Best Trucks for Towing Boats (With August 2020 Deals)
As those of us who love water sports know, boats come in all shapes and sizes. Because of that, there are many solutions for getting various size boats to different bodies of water on a trailer. So just as you decide what kind of boat you want, you also must decide what is the best truck or SUV to tow it.
Some boaters find joy in lightweight boats like personal watercraft, aluminum fishing boats, and fiberglass runabouts with outboard motors. These types of craft, all typically well under 20 feet long and relatively light in weight, can easily be towed by a properly equipped midsize crossover SUV.
But the old saying is that every boater is always dreaming of a boat that is longer than the one they own right now. If your dream has become a reality, and you’re planning to tow a small cabin cruiser like a 28-foot long Rinker 270 Express, you are looking at a boat with a dry weight of a little over 7,000 pounds. And these days some people are trailering boats that weigh 10,000 pounds or more.
The choice of a tow vehicle is critical to your comfort and safety on the road. To help you make the right choice, we've put together a list of the best SUVs and trucks for towing boats of various sizes. The choices range from midsize SUVs to heavy-duty trucks.
We've also paid attention to the fact that the typical boater packs a lot of associated gear from life jackets to fishing poles to coolers. And we're aware that you will undoubtedly use your tow vehicle in plenty of situations when you are not towing your boat, so you want it to be enjoyable for those uses, too. With that in mind, we have set our sights on family-friendly versions of each vehicle type, such as crew cab rather than regular cab pickup trucks.
We know from experience that the tow ratings provided by vehicle manufacturers typically represent the maximum weight you can tow with a given vehicle, and then it must be equipped with the manufacturer's recommended towing hardware. Therefore, when choosing a vehicle to tow your cherished vessel we suggest you purchase a vehicle whose max tow rating is well above the weight of the craft you want to tow plus the weight of its trailer.