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Old 12-06-2009, 10:26 AM
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Default An even crazier towing question

I may be nuts. But I thought I could get one of U-Haul's smaller enclosed cargo trailers (5 x 8, 900 lbs empty, no brakes), add maybe 700 lbs of our shit to it, hitch it to my '97 2.3L-4 Ranger XLT auto (w/only 42K actual miles), throw maybe another 300 in the bed under the tonneau cover, then drive it all from Maine to Iowa, a distance of 1700 miles. Am I, well, nuts?

The book says I can tow 2300 lbs with the auto. I have a solid class-3 hitch. I will leave a margin of 70% of towing capacity, strictly staying below 1600 lbs combined, weighing everything very carefully. If something is going to push it over, it doesn't go.

I've just terrified the wife , explaining how careful we have to be because of impaired acceleration, tough handling, wind sway, extended braking distance, stability/jackknife risk, etc. She wants re-assurance this is going to work.

You know what, I'm not sure I'm fully buying that this is going to work. I've been reading towing posts. Some say, "fuggettabout towing with the 2.3L 4." Others say, "you'll know something's back there, but you'll be fine." It's not to late to change our mind and find some other way. I seek advice. Thanks!!
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:35 AM
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Do Work!

I know how the 2.5L rated at 119hp acts when empty and with a load(with a manual). And well.....it sucks. Not alot of power. The 2.5 and your 2.3 are virtually the same engine, except the 2.5 puts out more power and you having auto, sucks down some power that you do have.

The truck can handle your plans on paper...just don't know how driveable it'll be. The hills are gonna suck and acceleration is gonna suck. I think you may be overthinking it a little bit.

If all else fails, I know it'll be quite a bit more expensive, you can always hitup Uhaul on your way and get a small box truck and car dolly for the Range.
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:50 AM
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Yeah, just over 100hp, the big hills in western Mass. are gonna suck. Some on the NY Thruway too. After that, it mostly flattens out. I figure 16 of the 17 hundred miles are mostly cruising, lighter traffic, mostly rest-area stops. But those 100? Am I taking too much risk that it won't be drivable? Damn, I wish I could load it and test it ahead of time. I take your point about a mid-course change...
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:50 AM
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i agree with fx4wannabe01 on this one they have small trucks that would be perfect for this move and the wife could always drive the ranger.

uhaul has the f150 with a box that would be just about as good as the trailer your pulling.
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:56 AM
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Thanks for the help & sage advice. I'm convinced that towing so far will be a generally bad idea. I think we've made a decision not to tow, nor rent a truck. We're going to fill the bed with bare essentials then get some furniture out there. The $800 it would cost for a 10-ft. Budget truck (UHaul quote is sky high) buys a lot of shit.
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:05 PM
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$800???WTF?? Last weekend I rented a F250 from Home Depot and it cost me $20 for 75 minutes. A whole day was like $300ish.
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:22 PM
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$800???WTF?? Last weekend I rented a F250 from Home Depot and it cost me $20 for 75 minutes. A whole day was like $300ish.
LOL...did you not see the kind of distance he'll be driving??
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$800???WTF?? Last weekend I rented a F250 from Home Depot and it cost me $20 for 75 minutes. A whole day was like $300ish.
Yeah, it's a one-way, 1700 miles, different animal than a daily rental. But our plan in Iowa will be to borrow or rent a trailer to buy and move furniture short distances, rather than haul the shitty stuff we have cross-country. It's FLAT out there, probably easier towing. The wife's terror level has dropped considerably.
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Old 12-06-2009, 01:45 PM
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Just a thought.....got any family members with a bigger, more powerful truck that you could borrow? I'm not saying your truck can't do it, it can, but it'd be sort of a pain in the butt on that bad 100miles or so like you mentioned.
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LOL...did you not see the kind of distance he'll be driving??
Yeah I missed it. I'm used to people asking the same towing questions so I didn't really read it. You know what I'm taking about. Can I tow a 12,000 lb trailer with my 4 banger and stuff like that.
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Old 12-06-2009, 02:00 PM
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or my 26' travel trailer with my tacoma. I got ya. lol.
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