2020 SDX 250 towing weight

jdflyer

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Hi. I’ve called a couple of dealers and have gotten different numbers. Does anyone have a real world towing weight of the 250SDX on a trailer? I only have a RAM 1500 and am afraid I might be getting too close to the max weight.
 
It's not too hard to figure out. The dry weight is on SR's website - add the weight for fuel, batteries and whatever options the boat has over and above standard. If it has the bigger engine, you can compare the engine weights on Merc's site and adjust. Add a few hundred pounds for gear and/or a buffer.

The last part would be the trailer. Weight there depends on what kind of trailer it is. Figure roughly 1,500lbs.
 
My tandem axle aluminum trailer for our 25' boat weighs 1325lbs so yeah I'd say 1500lbs to be safe unless it is a steel trailer.
Either way I think you should be ok. Our 2006 Crownline 250CR weighs 8900lbs on the trailer and thats with air conditioning, cook top, fridge, full head, hot water, etc.

SR site says about 6000 dry. Ours dry is 6600 so you 'should' be under 9000. I'm guessing closer to 8500 but factoring some fudging but a CAT scale is the only way to know for sure.
 
Hi. I’ve called a couple of dealers and have gotten different numbers. Does anyone have a real world towing weight of the 250SDX on a trailer? I only have a RAM 1500 and am afraid I might be getting too close to the max weight.

Do you know the rating for your truck? The tow rating for the truck assumes a 150# driver and no other cargo, so you have to deduct the wife, kids, bed full of ice chests, and other gear. and with a gas meter pulling max weight your mieage is going to go down considerably.

Our previous 2006 240 was just over 7000# on an aluminum trailer when all the toys and gear were loaded. Our 2015 270 SDX is considerably more heavy. The F150 pulls it just fine, but I only get 6 mpg running on the interstate.
 
Max trailer: 8610
GCWR: 14750
GVWR: 6950 (Truck sticker)
Max Payload: 942 (Truck Sticker)

I was very surprised when I saw how much it could actually carry

2016 Ram 1500 Laramie EcoDiesel w/ 3.92 rear end
 
A 1500 will tow it no problem. I tow a 215 weekender that is 5000 lbs dry with a 2018 Silverado 5.3 with no problem
 
Looks like you will be pretty close to your limits but 'should' be under. Boats tow much easier than any type of box trailer because of aerodynamics so that will help too.
As far as payload (hauling) your tongue weight will be factored into that. Gonna guess you will be around 600lbs tongue weight so with extra people and gear you might go a little over that. To me GRAWR is more important than payload when towing. Payload is primarily meant for hauling and not towing. When towing heavier you will (or should) have trailer brakes helping with stopping. Power is rarely ever the problem. The problems with towing are steering, brakes, and suspension (stability). Diesels traditionally have very low payloads due to the extra weight of the engine. And many 1/2 tons today can't haul as much weight as a passenger car.
Either way, you will be very close to your limits. How far will you typically be towing and how often? If it's across town twice a year then just take your time. If it's a few hundred miles away several times a year then it might not be a very fun tow.
 

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