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Old 03-10-2010, 06:40 PM   #1
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Pulling a boat with a 4 cyl

I recently bought an '06 4cyl and I'd like to pull my 19ft. center console boat this summer. My jeep has already 33s on it and i was wondering if the boat may be too heavy to tow with those tires and a 4 cyl?

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If you're still running the stock 4.10 gearing, I wouldn't recommend it. Especially if it's the automatic. Stock, it has a 2K lb. max tow limit if it's the 5-speed but that is VERY marginal with the 2.5L engine. With an automatic, it's only 1K lbs. I doubt your 19' boat & trailer is less than 2000 lbs.

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It's a 6-speed manual...but the boat and trailer does exceed 2,000 lbs. Has anyone towed over 2,000 lbs?
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So what do you think your boat, loaded with gas & gear plus the weight of the trailer weighs? I've been towing boats four about 38 years and not many 19' boats & trailer are under 2,000 lbs. What is the hull made out of, aluminum or fiberglass?
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Yeah you will really be pushing that motor and tranny hauling a 19' boat with 33's. I have an auto 4.0 with 31's. My jeep has no problem pulling my 19'er. But there are times when I manually shift down to second to get it up to speed. I would say you would be doing some harm to your tranny then motor. Heat is your worst enemy.
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The boat & motor combined weight about 2500 lbs. without the trailer. It looks like i wont be pulling it with the Jeep. :/
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:02 PM   #7
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This is my old Jeep w/ a 18' Mariah. That little boat worked that 4popper pretty good even w/ those little tires. (31's if I remember right) I never did feel real safe pulling it and kept off the highway. Even if you're OK pulling, stopping sounds like it will be less than fun. I'll look up the weight of my boat as I'm curious now.



Edit: Crap! That little boat alone was 2800 lbs! Add in 170lbs of fuel, 30 lbs gear, and 600 lbs in trailer and I was pulling 3500! No wonder I never felt safe. Luckily I lived real close to the ramp.
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This is my set up, 19 1/2 footer = The pic of the bent trailer is from yesturday. I made it home thou.. The second pic is before I added the 31's. The original's were car tires 29" I believe.
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Regarding the bent trailer - how in the Hell did you do THAT?
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IMO, you're going to kill that poor little 4 banger.
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Regarding the bent trailer - how in the Hell did you do THAT?
Here's the thread= day started out-great on the water then-
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Take a look around....you don't see a lot of jeeps hauling/towing anything. The only way I'd do it is if I was only going less then 10 miles....and on back roads. Most anything can pull something....maybe not all that fast....it's stopping the mass that'lll scare ya. Go to the launch ramp, what do you see? A bunch of pickup trucks with trailers. The only time you see a jeep hooked up is BEHIND a motorhome. I know what Im talking about I've towed Boats/5th wheelers/trailers and my TJ behind my motorhome. Don't chance it, especially with your family/kids on board. Besides you said you just got the jeep...what were you using before that?
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Here's the thread= day started out-great on the water then-
I can't find it, what section is it in?

I'm suspecting your trailer failed because it rusted through from being painted steel and not galvanized. That you live in Florida, it probably saw a lot of salt water immersion without being adequately rinsed, together with the paint flaking off/bubbling which trapped salt underneath. That's why after one painted steel trailer I couldn't keep up on the paint with, I insisted the rest of my boat trailers be all galvanized steel after that.

Just say no to painted steel trailers if you do much salt water boating.
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I can't find it, what section is it in?

I'm suspecting your trailer failed because it rusted through from being painted steel and not galvanized. That you live in Florida, it probably saw a lot of salt water immersion without being adequately rinsed, together with the paint flaking off/bubbling which trapped salt underneath. That's why after one painted steel trailer I couldn't keep up on the paint with, I insisted the rest of my boat trailers be all galvanized steel after that.

Just say no to painted steel trailers if you do much salt water boating.
No need to find the thread, you pretty much just summed it up.
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Before that i was using an '08 Tacoma TRD, which i still have. I was just hoping to be able to bring the Jeep down to the beach along with the boat. The Tacoma pulls it just fine, so i'll just have to use it.
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I towed a 16 ft Driftboat(aluminum) thru the Deschutes Canyon, it was rough going up hills, I would just down shift and keep my speed down. I don't know bout of 2k though that might be pushing it, you could burn up your clutch.
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I can't find it, what section is it in?

I'm suspecting your trailer failed because it rusted through from being painted steel and not galvanized. That you live in Florida, it probably saw a lot of salt water immersion without being adequately rinsed, together with the paint flaking off/bubbling which trapped salt underneath. That's why after one painted steel trailer I couldn't keep up on the paint with, I insisted the rest of my boat trailers be all galvanized steel after that.

Just say no to painted steel trailers if you do much salt water boating.
Jerry it's on the third page now. "The day started out great on the water THEN="
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Remind me not to buy a used jeep with a hitch.
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Take a look around....you don't see a lot of jeeps hauling/towing anything. The only way I'd do it is if I was only going less then 10 miles....and on back roads. Most anything can pull something....maybe not all that fast....it's stopping the mass that'lll scare ya. Go to the launch ramp, what do you see? A bunch of pickup trucks with trailers. The only time you see a jeep hooked up is BEHIND a motorhome. I know what Im talking about I've towed Boats/5th wheelers/trailers and my TJ behind my motorhome. Don't chance it, especially with your family/kids on board. Besides you said you just got the jeep...what were you using before that?
Stopping a 3000 lb boat in a Jeep is prolly nothing to me...try stopping a 14,000 lb bulldozer on a 5500 lb trailer with a Chevy 3500 dump truck with broken trailer brakes at the bottom of a very large hill. I'd rather stop a big boat with a Jeep.

By the way...I'm not advocating hauling your boat with your Jeep. Just being a smartass

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