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Dick posted 04-24-2001 11:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dick   Send Email to Dick  
Masbama
Why not, sounds like a good topic.

My tow vehicle is a 1997 Ford F150XLT Flairside.
Pacific green, 4.6L V-8 automatic with K&N air filter system, a Borla SS exhaust system, custom wheels, power seats, cd player & Snug Cap tonneau cover.
Tows the Montauk with no problem, is fun to drive and sound good.

Dick

Tsuriki BW posted 04-25-2001 01:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Mine is a 1993 Mercedes Benz 190E Limited Edition. #576 of 700 made. (32k miles) Emerald Green, lots of special equipment, 2.3L 4 cyclinder 4sp auto. Pulls my Dauntless 14 nicely, though I would'nt try to take it over to Eastern WA. For that, my 1994 Travel Master Montego 29' motorhome. (12K miles)460 ci injected Ford. Will take the Dauntless anywhere.
maverick posted 04-25-2001 05:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
Powerstroke Crew Cab. Pulls the 18.6 fine. Difficult turning radius when I'm pulling my house, though. Heh heh ... Mav
lpaton posted 04-25-2001 07:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
1995 3/4 ton Dodge Ram club cab with Cummins diesel.140k miles. Auto tranny and this is a real weakness. Don't ever buy the Dodge auto .
whalertim posted 04-25-2001 07:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
Yamaha 250 ATV. 2 wh drive. Did upgrade shocks. 1 7/8 ball on an upgraded hitch. Works great for putting the Montauk in the barn or just pulling it around the yard before a good wash down.
Tim NC
Whaletosh posted 04-25-2001 08:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
1996 Toyota T100 Xtracab, SR5, 4WD, 3.8 L 6.

Great gas mileage for a 4WD truck and decent towing capability.

Sean

OutrageMan posted 04-25-2001 08:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
1988 Chev Suburban 2wd. Pulls the 22 just fine. The drivers window doesn't work, no A/C and the electric locks don't work.

It has 2 tone blue that helped it get the name of "Babe" as in Paul Bunyon's pet, the big blue ox.

Brian

masbama posted 04-25-2001 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for masbama  Send Email to masbama     
MIne is a 1985 Chevy Silverado long bed. 305 4 bbl.carb., auto tranney (low ratio w/ overdrive) Radio stolen/ugly brown/tan two tone paint. Pulls the Montauk fine but is getting long in the tooth. Wife drives a honda civic. I want to lessen my ownerhip of internal combustion engines so we are going to get rid of the Honda and truck. What do you recommend? We don't want/need a full size anything. Wife will drive it daily to work-me on the weekends pulling the boat.
Options are Explorer SportTrac, 2001 Pathfinder SE, Toyota Highlander,Isuzu Axiom or Trooper(great warranties), 2002 Explorer or Mazda Tribute. Want something with at least 3500 lbs. towing capacitiy. Want four doors. Thoughts?
NWflyfisher posted 04-25-2001 04:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Mine is a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Just traded my 1999 Triton V-10 F250 Superduty (Lariat package) for it. Sport Trac tows 3500lbs, has a 4.0L 6 cyl. engine, shift on the fly 4X4 and a moon roof that my wife can't live without. Now get 18mpg city where I was getting 11mpg with the Superduty. All the creature comforts an SUV can offer, spacious with good leg room front and back and enough space in the pickup bed for 6 bales of hay. Have towed my "new" '78 Montauk twice so far with it very easily without any strain.
Whaler4me posted 04-25-2001 05:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler4me  Send Email to Whaler4me     
1997 Mercury Mountaineer All Wheel Drive, with 5.0 L V-8 and plenty of guts
whalernut posted 04-25-2001 05:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
1993 Dodge Dakota 4x4 Extra Cab 318 V8 Auto. 3:90 Posi Rear End. Class 3 Hitch.
where2 posted 04-25-2001 06:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
1990 VW Corrado_G60. (1.8L, 4cyl with factory supercharger, 158Hp, 166lb-ft of torque at 4000 RPM). Boat: 1985 15' B_W Sport w/ 70Hp Johnson. Note: I live in South Florida where the world is FLAT. However, I have no problems pulling car and boat up the ramp. 4 wheel disc brakes w/ ABS on car provide ample stopping power. Biggest challenge is backing up boat that is bigger than the car! Roof of car is actually lower than front deck of boat on trailer. :)
Plan on purchasing large gas guzzling SUV or truck to tow 26' trailerable sailboat some day. :)
"Where2"?
kamml posted 04-25-2001 06:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamml  Send Email to kamml     
I use a Toyota Tacoma 2wd Xcab, 5spd, 2.4, Class 3 hitch to pull my Montauk around. The part of SC I live in is rather flat. Its down hill to the lowcountry and the sea. Its up over the next midland ridge to get to the lakes.

