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    Launching Jet Ski

    Hey guys, Im going to be putting a hitch on my jeep and for some reason just a little skeptic on launching my Jet ski with it. I usually always use my father's 3500 dualy but I want to move it around myself to other big lakes here in Michigan (I know I have a long time till its spring :/ )

    Okay so I have a Yamaha VXS so its the basic size jet ski....Its on a slightly too small trailer and it overhangs about 10" but its never been an issue.

    I have a Jeep Compass...its only a 4 cylinder front wheel drive.

    Should I have any issues launching the jet ski? Any tips?

    Thanks guys!


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    You should have no problem. People pull similar skis with smaller fwd cars with no issues.

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    Most vehicles that will pull a ski will also be able to launch. The challenge is the ramp. If it is steep and slick then just a 2 wheel drive veicle could have a challenge. I have lauchend a GTX with a VW on a steep ramp and was a challenge not much traction on the front wheels when trying to pull the loaded trailer out. A jeep should not have much problem though.

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    I launch with my Grand Marquis. its heavy but only rear wheal drive. no problems here

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    Have a fwd Rav4.....no prob, youre gtg

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    Thanks for all the info guys!

    Edit: do you guys put it in park and use your parking break with unloading or leave it in drive and put the parking break on. I have heard of different things...

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    Park and brake would be my method. People actually leave it in drive and put the emergency brake on? If you were staying in the vehicle and someone else was unloading or loading ok but by yourself don;t see how that could possibly be a good idea.

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    ALWAYS set the parking brake !!!!!!!!!! if the park pawl in the trans snaps, its all going in the lake !!!!!!! it has happened to someone else on this board this summer.....

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    Would suggest you take a look at tue jeeps owners manual for towing. Over drive off etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by badd99 View Post
    I usually always use my father's 3500 dualy
    Overkill much?

    You should be fine, just don't mash on it pulling the ski out. I'm assuming the compass has a low gear? 1st, L

    Always use your E-brake! Auto trans, put it in park!

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