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I got a 09 Frontier SE 4-cyl with 5-spd manual back in August. Already have 8k on the odo. So far I like it except going up steep hills in the mountains. Currently, I live in Charleston, SC where it is flat so I don't have to worry about that.

Right now, I am looking at buying a 17.5 ft Key West 176 CC boat which weighs about 2000 lbs with gas and trailer. Realistically, can I pull this boat in and out of the water? I know I can pull it on the road, but pulling up a ramp is different. Ramps that I am going to are fairly new and grooved so they allow for water drainage and better traction. Any thoughts would be great. Thanks.
 

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whit the crap these trucks come with for tires might have a little bit of an issue pulling a boat up a ramp, just go slow and if you need to drop the tire pressure in the rear tries
 

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Your truck has plenty of power to pull it up the ramp. I would be more worried about that manual transmisson. You might get pretty good with the handbrake to keep from rolling into the lake. Let off the brake after you let the clutch out a little. If you practice on a steep incline without the load and can take off without rolling back at all you won't have a problem taking off with the boat.
 

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If you practice on a steep incline without the load and can take off without rolling back at all you won't have a problem taking off with the boat.
The trick I've found with my truck is to go off the clutch and on the gas quickly. Usually works for me, and no, I don't spin any tires. Doesn't work on gravel roads, you will spin :lol:
 

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Yeah, the BFG's are average. I was going to upgrade to Michelin LTX M/S tires because I loved them on my old truck. I am pretty good with not rolling back as I have driven a manual my whole life. And the handbrake is right there just in case. So yall think that I should have no problem pulling it out of the water? If so, then yall just made my year.
 

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I pulled an 18 foot 85hp outboard trihull with a 99 Tacoma 4 cylinder for six months a while back. If anything you may need weight in the back for traction.
 
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