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ian ashton
05-19-2009, 10:10 AM
Just wondering what you guys tow with. I know I've seen people post in different threads what they get to the lake with, thought it would be cool to have a thread dedicated to the tow vehicles.

Currently I have to use my dad's Chrysler Minivan to tow the boat, which isn't too bad since I only transport it a few times a year. I'm actually looking at buying a new vehicle right now, probably going to get a Dodge Nitro.

Pics of the boat in-transit;
http://moomba.com/msgboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=2621&stc=1&d=1242741934
(Torch Lake, Northern MI)

http://moomba.com/msgboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=2622&stc=1&d=1242742157
(On the way to Lake Huron, Grand Bend Canada)

I was looking at a Nitro that matched the boat (bright blue) but the dealer sold it, and the color isn't made any more. Now I'm looking at black (my standard color choice) or white.

kaneboats
05-19-2009, 11:56 AM
Don't you remember the tow vehicle poll not too long ago? Here is the thread with the results:

http://www.moomba.com/msgboard/showthread.php?t=7543&highlight=vehicle

Razzman
05-19-2009, 12:26 PM
I'm thinking Ian wants to see some pics, 2007 GMC Sierra Crew Cab 4X4 ...

kaneboats
05-19-2009, 12:35 PM
Oh, well that's easy -- 2001 Chevy Suburban.

ian ashton
05-19-2009, 01:25 PM
Exactly, looking for pics!

jbheuerman
05-19-2009, 01:37 PM
Here is my set-up. Just got this boat in February. Can't wait for the water to warm up!!

jmvotto
05-19-2009, 02:00 PM
http://moomba.com/msgboard/picture.php?albumid=17&pictureid=108 2003 Z71 Burb

Ian you can't a hitch on one of those sporty pocket rockets? Lol

moombadaze
05-19-2009, 02:40 PM
mine, doing what needs to be done-get the boat in the lake

tlatoani
05-19-2009, 03:04 PM
mine, doing what needs to be done-get the boat in the lake

holy crap.


This isn't actually mine, but it looks identical. I'll get a pic with the boat once I finally get to go out this year. Just put in a nav/dvd deck, rear LCD headrests, all new speakers and 2 amps. Subs/Box/Amp going in soon :D

http://www.autosite.com/images/2006/Chevrolet/TrailBlazerSS_staff/400/06_Chevrolet_TrailblazerSS_07.jpg

mmandley
05-19-2009, 03:49 PM
Heres Big Blue

2006 Ford F150 Sup Cab 4x4
Gyrphon Performance Computer
3 inch Duel Flowmaster Exhaust
JLT Ram Air Kit
3.55 axles
heavy duty cooling system
trans cooler
towing suspension
Custom Molded mud guards

ian ashton
05-19-2009, 04:13 PM
mine, doing what needs to be done-get the boat in the lake

Thats insane, it has to be a nightmare getting it out!

ian ashton
05-19-2009, 04:14 PM
Ian you can't a hitch on one of those sporty pocket rockets? Lol

Unfortunately I don't think the CRX would be up for towing- infact it has a trailer of its own, haha. Although the coil-over suspension has 10k rate springs, so it probably wouldn't sag if I did hook a trailer up to it!

byronkoz
05-19-2009, 05:51 PM
Heres mine

moombadaze
05-19-2009, 07:10 PM
Thats insane, it has to be a nightmare getting it out!


so far no problems, just drive it out-looks worse than it is and still have not used the 4x4. but we have been getting rain the last 5 days and is to rain all thru memorial day weekend and that could make it worse cause the lake will not come up high enough to float the boat over the sandbar my truck is pictured on.

TW3
05-19-2009, 07:44 PM
07 2500 HD Duramax Z71

newty
05-19-2009, 07:59 PM
03' Tahoe Hoping to get a black crew cab soon.

Sled491
05-19-2009, 08:24 PM
mine, doing what needs to be done-get the boat in the lake

Daze that's awsum, luv it!

04OUTBACK
05-19-2009, 10:41 PM
Only pic I have of the Tahoe.. I guess.. 05 Tahoe 135K miles..
tows fine...

Sled491
05-19-2009, 10:48 PM
Hey nice pic of your truck :) Hey show some modesty also, that boat is naked!

