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I have a 21 ft open Fisherman that weighs combined with the trailer and gas around 7k lbs also it has trailer brakes. Ive pulled it around town and my truck can handle it fairly well being a 3.5 with 3.73 gears z71 4x4 with aal/ tb lift on 32 inch Mt's. My question is can I pull the boat from a boat ramp without getting pulled back into the water?
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Re: pulling my boat

before everyone starts saying you can drag titanic with these piss ant trucks,,, lol, your already 2k over towing limit so being 4wd i would think you would be fine, a 2wd i wouldn't try it. i would prolly stick it in 4 low to be safe,,, but then again i have never pulled one out that big, only a small bass tracker
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take the boat and trailer to a loading ramp like for semi's at publix or walmart they are semi steep. just a thought! I only tow a 12' Jon!
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Re: pulling my boat

and dry with no water, algae that will be on the lake one too make it slick
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take the boat and trailer to a loading ramp like for semi's at publix or walmart they are semi steep. just a thought! I only tow a 12' Jon!


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Re: pulling my boat

depends on the boat ramp. some are nice and some are nasty as hell.

i have seen big trucks have trouble smaller boats on ramps that are not maintained
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Re: pulling my boat

Yea, I agree. I've seen some nasty ramps around me. Traction ftw!

Take a buddy with you and tie your truck to his! Test it on a non busy day. Anchor your truck to something or use wheel chocks! You could always bring some gravel or cheap sand to throw on the ramp too!
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Re: pulling my boat

All depends on the boat ramp and how steep/ slippery it is ... Like a flat ramp I can pull two jet skiis out of the water fine and that's right at my towing limit but on a semi steep ok really steep ramp I had the pleasure of dropping the clutch every two feet and placing a rock/block of wood behind the tires til I got up the ramp ..

But this year I'm going to try again
But you have the i5 and 4wd you got me beat
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Re: pulling my boat

^ EXACTLY!

It all depends on how well the ramp is maintained. I was 2wd locked and had no problem ever. BUT i never went to put in at a boat ramp I didnt trust. I would walk them ALL as far into the water as i felt the rear axle could go to make sure no holes or edges would suprise me. Having said that years back when I first got my truck i was towing a damn jon boat, I fell off the edge of the ramp and was stuck tight. The trailer was very small of course, but once the wheels went off that edge there was no coming out on my own. I had to have two guys lift teh rear of the trailer while i drove out. Otherwise I would still be there! LOL But when the boat ramp is maintained properly, you will be very surprised at what you can pull out. In 2wd with NO low gear i would pull out boats yoru size and bigger. (I repair boats) The ONLY thing...with our trucks not weighing in at much compared to a boat that big, when backing down into the lake make SURE yoru plug and everything is in. Because once you go past the tipping point the boat will drag the truck down the ramp no matter how hard or light you hit the brakes. You will NOT stop till the damn boat hits the water..lol. But pulling out will be easier because yoru useing all four wheels then..so don't start wondering holy shit i'm stuck now..lol. If my 2wd locked did it i KNOW yoru 4wd will even in high gear.
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Re: pulling my boat

I definitely like that idea about the loading ramp, it will help boost my confidence. There's usually no algae on the ramps and if I could help it I wouldn't put my back wheels in. I'm gonna have to look for some ramps that are less step though, most of them around here are on like 70 degree angles
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word! good-luck florida! let us know how it goes! pics of boat?
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OH SNAP! awesome boat dude! truck looks good too! im jealous!
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I definitely like that idea about the loading ramp, it will help boost my confidence. There's usually no algae on the ramps and if I could help it I wouldn't put my back wheels in. I'm gonna have to look for some ramps that are less step though, most of them around here are on like 70 degree angles
good luck getting that boat in without getting your tires in the water... unless your trailer tounge is like 10 feet long


but definitely test a few things mentioned above before you dive into this.. you don't want the truck going for a swim
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Re: pulling my boat

I pull a 24 foot wake boat and a 20 foot fishing boat all the time and I am 2wd amigo. Like everyone else said don't trust a ramp you don't know. I have had a scare or two backing down one I know well but it has some nice ruts cut in the concrete and it helped coming out. I won't touch a smooth boat ramp period if its wet as well. No traction at all. Also, just for shits and giggles always have a bag or two of sand. If you find yourself in a pinch you can at least slap them as quickly behind your tires and hold the truck until something arives to pull you out...
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Re: pulling my boat

Interesting thoughts here. I have plans to pick up a pair of jet ski's on a double trailer. I'm currently running on 20's with 255 45 tires with a 04' zq8 and 2' lowering blocks in the rear. I kinda hesitant to even see if my truck can handle the weight let alone getting it out of the ramp. Any thoughts on if this would be safe?

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Get some air bags, I pull a 14' loaded down landscape trailer. Im lifted with 3" shackles in the back and and 32" mud tires, when I would hook up my trailer loaded with mowers, fertilizer, and other equipment my truck would squat pretty good. I put those air bags in and WOW what a difference. No more squat and my truck rides like stock when im pulling the trailer, worth every freaking penny!!! Then when your done towing, let the air out and your back to stock ride.
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Another chime seeing how this got brought back up again. Get some tow straps for shats and giggles man. I have four that are rated to hold the weight of my truck and boat together. If I ever have an issue they are there and I always have a second person out of the truck spotting when I pull her out. The straps are preplaced to the front of my truck just incase things go wrong. Windows down as well. The spotter knows to grab the end and try to attach it to the a post that is placed at the ramp just for this. Be smart and dont do anything stupid. Overkill looks crazy until you actually have to use it then everyone will say well that was a damn good thought.
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