Speed boats and trailers or at least Speed boats and Spark Towing go together like summer and lemonade – you can’t have one without the other. When you put the two together, you no longer want to store the boat in your yard.
A good towing vehicle for your speed boat range from classic to kitsch, and from supremely decorative to purely practical. The best towing vehicle encompasses many traits including functional, affordable, flexible and reliable. First, you need to know the weight of your boat with all the accessories and gears in it. Most manufacturers fail to mention the exact vessel weight when fuel, water or gear is included, so take cues from the estimated individual weights of these elements. Add the weight of passenger in the towing vehicle as well and compare it with the gross combined weight rating (GCWR) – a measure of the maximum allowable load for that particular towing vehicle that you are intending to take.
The possibilities of which towing vehicle to choose are limitless, its specifications bound by your imagination in this competitive marketplace. The towing capacity of any vehicle is determined by its power, size, engine type, quality, stiffness of its suspension, additional parts like oil cooler, turbo and tranny cooler. These are the basic requirements that will lend your towing vehicle a practical touch, all in keeping with the spirit of your favorite sport. If you are into high-speed long-distance driving, the towing vehicle should come with oil cooling capacity, extra transmission as well as an upgraded radiator. Some tow packages might include all the necessary elements including suspension, receiver hitch, heavy duty wiring harness and much else. You will have to buy a separate transmission temperature gauge though, to prevent emergency overheating or failure of automatic transmission.
You might look for one with 4WD instead of AWD to give special meaning of safety to your travel, especially if you are an avid boat fan. 4WD provides better low-range gearing option for increased torque during your journey on those boat ramps that are sometimes steep and slippery. Not only that, 4WD are better equipped to handle the weight of the trailer and prevents it from lifting the wheels off the ground. Better yet, choose one that comes with a camper shell or built-in cover for the protection of gears and accessories. If you have time, it pays off to discuss your needs with an experienced speed boat towing enthusiast.