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    I need a little advice - I just bought my first Mastercraft (1996 Prostar 190) with the single axle MC trailer. I think I got a pretty good deal, but the catch is I live in Michigan and I have to pick it up in Lousiana.

    My tow vehilce is a 1998 GMC Jimmy with the 4.3L Vortec. It has the tow package (hitch, tranny cooler, etc.) but I just want to know what everyone thinks about the combo... Does the Jimmy have enough to pull a '96 190? Does anyone use a similar tow vehicle?

    Thanks for the Help!

  • #2
    Should be fine. I pull mine w/ a '95 caprice v8. I have a friend who pulls his 190 w/ a tacoma 4cyl.
    David
    '05 197

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    • #3
      I think that a Jimmy will be fine. That boat/trailer is well with in the limits of the towing capability.
      Brian

      Current: 2000 ProStar 205

      Former: 1987 ProStar 190

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      • #4
        Not great for regular long trip use but will work for one trip and around home use. My brother picked up my 99 MC SportStar(95-97 Prostar Hull) in FL and towed it to VT with his 4.3 Blazer. The boat is 2400lbs dry and lets say another 800-100 for trailer so your only looking at 3,500 lbs. Just make sure the trailer tires, bearding and brakes are up to the trip. My bro got two flats on the trailer on the trip north because the tires had dry rotted over 5 years. Jamie
        Currently Boatless, searching for next boat SN 196...?
        Previous Boats:
        99 MasterCraft SportStar CB
        98 Moomba Boomerang 310 HP 350 Carb
        88 MC PowerSlot 240 HP 351 Carb Black on White

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        • #5
          I appreciate your help here. The trailer reportedly has brand new tires and a new spare so I should be in good shape with that. Does anyone know if these MC trailers have bearing buddies or do they need to be greased internally? What do I need to check for on the brakes? I'm really not firmilliar with these surge brakes...

          What about straps? Do most people strap the boat (rear) to the trailer for long distances or no need?

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          • #6
            Should have bearing buddies on their. However, ya' never know. You'll get conflicting opinions about strapping the boat to the trailer. Myself, I think it is a good idea. You can never be to safe.
            Brian

            Current: 2000 ProStar 205

            Former: 1987 ProStar 190

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            • #7
              I wouldn't worry about the truck too much either. They may not be made for every day towing like that, but a trip every now and then won't hurt. I am taking my Tacoma 6 cyl TRD 600 miles down to Dallas this weekend to pick up my newly aquired mastercraft. I never even gave it a second though as to whether the truck would make it. That whole $2.00 per gallon of gas sure hurts though.


              Just in case...
              I am right off I-55 in Northern MS. If you have any problems in that area let me know. I should be back Saturday, I hope.

              (662)-513-3781.

              Cody
              '06 197

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              • #8
                I strap my boat down so that a minor accident doesnít end up with boat on the ground. I have a strap that goes over the back, since the platform would be in the way for the rear toe eyes. The major thing to check on the brakes is the fluid level in the tongue. For such a long trip with a smallish tow vehicle its probably worth having the brakes checked by a pro. You also might consider getting the bearings check to if they havenít been repacked or used much recently. After the FL to VT trip, I had bearing packed and new rotors/pads put on my trailer for a couple hundred. Should be good for 5 years. Jamie
                Currently Boatless, searching for next boat SN 196...?
                Previous Boats:
                99 MasterCraft SportStar CB
                98 Moomba Boomerang 310 HP 350 Carb
                88 MC PowerSlot 240 HP 351 Carb Black on White

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                • #9
                  I remove my swim platform when I tow over the road. This also gives access to the 2 rear eyes (although I don't use them). I will strap the boat down. I throw the strap over the top & wrap/duct tape wash-cloths around the strap where it touches the glass.

