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Best Truck for Towing Boats 2018

Best Truck for Towing Boats 2018

While waterway traffic will vary by the time of the year, boating is an all-season affair in Greater Vancouver. It's no wonder that one of the more common requests made by people coming into our dealership (located near the Fraser River) is for a truck that can manage the life of a boating enthusiast. 

There is one truck in particular that can handle all of the particulars of transporting a watercraft to and from the marinas that dot the region. It's the Toyota Tundra. Available in a Double Cab (SR, SR5, Limited) and CrewMax (SR, Limited, Platinum, 1794), the Tundra lineup has something for all types. Whether you are a recreational boater, fisher, hardcore wakeboarder, or you earn your living on the harbor and sea, you'll want to navigate further to find out why the Tundra is for you.

5 Reasons Why the 2018 Toyota Tundra is the Top Truck for Towing Your Boat

1. Superior Towing Capacity in its Class

If you're looking for a truck that has the power to tow your boat while still functioning as a prime vehicle for your day to day activities and responsibilities then the Tundra is it. There are two powerful i-FORCE engines to choose from - the super tough 5.7L V8 or the extra efficient 4.6L V8. Both have what it takes to manage your boatload, with the 5.7L V8 logging a towing capacity up to 10,200 lbs. Consider standard boat weights as a point of reference. The average pontoon boat weighs about 2,200 lbs, while the average speed boat (depending on length, gas tanks, and gear) comes in anywhere between 4000-6000lbs. One of the heaviest wakeboard boats on the market tips the scales at 5,400 lbs, and the average 24-foot-long deck boat with trailer caps out at around 5,500 lbs. With a towing capacity range between 6,400 and 10,200 lbs the Toyota Tundra has got you covered.

Here is a breakdown of the towing specs on the 2018 Tundra:

2018 Toyota Tundra Model
Towing Capacity (LBS)
4.6L V8 Standard Bed (Short Bed on CrewMax) 4x2 Double Cab SR
6800
4.6L V8 Standard Bed (Short Bed on CrewMax) 4x4 Double Cab SR
6500
4.6L V8 Standard Bed (Short Bed on CrewMax) 4x2 Double Cab SR5
6800
4.6L V8 Standard Bed (Short Bed on CrewMax) 4x4 Double Cab SR5
6500
4.6L V8 Standard Bed (Short Bed on CrewMax) 4x2 CrewMax SR5
6700
4.6L V8 Standard Bed (Short Bed on CrewMax) 4x4 CrewMax SR
6400
5.7L V8 Standard Bed 4x2 Double Cab SR 
10200
5.7L V8 Standard Bed 4x4 Double Cab SR 
9900
5.7L V8 Standard Bed 4x2 Double Cab SR5
10200
5.7L V8 Standard Bed 4x4 Double Cab SR 5
9900
5.7L V8 Standard Bed 4x2 Double Cab Limited
10100
5.7L V8 Standard Bed 4x4 Double Cab Limited
9100
5.7L V8 Long Bed 4x2 Double Cab SR
10100
5.7L V8 Long Bed 4x4 Double Cab SR
9800
5.7L V8 Long Bed 4x2 Double Cab SR5
10100
5.7L V8 Long Bed 4x4 Double Cab SR5
9800
5.7L V8 Short Bed 4x2 CrewMax SR5
10100
5.7L V8 Short Bed 4x4 CrewMax SR5
9800
5.7L V8 Short Bed 4x2 CrewMax Limited
9400
5.7L V8 Short Bed 4x4 CrewMax Limited
8800
5.7L V8 Short Bed 4x2 CrewMax Platinum
9400
5.7L V8 Short Bed 4x4 CrewMax Platinum
8800
5.7L V8 Short Bed 4x2 CrewMax 1794
9400
5.7L V8 Short Bed 4x4 CrewMax 1794
8800


2. Towing Plus Power

While the boat towing capacity is downright impressive, the Tundra is a beast on the streets too. Both the 4.6L V8 and the 5.7L V8 feature Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence to provide maximum power and efficiency. In addition, an Acoustic Control Induction System automatically reconciles intake runner length for prime torque and performance. To help manage the 5.7L V8's exceptional torque, Toyota has integrated a 6-speed automatic transmission, a two-piece drive shaft, and colossal 10.5-inch ring gear. All of that equates amazing on the road performance with an absolutely superior payload capacity.

3. For Boating Off the Beaten Path

Not all boat launches found along the shores of Greater Vancouver are easily accessible. Secret fishing spots and glassy wake boarding destinations alike may require some off-road work to get to. If this is a common theme for you, then you may consider the Tundra TRD Off-Road Package. This provides you with access to all-terrain tires, trail-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, engine and fuel tank skid plates, front tow hooks, 4WD with active traction control, and automatic limited-slip differential. 

4. Room for More 

Boat life necessitates more than towing capacity and power. You need room and accessibility for all of the gear that comes along with enjoying your watercraft. The Tundra makes loading a breeze, with full-size front and rear doors, 5.5-foot bed length, and easy lower and lift tailgate on the CrewMax SR5, Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition. For those that need more, you'll find 6.5 to 8.1-foot bed lengths along with the seamless lower and lift tailgate available on the Double Cab SR, SR5 and Limited. Whatever you place in the bed will be safe and secure if you opt for the available Deck Rail System and Tie-Down Cleats. Additional cabin loading features are found on Double Cab and CrewMax, with rear seats that fold up instead of flat, creating more room while making it easier to load cargo that complements your boating experience.

5. Other Boating Conveniences

One of the toughest parts about towing a boat comes when it's time to hitch your watercraft, back it into the boat launch, or return it to its place at home. That's where Tundra owners really get pumped. The available Integrated Backup Camera system helps make hitching up and releasing your boat easier. When you shift into reverse, the 6.1 inch or available 7-inch touch-screen displays an image of what the camera sees behind you, keeping your boat and people/property in proximity safe from harm. 

View full specs and our current inventory of the 2018 Toyota Tundra, and complete this form to request information about parts and accessories that will complement everything you need to optimize #boatlife on the asphalt. Make owning a boat that much more enjoyable by providing it with the companion it needs on the road. Schedule a 2018 Toyota Tundra test drive at our Greater Vancouver dealership today.