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#11353846 - 01/18/16 02:06 PM Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive
redskeet100 Offline
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Registered: 12/17/08
Posts: 1696
Guys,

Just curious. I have a Ford F150 Lariat, but no 4 wheel drive. I didn't even consider it when I was car shopping and am now wondering if this is going to be a problem pulling the boat up wet ramps? Anybody have any input? I only pull the boat to and from storage to charge batteries since I got the truck. With fishing season fast approaching, just wondering if I am going to have troubles.

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#11353942 - 01/18/16 02:41 PM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: redskeet100]
2015fordnut Offline
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Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 1738
Loc: Garland, TX
Been driving a 2 wheel drive F150 for many years as well as owning a boat. Towed from Garland to Sam Rayburn and from Garland to Grand Lake in Oklahoma. Never needed it before so didn't get a 4 WD when I bought a new truck 6 months ago, however this has a locker w/LS my last two F150s were just LS. Unless your pulling a 40" yacht you'll be ok.
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#11355171 - 01/19/16 04:51 AM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: redskeet100]
RedRanger Offline
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Registered: 08/20/03
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
I have never needed 4 wheel drive to pull a boat up a ramp
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#11355214 - 01/19/16 06:11 AM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: redskeet100]
KingwoodCat Offline
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Registered: 10/30/04
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Just stay away from really steep ramps and you will be good to go. Even then if you have trouble, get 4 or 5 guys at the ramp to jump into the bed of the truck and you will be fine.
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#11355346 - 01/19/16 08:02 AM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: redskeet100]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
Posts: 6265
Loc: texas
You got nothing to worry about.

If you start to spin less gas pedal is the answer, not more... all more gas will do is cost you new rear tires.

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#11356089 - 01/19/16 12:50 PM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: redskeet100]
Stump jumper Offline
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Registered: 04/19/04
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2 times I needed a 4wd on a ramp. Once was on Travis and ramp was very steep with lots of gravel. Truck did not have LS. The other time was same truck on Texoma at Island View. Ramp is fairly steep but pulling out bass boat was no problem but pulling a 30' cabin cruiser out required 4wd. You will be fine with what you have. Most of the newer trucks have LS if not a locker. Lockers on 2wds work well.

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#11357226 - 01/19/16 08:25 PM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: Stump jumper]
basscaster46 Offline
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Registered: 03/03/06
Posts: 591
Loc: Red Oak, TX
You have limited slip on that lariat it won't have any problem. Have 2006 never had a problem. popcorn

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#11363994 - 01/22/16 05:37 PM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: redskeet100]
FLW_01 Offline
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Registered: 01/22/16
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I would rather have 4wd but you can make it work. I have needed it multiple times during winter and also on ramps covered with moss

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#11364554 - 01/22/16 10:50 PM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: redskeet100]
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Registered: 12/20/10
Posts: 3242
Loc: mckinney, tx
I've needed 4x4 a few times, but it's was on a steep and wet ramp, just stay away from steep and wet ramps you'll be fine. The size of the boat makes a huge difference.
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#11366302 - 01/24/16 06:19 AM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: redskeet100]
RedRanger Offline
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Registered: 08/20/03
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
If you have two people, you can always use your boat to push the truck out of the water on the ramp........
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#11366315 - 01/24/16 06:37 AM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: RedRanger]
Chris B Offline
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Registered: 05/02/03
Posts: 6055
Loc: Prosper, TX
Just be glad if that ford makes it to the lake without dropping a coil. popcorn
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#11366634 - 01/24/16 10:29 AM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: Chris B]
K5RCD Offline
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Registered: 07/25/12
Posts: 82
Originally Posted By: Chris B
Just be glad if that ford makes it to the lake without dropping a coil. popcorn


My, what a HELPFUL comment.

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#11366777 - 01/24/16 11:55 AM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: Chris B]
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Registered: 03/26/15
Posts: 2189
Loc: Jack County
Originally Posted By: Chris B
Just be glad if that ford makes it to the lake without dropping a coil. popcorn


I guess other brands never lose a coil?
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#11367283 - 01/24/16 04:47 PM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: redskeet100]
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Registered: 09/26/05
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Loc: Lewisville
My tow vehicle for 7 years was a Ford Explorer with 2WD. Never had a problem, even on slippery boat ramps. Just ease onto the gas pedal and gently roll it uphill.
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#11371058 - 01/26/16 08:41 AM Re: Towing a boat with F150 - No 4 wheel drive [Re: K5RCD]
Chris B Offline
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Registered: 05/02/03
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Loc: Prosper, TX
Originally Posted By: K5RCD
Originally Posted By: Chris B
Just be glad if that ford makes it to the lake without dropping a coil. popcorn


My, what a HELPFUL comment.

Guess I didn't use enough roflmao banana nuts. Lighten up nancy. The guy just asked if you can tow a boat with a two wheel drive.
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