- Dec 18, 2014
- NY, USA, etc.
The rig: 2003 Dakota 4X4 5-speed 4x4, 61,000 miles. 5100lb tow capacity with current gearing The load: 20’ boat on tandem axle trailer. Boat = 3070lbs, trailer 970lbs. Figure 4500lbs. with fluids and gear. The tow: Adirondack mountains, route 30. 55 MPH max speed limit. Max tow distance 220mi. round trip. I tow locally 20 miles round trip and it does great. I can go up the hill by my house in 3rd at 45 mph with the A/C on and the temp gauge doesn’t move. I was going to change all fluids beforehand (except motor oil and coolant since this is already new), as I need to do this anyway. I think it’ll be fine. I also have roadside assistance on both the truck and boat. Anyone else towing a decent load with an older truck?