2000OUTBACK
05-20-2009, 02:01 AM
2006 Dodge 2500 4x4 Megacab

zabooda
05-20-2009, 02:06 AM
The rig on the left I used for the last 13 years and it will be going to a new home tomorrow and with it a lot of memories. The newer rig on the right is ready to take on the new challenge.

ian ashton
05-20-2009, 09:08 AM
The rig on the left I used for the last 13 years and it will be going to a new home tomorrow and with it a lot of memories. The newer rig on the right is ready to take on the new challenge.

Thats awesome, talk about comfort!

Miller_Time
05-20-2009, 12:04 PM
2005 4x4 Harley F250 Diesel

I love this thing! You don't even know the boat is back there.

04OUTBACK
05-20-2009, 04:46 PM
Sled, you are correct, she is nekked.. Wife is after me to get the new logos put on.. NO TIME! I am not doing it on a Saturday!!

Only pic of the truck. I guess I don't love the truck as much as I love the boat!

HA its a co. truck anyway!

meech
05-20-2009, 04:49 PM
here's mine...
2006 denali

TSC
05-21-2009, 02:52 PM
Here's my 10.

WKESK8
05-21-2009, 11:36 PM
She gets the job done

wolfeman131
05-22-2009, 09:42 AM
WKESK8 - good thing you didn't list on your profile where you're located 'cause I might have thought about stealing your truck! :)

moombadaze
05-22-2009, 10:14 AM
WKESK8, Thats a sick truck you have there and I would knock Wolfeman131 down so I could beat him to it:rolleyes:

deerfield
05-23-2009, 12:08 PM
1999 Chevrolet Suburban 2500

JesseC
05-24-2009, 08:56 PM
Here are a few of my 99 Tahoe 2door. I love this truck, it is a shame that they quit making these. The last one is my buddies old truck, a F350 super duty twin turbo diesel. I could not keep up with it when he pulled the boat and I was pulling nothing!!! That truck was amazing!

Tahoe at Panama City
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q21/StarkRaven/Tahoe1.jpg


Tahoe puling the old boat
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q21/StarkRaven/Tahoe2.jpg

F350 pulling the mobius.
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q21/StarkRaven/f350.jpg

Trashy
05-25-2009, 11:35 AM
Here are pictures of my tow vehicle. It is a 05 Ford Expedition.

lancesaville
05-25-2009, 01:11 PM
05 Silverado SS reg cab conversion. Selling it and looking for an 07-08 Tahoe in Black to match the boat tho.

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/5914/s5002814.jpg

alex56
05-25-2009, 08:39 PM
http://tinypic.com/r/kan5gx/5 http://tinypic.com/r/110anhx/5http://tinypic.com/r/27wsx1e/5http://tinypic.com/r/2r3gwht/5

momosmoomba
05-26-2009, 09:52 AM
i know they dont match, but im working on it...:D 2005 nissan titan, crew cab, chrome and tow package.

Sled491
05-26-2009, 06:36 PM
Hey Momo nice looking boomerang! Don't see many of those these days!

Trashy
05-26-2009, 06:40 PM
i know they dont match, but im working on it...:D 2005 nissan titan, crew cab, chrome and tow package.

Momosmoomba your boomerang was like my first Moomba outback was also blue. When I sold it, the person I sold it to took the graphics off and put red ones one to match his red truck. Something for you to think about!

Matt Glenn
05-26-2009, 09:38 PM
I'm a little partial to my ride!

team airedale
05-27-2009, 07:59 PM
While I call this rig mine it is actually my brothers boat and his ranch truck for his horse farm. I can't complain, there are two sets of keys and I have one!

http://royzoellner.com/moombaxlv/moomba&chevy.jpg

jjerrod
05-27-2009, 08:18 PM
We will be at Lake Skiatook this weekend. Maybe see you out there.
03 AWD (real SS)

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o300/jjerrod/P8120080.jpg

sandm
05-27-2009, 10:43 PM
tow rig and boat
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e194/sandm01/P5250012.jpg

Kidder
05-30-2009, 11:53 PM
07.5 GMC Sierra SLT 2500 HD Duramax
http://www.juddemerson.com/GMC/truck2.jpg

And yes, the grass is now mowed. :)

jester
05-31-2009, 01:04 AM
I just got my baby washed so time to post. Big sister is a 2007 Tundra Limited towing baby 2008 OBV.

