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Old 08-03-2009, 11:16 PM
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Ranger Towing

What has everyone towed with their Ranger?
i have a 2004 ranger with a 4.0 just wondering what everyone has towed and able to tow.
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I've towed a 13' travel trailer. About 2000 lbs. Truck was okay with it for the most part, until it came to the hills.
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:21 AM
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I have towed a bunch with my 02 4.0.

Tow my boat all the time, 3500lbs, tows fine, but obviously is not a speed demon, but no complaints.

Tow my Jetski's, 1500lbs, its like they arent there.

Full load of firewood, no issues.

A few times I have towed my 6000 lb camper, just locally 4 or 5 mile max. Over the limit a touch, but it handled it. I wouldnt take it on the freeway, but a short poit a to b move it does fine.
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I recently towed my classic mustang on a tow dolly around 150 miles with it. Mine is a 3.0 auto and did it off the bumper. Did ok, but I did no hills as I live in florida. It was actually smoother with the car on it than when I came back since the tow dolly was bouncing all over the place and jerking on the back of the truck.
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I've towed a 23' pontoon a few times. 4.0 did ok - underpowered and brakes were a bit scary but it got me to the lake and back without any injuries.
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sounds good
i am looking at getting a 18' utility trailer to haul my 1200 lb yamaha rhino. This going to work out alright?

everyone have a 2" receiver?


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i have towed 5000# 4x4 kubota tracktor on 20 foot trailor pulled cars and trucks across the florida panhandle at 65-70 mph . just this past weekend i had a 7.3 idi,a dana 60 front and rear end in truck bed and a 96 ranger on tow dolly from fort walton beach to lake city. still got 16 mpg while towing at 70 mph on I-10

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everyone have a 2" receiver?
I do. I've got a class 3 hitch bolted under my bumper.
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Yeah 2 " and your load sounds light for the ranger
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Yeah 2 " and your load sounds light for the ranger
you mean my load??


Well i dont know where the hitch was put on at (got ranger from Relative) Its the hitch that i would say looks like a "Z" the top bolts to the bumper and then drops i would say 5-6" the angles out (back) to wear the Ball mounts(that got bent along the bumper-Relative) so not it has braces back to the frame is that ok? think it woiuld hold up?
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i pull a 6x10 box trailer, biggest issue i have is wind resistance, trailer is 8' tall overall, catches quite a bit of wind even with the "V" nose. never weighed the loaded trailer, empty its about 1,000 pounds. im sure ive had a good 2,000 in it a time or two.
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Well i dont know where the hitch was put on at (got ranger from Relative) Its the hitch that i would say looks like a "Z" the top bolts to the bumper and then drops i would say 5-6" the angles out (back) to wear the Ball mounts(that got bent along the bumper-Relative) so not it has braces back to the frame is that ok? think it woiuld hold up?

This sounds like it is not mounted to the fram, and just the bumper, which has already been bent and comprimised. I personally would not put much load on that. A Brand New hitch is about $150 delivered from lots of places, probably get one used off craigslist, and that is the route I would go.
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Yes it is only bolted to the bumper and then 2 braces welded on to it and then bolted to the frame.
I am looking at getting a 2" receiever hitch but not sure which one to buy?? DO they all fit the same? I was looking localy the other day and they were costing around 150-200?
i just dont know if it will all fit??

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How would a 7x14 tow??
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I just bought a class III hitch off of Ebay .Its a U-haul hitch made by Curt for $125 delivered to my door.
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They pretty much all bolt the same place, there are preset holes in the frame. I bought the tube style Hidden Hitch from etrailer for like $150 delivered. Local = tax
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