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Old 25 May 2015, 21:20   #1
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What vehicle are you using to tow your 7M?

I currently own a car and a van.
With the upcoming purchase of my 7M, I intend to downsize to one vehicle.
I had hoped to buy a smaller used SUV with a 6 cylinder.

I just crunched the numbers, and if the boat weighs 6K pounds, and my trailer weighs 2K, I am easily weighing 8K. HOLY COW! I did not know these boats weighed so much, and thought my trailer weighed just over 1K. OOOPS!

My van has a 7.3 turbo diesel, and can tow this load with ease, but I have no idea now what to replace my two vehicles with. I don't want to buy a truck, and had hoped to use something with a 6 cylinder, but it appears I will have to go with something bigger with an 8. I would only be towing 60 miles on flat ground, but don't want to be unsafe or exceed towing capacity.

What you got?
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Old 25 May 2015, 21:49   #2
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What vehicle are you using to tow your 7M?

Why not stick with the van? I have the same engine in an F250. Works ok. Wrecks mileage, I get about 10mpg towing the boat but it's what I have so its free.

Did you find a boat????? I don't see anything here.


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Old 25 May 2015, 22:11   #3
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Jason,

My van is full blown 4X4 Sportsmobile camper, which isn't practical as a daily driver. I used to rock climb a lot, and injuries and old age and have reduced that to a minimum, so I'm going to sell it. Also, a big downside to this vehicle is that I can't get in to underground parking.

I have a found a few boats that I am looking at, and hope to make a decision soon.
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Doesn't NCP tow his with a jeep Cherokee?

The old spec sheets i can find online have the hoist weight of a I/O 733 at 4500lbs and 3700lbs for OB. I haven't weighed mine but I mean to sometime to check my my trailer setup.

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Old 25 May 2015, 23:10   #5
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I have sent a text to Tom, and asked what his tow vehicle is.

How in the heck can a 733 I/O be 4500 and the 730 I/O be 5600?
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Im using a Toyota landcruiser prado diesel, no probs towing. Most modern 4x4 turbo diesels will pull that without any dramas and most are rated to tow 3.5 tons over here. The 4x4 comes in very handy on slipy ramps or beach launching.

This might be of interest http://www.boatsales.com.au/content/...ice/tow-tests/

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Old 26 May 2015, 07:46   #7
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Jon,

Thanks for the link. I will check that out.

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I have sent a text to Tom, and asked what his tow vehicle is.

How in the heck can a 733 I/O be 4500 and the 730 I/O be 5600?
733 is gas and 730 is diesel?
I wouldn't tow either with small/mid size SUV. Even if some might be able to handle it seemingly from spec. Grand Cherokee had 7k rating but it's number games. It's payload is like 1300lb. With 7K trailer just tongue weight is going to be 700lb or likely worse. leaving at best 500-600lb of payload. Can fit couple people but it really maxes out the rig. Maxing out anything is usually not a good ideal if you plan to tow it any significant distance. If it's couple miles to boat ramp it's prob ok. Going on a hwy

To Jonp. So far I see Prado is only 2500kg max trailer ~ 5600lb. Prado VX Turbo Diesel Auto Specifications
That ain't going to cut it for Zip. Although we have equivalent here - Lexus GX460.
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2010 Grand Cherokee, V-8

I've never had a problem nor felt unsafe towing with my Jeep. Supposedly, it's a max of 7200 lbs.

Willard 730 dry weight, 4,500 lbs. Hoisting weight 5,500 lbs (which I assume includes people, fuel, safety gear, etc. - A full 34 gallon tank of diesel at 7 lbs / gallon only weighs 245 lbs.). Welded c-channel aluminum trailer from Pacific Trailers is ~1,050 lbs. Call it 6.750 lbs or so?

My longest tows are between San Diego and LA. My usual tows are 20 miles of freeway - cruise control set at 55 mph for fuel economy (13 mpg). My longest tow was when I bought it and towed it back from Seattle to San Diego on a borrow 27' galvanized trailer - I was probably overweight there. That trailer was a beast.

Does it work for me? Yes. I need a functional daily driver and I need to be able to get into regular parking structures. It gets decent gas mileage, has pretty good acceleration, and the disc breaks on the trailer are in great shape.

EDIT: I think that I'm coming up on 4 years with the the Willard, I have 78,000 miles on my Jeep and I'm still on my first set of break pads (yes, they've been recently checked).
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Old 26 May 2015, 21:44   #10
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At the present time I do have something that will comfortably tow whatever I buy.
I will do more research once I have actually purchased, and weighed my boat and trailer.
I'm not optimistic though that I can tow this with a smaller SUV.
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