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jjf posted 06-27-2004 10:12 AM ET (US)   Profile for jjf   Send Email to jjf  
How many folks out there are towing a Whaler Conquest 27-28 and what are you towing it with. I'm aware of the permit required for a beam above 8'6" in most states.
Plotman posted 06-27-2004 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
You are talking 6200 lbs for a dry boat, close to 1300 lbs of engines, oil batteries, etc, another 1000+ of fuel, 300 lbs of water, plus at least 1000lbs of misc, plus probably 2000lbs of trailer, so you are talking about 12,000lbs.

I'm not sure I'd want to do it with anything less than a 1-ton pickup.

tully_mars posted 06-27-2004 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
I don't do it on a regular basis because I lift my CQ 275 up out of the water, but when I tow it is with a 2500 Ford Powerstroke. Does a good job but you don't go racing away anywhere.

The truck has more than enough power in any gear, I just treat it gentle so I don't over work anything. The suspension and all does well, it doesn't sink down in the back etc...

As far as a 3/4 or 1 ton truck it really doesn't matter. The engines, brakes are the same for either in the Ford line. The only difference is the springs in the rear, otherwise the trucks are identical.

The big key is no vehicle has the brakes to stop a boat of this weight in any situation. Just make sure your trailer brakes are ALWAYS in good working condition. I have noticed my trailer brakes actually stopping the truck and boat together. But I do go ahead and apply all the braking pressure necessary to the truck anyway.

Capt. Tully Mars

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 06-27-2004 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
I'm towing my 255 Conquest [8500lbs.] on a triple axle with my duramax sierra crew cab from atlanta down to west palm. Tows easy but last month I almost lost the whole rig speeding about 80 going around a curve, scared the bajesus out of me, I've slowed down considerably.
Captain Billy posted 06-28-2004 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Captain Billy  Send Email to Captain Billy     
I tow a 27WA with a 10’ beam 4 – 5 times a year down to the coast. It is a little over 10,000 lbs with full fuel and trailer. We use a 2004 Chevy I ton duely and have a triple axel trailer. It pulls very easy and have never had a major problem. You will have to get a permit. I buy one for the year in SC for 100.00 bucks.
jjf posted 06-28-2004 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jjf  Send Email to jjf     
Do you think a 2500 (3/4) Yukon XL with the 8.1 will handle the job of towing a Whaler this size 400miles.
Eagleman posted 06-28-2004 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eagleman  Send Email to Eagleman     
I tow a 25' Revenge w/twin 200's on a tandem axle trailer with a 3/4 ton Suburban & 454V8. The new 8.1 V8 in a GMC Yukon XL will do the job for you if it has the heavy duty trailering equipment package. The fuel injected 8.1 is more powerful than my 454V8 and my rig runs done the road nicely. A 2500 Yukon XL with the 8.1V8 will be my next pulling rig.
jjf posted 06-28-2004 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for jjf  Send Email to jjf     
Yes, it does have the HD trailering package and the transmission cooler.It's also 4WD which come sin handy on wet ramps sometimes. I currently pull a 24' WA Grady White ("bad word" on this site) and it tows like it's not there. The good news is I'm not upgrading to another GW. I'm moving up to a larger Whaler.

jjf posted 07-06-2004 07:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for jjf  Send Email to jjf     
Anymore folks out there towing a older 27 cabin boat or teh newer 27-28?

How far, how often and with what?

dhlaw posted 07-07-2004 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for dhlaw  Send Email to dhlaw     
Tow it to the Keys once a year.... Dodge Dually with cummins.

jjf posted 02-24-2005 06:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for jjf  Send Email to jjf     
How about the 28/295 or the 305 Conquest? Is anyone towing these beasts? If so with what and how far and how often?
PSW posted 02-25-2005 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for PSW  Send Email to PSW     
You don't want to tow more than 10k with the factory hitch. We just ordered a 3070 Pursuit and plan on trailering about 5 miles to the ramp. After much research and talking with some Chevy people they recommended a class V Putnam hitch. With the hitch set up properly the 2500 HD Duramax should be ready to do the Job. With your Yukon XL and a class V hitch you should be just fine.


LHG posted 02-25-2005 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Jack - Driving like that, you're going to be in need of your own services, at the minimum!!!
Jkcam posted 02-27-2005 03:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     

When are you planning your next trip to West Palm?

I'll clear my docket for you,.........not that you'll need it. ;-)


TRAFFICLAWYER posted 02-27-2005 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
just got back from lauderdale this morning,next time wpb at the pb boat show.
Barry posted 02-27-2005 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
The Yukon XL 2500 with 8.1L has a tow limit of about 10,000 with the 3.73:1 axle ratio and about 12,000 with the 4.10:1.

You are probably OK towing a 275 if you have the 4.10.

David Pendleton posted 02-27-2005 11:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I don't follow the SUV market much, but at the level you are talking about, I can't imagine you doing it with anything less than a heavy-duty pickup truck.

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