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m429/j3stert/IMG_5984.jpg


And you cant forget the Coozie. Might have to watchout for my boat crew.

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m429/j3stert/IMG_5989.jpg

moombadaze
05-31-2009, 02:44 PM
we got some rain and if the lake comes up another 6" its goin be tough gettting on the lake
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc351/moombadaze/DSC00629.jpg
sorry its fuzzy

and the boat
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc351/moombadaze/DSC00630.jpg

dapjeff
05-31-2009, 03:52 PM
Here's our beater

Lawdog
05-31-2009, 05:16 PM
Moombadaze might have a short ramp and deep water...

moombadaze
05-31-2009, 07:34 PM
we had a great ramp, but what has happened is that the beach has invaded the ramp- i bet that there is at least 5 to 6 feet of sand on top of the end of the ramp now, its a giant level sand bar that is probly about 40-50 feet long right now that I back out over-so if the water comes up about 6" I could end up with lake water in the truck when the door is open.

Ed-would be just like using your private ramp right now.

Razzman
06-01-2009, 09:00 AM
It's even worse for us out here, most ramps are hundreds of feet long at an average 20 degree slope, scares the snot outta newbs! Pedro, my fave, probably has a 300' ramp when waters down with six lanes and on a summer day can be a real intimidator for the uneducated! There's no way the 1.5" fender rule applies above water, it's more like 3" below or the boat won't come off the trailer! Typically it's back in until the truck bumper is just above the water!

mmandley
06-01-2009, 09:11 AM
We got a few lakes like that up here. The water is low its a full pool but the ramps just don't have a big slant to them. I have several times put the rear tires in the water to get the boat on and off the trailer.

I figure as long as the trucks exhaust isn't in the water i can always put her in 4x4 if i need the extra traction to pull out. lol

Razzman
06-01-2009, 09:30 AM
Here's a shot of the Don Pedro ramp late last season in the background, the killer is the top is 75-100' outta the pic, gotta love it!

mmandley
06-01-2009, 09:33 AM
Wow thats a long ramp to the water LOL.

Non of our ramps look that long.

Worst ive been on actually was at Dexter. Jester knows this ramp. The left lane which is best to launch our boats on, the concrete broke and shifted. So there's a 6 inch drop from one slab to the next.

Well last time i went i actually had to put the truck in 4x4 to use the front tires to get enough traction to pull out of the water with the boat. Ramp is plenty steep and you don't have to drop real fare in the water but with the ramp damage it makes if interesting.

Razzman
06-01-2009, 09:53 AM
Yeah i always have the truck in 4 wheel auto at the ramp! When the waters low there's usually a lot of gravel at the waterline. I just love the idiots that sit there and spin their wheels to get out and spray gravel and mud all over their boats!

mmandley
06-01-2009, 09:58 AM
Yea i hear ya. At Merwin last week this little old Datsun, had a little fishing boat he was launching. Once he got the boat off the trailer the old guy got in the truck and revved it up, dropped the clutch and spun his one wheeled wonder all the way up the ramp lol.

wolfeman131
06-01-2009, 03:12 PM
Finally got a few days w/out rain and got my truck cleaned up and presentable.

2006 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 Crew Cab 4x4

http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd344/wolfeman131/IMG00113-20090601-1506.jpg

jester
06-01-2009, 05:16 PM
I have had it when the water was so low that the trailer wheels where off the ramp into the soft dirt. Dang water dropping 2 feet when your out on the water. Had ot put in 4 low because there was a little drop off at the end of the ramp. Good times at the ramp.

mmandley
06-01-2009, 05:18 PM
Yea i think thats the day i met you Jester. You were complaining how you had a heck of a time getting the boat out of the water.

