One of my favorite things (besides cars!) has always been boating. My sister was into sailing, which is fine, but always seemed like too much work to be truly enjoyable. I liked going on my family’s deck boat, because you go out, cut the power and enjoy! I haven’t been boating in years, so when my husband told me his buddy was selling a bowrider, I was all in! The catch is that I have a station wagon, and he has a hatchback, so how were we going to tow it? Luckily, I was passing by Glenn’s Freedom CDJR and noticed their line of RAM trucks out front. Score! I went in to learn a bit about the ins and outs of using one of these beauties to tow our new acquisition with:
Know What You Plan To Tow
There’s two classes of RAM truck, light duty and heavy duty. The light duty trucks like the RAM 1500 can handle a 1,900 pound max payload, and can tow up to 10,650 pounds. A heavy duty RAM truck has 7,390 pound max payload and can tow up to 30,000 pounds! My 18’ bowrider weighs about 4,500 pounds, so I’m going for the light-duty Ram 1500. I learned that the heavy duty RAM trucks, like the 2500 or 3500, are usually for construction equipment, horse trailers, and camping trailers.
What Else Are You Bringing?
Also, who else? Depending on what model of RAM truck you choose, you can have a regular cab, quad cab, crew cab or mega cab. The regular cab can hold three people, while the mega cab can hold up to six! This is important because the more people you pile into the truck, the greater the curb weight. You need to make sure you won’t overload your truck while it’s trying to haul that boat! (or horse trailer). In addition, take into account the amount of gear you’ll be putting in the bed – this all adds up fairly quickly!
Towing a big, heavy boat with a truck is a much different experience than, say, loading camping gear in my station wagon. For this excursion I had to change a lot of my driving habits to make sure we arrived at the lake safely. These are some of the ways I handled the change of pace:
Drive at a slow to moderate speed. Going too quickly would cause the boat to sway, which could lead to a dangerous situation. In addition, if the trailer starts to sway, it puts added stress on the RAM truck for towing purposes as well as the trailer.
Avoid sudden stops. I had to be very aware of my stopping distance, since I had a whole lot more behind me. This meant that it would take me longer to stop, and if I stopped too quickly, I could potentially jackknife or skid. Yipes!
Make wider turns. Trucks are longer than cars, and a truck towing a trailer is wayyy longer. I had to learn to slow down and make the turn wider than usual so I wouldn’t inadvertently ride up on the curb.
Overall, my first towing excursion in a RAM 1500 was a smashing success, and I have the sunburn to prove it! We successfully got the bowrider into and out of the water with no problem, and out boys love our new RAM truck. If this sounds like something you and your family like to do – camping, boating, horseback riding – stop by Glenn’s Freedom CDJR and see how a new RAM truck can make your outing even better!