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Unread 03-11-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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Default General questions for pulling trailers with my DS

I pulled my jet ski the other day just in the neighborhood down to the lake lot with the cart. It went well, but I have a couple general questions after the fact:

-What is the "towing capacity" on an electric DS in general?

I have a rear seat kit with the diamond plate base. Someone already had a hitch ball or something on there, because there is a hole that is sort of torn up a little.

-Is it okay for me to pull trailers without adding any support below the rear seat base?

-What do you think the "tongue weight" limitation would be on it?

-What should I be weary of in regards to excess wear/tear?

I pulled my larger 3 seater jetski on the single trailer, but I also have a double trailer I'd like to move a couple jetskis around with from time to time. I'm pretty certain I won't try and move my 4000lb boat with it though! I also could pull my snowmobile trailer when I'm moving wood and just general crap around. I'd like to get some input from what other people use their carts for in regards to towing. I've already found it to be a very capable plowing machine! I never knew I could get so much utility out of a golf cart...

I don't have HD springs yet...I just put a WTB ad up for some rear HD springs, as it sounds like I should do that with the rear seat, let alone pulling some stuff around.

Thank you
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Unread 03-12-2013, 02:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: General questions for pulling trailers with my DS

I have not ever seen any of those specs written anywhere. Most of us are doin things with these carts that we're never intended to be done.
When I had a Marathon, I never thought the rear bumper & frame were stout enough to handle much weight on the tongue or in the trailer, ie; less than 50 lbs on the tongue, maybe a couple hundred in the trailer. And the stock brakes certainly weren't made for it.
But my Txt handle 100 lbs on the tongue pretty easily. And well over 600 or 700 in the trailer. I have the Ausco discs in the rear & they did OK, not great, but OK. I'd rather have some brakes up front too ..... especially if I were going to pull two 300 or 400 lb PWCs & a trailer out of the lake.
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Unread 03-12-2013, 06:20 AM   #3
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. . . seen dragsters being moved about with golf carts . . . if you have a digital volt meter installed on your dash, that should give a good indication of how much the cart is "working" to tow the load . . . don't know what a "safe" voltage drop would be, though . . . an EZGO RXV has a towing capacity of pulling 3 golf carts (with approved tow bars) per their website , which could equate to about 3,000 lbs, curbweight . . .
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Unread 03-12-2013, 06:36 AM   #4
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Default Re: General questions for pulling trailers with my DS

My local airport uses an old Melex to tow aircraft around with. This is mostly level ground, but some of these aircraft weight up to 8000 lbs or more. They will pull a lot of weight but I don't know how far you could take it. The ramp to a hangar is not very far.
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I pulled my jet ski the other day just in the neighborhood down to the lake lot with the cart. It went well, but I have a couple general questions after the fact:

-What is the "towing capacity" on an electric DS in general?

I have a rear seat kit with the diamond plate base. Someone already had a hitch ball or something on there, because there is a hole that is sort of torn up a little.

-Is it okay for me to pull trailers without adding any support below the rear seat base?

-What do you think the "tongue weight" limitation would be on it?

-What should I be weary of in regards to excess wear/tear?

I pulled my larger 3 seater jetski on the single trailer, but I also have a double trailer I'd like to move a couple jetskis around with from time to time. I'm pretty certain I won't try and move my 4000lb boat with it though! I also could pull my snowmobile trailer when I'm moving wood and just general crap around. I'd like to get some input from what other people use their carts for in regards to towing. I've already found it to be a very capable plowing machine! I never knew I could get so much utility out of a golf cart...

I don't have HD springs yet...I just put a WTB ad up for some rear HD springs, as it sounds like I should do that with the rear seat, let alone pulling some stuff around.

Thank you
Well I know in my manual, it says that you can tow a cart with another cart back to the shed if it dies on the course, so the towing capacity must be at least 700-800 lbs.
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Unread 03-13-2013, 12:11 AM   #6
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I would think tongue weight could be in the 300 range at least, considering you can throw a couple adults on the back seat I guess. I didn't really want to know like the OEM spec, more like what have you been able to do with it? Shoot, maybe I can pull my boat around lol! It's tongue weight is only a few hundred pounds. I'm more concerned with the capacity of the rear seat than the golf cart being able to handle a load, since I have seen some people doing pretty impressive stuff with them, including what you have all mentioned.
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No way the rear of the stock Marathon would handle 300 lbs. I was able to twist the rear frame rail bare handed. A full grown adult could not stand on the back without the last 18' of the frame bending downward.

Maybe the DS is better off. The Txt is WAY stronger for sure.
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Unread 03-15-2013, 02:03 PM   #8
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I really hope that the frame of the DS can handle a couple hundred pounds, as I plan on 2 adults riding on the back seat regularly!
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I really hope that the frame of the DS can handle a couple hundred pounds, as I plan on 2 adults riding on the back seat regularly!
It definitely can, I have seen many rear seats installed on DS carts
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