Pulling a 750 lbs jet ski with a 4 cylinder???
Wanted to know what you guys think of pulling a 750 lbs (Honda F12x) jet ski with a 4 cylinder Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla??? I am in the market for a new vechicle just want a economy car that is good on gas.. I want to save the money for gas for the jetski...(which takes premium..yikes!! oh well thats how it goes)
I live in Michigan so its flat. I plan to get the car equipped with a transmission cooler to lighten the load on the vechilce. I don't have to travel no more than 20 miles to the water on most trips...perhaps 50 miles or so if I decide to hit Lake Huron or Erie....
So what do you guys think...
You should have no problem. The toyota corolla is rated at 1000 lbs towing capacity. The Corolla has a built in tranny cooler (built into the radiator) but adding a second cooler is a very good idea.
I tow my double trailer with two sitdowns with my wife's '93 corolla all the time and have no problems.
Not sure about the civic, but I also tow the skis with my '93 integra (highly glorified civic) and have no problems. The Integra has a stronger motor, but the corolla actually does a better job towing since it weighs a little more.
Just keep a safe following distance since you will need more time to brake.
Just take it easy & you'll be ok. Something a little bigger would be ideal, but if the tow vehicle serves as the daily driver as well, you have to make do. A ski is a pretty light load so you'll be fine.
You'll be OK.. those little cars have more pep than my 4 cylinder truck, and my truck gets the job done, albeit slowly...
hey guys...my dad pulls his sea-doo SC everywere he goes with his toyota camry...its a 4 banger and pulls that 900 pound ski around everwere....if anyone knows south CA we've pulld the grapvine and the cajone pass with ease...well full throttle...but at 70 mph...good car
My friend pulls 2 SuperJets with a Porsche 944. Which is about the same weight. You can get a 2wd 4cyl Toyota Tacoma that'll get great gas mileage too. Just another option...
Just make sure the tongue weight won't exceed 70 LB.
PS. You can even tow an Aquatrax with a HONDA ATV.
The 4 cylinder isn't the bottleneck. These days it's the fact that cars don't have frames and the bolts holding the hitch can pull through. especially troublesome in cold climates that use a lot of salt on the roads.
If they have a class 2 hitch available, I'd suggest you buy that because it has a more secure mount. If not, just check the bolts periodically to be sure they are tight and that the unibody has no deformation.
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I pulled my double standup trailer with two standups, 3) five gallon jugs of gas, a toolbox with gear, with an '87 Honda Accord 4 banger for 2 years. It was a speed tranny, and it worked great.
I know some people probably thought I was nuts, but truth be known, I didn't hardly know the ski was back there most of the time. Starting and stopping wasn't a big deal, but I am not the type to race around either, so that may be why I didn't notice it. Only time, it gave me much problem was if the car was loaded down with 3-4 people, a big cooler, chairs, etc....and the trailer.
Hardest part was finding a reciever hitch for it.
I agree w/ MIG-21, watch your tongue weight, if you need to check it just let the hitch rest on a scale, and adjust from there. I moved my '99 GP 1200 back farther on my trailer to get more weight over the wheels, tongue's only 30 lbs now.
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