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    Wondering what everyone tows with? I tow with an 2015 Chev. Silverado 1/2 ton 5.3 AFM 6 sp trans. Not 4x4. Extra cab short bed. 3.73 axle..
    Towing a 1993 Bayliner Ciera Classic 5.0 Alpha one. On a Aluminum Shoreland’r trailer.
    Your Turn.....
    1993 Bayliner Ciera Hardtop 2452 . Mercruiser Alpha 1. 305 Chevrolet.
    Johnson 2 cycle 15 horse kicker

    #2
    It will work as long as it is not long hauls or in the mountains. I have towed my Maxum 2400 scr on a steel trailer with a 07 GMC 5.3,3:73 axle 4X4 but not on long hauls.
    I also have electric over hyd. brakes on the trailer.
    Now I tow with a 2016 Chevy 2500HD duramax, I feel much safer.
    As I say you can do it just remember its back there and not going to stop well.
    Be safe and extra carefull.
    Don
    1995 Maxum 2400 SCR LUNA DE MIEL
    1988 Bayliner 2455 (sold)
    1976 Tahiti 16.5 I/O (sold)
    10 ft livingston (lost in fire )
    1987 18ft. Seaswirl cuddy (lost in fire)
    "Is it better to be on a boat thinking about God, or be in church thinking about boating?"

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      #3
      I tow my 2452 with a Ford F-250 Super Duty FX4
      6.2 w/ 16 plugs, 6 speed auto w/ tuned transmission, or M mode, if you like to shift yourself.
      It pulls this without any problems.
      4 low I can pull it up any ramp without so much as a slip....
      Get about 13mpg.....
      Better than the boat, but not by much

      Last edited by Island Eddie; 08-15-2018, 08:49 PM. Reason: add picture

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        #4
        I tow Avanti 3450 with a 2011 GMC crew cab 3500 dually 4x4
        a 20,000 lb capacity trailer custom built ( by me ) steel tube tripple axle.

        My rig is 70 feet long 13 feet wide and 18000+ Click image for larger version

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        1989 Avanti 3450 Sunbridge
        twin 454's
        MV Mar-Y-Sol
        1979 Bayliner Conquest 3150 hardtop ocean express.
        Twin chevy 350's inboard
        Ben- Jamin
        spokane Washington

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          #5
          I have 2018 F150 SuperCrew Cab Short bed with 2.7L EcoBoost V6 Engine Twin Turbo with 4x4, Towing package. I tow 215 DB on steel trailer with brakes.
          2016 Bayliner 215 Deck Boat
          Mercruiser 4.3 220 HP Alpha 1 Gen II

          2003 SeaRay 176 SRX Bowrider
          Mercruiser 3.0 135 HP Alpha 1 Gen II

          1988 Sunbird 170 Bowrider
          Evinrude 88 Special

          1970 Salem Skiff 13.5 foot
          1992 Johnson 40HP.

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            #6
            I have used our 1998 Toyota Landcruiser to pull ours and that thing is a beast, rated to pull 7000 Lbs. but I feel more comfortable with a larger truck.

            I just scored a 2000 F-250 Super Duty 4x4 6.8 V10, with a hard to find ZF 5 speed trans, always preferred the manual in the mountains. Not keen on modern diesels, worked at a Ford, Isuzu, and Peterbuilt truck dealer in Denver and the years 2007 through 2010 nearly killed the diesel industry. I need to have low range 4x4 to back into the place I park the boat (1985 2550 Cierra Designers Ed.) and to pull out of the driveway on some days. When I pulled the boat up to the house with my sons 7.3 powered dually I can feel the wheels slipping in the first switchback coming up the hill.

            Kind of extreme place to have a boat.
            2550 Cierra, AQ260 Volvo Penta (350 Chevy)
            Laporte, CO

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              #7
              Thanks everyone this is what I wanted to hear, I only tow 24 mi round trip with 1 hill to traverse 500 feet to the summit, I do have surge brakes, that work very well and I’m very aware of stopping distances. Thanks, I’d like to see more posts on this subject.
              1993 Bayliner Ciera Hardtop 2452 . Mercruiser Alpha 1. 305 Chevrolet.
              Johnson 2 cycle 15 horse kicker

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                #8
                Brake fluid is a hygroscopic fluid which means it grabs water from the air or anyway it can get it. Having it in a surge brake system on a boat trailer is the worst place for it. I do like the way surge brakes work though (except backing up a slope) they are completely self regulating. So to keep them working change the brake fluid every year or at most every other year, that will prevent it from turning into black muck which destroys the fluids ability to prevent corrosion.
                2550 Cierra, AQ260 Volvo Penta (350 Chevy)
                Laporte, CO

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                  #9
                  I have a 2452, was towing with a 2005 Lexus GX470 with factory tow package rated at 6500 pounds. I felt it was maxed out. Picked up a cherry 2003 Chevy 2500hd X cab short box 4x4. Has 8.1 big block and 4:10 gears. I do a lot of short trips with my truck so did not wan't diesel.
                  1996 Bayliner 2452, 5.7, A1G2. Needs a lot of work!

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                    #10
                    I'm towing a 1998 Bayliner Ciera 2655 with a 2004 2500HD 6.6 diesel, it tows the rig like a champ even up steep grades.

                    The boat weighs about 5500# dry and with trailer, gas, water, gear I'm guessing its closer to 7-8K#

                    I used to tow this rig with a 1500 5.3L GMC, it was fine but there are some long, steep hills on the way to the ramp. I would have the 5.3L FLOORED in first year and barely hit 10mph.

                    In comparison, towing the same rig on the same hill with the 2500HD 6.6 diesel I'm hitting 25mph in second gear at about 20% throttle.

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