few times and you can tell its there. (Lets just say he doesn't stay on top of his trailer brakes)
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:29 PM
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Short runs 1/2 ton fine. Buddy has the same exact boat. Pulled it with a max tow Chevy 5.3 4 by 4. Now pulls with a DMAX. Said it was a handful with the 5.3 but he wasn't doing short distance. That's why he got a diesel.
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:42 AM
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Will be picking up a 2019 27 Gamefish in late May as well. From what Ive read here, can I assume that my 2016 Tahoe 4x4,LTZ with max trailering package, 3.42 rear, trailer break package and auto air leveling would be capable of short distance trailering, launching and retrieving? For long hauls I would consider renting from enterprise or borrowing friends 2500, but would rather not get rid of this Tahoe yet.

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