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Old June 5th, 2013, 10:19 AM
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Defender Towing Capabilities

I'm about to blow the dust off of my 20' jet boat, and plan to use the defender for towing purposes, since it's my only vehicle other than a Vette now...

Are NAS D90's capable of towing/backing a boat of that size? I had a Chevy Silverado (2wd) that had a hard time backing the boat up my semi steep driveway and into my garage, so I'm hoping the Defender has enough juice to do the job.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 10:25 AM
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I used to pull my 24ft Baja go fast boat on a dual axle galv trailer with a 94 nas 90 with no issues. The trailer was much easier to back down my driveway with the 90 than with the 110.


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Old June 5th, 2013, 10:30 AM
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Yeah, TONS of posts on this topic...all good stuff. Search.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 11:17 AM
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Yeah, TONS of posts on this topic...all good stuff. Search.
Will do! Thanks for the responses!

Will low gear help as far as backing the boat up my driveway and also pulling the boat out of the lake?
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Old June 5th, 2013, 11:27 AM
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If you get another Chevy/GMC/Ford or other full-sized truck in the future, get a front hitch and you will be golden.

I have a similar problem, backing my car hauler into my bottom driveway was tough in my YukonXL because of a tight turn, but the RR was easy due to the shorter wheel base. Once I picked up and installed a front hitch, it was very easy and quick.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 03:29 PM
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I removed the two ballcaps that were covering up my low gear shifter, and I was like, "doh"... the 90 pushes the boat up my steep driveway almost idling... I know it can handle garaging and launching the boat, just curious about hauling down the highway now. I'm sure my mpg will drop to around 5-6
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I'm about to blow the dust off of my 20' jet boat, and plan to use the defender for towing purposes, since it's my only vehicle other than a Vette now...

Are NAS D90's capable of towing/backing a boat of that size? I had a Chevy Silverado (2wd) that had a hard time backing the boat up my semi steep driveway and into my garage, so I'm hoping the Defender has enough juice to do the job.
Not sure if your " Jet Boat " is the seadoo/yamaha style ( I have a Yamaha SX210 ) and I have towed it with my D-90 with 2" lift , an-strapped and un-sawyed, no issues unless I was passed by an 18 wheeler or I found myself to slam the brakes ( then it wandered a tadd ).

I have a pretty f@#ked steep driveway as well , and I have always backed in with no issues, now remember the tongue position is a lot different than a truck, so the little change in steering will move your boat quite a bit
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Old June 5th, 2013, 04:55 PM
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I have a pretty f@#ked steep driveway as well , and I have always backed in with no issues, now remember the tongue position is a lot different than a truck, so the little change in steering will move your boat quite a bit
You got that right... thankfully I had an extra set of eyes to help me steer it into the garage. My trailer is so wide, I have about 1" of space on either side of the wheels and my garage door.

It's a 20' fiberglass raceboat... I'd post pictures, but I just chipped a layer of old paint off of it and sanded the old gelcoat in preparation for fresh paint. It has a Chevy 350 and the interior was soaking wet, so although it's a small boat, it's not that light.

My driveway is about 25 degrees uphill, and my attempts in high gear were unsuccessful.
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I always done it on did flock , and high gears, no need to be on low
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I feared that I would chew up my clutch trying it in high gear. Fitting my boat into my garage is literally as tedious as threading a needle.
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My 110 3.5 V8 towing my 10 ton truck.
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Here I am towing, uh..... Dragging a small barn down a gravel road...
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I towed 6,000 behind the defender, unbaked for 400 miles. No sway bars, 2 inch lift. I did the speed limit, never saw fifth gear, and had to stop for gas every 20 minutes but it was fine. Careful stopping otherwise I wouldn't think twice about a jet boat.

I used low range to move that load around in my driveway (which is very steep)
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On any boat ramp/steep driveway between the weight/slope/slipperiness makes Low range diff locked the only way to go to avoid getting embarrassed by the Chevyfordodge crowd
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On any boat ramp/steep driveway between the weight/slope/slipperiness makes Low range diff locked the only way to go to avoid getting embarrassed by the Chevyfordodge crowd
There were some Dodge neighbors snickering at me the night that I gave up before realizing I have low gear... I was about to borrow one of the vehicles from the dealership and back it in there... then
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There were some Dodge neighbors snickering at me the night that I gave up before realizing I have low gear... I was about to borrow one of the vehicles from the dealership and back it in there... then
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This is the 6X12 that my wife pulled from Salt Lake City to Phoenix to Palm Coast FL. She thinks she had about 1500 pounds loaded. No trailer brakes.

Slow going and less than 18mpg with the 2.5D

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a pic of my hot air balloon (3.5ton)trailer towing with defender td5, and some others i found.
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As a Teenager in England, oddest thing I ever towed were winch cables used to launch gliders behind 109 during the time Biggin Hill was used by an RAF gliding school. 3-4000 feet of cable times two.....
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