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Postby MrChris » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:55 pm

I’ve been lurking around a while and have learned a lot from this site, I finally bought a jet boat!
The boat is a 2002, Wooldridge Sport 2000 with a Yamaha 115 & 8HP kicker. The approximate weight of the boat & trailer is 2000LB.
I live in Michigan so I will be launching from paved launches & I’m not planning on traveling over 4 hours from home so all my travel will be over flat terrain.
My biggest problem right now is finding a vehicle to tow it.
I’m considering a used 5-year-old Toyota 4Runner or a Honda Pilot, both are rated at 5000 Lbs.
My budget is around 20K. The former owner used a 4runner to haul the boat.
What would be your preference?
Would you choose something else given my budget?
Thanks!


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Re: New boat owner needs a tow vehicle

Postby MrChris » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:58 pm

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Re: New boat owner needs a tow vehicle

Postby lovetheedge » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:56 pm

In weighting the boat and trailer, be sure it is loaded with fuel and all the most things you may carry in it.
You don't need something big, it's only 2000lbs if you weighted correctly, and you will be towing it flat. I would still get 4x4 drive, it helps on wet step ramps.
You don't say if this will be your everyday car or just for towing, if it's your everyday car, then emphasize that in your choice.
Don't be afraid to buy used. Just look up towing capacity of the vehicle before you buy. buy over the weight being towed, to give yourself some room for going over hills and passing people.
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Re: New boat owner needs a tow vehicle

Postby FlyLow » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:07 am

RAV4 is pretty awesome, over on THT they rave about them.
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Re: New boat owner needs a tow vehicle

Postby whee » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:38 am

Congratulations! Looks like a fun boat.

I think a 4Runner would be a good choice. The Pilot is just a mini-Van without sliding doors; not what I would choose for a tow vehicle. Also, Honda struggled with the transmission in their van and Pilot for several years. I'm sure they have fixed the issue by now but I'd be looking into it before I bought one. Several years ago (2013 I think) I bought my wife a 2009 Rav4 with the V6. I wanted to return that POS to the dealer the minute I picked it up. The V6 had loads of power and was kinda sporty to drive, though I felt like I was driving a clown car, but as soon as I could convince my wife she needed something different I kicked it to the curb. It was pretty fragile, not something I would tow with, but this particular vehicle probably qualified as a lemon.

I couldn't get by without a pickup so that's what I'd be shopping for. Even a mid-size pickup would be sufficient. If a mid-size SUV is a requirement then a 4Runner is probably your best choice and totally adequate for the job.
I'm brand new to jet boats so don't listen to anything I say.
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Re: New boat owner needs a tow vehicle

Postby Snake River » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:10 am

I have a Tundra 4X4 4 door and tow everything including my 26' camp trailer. I would like to get more MPG, but who wouldn't.
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Re: New boat owner needs a tow vehicle

Postby Ahusk » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:08 pm

I tow a 2000lbish boat with our 4runner. Just got back from driving 5 hours one way to the rogue and back. Went up over the mountain and had no problems. I love our 4runner other than it's the loudest idling car I have very owned.
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Re: New boat owner needs a tow vehicle

Postby Jetcrafter » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:22 pm

I tow our 2500 lb boat (loaded - fuel - gear - food) with our gen 5 4Runner - I put the airlift springs in the rear coils cause it’s surprisingly tongue heavy..... I highly recommend adding those. Power wise it has plenty, will take pretty large passes at 60 no problem without working to hard. It’s a great all around vehicle.
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Re: New boat owner needs a tow vehicle

Postby smitty » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:56 am

That boat is too cool for words.

Tow rig? Read what Dennis / lovetheedge said, and (here's my two cents) get something that is rated for double what you are pulling. You will not regret it, I've towed enough things to say this with conviction.
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