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Old 11-18-2011, 02:52 PM
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How much weight can I safely carry

I have a 2003 Ranger Edge 2dr.ext cab 3.0 manual transmission 6'bed.. I want to haul some patio pavers so how much weight can I carry? Thanks
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:03 PM
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Are you talking about in the bed or with a trailer?

Your owners manual has this info as well.
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:15 PM
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the bed,I don't have an owners manual.
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:32 PM
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You may want to check out Ford's site for owners. you can download owners manuals for free.

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Old 11-18-2011, 06:34 PM
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Dont know exactly. My 95 ranger cant carry to much. Almost pathetic how weak the springs are actually. It is best to check owners manual ...that info may be on your door i dont know.That being said...i got my truck to use and nothing really stops me.Just drive according to feel.
How many patio pavers are we talking about?
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:58 PM
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Dont know exactly. My 95 ranger cant carry to much. Almost pathetic how weak the springs are actually. It is best to check owners manual ...that info may be on your door i dont know.That being said...i got my truck to use and nothing really stops me.Just drive according to feel.
How many patio pavers are we talking about?
As many as I can haul safely..I need around 500 and maybe need to make 2 trips.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:37 PM
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im not sure. I think that weight will add up quick. I dont know the difference in the suspension of a 95 ranger(single cab long bed) and yours. Try and stack them as close to the cab as possible. Truthfully if its the same suspension as mine, and if the pavers are 12"x12" going by my truck....i think anything over 100 of them and it will start to feel squirrly. Im not saying i wouldnt put more on but i think you are going to have to take it a little slower and be more cautious. On mine it doest take much to sink it down. Hopefully they put a beefier suspension under yours...you have a bigger engine and its newer, maybe they did im not sure. Good luck.
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well if you know what a complete 7.3 powerstroke/complete 460/an e4od and some other junk in the back weigh.then thats about all they will haul.lol i was thinking around 2000#
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:49 PM
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it could probly handle 2,000 pounds, but the big thing you have to worry about is stopping. id make multiple trips, or borrow a 3/4 ton (that has the bigger suspention & brakes) i have a big box trailer for big loads myself. but stopping is the biggest issue i get into.
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In my Ranger, I have carried about 1800 lbs. The springs weren't bottomed, but the front end was a bit light. I drove consertively and it handled OK (no sudden moves allowed) and kept the speeds below 60. Like you, I was hauling pavers, so it's not something I do every day.

Having said that, I have a 4WD, so the springs may be a little stiffer. I don't see why you couldn't load 1500 lbs. If these paver are as heavy as the ones I hauled (19 lbs. apiece), you're going to need more than two trips for 500 of them.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:35 PM
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For instance, the 99 4X2 LWB extra cab with payload pkg-1 was rated for 1260 lbs with 205/75-14 tires & 1660 lbs with payload pkg-2 & 205/75-14 tires. My 99 4.0L in my signature, with payload pkg-2 & 225/70-15 tires was rated at 1660 lbs. I shure wouldn't want 2000 lbs in that puppy & try to stop it!!!!! So in the 99 chart I have, the max weight a Ranger is rated for is 1660 lbs & the lowest is 1260 lbs, depending on cab size, wheel base, tire size, payload package & if it's 4X2, or 4X4.

Make two trips & make sure the tires are fully aired up.
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How much is too much

I thought this was the right formula, so pardon me if I've been wrong all these years-

The GVWR on my ranger is 4340 lbs according to the sticker in the door jam. If I subtract the tare weight of the truck (3390 lbs including the weight of the rack, hitch and items tucked behind the seats), it leaves me about 950 lbs of payload potential. The thing to remember is that the driver's weight, and any passenger weight need to be factor into the tare weight. So, if two are in front with a combined weight of 350 lbs, then your payload in the back can be 600 lbs.

I built a rather large retaining wall behind my home. Thankfully, most of the 500 blocks were brought in by flatbed. However, as we added onto the wall, I went to the brickyard myself to fetch the 75 lb blocks. Although I'm sure I could have hauled more, I kept the GVW under the GVWR. I wanted to be sure that the springs would hold along with braking as rascan points out. Having managed the test program at Thule many years ago, I experienced first hand what overloading a vehicle means. Emergency stopping is a paramount concern and I've seen many, many folks at the local lumberyards overloading vehicles. And there is a chance you can seriously damage your vehicle even if you are able to keep everyone else on the roads safe. Personally, I'd be appreciative of folks keeping their loads appropriate and safe, for all of us.

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I didn't think that it could carry much. I think that I'll let them deliver the pavers then I won't damage my truck.
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As far as braking goes, (FWIW) the later model Rangers have larger brakes than earlier models. I don't know what year it is that they increased the brake size (somewhere around 2000??), but it made a big difference.
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Yup, I think the larger rotors were about 01-02 time frame & I agree earlier models needed more brakes & is one of the things I suggested on my 99 owner survey Ford sent me.
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