The process of commitment is a long one for anything, but last year I started considering purchase of a deep water boat. One of my limitations is tow inexperience. I've done some towing, including long distance, but all in the 3,000 lbs cargo range. In a couple of recent trips with a friend, I noticed how his truck, the boat and the trailer/tow package performed. He recently weighed his boat/trailer/combo (http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/showthread.php/62065-Ebbtide-finally-weighs-in.):
Boat and trailer 10240 lbs
trailer per manufacturer
with add ons I installed 2020 lbs
Boat - trailer 8220 lbs
Trailer carry capacity 8600 lbs
Boat and trailer 10240 lbs
Wt of boat and trailer when connected to truck not on scales 9440 lbs
tongue weight 800 lbs
Weight of whole package 18320 lbs when boat contains: fishing gear 12 foot raft on top 10 gallons karosene NO GAS, NO WATER, extra anchor with chain and 200 ft of rope, 10 life jackets, flare kit, etc...
Good AOD/OSA advice-I've been looking for more information about towing:
Straightforward advice from 2005: http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/akf...ting/57309.htm
Some humor: http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/akf...ting/57330.htm
One pkg with 24ft AK Sea Runner: http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/akf...ting/57349.htm
Other info sources:
1. Good source of info, giving specs for each vehicle tested, tow weights, etc. http://onlinetowguide.com/
Good source for practical, general tips too, such as: "...With a conventional leaf spring, shock absorber and live-axle suspension, the jounce is so unsettling it takes a a few hundred feet or so before the truck settles down. While towing with the [name of vehicle] and its air suspension system on that same stretch, we found ourselves bracing for big hits that never came. The compression and rebound were so controlled that they took all the drama out the experience".
3. From, http://www.sherline.com/lmbook.htm: a commercially oriented, but detailed, topic-by-topic discussion of tow package variables to consider: The Tow Vehicle, Vehicle and Trailer Brakes, The Hitch, The Trailer Ball and Safety Chains, Trailer Lighting and Connections, Tires and Wheel Bearings, Recommended Hitch Weight Percentages, Placing the Load, Determining Maximum Gross Trailer Weight, Weighing the Trailer, Your Responsibilities as a Driver, Driving in Windy Conditions, More Towing Tips
Be interested to hear tips from others, examples of tow packages that are working well, or maybe that have limitations...stuff that's good to know for newbies to towing heavy (5,000-10,000 lbs) loads, or comments about brakes, other accessories that work well?