In 4th with the cruise on it can still handle the AC with three people on board. Its not vigerous mind you, but it does a competent job, in fact it surprised me with how good a little prime mover it has been. Kamml

dfmcintyre posted 04-25-2001 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
uh,

1999 GMC 1/2t black Suburban aka "Sabine" (long story) for the 21 Outrage. No load leveling hitch, just standard Reese.

When I had a 25 Revenge, it was either a surburban or 1/2t GMC pickup. Towed it no problem.

For the 20 Supercat, just a plain 'ol Cutlass works fine.

don

chad posted 04-25-2001 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for chad  Send Email to chad     
2000 Expedition, I don't even know the Montauk is back there!
Whaler15 posted 04-25-2001 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler15  Send Email to Whaler15     
1998 Ford F-150 V6. Doesn't know my 15' Striper is back there. Excellent towing vehicle.
Matthew posted 04-25-2001 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
'96 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Edition tows the 15' sport anywhere.
Matt
Russ posted 04-25-2001 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
'92 Ford F250 extended cab, diesel with a Banks turbo, automatic with a Gear Vendor auxilliary overdrive transmission, tow package and rear air bags, wide tires. I've towed my 18.5 Outrage from S. Calif. to Clallam Bay/Sekiu, on the northwest coast of Washington, twice, and plan to again this year. One way it's a distance of 1230 miles, over some serious mountain ranges. My wife and I make the trip at least once a year, usually towing some kind of trailer. Four years ago we towed a 31' Holliday Rambler trailer up there. I don't sweat the hills, and I cruise the flats in overdrive. The truck and boat are loaded with "stuff". Total weight unknown. On the last trip home we averaged about 16 mpg, cruising at about 62 mph.(See Triblets post above.) Biggest problems: fuel injection pump(on #3 now, seems to be O.K.), transmission torque converter, deer,(Hit one. Bad for the truck, very bad for the deer. It was unavoidable.)
jimh posted 04-25-2001 11:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Ford Crown Vic 1993 4.6L 2WD V-8 4-Speed AODE Trans (rated 5000#) tows the 15-Sport. So far over 5,000 trouble-free miles on the highway with this duo.

GMC Suburban K1500 5.7L V-8 2WD 3.73 Rear end Auto (rated #7000) tows the 20-Revenge. So far over 1,300 miles (first 2-months of ownership) without problems.

tarbaby posted 04-25-2001 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
1997 Nissan 4x4 pickup, 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both gas hogs!
B Bear posted 04-26-2001 12:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
95 Chevy Tahoe (Sweetpea),4 door, 4 WD, 5.7 liter, towing package, limited slip, heavy duty bilstine gas shocks, 103000 miles, free and clear last year. As faithful as my Boarder Collie, never been stuck on the beach, snow, muddy farm field or by the side of the road. Pulled a 10000 lb travel trailer with a weight distrubution hitch and pulls the 16 Dantless fully loaded without a grunt. Just as good as can be.
Bear
Mark Gallagher posted 04-26-2001 08:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE with the new 3.5 engine. 240 hp and auto transmission. The 3.5 engine has a lot more torque and hp over the previous 3.0 engine and is smoother and more fuel efficient as well.
wildeone posted 04-26-2001 08:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for wildeone  Send Email to wildeone     
1978 Ford Bronco
351m, 4 speed, 3.55 rear end, a/c, class 3 hitch. Great tow vehicle for my 1984 18 Outrage, gas mileage is about 10mpg, but this truck handles and turns the trailer so well I'm having trouble finding a better replacement. And I hate to think of paying 25,000.00 + for a tow vehicle!!!!!
Ventura16 posted 04-26-2001 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
2000 Dodge Durango 5.9L, 3.92 rear end, full-time 4WD, tow-rated at 7950#...got it to tow our vintage 1966 Airstream 26' Overlander travel trailer (about 5500# loaded)...so it pulls the Ventura 16 (about 2000# loaded) like it isn't even there.

Tom

Gep posted 04-26-2001 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
1982 Honda Goldwing GL1100
Bullbay posted 04-26-2001 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bullbay  Send Email to Bullbay     
2000 Siverado Kingcab Z-71. Pulls Montauk like its not even there and 22' Revenge with no sweat.
JM325iX posted 04-30-2001 03:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for JM325iX  Send Email to JM325iX     
1990 Nissan 4X4 Pickup with a 2.4L 4Cyl. Pulls the 13' whaler OK, but really complains with the 19'GlasPly.

JM325iX

TC posted 05-01-2001 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for TC  Send Email to TC     
1988 chevy full size 4x4 blazer 350 F.I. custom paint 185,000 miles and counting. I can hardly tell the montauk is back there.

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