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    Thread: GLI On Air Pulling A Jet Ski??

    1. Member boosted gli's Avatar
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      10-04-2012 10:03 PM #1
      So I need some advice. I'm looking to purchase a 2012 sea doo rxt-x 260 and wanted to get some advice if you think my car can handle it?

      My Car: (Don't mind the hood. Planning on getting it painted soon)



      Will be using a Westfalia hitch:
      -tongue weight is 160 lbs
      -towing capacity is 3,600 lbs



      And the Ski:
      -Dry Weight: 834 lb

    2. 10-04-2012 10:35 PM #2
      i dont see why not, just take it easy. i pull things with my 55HP Mk1 caddy

    3. 10-04-2012 10:57 PM #3
      Do you have a single ramp that you will only use? What's it's condition? What type of water? What's the weight of the trailer? What type of tires are you running?

      Just going by what you've mentioned, I'd think twice about using it to launch a watercraft. Just because you can tow it doesn't mean you can launch/load it.

      Too many people purchase a watercraft and completely disregard what it truly takes to safely tow, launch and load it. These are the people that end up with their vehicles in the water or stuck on a ramp.

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      10-04-2012 11:10 PM #4
      Yes I will be using one ramp that is kept up very well. Floor and ramp has no slime. I am running 18x8.5 fronts with a 205/40/18 tire(toyo proxes 4).

      Just to make sure my car won't end up in the water I was going to put a wood block behind the tire so I don't roll back

    5. 10-05-2012 12:07 AM #5
      I wouldn't use it to launch/load. And blocks of wood will come all too late.

      -You're lowered; depending on trailer height, I'd imagine you will find yourself having to back in further than normal.
      -Tires don't help.
      -FWD with an open diff can get you stuck on a ramp depending on the circumstances.

      You can tow it without problem, but I wouldn't dare use it to regularly launch and load a decent size jetski. Easy way to lose your car.

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      10-05-2012 07:13 AM #6
      I'm on air so I could raise it up! And I also have a Limited sllip diff (lsd) so traction problems will be less.

      Thanks for the incite

      Height when I am aired up
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    7. 10-05-2012 07:36 AM #7
      you should have no problem with the LSD on a boat ramp espcially if its clean

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      10-05-2012 07:45 AM #8
      Here's what you want to do
      1. Hook it up
      2. Raise it
      3. Get onto the road
      4. Slam it
      5. Drive
      6. Look cool


      I tow all the time with my r.

    9. 10-05-2012 10:41 AM #9
      I'd say you're just gettin by. Sure, it might do the job, but keep in mind your margin of error using a vehicle like that will be narrow.

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      10-05-2012 11:36 AM #10
      Hope you're not putting it in salt water. Towing it won't be a problem. The hitch and your rear valance may be an issue.
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      10-05-2012 06:36 PM #11
      With the hitch receiver I believe I would have to cut a half moon out of the center. You won't be able to even tell.

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      10-06-2012 02:29 PM #12
      dont do it man, just get a real cheap beater or somethin, its just not worth the risks

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      10-07-2012 02:46 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by MINT GTI View Post
      This guy....ftw

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      10-08-2012 02:12 AM #15
      invest in a cheap beater truck imo!

      good luck mate

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      11-24-2012 10:46 AM #16
      i pull a 2002 seadoo GTX with my 337 on air. I got a curt hitch from summit racing. I just air up, chock the back wheels and give it a go. I do not back the trailer all the way into the water though, I use the winch to pull the jetski up onto the trailer...only so my wheels dont touch the salt water.

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      12-13-2012 01:06 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Jazzydub View Post
      Hope you're not putting it in salt water. Towing it won't be a problem. The hitch and your rear valance may be an issue.
      and this is different from those of us who daily drive on salty roads during winter how? OP, do it, just make sure you clean off anything that can easily be corroded on your car by saltwater and just keep the car out of the water if possible.
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