Towing a 2008 Sea Ray 280 with Ford F150 Harley Davidson

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by Ralph vaughn, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. randmhall

    randmhall Member SILVER Sponsor

    241
    Apr 18, 2009
    Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Oklahoma
    2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Bravo 3
    Regardless of the tow rating of the truck, look at the HITCH!! Ford only puts a class III/IV receiver on the truck from the factory. It has a sticker on it limiting it to 5000 pounds. You can get an aftermarket hitch, several companies make them.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2019 at 3:30 PM
  2. OllieC

    OllieC Active Member

    601
    Mar 11, 2013
    MinniSoCold
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    That's weird. My FX4 came with a Class IV hitch. I have the Tow Package
     
  3. randmhall

    randmhall Member SILVER Sponsor

    241
    Apr 18, 2009
    Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Oklahoma
    2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Bravo 3
    Many have a classIV, but again please look at the sticker in the hitch. Boats do not use weight distribution bars like a camper does. Common numbers are 500# tongue/5000# conventional, 1000# tongue/11,000# weight distributing.

    I have a F250, equipped with the max tow The factory hitch is labeled as 800/8000, even though Ford widely advertises much higher. To reach the 16k advertised requires an aftermarket hitch.

    When towing, max capability is always limited by the weakest link in the system. Tires, the hitch, and the 2" ball from Walmart all play a critical function.
     
  4. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Has the original poster ever been back?
     
  5. Maggieiscrazy

    Maggieiscrazy Active Member

    202
    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    I think he got the answer he didn’t want to hear.
     
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  6. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    739
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    Possibly offended by MonocoMikes post?? HaHa!
     
  7. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    I heard it will have a pink shifter, the words "THINK PINK" on the tailgate instead of the usual RAM and hitch mounted balls...

    MM
     
  8. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    No, that never happens here...

    But, unless he is reading without a login, he has not been back since making the post...

    MM
     

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