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150 Sport smallest tow vehicle
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posted 09-16-2005 04:41 AM ET (US)
Looks like adding up the weight of boat/motor/trailer/gas/etc. you need a vehicle that can tow 1500+lbs.
So, what's the smallest vehicle people are using to tow this great boat? Safely, that is.....
posted 09-16-2005 11:52 AM ET (US)
I used to know the exact trailer capacity and weight (GVWR is 1980 IIRC and capacity is 1600 lbs, again, IIRC), but here's how an estimate breaks down for us, lightly loaded:
900 150 Sport hull
Class I hitch barely okay, but I would prefer 3500 lb 1-1/4" Class II frame hitch.
posted 09-16-2005 03:21 PM ET (US)
I pull our 150 Sport with a Toyota Tacoma 6 Cylindar 5 Speed and only on the steepest New Hampshire hills do I know that boat is there. I concur with Moe's poundage.
posted 09-16-2005 04:09 PM ET (US)
We use a 1997 Toyota Camry XLE 4 cyl. to tow our classic Montauk (total towing weight about 1900#). 2000# towing capacity. Great quality, mileage. 170,000 miles and going strong. Any 1992 through 2006 Camry 4 or V6 would be great. Trucks are nice but unnecessary for this size or smaller boat. We average 32 MPG non-towing MPG. Plus the comfort of a Camry XLE.
posted 09-16-2005 05:39 PM ET (US)
I tow our 2003 Sport 150 with a 1995 GMC Sonoma that has a 5 speed tranny. I concuur with disneycaber about the New Hampshire hills. No problems on the interstates.
posted 09-16-2005 10:15 PM ET (US)
We tow our 2003 150 sport with a 1990 Volvo 240 wagon, 4 cyl. auto. trans. 15 years old. Does fine on and off highway, keep speed at 60 mph. We have recently purchased a 2005 Subaru Outback Wagon and are anxious to see how it will do. Has anybody had any experience with a Subaru Outback and the 150 sport?
posted 09-17-2005 01:34 PM ET (US)
I towed my Menemsha 16'7" from Madison WI to NY with my wife's 1997 Subaru Impreza sedan. Slowed down for the hills in PA, but 65-70 otherwise. This was a 1000 mile tow. Also fine on the occasional visit to the ramp.
posted 09-17-2005 04:59 PM ET (US)
jkcam- don't go, stay
posted 09-20-2005 09:41 AM ET (US)
BillsA: I just bought an new '05 Outback Sport (Impreza version) with 5-speed manual and AWD. I'm towing my 2002 130 sport like there's nothing back there... That's about 1200 or so lbs. and the car is rated at 200 lbs. tongue and 3500 max. That Boxer 4-cyl is a real workhorse. No chassis sway, only shift to 4th on VERY steep grades, and (not towing) gets 30 mpg +.
posted 09-21-2005 10:25 PM ET (US)
Frank here, brand new to this web site. I have a 2004 150 sport. Great boat, and well worth the investment!! I have been a life-long boater, and recently sold my 17' Wellcraft bowrider. It was a wonderful boat, owned it for 8 years....but I always wanted a whaler. Fell in love with the 150 sport. I have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 6cyl with a 5,000# tow rating. Hauled both boats with it and never had any problems. Looking forward to chatting with you folks - anyone in the Connecticut Area?? I would love to make a few "whaler" friends!
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