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Towing a boat with 4 cylinder?

6/13/20 @ 7:32 PM
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Chumley20
USER SINCE 1/30/18

Hey guys, I own a 2017 Honda CRV, and the towing capacity is only 1500 pounds.  I really want to buy a fishing boat, but i'm concerned the CRV isn't strong enough.  I would only be looking at 14-16 foot aluminum boats (like a Smokercraft) with maybe 40-50hp motor.  

Have you ever towed a boat with a 4 cylinder?  Any issues with this?  My main concerns would be very slow accelerating (especially on the highway), too much stress on the engine and body of the CRV, or having to pull the boat/trailer out of a lumpy/crappy landing which would add to the force on the trailer hitch.  

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7/23/20 @ 1:12 PM
river_chaser
USER SINCE 10/3/12

300 isnt bad price.  honda Pilot here too so I ordered a hitch and wiring kit from etrailer dot com.  Hitch installed myself in 30 minutes just lift up the hitch and bolt on with 4 bolts and a lot of arm torque I didnt even have to remove the spare tire.  Helps to have a friend hold the hitch while you get the bolts in.  Check it out if you want to save some money and even time.

7/22/20 @ 11:57 AM
Chumley20
USER SINCE 1/30/18

Thanks for all the feedback, everyone!  I ended up trading in my CRV for a Honda Pilot last Friday!  I still need to get a trailer hitch installed, but it looks like UHAUL can do it for about $300.  

6/20/20 @ 2:39 PM
ihookem
ihookem
USER SINCE 11/29/01

Who cares!! Tonnage first and safety last!!!. All that being said, I have an Alumacraft V16 that weighs 285 Lbs. , 25 horse 2 stroke is 120lbs. The trailer is 350 Lbs or so and maybe 100 lbs in the boat . That is less than 1,000 lbs. It all depends on the boat. You will loose several thousand dollars on a trade in for a bigger truck , that will use more gas when you are empty , and you will not be towing anything 90% of the time. Just a thought.


6/16/20 @ 7:16 PM
sbnut165
USER SINCE 5/9/18

In 2015 i bought a 4cyl jeep cherokee.in 2017 i bought a alumacraft 165 sc with a 50.The tow limit on my jeep was 2000lbs.Thatboat i  bought is a probably 2200 fully loaded.The jeep pulled it fine most of the time.But i felt over the long haul it was going to be hard on the jeep.I went to northern wisconsin pulling the boat and got 14mpg.I had been there  before with no boat and got 27 mpg.So i figured it was putting quite a load on the jeep.I now have a 6cyl dodge van and it is much better.It also stops much better. thats my two cents worth.

6/15/20 @ 9:49 PM
aqualung
aqualung
MEMBER SINCE 4/9/05

I tow with my 2015 Ford Escape EcoBoost turbo 4 cylinder. It has the trailer towing package and is rated for 3500 lbs. Tows very well. It has a real transmission not the CVT which is what really limits towing capacity.

6/15/20 @ 9:32 PM
Zwiegs
USER SINCE 1/10/12

As many have said, that little 4 cyl, might be working pretty hard.

6/15/20 @ 9:11 PM
river_chaser
USER SINCE 10/3/12

Good idea.  Lots of AW and 4W V6s out there to choose from do your research

6/15/20 @ 7:02 PM
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Chumley20 

If that smokerCraft angler 16 is what you want yes you definitely would have been topping over 1,500 lb

You can't go wrong going with a 6 cylinder 

6/15/20 @ 5:00 PM
clayt50
USER SINCE 1/23/12

I used to tow my 16' mod flat with a 25hp behind my Subaru outback and never had a problem. Just use common sense and good judgement.

6/15/20 @ 4:11 PM
drummer boy
drummer boy
USER SINCE 3/14/08

chumley, I think that's a great idea.

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