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    What size truck will i need to trailer a 25 cc, i have a 2003 chevy 1500 HD now. Just want to know if i need to buy another truck to haul a 25 cc. Doug.

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    I have an offer in on a 25CC right now and am facing the same dilemma. I have a 2003 Dodge Hemi Quad Cab 1500 and although the truck has 345 h.p. I don't think it will be able to handle the load. My understanding is that it will take a 3/4 ton or better with a diesel or a V-10 to safely handle the 25CC.

    Bear in mind that a 25CC with a full tank of fuel, odds & ends, plus trailer weight will probably reach 11,000 to 12,000 lbs very quickly!

    I have waffled back and forth several times on a 25CC versus a 28CC and have finally decided on the 25CC for less maintenance, less fuel cost, and greater simplicity.

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    • #3
      I took my CC25 on the trailer to the local CAT scales when she was new. She weighed in at 10,700 lbs with 1/4 tanks of gas and lightly loaded with gear. IMO, you should be looking into a diesel or V10 powered truck, minimum 3/4 ton and perhaps 1 ton dually. FWIW, I tow with an F350 single rear wheel diesel. My trailer is galv, if you go aluminum you'll save a little weight.

      I installed an aftermarket Reese Titan (now called Tow Beast) 2.5 inch reciever rated for 12,000 trailer and 1,200 toung weight in the weight carrying configuration (no weight distrib hardware needed). There are a few other companies that make suitable stuff. My draw bar and hitch ball also are rated the same as the reciever. Originally, my setup was right at the 1,200 tounge weight so I had the axles moved forward and now my tounge weight is at 970. Makes me feel better going over bridge expansion joints, uneven pavement seams, and the inevitible potholes we get here in MI.
      --Mike
      2004 Carolina Classic 25 - Little Dandy
      Volvo 8.1 DuoProp
      ocimaya.org

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      • #4
        I tow mine with a Dodge 3500 dually with the Cummins diesel & 6 speed manual tranny it has no problem. I would not go under 3/4 ton to much tounge weight for 1/2 ton & to much boat. Even the new 1/2 tons are only rated 10,000 just not enough truck. This boat loaded with all your gear, fuel & trailer is probably close to 13,000 14,000. I would recomend diesel not that the bigger gas engines won't tow but the diesel will be easier on fuel & won't work it near as hard. Hope this helps. Charlie
        2004 Carolina Classic 25, Volvo KAMD 300 diesel...."SHARKTALES"

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        • #5
          I'm towing mine with a 96 GMC 6.5l diesel 3/4 ton that has been teweeked a little in power. I would say it's about tapped out as far as towing anything heavier. I would say you need a 3/4 ton or better. I think you would be very dissapointed in the fuel mileage you would get from a big block gas engine truck. You mileage would be well below 10mpg and around town loaded it wouldn't be much over that. I would say get a GM Duramax diesel. The Ford diesels have had problems. I don't know about the Dodges.

          A 3/4 ton HD Duramax single axel diesel truck has the rating you need for towing it. You don't need anything bigger. The Alison 6 speed auto transmission can't be beat by any of the others. It's a proven engine and truck.
          Advance, NC

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          • #6
            As has been pointed out, while the V10s will do the job, the oil shieks will be sending you Christmas cards.
            --Mike
            2004 Carolina Classic 25 - Little Dandy
            Volvo 8.1 DuoProp
            ocimaya.org

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            • #7
              I have an 02 GMC duramax diesel ,it tows the 25 just fine. Mine is 2 wheel drive,was worried about pulling out of steep ramp but have had no problem the times I've used it.I don't tow often or very far (boat dry stored)but have had no problems.I would recommend that you go a little over on the trailer,I bought a 10500lbs. trailer and don't think its enough if you tow a lot.

              Jay

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              • #8
                When I had my 25 I had a loadrite trailer, roller system rated for 9700lbs.I had a 04 F250 crew cab short bed with the 6.0 diesel 4x4. I towed my boat from staten island n.y [ NYC] to Montauk, NY a couple of times a year approx. 100 plus miles.The boat loaded was approx. 9000 lbs. the trailer was 2300 lbs. never a strain on the truck or trailer.I got approx. 15 mpg when towing.
                2004 28 VOLVO 300 DIESELS

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                • #9
                  FWIW, my trailer has dual 6k axles. With ~1000 lbs on the tounge, I end up with ~10k sitting on the axles when lightly loaded. I know some folks put these boats on triple axle trailers too.
                  --Mike
                  2004 Carolina Classic 25 - Little Dandy
                  Volvo 8.1 DuoProp
                  ocimaya.org

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                  • #10
                    I just completed my first tow of my 25. I used a 2005 gmc 2500hd with the 6 liter gas motor. It did fine!. Gas mileage was bad about 7.5 mpg on a 200 mile trip.It would tow at 70 on flat land at 2700 rpm. On hills 3300 -3500 rpm. Would a diesel be better ,probably ,but for now the gasser will work out okay. Most of my tows are about 200 miles so I can make it on one tank (30 gal) each way. I did install a class 5 hitch on Lil Dandy's recomendation.

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                    • #11
                      The simple answer is YES, you need another truck! If you're towing on flat land and less than 75 miles or so, you could probably save some initial cost by going with gas, but you still need at least a 3/4 ton truck. If your towing is going to be longer than that and hilly also, I'd go for a 1 ton dually w/diesel. I go well over 100 miles each way and over some hilly terrain. My 454 bogs down to about 45-50 mph on some of the hills and gets about 6.5 mpg. Also, definitely make sure you've got a tri-axle trailer rated for at least 11,000 lbs.

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                      • #12
                        first tow

                        Good to hear all went well. Nice to meet you last weekend. When are you bringing her back for your sea trial?

                        -Chris Kedas "Shrinkage"

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                        • #13
                          I just started trailering mine, I have an '02 Chevy 2500HD, 8.1L (345hp, 450ft-lbs), Allison tranny and an Aluminum triple axle trailer 10,500 lbs GVWR w/ EVO brakes. The trailer weighs 1,400 lbs.

                          This combination seems to work very well and feels sure footed. But I have a hard time imagining doing it with less truck (but I guess that's how we all feel).

                          BTW, the trailer uses Kodiak brake components and my truck has Hawk brake pads.
                          Last edited by CC Rider; 04-12-2007, 03:56 PM.
                          CC Rider
                          '94 Carolina Classic 25
                          Volvo 7.4l carb, DP

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