                  Otherwise - like everyone else said... you'll be fine. Be sure the spare has air in it and your jack will work on the trailer if you need it!
                  If one day you're asked:
                  " How did you spend your time here on Earth?"
                  Will you say:
                  "I kept a crabgrass free lawn"
                  It's time to SKI.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by VTJC
                    I strap my boat down so that a minor accident doesnít end up with boat on the ground. I have a strap that goes over the back, since the platform would be in the way for the rear toe eyes. The major thing to check on the brakes is the fluid level in the tongue. For such a long trip with a smallish tow vehicle its probably worth having the brakes checked by a pro. You also might consider getting the bearings check to if they havenít been repacked or used much recently. After the FL to VT trip, I had bearing packed and new rotors/pads put on my trailer for a couple hundred. Should be good for 5 years. Jamie
                    where in Northern VT? My sister lives in Stowe with a Tristar 190.
                    If one day you're asked:
                    " How did you spend your time here on Earth?"
                    Will you say:
                    "I kept a crabgrass free lawn"
                    It's time to SKI.

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                    • #11
                      The Jimmy should be OK. I use to tow with a 1997 Jimmy and it did pretty good, make sure NOT to tow in over drive.
                      I did install air shocks to help the rear end of the truck and they really did the trick.
                      OH-IO!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Holtrodj
                        I need a little advice - I just bought my first Mastercraft (1996 Prostar 190) with the single axle MC trailer. I think I got a pretty good deal, but the catch is I live in Michigan and I have to pick it up in Lousiana.

                        My tow vehilce is a 1998 GMC Jimmy with the 4.3L Vortec. It has the tow package (hitch, tranny cooler, etc.) but I just want to know what everyone thinks about the combo... Does the Jimmy have enough to pull a '96 190? Does anyone use a similar tow vehicle?

                        Thanks for the Help!
                        I have a 96 Jimmy w/same motor. it had higher gears put in the rear end to help w/gas milage. i tow my 02 197 w/no problem. I live in Fort Worth and have towed to Lake Conroe and LBJ(4 hours)a bunch w/no issues. It actually does ok on the ramp, other then sliding backwards.
                        2002 Blue Prostar 197, 0 Flex Tower, Perfect Pass, and The Preditor-ADHD Skier

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                        • #13
                          No Problem

                          I have a '97 Jimmy 4.3L with the factory trailer towing package (oil cooler, trans cooler, 3.73 gears, HD alternator) that I use to pull my MariStar, which is quite a bit heavier than the ProStar, through the Rocky Mountains -- absolutely no problems. All the advice here is dead on re: bearings, brakes, and making sure your jack fits..
                          2002 MariStar 210 VRS 330hp, Tower, Perfect Pass Stargazer, Bimini, Triple KGB Ballast, 400w Clarion XMD3, Bennett X-14 Wake Plate, 1000+ hours and still running great!

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                          • #14
                            We towed our BF 200 with our 1994 Blazer 4.3 Vortec. We got 187k miles out of it with no tranny problems.

                            There was another thread started by ekoehler that talked about a trip down to Texas (I think) and about a van with the 4.3 liter in it. Check that out. Some good tips in there.

                            Be nice to the tranny or you'll see it in your rear view mirror!

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                            • #15
                              Things to carry with you:
                              Floor jack and large Ĺ socket set for changing a tire.(the lugs on the trailer may not match your truck) also may help in getting your spare off the trailer
                              Grease gun, stop at 50 miles and feel for excessive heat on your bearings. And then at every stop after that. a couple shots of grease goes a long way
                              2 straps strap to secure back and front of boat. Hit a good bump and the back of your boat will come off the trailer. (been there / done that)
                              On a long trip I try to carry another spare tire. Itís easy to find someone to put a good tire on your trailer rim but itís hard to find a location to buy one. After one flat you no longer have a spare
                              [Originally Posted by kjohnson
                              Did you take the boater's test prior to purchasing. Flush a $100 bill down the toilet. If it bothers you, you aren't ready to own a boat.

                              Jeff
                              Blue Skies and Soft Landings
                              2005 X-Star LQ9 with closed cooling
                              1998 PS205 Sammy W/Monster Tower SOLD

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