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PostSubject: Re: Combat Chuck's Truck Delema   Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:41 am

Im in a very lucky situation as far as a boat goes. A guy I work with has a 'spare boat'. Its a 12' aluminum with no trailer or motor so he just puts it in the back. Its loaned out once or twice a year and its been offered to me whenever i feel like. In a few years I could see getting my own little boat... nothing big and probably a similair aluminum boat. I usually fish creeks or banks so this boat idea is new to me. I will probably take it slow for several years before I bump up to anything worth much money. Thanks for the help... and an update: I found out I have a distant relative up here (grandpas cousins son?) who happens to be the general sales manager at a ford dealership and he thinks he can find me a new dirt cheap ranger. Now I just have to deal with waiting to see what he can come up with Very Happy
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PostSubject: Combat Chuck's Truck Delema   Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:38 am

Hi Chuck...I had recently relpied to your post about your delema on buying a new truck that you had posted on OFF. Then the site went down and the hole thing was lost. So I decided to answer your post here. I want you to remember that this is just my opinion.

You have mentioned that you now are done with school and settled into a job in your chosen profession, and you are in the process of starting to buy the toys your heart desires. So here's my opinion. I don't know what kind or size of boat you are interested in, but you should seriously think about that when purchasing a truck. I've noticed that you have been leaning toward a small truck. If you are thinking of a small boat, say 12 to 15 foot, either aluminum or fiberglass, a small truck will do the job quite well. My 1st boat was a 14 ft fiberglass and I had a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 6 cyl. engine and it and it did quite well. I did once go over the Santiam pass, Hwy. 20, pulling my little boat and it was quite the strain on my Jeep. The transmission overheated as I was going up the steep incline just before the summit. I now have a 16.5 footer with a 60 HP outboard on it, and my Jeep was very inadequate pulling this boat. Going to the coast was quite the experience, some of the grades I went up I was down to 25 MPH, and I wouldn't have thought about going over the passes in the Cascades. Plus when pulling anything you want the tow rig to weighs more than the boat. Trying to stop a trailer that has a total weight that is more than your tow rig can be very hazardous. You should always buy more truck than you need. I've been told this by many who tow trailers on a regular basis. I now have a '97 Ford F-150 with a small v-8 and it does well pulling this boat, but if I buy a boat any bigger I'll be buying more truck, a 3/4 ton or more. A friend of mine had a Nissan pickup and towed a 19 ft. boat with it and wore the trucks engine out in a few short years. Plus he was scared to death every time he had to stop abruptly, even with trailer brakes. I hope you keep this in mind when purchasing your truck. Also my truck doesn't do to bad on gas mileage, it gets around 15 in town and 20 on the highway, that is empty, not pulling my boat. You'll find you'll be much more comfortable pulling a boat 16 ft or larger with a full sized truck...That's my Opinion!

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