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Old 08-05-2007, 06:39 PM
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Question Can a Ford Ranger handle a slide in camper?

We have a 1999 Ford Ranger, 4 dr. extra cab, 6 cyl. 5 speed manual transmission. I was wondering if a slide in cab over camper that weighs 1178 WITH propane, water & ice would be o.k. to tow on a Ranger without ruining the rear end?
 
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:04 PM
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1178# is that scaled weight or factory brochure weight. Then you have to add clothing, pots, pans, dishes, food, fishing gear (?), maybe some folding chairs, etc.

Check your door sill and see what your GVW is and weigh the truck, subtract scale weight from GVW. I think your going to be pushing your limit.

I would worry more about brakes and stopping the truck/camper combination than if the rear end will last. Handling maybe interesting as the Ford Ranger was never intended to haul campers. You may have axle bearing problems if you haul the camper everyday for several months.

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Old 08-06-2007, 09:45 AM
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You can probably handle the weight of the camper just fine. I've seen people do much worse than that on a ranger (2 horse trailer with 2 horses in it).
 
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:36 AM
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Get the slide-in camper data sheet from Ford. It will detail loading and other facts. I had a 1988 Ranger and slide-in campers were approved by Ford back then. One thing you might want to add is a rear axle sway bar. It helped mine handle a lot better.

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Old 08-06-2007, 04:20 PM
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If you have a 4.0L then the weight will not be a problem hauling it and your 8.8 rear end will handle the weight just fine. If you are running P235/75r15 tires or bigger, the tires will handle the weight okay too.

The thing you have to be really concerned with will be the FRONTAL AREA (square feet) and height over the cab and the side profile.

I would think at the worse, you keep it out of overdrive and if too tippy you add dual rear wheels by using adapters like JCW and people on E-BAY sell.
 
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Maybe check your manual. My manual says a camper is not recommended.
 
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Oranges to apples. but I had a 2002 ranger FX4 with 410 rear. I towed a 2900 lb camper, plus I had 700lb in the bed. Plus my wife, my golden, and my fat butt, in the cab.

It done Ok. But no speed limits broken. It was not fast, but doable!

I now have a F150 with a tuner and exhaust, and intake. I have a 5600 lb trailer now, and I still crawl at 25 mph in the mountians.
 
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Slide in camper for a Ford Ranger

I just drove 9000 miles in a 1996 Toyota Tacoma Ext. cab 2.7 liter with a
1095 pound dry weight camper on it. Wet the total weight of the truck and camper with me and my wife was just around the GVW of 4500#. We tried to carry minimal water in the 9 gallon tank and we also traveled extremely lightly. We kept as much weight in the truck cab as possible to minimize the load on the rear axle.

The truck had Toyo 4 ply tires set to 44# rear and 40# front. Ride Rite air bags set to 40#. New springs and shocks and a tranny cooler and Happi Jac tie downs. After the trip we removed the hydraulic jacks to further lower the weight. I realize that this requires a certain leap of faith in regards to the truck breaking down..........

The truck handled quite well with minimal roll when cornering. The braking was not as good as an empty truck however it was adequate. We encountered 3 hours of 40 knot cross winds in Canada that were not fun. However, I did not feel like the situation was out of control at any time.

I would think that any Ranger equipped with air bags and decent springs and shocks would do about as well as the Toyota with hauling a small slide in camper.
 
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I wanted to add that the ride can be improved when towing or hauling with StableLoads.
They won't increase capacity, no aftermarket suspension upgrade will, but they will dramatically improve the handling, squat, and sway. Many people have used these prior to going to airbags.
Here're some in use reviews for truck campers over on RV.net

It has the flexibility to easily engage and disengage in seconds and you will experience significantly better driveablilty by beefing up the leaf spring system that already exists.

For more info- StableLoad
This is a great alternative to expensive airbags and other suspension upgrades.
 
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Hmmm..........wonder if Rachelle ever added that slide-in camper in the last 6 years?

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a 4 dr extra cab sound more like a sport trac. You will have a lot of overhang if this is the standard short bed and it will impact front end loading making it hard to control I would think. A standard bed is only a little over 6ft and that is with a 2 dr CC. I would hazard a guess that you will need a bed extender, airbags at a minimum. my 94 has been loaded with cement pavers to the edges of the bed and it squatted a lot. It has also been used to pull a big bass boat a short distance handled all well but was not i its comfort zone.

How long is the truck bed vs the camper floor? What size and rating of tires are you running? need to give basic info before anyone can actually give advice. Sway bar should already be installed, but may need aftermarket bigger one, but not necessarily so. Front brakes may also require an upgrade as 60% of braking takes place there.
 
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Hmmm..........wonder if Rachelle ever added that slide-in camper in the last 6 years?

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Ha I didn't even notice that, That's funny #### right there
 
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yup..an old thread but hey see if there are any changes.
 
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yup..an old thread but hey see if there are any changes.
Not sure how I'd find a 6 yr old thread, even if I wanted to.
Must be instructions included.
 
 
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