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Gino Pici posted 06-16-2004 01:44 AM ET (US)   Profile for Gino Pici   Send Email to Gino Pici  
I have recently bought my first boat, it is a 19ft Bayliner Bowrider and with trailer and contents ways approx. 2100lbs. The 4 cylinder S10 says that it is rated for 3500lbs of towing. Can anyone tell me if my 4 cylinder 2.2liter 120hp, 140lbs torque truck is going to get this boat out of the water. I haven't tried it yet and I am a little worried about it.
Maximus posted 06-16-2004 06:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
My five speed, 4 cylinder Toyota Pickup does a great job with my 170 Montauk (2000+ lbm).
BOB KEMMLER JR posted 06-16-2004 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
is it a automatic or manual transmission?hows the area where you live,any mountains or big hills?If it's a automatic,get a big trans cooler.how far to your usual boating area?
DaveS posted 06-16-2004 11:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
My last truck was a 1997 Ford Ranger, 4cyl with an automatic transmission...it did pull my newtauk without too many problems but when I would go up any kind of hill, it would start to slow down a bit...even thought it was rated for more than I was pulling, I don't think I would have pulled much more with it...as a matter of fact, I passed on a nice 1984 18' outrage because I didn't think the truck would handle it long term...turns out I upgraded my truck the following year and it really wouldn't of made any difference...go figure!

Besides, in NJ...we really don't have too many mountians and the closer to the shore you get the flatter the roads become...

Hope this helps...

DaveS

Outrage22Cuddy posted 06-17-2004 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Outrage22Cuddy    
Here's something to think about: 2 weeks ago I was towing my 22' boat on the fwy & I had a U-bolt on the leaf springs break. The axle dropped on one side & I was barely able to keep control of the trailer to get over to the side. I have a 3/4 ton Dodge diesel 4x4. If I was towing with a mini truck I would almost certainly have caused a major accident. The point I am trying to make is that it might tow ok under normal conditions, but when you encounter a problem you might be in deep doo-doo. I would recommend you buy an old, used, cheap beater-mobile that is capable of safely towing your boat. My Dodge definitly falls into this catagory in every way and gets 19mpg not towing & 14 towing.
cmarques posted 06-17-2004 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
I towed my '02 Dauntless for about a year behind my '98 S-10. It had a 4.3 v-6 auto and 3.42 rear rated to tow 5500 lbs. Although the boat probably weighs 1/2 the rating it was much for the S10 to pull. I traded up to a full size F150 and feel much safer towing. Unless GM changed in the last few years, 4cylinder s-10's with a 2.2 were only rated for 2k lbs towing.
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Chris

Gino Pici posted 06-18-2004 12:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gino Pici  Send Email to Gino Pici     
Thank you everybody for the replies. It sounds like the truck will do it, but it is obviously not the ideal truck for the job. I hope to be able to get an SUV once I finsh college. By then I will probably be ready to upgrade the boat also.

Gino Pici posted 06-18-2004 12:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gino Pici  Send Email to Gino Pici     
Bob Kemmler,
I live in Florida and it doesn't get any flatter than that. The truck is an automatic, also the farthest I would be towing it is 5 miles tops.
BOB KEMMLER JR posted 06-18-2004 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
yea,i'm sure it will be fine for that type of duty.I'm relocating to the Ft Myers area myself by oct/nov,no more icy mountain roads for me.

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