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    Just wondering your thoughts are on towing with a rwd only vehicle? We are in the market for a new vehicle to tow with and I don't really want, nor need, a fullsize truck so I am looking at a few other options, mainly being a BMW 540iT (4.4 liter V8, wagon body)

    They are rated to tow 3500lbs which will easily handle my Caribbean, I just wonder about wet, inclined ramps when pulling the boat back out?
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    Steep slippery ramps would definitly be an issue as well as having to make quick stops. If you do go this route I would look for the all wheel drive version, atleast it may help on the launch ramp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbird View Post
    Steep slippery ramps would definitly be an issue as well as having to make quick stops. If you do go this route I would look for the all wheel drive version, atleast it may help on the launch ramp.
    I actually poked around a bit more and it looks like the 3500lbs towing rating is for a trailer with brakes. Since mine doesn't have brakes the rating drops to 1500lbs which won't work. All the other vehicles I am looking at are 4x4 or AWD with the XC90, X5 and Discovery II
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    All of which will be better for towing, any how. Would of been very yupish though cruising in your BMW Wagon with the boat attached.

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    hah indeed. My old man used to pull it with both a C4 and C5 Corvette We have some pictures of it somewhere...

    The ramps in MI were quite a bit flatter than the ones here in NC, think I am going to stick with awd or 4x4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Storz View Post
    I actually poked around a bit more and it looks like the 3500lbs towing rating is for a trailer with brakes. Since mine doesn't have brakes the rating drops to 1500lbs which won't work. All the other vehicles I am looking at are 4x4 or AWD with the XC90, X5 and Discovery II
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    Are you kidding? What do you think people towed with back in 1975, a focking honda?? Towing with rear wheel drive, how dumb is that.


    Get a locking rear diff and your'e good to go. Have yet to get stuck on a ramp with the chebby. I've seen the other brands sit and spinnnnn.lame

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    You'd be surprised how well a RWD vehicle with traction control will handle a slick launch ramp.

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    Have not owned a 4X4. Granted, I have a dually, but it's still 2X4. Also, even driving a friend's 4X4 to pull them out of the water, they don't go into 4whl to do it. Been on several different ramps and not had a problem at all.

    Agreed on posi, though. I always order with positraction.

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    I am going to go with a 4wd just because I want to be able to drive on the beaches of NC as well as tow the boat with the vehicle.
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    I tow everything with 2005 2WD Tacoma X-runner...towed my old race cars, several different boats, never had any problems.

    Never had any problems on the ramps. Spins the tires a bit, but it's never been a problem.

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    Bought a new daily driver/tow vehicle yesterday. This is my 2nd Land Rover, I keep coming back to them

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