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    I own an 87 mastercraft prostar 190(gross weight with trailer 2700 lbs) and I am looking for a new tow vehicle that I can use as a daily driver when not towing to the boat. Generally the boat is towed 3-25 miles to and from the launch. Being Indiana the terrain is generally flat with only one launch being abnormal (steep and about 150 feet long). I am looking at used trucks/suvs and I have gotten input that is all over the place from trucks with massive towing capacity to suvs such as the acura mdx, gmc acadia. I am just looking for some info....let me know

  • #2
    What your budget? We are very good at spending other peoples money...
    James

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    • #3
      HAHA very good point, I am looking used/preowned so lets so $20,000

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      • #4
        I used to own a F-250 Diesel that I towed my boats with so I was spoiled when it came to towing, but we had a baby and needed something a little more family friendly like an SUV so I set out looking for an SUV with the highest towing capacity.

        The best thing I found was a 2006-2009 V8 Toyota 4Runner. The 2wd model can tow 7300lbs and the 4wd model can tow 7000lbs which is the same as a Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 or Chevy Tahoe, but the great part is I get 16mpg in the city and 19mpg on the highway (not towing obviously) where a Silverado/Tahoe will only get 16 on a good day.

        They stopped putting V8's in 4Runners back in 2009 and the V6 4Runner's only have a 5000lb towing capacity so it can be hard to find one. I had to have mine shipped across the country because it had to be a black limited edition model with 4x4. The sport and limited models also come with a heavy duty transmission cooling package and I believe the sports come with larger brakes as well.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by indyprostar190 View Post
          HAHA very good point, I am looking used/preowned so lets so $20,000
          And I found my 2006 fully loaded Limited 4x4 4Runner with 55k mi on it for $20k so it's definitely possible to find a good deal on one if you are not picky on the color and whether it's a Sport or Limited model.

          By the way it tow's my large offshore boat great so if it can tow that it will tow a ski boat even better.
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          • #6
            My wife's 2003 Yukon get better mileage than my 08 V8 Runner both with and without the boat.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SKIBUMM View Post
              My wife's 2003 Yukon get better mileage than my 08 V8 Runner both with and without the boat.
              Really? What kind of numbers do you all see?

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              • #8
                Plus I just think they look so much better than the million Tahoe's you see on the road...
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                • #9
                  thats why I have a runner it looks so much better than the yukon INHO. I get 16 in runner around town and 12/13 pulling the boat. The Yukon 5.3 gets 18 around town and 14 with the boat. The Yukon handles the boat os much better than the runner does but I would still take the runner over the Yukon. You want really poor mileage pulling the boat my FJ cruiser (lifted and heavily modified with 35 inch tires) gets only 10 pulling the boat and the V6 is working it's guts out.

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                  • #10
                    Besides a nice diesel truck will give you too much confidence towing and allow your wife to drive while you take a nap only to wake up to this...
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                    • #11
                      We are driving a 2003 Lexus GX470. 6500 lb towing capacity and a short wheelbase, so backing is easy. We have owned ours from 35k miles to 85Kish now. Other than being hard on brakes (it is heavy and the rotors tend to warp), and looking a little tall, it has been bulletproof. The drivetrain is a dream.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FLY6584 View Post
                        Besides a nice diesel truck will give you too much confidence towing and allow your wife to drive while you take a nap only to wake up to this...
                        Holy h*ll! details!
                        "if one day the speed kills me, do not cry because i was smiling." -Paul Walker

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Aric'sX15 View Post
                          Holy h*ll! details!
                          I posted this in another thread, but I'll repost it...

                          We were very lucky. My wife was 5 months pregnant at the time. I was up late the night before and wanted to catch a quick nap on a 12hr ride we had that day so I let her drive. I got too confident in my diesel truck and figured she could keep it between the lines with the cruise control set at 75mph, but unfortunately she didn't know to turn the cruise control off when it started raining and after a semi-truck cut her off she started hydro-planing, slammed off the left guard rail, got sideways, jack-knifed, and went off the right side of the road, down an embankment, ejecting the boat from the trailer. I woke up when we started slamming into the left guard rail, but there wasn't much I could do from the passenger seat at that point.

                          We are definitely very thankful to have walked away from that and I hold myself 100% accountable for having too much confidence in my diesel truck and it was a learning experience I hope no one else ever has to experience first hand.

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                          • #14
                            Sorry i just caught it in the other thread! glad everyone is okay!
                            "if one day the speed kills me, do not cry because i was smiling." -Paul Walker

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                            • #15
                              Yeah, glad everyone was ok.

                              Was this the same incident that sparked so much debate on ww about tie-downs?

                              Well, we all learned an important lesson - women can't tow boats

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