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    I have a 2006 Chevy Silverado 1/2 ton pick up with a 4.8 liter V8. Im currently looking for a 25' Daytona, has anyone here tried towing a boat this size with a 1/2 ton? According to Chevrolet its doable but im looking for someone with some real world experience.

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    It would be a strain on it with that little V8. I'm sure the trailer has breaks but that's a big boat.
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    I just got rid of a similar truck, while it's doable there were a few times things got uncomfortable with less boat behind me...drove defensively. Surprised how well that little motor did. I did add a large tranny cooler, friend with a tranny shop said a must.

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    I tow a 10k boat and trailer with a Tundra. It works but it is at the limit as far as I am concerned. Your Chev is not as big. So it should do it. but drive extra safe and defensive.
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    What about steep launch ramps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoldHondaBoughtHondo View Post
    What about steep launch ramps?

    Hope it's a 4wd
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    2wd gonna be tuff with that boat in most ramps, bright side the boat help get you a rolling start. I'm thinking you will want to stay clear of site 6.


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    I tow a 240 with my 03 with the 4.8 with 150K miles. No issues. 2wd
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    I have a 1/2 ton with the 6.0L it pulls it fine you definitely know its back there though. Mine is a 4x4, and to back it up my driveway and onto the side of my house i use 4 low. reverse is a little tall if your trying to push it up backwards. Make sure brakes are in good working order on the trailer. When i first bought my boat the brakes weren't working and got a little dicey when the freeway slowed down suddenly. I will say i love this truck but i have my eye out for 3/4 ton diesel. Even with the 6.0L its working pretty hard on some on-ramps to freeway. Can't get picture right side up sorry.
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    I have a dodge with the 5.7 that I use to pull my 25 Daytona. It's doable, but sucks pulling hills. A lot has to do with what hill you have to deal with. I avoid interstate 8 as its pretty steap and long and choose to go around to interstate 10. Launching really isn't an issue, but take your time.

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    Like others have said "brakes on trailer must be good working" as i think slowing down is more important then speeding up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtoys View Post
    I tow a 240 with my 03 with the 4.8 with 150K miles. No issues. 2wd
    That is extremely nice and clean package with the boat being awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haulnass View Post
    That is extremely nice and clean package with the boat being awesome.
    Thanks! I try to keep the old toys cleaned up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRB View Post
    I have a 2006 Chevy Silverado 1/2 ton pick up with a 4.8 liter V8. Im currently looking for a 25' Daytona, has anyone here tried towing a boat this size with a 1/2 ton? According to Chevrolet its doable but im looking for someone with some real world experience.
    That depends a lot on where you plan to tow. I wouldn't recommend it if you need to go up and over mountains or cross a desert. Also backing up hill is hard on a 1/2ton transmission if your truck is not 4x. I use a half ton to shuttle my boat to and from storage, use 4Low to back up my driveway. My trailer is a double deck with wave runners on top, total loaded weight is 10,500lbs. With the boat only, it's about 9,000 lbs. Braking should also be a concern if you need to go down grades. If your trailer has disc brakes, that's better of course than the drum brakes that are useless when they heat up, but they shouldn't be relied on either, your vehicle must be able to stop your rig if the trailer brakes fail.
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