|Quote, originally posted by kaljer »|
That sir, is a VERY good point, I didn't think about that one...
Yeah, why don't you ask the boaters in here and not the desk jockeys who look at numbers.
CAN you make a car work well towing with 3,000 lbs? Well....it will make the thing move if thats what your asking.
That doesn't mean you SHOULD.
Trailering is about safety and capacity. Spend some time on a boat ramp and see what people are pulling their toys with. My 18 foot Bayliner was a 3,000 lb package (with trailer brakes) which I towed with a GMC s10 Jimmy. I would characterize it as BARELY ADEQUATE, especially on hills or slippery launch ramps. I have seen smaller runabouts pull full size vans RIGHT into the water.
Then again, I saw some moron in an Audi 80 pulling a 19 foot boat. Doable? Maybe. Safe? HELL NO!!!!!!!
FOr 2 jetskiis, you NEED AWD or 4WD. You NEED a heavier curb weight vehicle to hold you on the ramp. And you NEED good brakes working with that weight to slow down and control the rig.
You can get by with 2WD if you have a heavier vehicle - those Caprice/Roadmasters are EXCELLENT suggestions as a car-based hauler. I have seen those haul some ridiculous weight. But bear in mind that you will get on a ramp that is wet and slippery, and if you need the extra traction, you are SOL.
Again, go to the ramp and watch the fun. Launch ramps are the Great Equalizer in boating, and they will teach you not only what works for tow vehicles, but launch procedures and how purely inept people are.
My general rule for trailerboats and tow vehicles is this:
FWD is out. Buy the biggest, most rugged tow vehicle you can afford. Because its cheaper to do it right the first time. As your boat needs grow, you will have a tow vehicle to handle them rather then buying tow vehicle after tow vehicle.
For your needs, a FULL SIZE, RWD, BODY ON FRAME vehicle like a Caprice will do this job WITH ABILITY TO SPARE. (Which is a Very Good Thing).
A compact SUV like a Blazer will also do this job WITH ABILITY TO SPARE.
Any compact pickup truck will do this job WITH ABILITY TO SPARE.
Some of the "Allroad" type wagons, like the Volvo XC or the Audi Allroad Quattro will do this, but you said your pricerange is out of touch there.
A Volvo 960 I have witnessed tow a 20 foot bowrider, apparantly with ability to spare, so thats a suggestion.
The bottom line is no normal car nowadays is meant for the rigors of towing. Just because you CAN do it doesn't mean you SHOULD.