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Old November 1st, 2007, 09:25 PM
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largest boat towed with a 97 D-90 soft top?

My old boat was a 21 foot Malibu Wakesetter that weighed 2900 lbs without trailer. I was able to tow it. Stopping was sometimes a an adventure but my 4.6 with Rimmer Supercharger had no trouble pulling it. The motor was in the middle of the boat.

My new boat is a 22 foot MasterCraft X-star. It weighs 5000lbs without trailer and the motor is in the rear of the boat. Is there any chance my Defender can pull and stop this thing? If someone made a trailer with uber brakes would that help? Or do I need to give up on this idea?
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Old November 1st, 2007, 10:02 PM
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Old November 1st, 2007, 10:02 PM
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Braking is generally the limiting factor. I was talking to a guy from LR corporate and he said that the 7,500lb limit on the LR3, RR Sport & New RR is ultimately limited by the brakes. He said the engine and susp. have no trouble handling it but the brakes are another story. Short of converting to an aftermarket big-brake kit all you can really do is go to stainless lines, dot 4 fluid, performance pads and cross drilled rotors. This will make a big difference esp. with regard to brake fade but there is no substitute for size!
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Old November 1st, 2007, 10:03 PM
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is there any information anywhere on aftermarket big brake kits? I would be all ears if such a thing existed and was effective not only in my situation but also just driving on the street.
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Old November 1st, 2007, 10:35 PM
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Not that I know of. I did a quick Google search and RPI says they are working on a kit for the RR Classic so I assume that would fit the D also?!
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 08:25 AM
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I have towed Lots of trailers 100's of thousands of miles from coast to coast. It's not what a truck will tow it's what will happen "IF" something fails. A D90 would be prone to the tail wagging the dog "trailer taking control of the D90". A 90 just doesn't have a big enough wheelbase in my opinion to be a safe heavy trailer tow vehical when it all goes wrong.

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Old November 2nd, 2007, 09:21 AM
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I Don't Think You Would Have Much Trouble Toeing That. Your Trailer Shouldn't Weigh Any More Than 1200lbs. I Have Owned And Towed 28' Boats That Were Heavier And As Long As You Don't Drive Crazy And Tow Short Distances You'll Be Fine.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 09:37 AM
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hauling it, no problem. it's the high speed stopping i would have real issues with. make sure good trailer brakes because with that short wheel base, even good brakes on the defender will t-bone you. my buddy has a '94 90 and tows a centurion lightening with no problems around the lake. with trailer, think it's around 4500lbs. but he is very hesitant getting out on the highways with it.

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Old November 2nd, 2007, 11:05 AM
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I pulled a two horse steel trailer with two warmbloods over the WV turnpike in a RRC SWB with electric trailer brakes and I will NEVER attempt a trip like that again. It was aweful and every time the horse swished its tail the whole rig would wander. I would guess the whole trailer weighed about 7000 lbs.

Long story short, get a 3/4 ton pickup if you have serious towing needs.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 12:30 PM
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What Eric said re: towing long trailers behind a short wheelbase truck X2. Things can go from good to bad in an instant...

I got in to trouble when an empty 20 foot car trailer I was towing behind an old Ford Bronco became unhitched on an Interstate Highway. The tongue started oscillating back and forth on the safety chains becoming so violent that it was pulling the back of the truck from side to side with it. Thankfully I was able to correct the skidding and stop, but it scared the crap out of me. I've never towed a car with anything less than a 3/4 ton full size pick-up ever since.

That was 25 years ago....
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 12:32 PM
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We're talking 6 times a year and a distance of about 20 miles at 55 miles an hour.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 01:32 PM
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I tow my Corsair F24 sailboat around St.Pete with my 90. My boat loaded down is abut 3k lbs and the trailer does not have brakes. I have not had a problem at all but I only pull her around town. I have never nor wood head out on the interstate or attempt to pull her to the Keys. Hope that helps. gh
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 06:45 PM
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I sent RPI an e-mail. No more big brake kits for any vehicles.
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