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Old 07-02-2011, 12:38 PM
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2WD Boat launching.

Has anyone launched and pulled a boat out with a 2wd? I'm looking at buying a boat just don't know how big i can go. Been looking at a 24'pontoon, or a 21' cuddy cabin boat. Let me know what your input is. I have a reg cab, long bed, 2wd. Thanks
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:43 PM
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ex cab short bed 02 2wd i tow a 23ft seacraft. launch and recovery no problem.
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depends more on the angle/slope of the ramp, when my wife and I fished tournaments you would see all types of vehicles launching pontoons, deckboats, or even cuddy cabins, but the vans and 2wd trucks would always use the ramp that had the flattest slope and they did not have a problem. Since you brought it up, watching the boat ramps on holiday weekends you will see some of the funniest things ever. When they pull into the ramp you know immediately if they have ever launched before or not!!
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A lot of it depends on the trailer... A longer trailer will leave more of your truck out of the water. I used to tow my boat with a 2wd F-150 and never had any issues, even on a gravel ramp where I really had to dunk the truck. You just have to be careful not to spin the tires, thats when things go bad.
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It will depend on the ramps. We launch a 21 foot boat every weekend and I've yet to put my truck in 4 wheel drive. The ramp is brushed concrete and have never spun a tire. This spring we used my truck to launch 4 other pontoons ranging from 18 - 24 feet and didn't spin on any of them. You should be fine unless you find a rare dirt ramp. Most public launch sites are concrete around here.
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You will be fine. I've seen a 1994 2wd toyota 4cyl pickup launch and then pull out a 24' pontoon. They had to put a couple guys in the bed for traction but it did it. Needless to say a superduty is a little heavier and shouldn't have any problems
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There really is only one place you will have trouble. And that is a lake homeowners ramp. Which could (but I doubt it) be an example of a seldom used ramp. So if you ever venture to a friends lakefront ramp beware. Lakeowners usually have docks with hoists and separate mini docks for PWC so they only use the ramp for troubleshooting, input/ouyput at the beginnin/end of the season, or to have a friend bring their boat over for the day or the weekend...such as this weekend. When I first bought my lakefront property I learned the hard way. My friend was loading his Mastercraft with a 2WRD and had to get the tires wet in order to load. On seldom used ramps such as this at the top of the water line and for 3 feet into the lake the ramp has a scum line from non-usage. He got into it and set his e-brake, got out to guide the boat and the rig began slipping into the lake. His rear axle was submerged. I had to extract the combination with my F250 4WD. So most people will not encounter such a situation but just for everyone's benefit there you go.
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Thanks for the help everybody! Makes me feel a little better.
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depends more on the angle/slope of the ramp, when my wife and I fished tournaments you would see all types of vehicles launching pontoons, deckboats, or even cuddy cabins, but the vans and 2wd trucks would always use the ramp that had the flattest slope and they did not have a problem. Since you brought it up, watching the boat ramps on holiday weekends you will see some of the funniest things ever. When they pull into the ramp you know immediately if they have ever launched before or not!!
It really depends on the ramp. If it is a good one and not too steep, no problem. It it's steep.... or lots of mud/sand...... could have issues. My dad got a (2wd) E-350 stuck because he went too far back launching his 12' row-boat w/ 5hp Evinrude. Happy Father's Day Dad!
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yeah, you want a longer neck trailer to keep tires out of the water. when we pulled our baja(21 ft) it put the tires of my truck in the water. our reg cab trucks did fine, if you went easy and dont give it a chance to break loose you wont have problems. my dads always does better because he has tools in the toolboxes over the rear wheels and my toolbox by the cab just has jumper cables, straps, few wrenches and hand tools. my truck is really light at the back end. i usually put the 12 or 16" track hoe bucket in the back for the winter
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