You need to read more thoroughly. That 7100# applies only if the truck is properly loaded, including tongue weight. I've successfully towed over 10Kip with mine, and it has a shorter wheelbase, smaller engine, (numerically) lower gears, & a weaker non-OD trans.
But, like anything else, experience is key. The truck can do a LOT of things that you might not be able to do with it. So if you're not familiar with towing in THAT truck, then you shouldn't learn by pressing its limits. 2 axles & surge brakes won't change the fact that the trailer can take control, and I've survived that mistake, too.
Either start practicing with smaller, lighter rental trailers now so you have some experience for later; or rent/buy/borrow a larger truck to tow the boat; or risk yourself/your passengers/your boat/other motorists.
I have towed tractors (about 3000 lbs with tractor and trailer) and other boats (about 3700 lbs with boat and trailer) with this truck before with no problem, just wanted to know its official towing capacity.
Just Wednesday I had a tri axle trailer with a Grand Am on it cause the tranny was blown. The trailer was about 3,500lbs and the car was between 2,500-3,000 lbs. The truck pulled it just fine but stopping was a whole other story
My truck has a 351W with 3.55's, extended cab and 31" tires.
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it was smaller tractor, but the trailer was a larger tandem axle farm trailer.. I am guessing I was towing around 3000 there. stopping was fine as long as I gave myself room... I am a lot happier towing something with brakes on it.... When pulling a friend of mine's wakeboard boat, its easy as pie stopping with the trailer brakes.. doesnt push whatsoever.
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