During the hot summer months, everybody wants to be out on the water and enjoy themselves swimming, water skiing, fishing, waterboarding, or other water sports. Many people just love boats and everything that they can do on the water.
Since there is such a love of boats many people clamor to get a boat for themselves and to entertain others. Besides getting yourself a boat, you will also need the right boat towing vehicle to go along with it in order to be able to transport the boat to water areas.
There are a number of things to consider when deciding which boat towing vehicle is right for you and your boat. Since all of these items are pretty expensive you should spend the time and understand what you’re getting into before you purchase either a boat or a vehicle designed to transport it.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you should know about when choosing the right boat towing vehicle here below:
Factors to Consider When Selecting a Boat Towing Vehicle
You may already have a boat, or you may not have picked one out yet, or you may decide to get another one. In any case, you will want to be aware of what your boat towing vehicle can handle and make your purchase decisions for both boat and boat towing vehicle accordingly.
Here are some of the factors you should consider:
- Trailer weight
- Boat weight
- Fuel and water weight
- Gear weight
All of these factors combined with the passengers and any other items result in what is known as the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR). Your SUV or truck must be able to carry the GCWR minimum. When you are selecting a boat towing vehicle it is recommended that you choose one that can comfortably carry 1,000 to 2,000 pounds more then you plan on transporting.
For example, a trailer may weigh 1000 pounds and a boat may weigh 4000 lbs. On top of that, fuel and water weight maybe 300 lbs and all the gear that is you will carry will weigh 500 lbs. All in all, that’s 5800 pounds that you estimate you will need to carry on a regular basis.
The recommended rate must be at least 6000 pounds in this case, and preferably you should be able to transport 8,000 lb maximum in order to give your boat towing vehicle system all the leeway it needs for safe and comfortable transportation of your boat and gear.
Best SUV for Towing Boats
Probably the best SUV for towing boats would be the Chevy Tahoe, with a wide variety of features and an 8,100 pound SUV towing capacity which will fit most boats used by individuals or families.
Toyota 4 Runner Towing Capacity
The manufacturer specifications seem to be slightly confusing; generally speaking, the Toyota 4Runner has a towing capacity of around 5000 lbs, although the manufacturer states that 6000 lbs is the maximum limit. Many types of boats can be transporting comfortably with this vehicle.
Dodge Durango Towing Capacity
According to the general manufacturer specifications, the Dodge Durango can tow up to 6,200 pounds safely and effectively and will tow many types of boats for individual and family uses.
Staying Safe When Towing Your Boat
First and foremost, make sure that your boat falls within the limits of the manufacturer’s specifications for the boat towing vehicle you are using. Additionally, you may want a sway control device, or a weight distribution system installed to make sure your towing system is operating safely and effectively at all times.
You will also want to conduct a pre-tow check using a checklist, inspecting items such as tires, brakes, and wheel bearings. To make sure they are roadworthy and don’t have too much wear and tear to be safe. Also, you will want to take a close look at your trailer and make sure it is operating safely as well, including your boat straps and directional signals.
A Mini-Buyers Guide for your Boat Towing Vehicle
Besides meeting the recommended weight limits and exceeding them, your boat towing vehicle must meet other requirements that you have for a vehicle because most likely you will not only be using the vehicle to tow your boat.
Like any vehicle purchase, you will need to consider your choice based on vehicle price, other uses for your SUV, gas mileage, family size, potential users, reliability, safety considerations and other factors like you would any other vehicle.
Make sure that no matter what you do, you research exactly what you are looking for and make the right choice at the right time, seeking out the best available deal with affordable financing for you and your household. A boat towing vehicle is a big investment so make sure you have all the facts before you sign on the dotted line.
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