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post #1 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys long time no post. Just inherited my parents 24 foot pontoon boat. Load with trailer is about 3000 pounds. I know the load cap is more than that but does anyone have and idea if I would be okay pulling this thing UP a boat ramp? Specs are 96 zj 4.0 I6. All stock except for 2 in lift.

Or even better if anyone has done it before with this kind of loa uphill?

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post #2 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 09:58 AM
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My parents have a pontoon boat that we trailered over the winters. They had a 91XJ 4.0 eng that we always used to pull it around. I dont know the weight, but there was never an issue, and the ramp was rather steep.

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post #3 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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My parents have a pontoon boat that we trailered over the winters. They had a 91XJ 4.0 eng that we always used to pull it around. I dont know the weight, but there was never an issue, and the ramp was rather steep.

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And they pretty much have the same engine so I should be good. Thanks man. I'll use my pas truck the first time out to get it on the trailer. (it's on cinder blocks right now as we just bought the trailer.) and then I'll hook it up to the zj and just drive around till I get comfortable lol.

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post #4 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 10:17 AM
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That works. Of course wit ANY ramp, Chalk your tires when you stop to finish unloading, or to load it.

Ohh, and we only used 4wd Once, but that was a REALLY late pullout and the top of the ramp was ice.

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post #5 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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Please explain chalking your tires

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post #6 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Oh wow nvmd. Nvmd been a long day already lol

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post #7 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 10:42 AM
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Yeah that should have been "chock" lol...

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post #8 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Should I get a tranny cooler or do I already have one. The build sheet says I have a premium tow package. The ppo was a farmer so he needed it lol.

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post #9 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 12:10 PM
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I would just add, always check your ramp conditions also. Ice isn't the only thing that makes ramps slick. I haven't been on a boat ramp in years, but I remember being a kid and seeing a full sized truck sliding backwards down the ramp, kicking and screaming all the way. That green stuff... slicker than ice. Youtube is littered with "(insert massive truck here) submerged after sliding down boat ramp" videos. Just be safe out there. Don't need any new "ZJ underwater trying to pull boat out" videos.
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post #10 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Lol I'll take that into account. I'll try not to bring a bad name to the zj lol it's funny because you look at this boat on the trailer and it dwarfs the zj. Saw a video yesterday of a 2 door wrangler pulling a 34 foot cabin cruiser out of the water. Pretty impressive for such a small wheelbase.

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post #11 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 01:03 PM
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It wouldnt be going up hill that Id worry about. Itd be when you were coming DOWN any type of hill that Id be wary.

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post #12 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 01:10 PM
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It wouldnt be going up hill that Id worry about. Itd be when you were coming DOWN any type of hill that Id be wary.
I'd imagine a boat trailer that big would have surge brakes on it, right OP?

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post #13 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 01:11 PM
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It wouldnt be going up hill that Id worry about. Itd be when you were coming DOWN any type of hill that Id be wary.
If you're going forward down a boat ramp... you're doing something wrong.

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Braking is always an important, and often overlooked, part of that equation. Good advice.
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post #14 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 01:20 PM
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If you're going forward down a boat ramp... you're doing something wrong.

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Braking is always an important, and often overlooked, part of that equation. Good advice.
What? Your not supposed to go head first?

No really, ZJ brakes are notoriously underpowered. Just a heads up

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post #15 of 20 Old 05-15-2013, 04:00 PM
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Use low range too

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