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Boat Trailering Experts:,
Are the stories of "burning out" my engine and transmission while trailering true? I have a Toyota Landcruiser that can haul my 26' Sea Ray from what I read in its' load capabilities. I have always heard caution from mechanics when buying a used truck that has a tow hitch on it. They tell me it almost doubles the wear and tear on the truck.
Answered on: 7/2005
The answer to this question depends on a number of factors surrounding your particular situation. The frequency of towing and the distance that you are towing with impact the wear and tear of your vehicle. If you are travelling through the mountains with your boat every weekend then you will see accelerated wear on your vehicle. If you are going to the local ramp a few mile away on flat roads on the weekend the wear will be considerably less. You must also consider the equipment on your vehicle and how well you maintain it. In my opinion, every tow vehicle should have a transmission cooler on it. This will help lengthen the life of your transmission. You should also perform regularly scheduled maintance according to the manufacturer's suggestions based on extreme conditions. This should include regular engine oil changes, transmission fluid changes, air filter replacement, etc... These are the basics but the list goes on. In terms of having a good comfort level when purchasing a used vehicle with a hitch on it, you should obtain service records from the prior owner and if possible find out what type of load they were pulling. If they were pulling a load that exceeded the vehicles capacity you may want to stay away.
Boat Trailering Experts: Mike