02tahoeindiana
06-01-2009, 08:00 PM
:D All these Chevys are making me happy!
Heres mine. 02 Tahoe with 150,000miles and towing strong. But no pics with the boat hooked up :S
http://i567.photobucket.com/albums/ss115/philtruitt/DSC_0715.jpg

jmvotto
08-19-2009, 07:06 AM
Out 2003 z71 Suburban Green ( Roos included):(
http://moomba.com/msgboard/picture.php?albumid=17&pictureid=108

in 2007 LTZ Suburban Dark Blue:D

Kidder
08-19-2009, 10:37 AM
http://www.juddemerson.com/truck_boat2.jpg

Sled491
08-19-2009, 10:53 AM
JV, nice. I had an accident about 2 weeks ago and the insurance co ended up writing off my Diesel. Just got the check saturday, so now we're shopping for a new tow vehicle. In fact it happened the night before the Chicago Jamboree. I had to phone around to some buddies to borrow a truck to pull my boat.

kaneboats
08-19-2009, 01:07 PM
Post pics when you get hooked up.

JV, you got my new truck. It matches the boat. I'm a couple years away from a trade up of boat and truck. I'll have to keep both in mind when I trade up either one.

kaneboats
08-19-2009, 01:08 PM
With these Ford guys I can see what they are trying to tow the boat with, but my question is what they use to tow the truck????

jmvotto
08-19-2009, 09:39 PM
Sled, thank stinks, seems to be lots of bargins for gas guzzlers like us moomba owners have LOL:p

Prius and carolla are going for premiums.:confused:

maxpower220
09-27-2009, 11:04 AM
Well, after years of troublefree service, I traded in my 02 Avalanche for an 09 Avalanche. There are some things I miss about the 02 and a lot of things that are better on the 09. I really like the built in backup camera in the rear view mirror on the new truck. Hopefully, this truck will give me 8-10 years of trouble free life too.

you da man
09-27-2009, 11:57 AM
'07 Dodge Mega Cab 5.9L Cummins on 22x9.5 XD Hoss wheels and Nitto Terra Grapplers.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/seeajgo/DSCF0650.jpg

tazz3069
10-15-2009, 09:36 PM
Sled What the heck. I thought you wanted to get a Dodge MegaCab. You got a nice truck there. I still respect you even though you own a Ford. Just Kidiing. Nice looking truck.

sandm
10-15-2009, 10:29 PM
'00 ford f150 heavy halfton. really an f250 underpinnings/tranny/rear and f150 body and engine. pita when you go to buy parts as half are f150, half are f250. 7lug hubs so aftermarket sucks :(
overall, a great truck. 130k on the clock and runs great. only drive in the winter and towing in the summer. I live for commuting on 2 wheels and we have some awesome twisties 5miles out of town :) my other hobby when not boating(or golfing)

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e194/sandm01/P5250012.jpg

Sled491
10-16-2009, 04:42 PM
Tazz, problem with the Mega cab is the short box. Less than 6 ft. I need the 8ft box, although the wife finds this truck just a touch too long for her compared to our old Dodge. If you don't get the Mega Cab, the Dodge 4 door back seats are very small and upright.

Ian Brantford
10-17-2009, 06:46 PM
Tazz, problem with the Mega cab is the short box. Less than 6 ft. I need the 8ft box, although the wife finds this truck just a touch too long for her compared to our old Dodge. If you don't get the Mega Cab, the Dodge 4 door back seats are very small and upright.

Depending on what is being hauled, this can temporarily give long-bed utility from a short-bed truck:

http://www.lundinternational.com/lund_int_truck_product_detail_objectname_hitch_han d.aspx

Swamp Star
10-17-2009, 09:39 PM
My main tow rig 01 Dodge 3500 6x6 6-speed with a little of work around 400-425HP on the ground.
http://i526.photobucket.com/albums/cc347/caterpillar953b1/Nothin%20but%20Grizz/P9180044.jpg

My other tow rig 1996 Tahoe on 35 boggers.
http://i526.photobucket.com/albums/cc347/caterpillar953b1/199620tahoe.jpg
http://i526.photobucket.com/albums/cc347/caterpillar953b1/tahoe.jpg

Sled491
10-18-2009, 08:07 PM
Depending on what is being hauled, this can temporarily give long-bed utility from a short-bed truck:

http://www.lundinternational.com/lund_int_truck_product_detail_objectname_hitch_han d.aspx

Great idea but my needs are a little more than that and unfortunaltly often enough that the 8fter is the bed for me.