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Old 14 June 2009, 14:54   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: northampton
Boat name: spud
Make: cobra nautique
Length: 7m +
Engine: 225 optimax
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hi.ive got a mercedes vito 150 sport with a crew cab, so ive got six speeds 150 horses six seats rear wheel drive and it pulls my 7.5 meter rib no problem. but i dont launch with it, i have to use a 4x4 because the slip where i launch is very steep. mercs arent cheap tho and they do a 200 hp but theyre automatic

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Old 20 June 2009, 10:23   #12
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The Iveco 35C18 has a 3500kg towing capacity.

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Old 22 June 2009, 03:39   #13
Country: Ireland
Boat name: Bullfrog
Make: DSB - Osprey
Length: 5m +
Engine: Outboard, Petrol, 55
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Not the prettiest vans, but I've got a '06 Toyota Hi-Ace. It's got the new D4D engine and tows 3000kg with no hassle. As it's rear wheel drive it's great on most slipways - pulls my 6m rib and doesn't break a sweat.

Had my mates Discovery lastweek - wow, it tows VERY well!! If it's a 4x4 your going for then I would have one of these myself!

If your sticking to a van go for rear wheel drive as they can pull heavier weights uphill much easier than a front wheel drive - so better on slipways.
The 4x4 transporter is mad money - way too expensive for a van (In my opinion)
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Old 22 June 2009, 13:30   #14
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Boat name: Hissing Sid
Make: Ross Smith Cobra
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The 4x4 transporter is mad money - way too expensive for a van (In my opinion)
You're not wrong there.
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