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Old 05-15-2011, 11:20 AM
TerrenceStuart TerrenceStuart is offline
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Default Re: Has anyone towed 6000lbs with a 4L ranger?

you guys who think manual transmissions have a larger tow rating on a ford ranger sure don't have a clue. ALL ford ranger automatics will ALWAYS have a higher tow rating than a manual. read your tow capacities section of any ford ranger handbook.
I LOL at people who are uneducated at this.
and don't try to explain yourselves. I've been driving trucks since 1982. I've heard all excuses.
to the OP - your truck will tow 6,000 lbs. just have trailer brakes, as I mentioned before.
"I'm afraid to tow 5,000lbs with my 10,000lb rated F150"
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:35 AM
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we towed a 99 exploder with my 98 ranger on a trailer and it held up just fine. We just took it slow and i had no major issues.
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:24 PM
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Default Re: Has anyone towed 6000lbs with a 4L ranger?

... What Terry said assuming you have the tow package. You can not tow a 6,000lb trailer with a bumper hitch ball.

And regardless you NEED trailer brakes and you need to know how to drive with it. Hauling around a 6,000lb load is not like towing your lawnmower to the shop. Every move you make must be planned and executed well in advance. Using your tranny to slow down is big help too.
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:46 PM
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I wouldn't do it. Rent a U-Haul 150 or something. I'd worry mostly about the brakes. I say that mostly for safety reasons.
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:50 PM
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Default Re: Has anyone towed 6000lbs with a 4L ranger?

the trailer has brakes on it and its a 5spd
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:55 PM
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Default Re: Has anyone towed 6000lbs with a 4L ranger?

I actually was towing a 5200LB trailer a couple weeks ago for work. It was a dump trailer with gravel/sand (had to fill potholes at work). I can definately tell you that it was an interesting trip. I'm very sure if the trailer didn't have brakes, I would of slid through quite a few stop lights or signs because the Rangers brakes are not good on their own for extended period of time, let alone towing anything heavier than maybe a lawn mower and very light trailer.

If at all possible just get a friend to loan you their bigger truck, or take as many backroads as you can. Because if you go into any heavy traffic you have to account for idiots whom seem to brake at the last second and flick their turn signals on 20 feet from their turn, and random stop lights that have yellow lights shorter than my attention span. This is definately one of those things where it's possible to do, but highly advised against. The automatic in my truck did fine, and I haul light trailers all the time, but I can tell you that if I had to haul that dump trailer more than a few miles, I probably would of been in a lot of hurt.

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you guys who think manual transmissions have a larger tow rating on a ford ranger sure don't have a clue. ALL ford ranger automatics will ALWAYS have a higher tow rating than a manual. read your tow capacities section of any ford ranger handbook.
I LOL at people who are uneducated at this.
and don't try to explain yourselves. I've been driving trucks since 1982. I've heard all excuses.
to the OP - your truck will tow 6,000 lbs. just have trailer brakes, as I mentioned before.
"I'm afraid to tow 5,000lbs with my 10,000lb rated F150"
For me I believe the biggest problems are the brakes on Rangers. Hauling the trailer I did, at some points if I didn't have brakes on it, I felt that I would of done a better job stopping it by standing in front of it lulz. But yes, I havn't read the owners manual for quite a while but I can only assume that the Rangers max towing capacity isn't rediculously small like say a 4cyl Tacoma. Though your owners manual accounts for when your vehicle is new, when you have more than 20-40k miles on it, you have to take for account that your ball joints, brakes, transmission, engine, etc. arn't what they used to be, so taking off a few hundred pounds is always safer than going by that.
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:33 PM
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Get a bigger truck for the job way to dangerous
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:07 AM
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I think the concern would be more about the transmission than the engine
I was told this weekend that the 5sp manual trasnsmissions have alumunum gears. Can thisbe true?
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:56 AM
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You shouldn't have any issue as long as you you don't drive like a maniac, have a Class III hitch, and trailer brakes. The rangers from your year were rated at roughly 5500lbs if i remember correctly. 6000lbs isn't going to break you. Trucks are rated at a bit less than what they can actually handle. I would check into a tranny cooler though, just to be on the safe side.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:10 AM
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Your Tranny is going to be trashed if you do this.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:28 PM
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Your Tranny is going to be trashed if you do this.


He'll be fine.. it's 6,000lbs.. no biggy... Providing the trailer has good working brakes he'll be good to go. Just like everyone said.. take it the fuck easy and I would stay away from the highway.

And lol at the guy who was scared to pull more than 5k with his f150.
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:04 PM
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Default Re: Has anyone towed 6000lbs with a 4L ranger?

i laugh at you guys who posted in the 3 month old thread.. chances are that he's already done it..
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:06 PM
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i laugh at you guys who posted in the 3 month old thread.. chances are that he's already done it..
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:30 PM
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Well don't i feel like an idiot now....
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:40 PM
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I didn't realize it was 3months old.
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