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Old 04-08-2012, 02:29 AM
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I recommend that you make the drive with no liquid weight on board, for the easiest pull & best mileage
You won't be the fastest vehicle going up hills, but you will be the driver with the biggest grin
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I recommend that you make the drive with no liquid weight on board, for the easiest pull & best mileage
You won't be the fastest vehicle going up hills, but you will be the driver with the biggest grin
LOL, for sure, until I look down at the fuel gauge. 20 gallons every 100 miles = no bueno!
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My old explorer with a 4.0 v6 pulled 4000 and a lot of windage pounds and still got 7mpg. You won't be at 5 except in the mountains. I bet you will get 8-9mpg.
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I think you can pull it no problem. Will you break any speed records...no will your gas mileage suck...yes, but this is the price you pay for fun. More fun = more $ thats just a fact of life brother, sooo enjoy!
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I think you can pull it no problem. Will you break any speed records...no will your gas mileage suck...yes, but this is the price you pay for fun. More fun = more $ thats just a fact of life brother, sooo enjoy!
I will enjoy, for sure! As I said, money is not a significant issue at this point in my life, so fuel economy is not a huge concern. Breaking the truck would be, but not because of cost, because I don't like breaking things. I have run the numbers in my head over and over again. If my dad can tow 8,000lbs 240 miles every weekend for 2 years with the 1994 Dakota 4x4 (318 V8) w/250hp (ish), there should be no reason I cant do it with 310...plus the DSP programs.

I have a feeling that this boat will cost more in maintenance than the truck will...just because its a boat. Just to be sure, I sent my cousin to pick up the boat with his 3rd gen 4.7 and pull it around, then tell me how it did. He said it pulled it fine. So if he can do it with 235hp, I can do it with 310.

Now I have to install a trailer brake controller.
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Couple things that might help you out with this situation...

-I live in Lake Country also (small world). If you would like to leave the boat at my house, I would be happy to order a second sticker for the launch. I will even be nice enough to take it out once a month and make sure to keep that gas fresh.

-Empty that sucker out. Fluids, cheap gear, etc.

- Get the trailer trued. I towed my old boat round trip to NY and got 11.5mpg. Got the trailer trued and picked up just over 2 mpgs on the next trip (and less tire wear).

- We can give it a pull in my 2011 QC Hemi with 3.92's some day if you want for a reference. FWIW my boat is almost the same weight but not as bulky and kills my mpg's, good luck on the trip!!
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Couple things that might help you out with this situation...

-I live in Lake Country also (small world). If you would like to leave the boat at my house, I would be happy to order a second sticker for the launch. I will even be nice enough to take it out once a month and make sure to keep that gas fresh.

-Empty that sucker out. Fluids, cheap gear, etc.

- Get the trailer trued. I towed my old boat round trip to NY and got 11.5mpg. Got the trailer trued and picked up just over 2 mpgs on the next trip (and less tire wear).

- We can give it a pull in my 2011 QC Hemi with 3.92's some day if you want for a reference. FWIW my boat is almost the same weight but not as bulky and kills my mpg's, good luck on the trip!!
Thanks for the offer My dad already has a sticker on the trailer, he and my mother live there on Lake Country Dr. The trailer was trued last fall before storage.

It's looking more and more like I am leavin' it down there. I will be home again in April, anyway, this time permanently. With gas prices the way they are and TX is not my only stop (gotta go to FL first), we are renting a Kia Optima for the road trip. Hey...it beats $3k in fuel (4k if I tow the boat back). Will only cost me 2k (maybe less, including rental fee) to drive the rental.

I wont be able to get to texas and back until september, which means boating season in Tacoma will be over by the time I get back, then I have to register it here, to turn around and do it again in april of '13. Not bringing it back will also allow me to tow my beater car back to Fort Worth so I have 2 vehicles when I get out of the army.
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