Discussion in 'Parker Boats - The Tradition Continues' started by stickandstay, Jan 12, 2019.
How much truck do I need to tow a Parker 2320.
Thanks in advance. Stickandstay
1/2 ton.will do
Can you do it or should you with a half ton? Probably pushing 7000 lbs with fuel and gear. I would always be more confident with a 3/4 ton suspension and braking. Depends on where you are as well. I was in many places in Mexico that a 4x4 was needed as well.
Any 1/2 ton full size truck with the largest available engine will work, but 3/4 ton would be better. Either way I can't stress enough for an aftermarket trans cooler. Get the biggest one you can find. They are well under $100 and easy to install.
Rav 4 will do just fine.
Currently tow mine with a GMC Yukon.. but I know the Toyota Tundra is a great truck for the job.
But the tundra gets horrible fuel mileage for towing.
3/4 ton diesel of your choice
What about a Toyota Tacoma with a v6 ?
Get the 3/4 ton and tow with confidence. All around safer and the right deal can be found to be comparable $ to a 1/2 ton. No brainer.
3/4 ton! Towing anything over 3-4000lbs with a 1/2 ton sucks! Factory tow ratings are a joke.
If only towing a few miles to the ramp a 1/2 ton will be fine. But longer distances or significant hills etc. and I’d want a 3/4 ton. As a general rule, I prefer to keep trailer weight < tow vehicle weight. The other issue is GVWR. Even though 7k lbs is well within tow specs, put a few big dudes in the cab, a bed full of gear, maybe a shell or tonneau, and you end up over GVWR. Bad news if you end up in an accident.
My new F150 with a max tow package is perfect for my Parker 2320 with full 127 gallon of fuel.
I think my calculation for a loaded boat, fuel, gear, engine, batteries, trailer and ice ended up around 9,000 pounds
4x4 and minimum of a truck equivalent to f-150 or Chevy 1500. There has been times where it is low tide and all the seaweed will slide you right into the water or you won’t be able to pull your 2320 out. I have 2009 1500 Chevy Silverado and does the job. Trailered it all over the place
I two mine with a 1/2 ton Chevy. It works well enough but obviously gets horrible fuel mileage. The ramp I generally launch at is about 50 miles away, so the 9 mpg hurts. My next truck will be a 3/4 ton though .
I put my boat on a truck scale and it was 7100# on the trailer with a full fuel tank and no gear .
I used a 2005 Tundra for about 2 years and it worked flawless but did feel like it needed more power. this was a 4.6L motor with max towing of 7000 which I was def pushing it. .
Just purchased a new tundra with the 5.7L and its a beast! Capacity of 9300lbs ish and has great brakes as well.
hope that helps.
My 2016 tundra 5.7 tows it no problem
My 2320 on the trailer weighs 8,000 lbs loaded with a full gas tank,150 gal.
I have a 2010 5.7 Tundra w/tow package that tows my rig very easily.
Lotsa guys towing with their Tundra's. I have no doubt the truck can pull a 2320 confidently, but here's some numbers for ya:
loaded 2320 + 8000lbs as noted above
Tundra limited Crewmax 5.7L 4x4 Max Towing = 8800lbs (no problems there)
Max Payload = 1520lbs
1520 - 800 (tongue weight) = 720lbs
Put yourself and 3 200lb fishing buddies in the truck and now you've exceeded GVWR and Max Payload specs. (and that's without any gear).
Food for thought.
My Tundra's rated to tow up to 10,400 lbs,I don't know where you get your info.
I pulled it straight from the Toyota website. Different trims and configurations will have different tow ratings and payload capacities. So, if your driving a SR5 4x2 double cab, you will be able to tow more than the limited crewmax in my example.
The tundra is a great truck (although due for an update).
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