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Ultimate Towing Thread

Discussion in 'LR4' started by Robert Kinsler, Nov 18, 2020.

  1. DaytonaRS7

    DaytonaRS7 Full Access Member

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    currently waiting for my new boat to be built and it should be delivered. later this month.
    3000lbs dry + 1050lb trailer = 4050lbs dry. by the time its loaded up, I assume ill be 4500-5000lbs.

    this will be the first thing im towing. anything specific I need to know?

    trips will be relatively short; about 10miles each way, a couple times a year.
    Atlantic British tow harness and hitch are being installed this week.
     
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    Long Range America auxiliary fuel tank
     
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    Congrats on the new boat. We got back into the boating lifestyle late last season after a long layoff and can’t wait for the new season. Boat stays on a lift, though.

    Your sentence was a little ambiguous and I couldn’t tell if you were getting both the AB wiring harness and the AB bolt on hitch (or some other hitch). If you get the AB hitch, pack your torque wrench. I thought I had seen reports of it loosening up a bit after initial use so you’ll want to keep an eye on it during your maiden voyage. The weight you’re towing seems well within the usual specs for the LR4. What are you doing for brake controller?
     
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    thanks. Im looking forward toit. it'll be our first boat. We have a slip about 20 minutes from the house, but i know ill have to tow it a few times a year, launching, pulling, and any big storms.


    both AB wiring and AB hitch.
    I have read about the bolts for the AB hitch (and similar styles). I plan to install the bolts with some blue loctite. Ill bring the torque wrench just to be safe though.

    trailer is equipped with surge brakes, so i don't think i need to do anything?
     
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    Sounds like a great situation with a slip that close to home! Mine is 45 minutes away but I'll happily make that drive any day of the week during the season and even in the offseason just to check on it. I've been out at least once per month over this winter. A good excuse to grab a beer in Annapolis.

    Surge brakes should be totally safe with a load of that size and reasonable driving manners. Others who tow boats a lot may have some tips on protecting your wiring back there when you splash the boat. You probably don't have to do a thing but a spritz of WD-40 on your main connectors after each launch cycle would be easy enough to do. Depending on your trailer setup and tongue length and layout of the ramp your hitch and electrics may not even get wet. Enjoy!
     
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    Meh! Here's some serious towing weight.. This weighs 1,100 (Eleven Hundred) pounds full of food, beer, and backpacks, and has a crippling tongue weight of 30 lbs.. In all honesty, I can't even tell it's there when I'm on the highway..

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    I've been wanting one of these!!!

    Is that an M416?

    The addition of an 80lb dog has taken up too much space in the back. Trailer looks awesome.
     
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    Close, it's a M101CDN2- a beefier, updated version of the M416. Excellent overlanding trailer, and a fun project that you can build as you go. 20210227_190318.jpg
     
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    Towed my Jeep TJ to a Jeep event last year. Jeep is about 3900# and the trailer is a little over 2k, so call it 6,000#
    Going and stopping were great. Handling is better with a longer truck.
    I got some sway in the setup initially but I moved the Jeep forward another two inches and it went away.
    Finding the balance of tongue weight and stability is crucial, always err towards maxing out tongue weight.

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