Actual towing capacity?

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  1. buster

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    Has anybody put this to the test yet? A boat is in the future, kinda need to know if it can really tow what Fords says it can.
     
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    These guys did 5000 pounds up the Rockies no problems. If it can do that I’d bet you can safely tow more the 7500 in the flats. I’ve been up that highway, it’s rough on cars not towing.
     
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    The problem with factory towing numbers are that they are guesses based on engineering calculations. Not real world boots on the ground experience. Take a travel trailer for instance. Real world trailering exposes you to road irregularities, side winds, other people, and the actual weight of the trailer and truck when loaded with all of your stuff may be1000's of pounds more than advertised. You also have to factor in a margin of error.. When towing anything the towed trailer wants to go every which way. The towing vehicle has to have the muscle, weight, and braking capacity to stop tje trailer from doing that. And then you have the high center of gravity that throws all kinds of loads on the tow vehicle. For most travel trailers a 1/2 ton truck is not enough. Even though the ranger is rated at 7,000 lbs towing capacity you would be better off staying under half of that with todays driving conditions. If you watch that video they were pulling 5000 lbs and they got 5 mpg. That little 4 banger was working hard to carry that load. As the saying goes "get enough truck." It is better to be cruising easy than struggling hard.
     
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    There are also big warnings in the Ranger towing guide that discuss the square feet of wind resistance. The Ranger would be much more capable of towing a 5000lb block on a low utility trailer than a 5000lb tall enclosed car hauler. Anything over 1500lbs and you would want trailer brakes for sure. I can tell you from hauling on my Tacoma without brakes that it doesn’t take much of a load to significantly reduce stopping distance and add extreme wear and tear to your truck brakes and rotors. On the Ranger generally speaking I’d try and keep it under 5,000lbs and avoid anything that catches a lot of wind from semi trucks. Obviously depends on what you are doing. If you are just dragging a boat a few miles to the lake you can go higher but highways with a large trailer and a small truck are frightening.
     
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    There are ridiculous flaws in the SAE-J2807 standards now used across the industry for setting tow ratings, but they certainly are strenuous enough that the resulting numbers are both safe and accurate, especially for comparing ratings (apples to apples) from truck to truck.
    It is true that each person should educate himself well enough to take personal responsibility for what he tows with what,though irrational bias should be set aside in the process!
    Since it takes EXACTLY the same amount of work to do the same job, "that little four banger" will work exactly as hard as a "6banger" or even an "8banger", when confronted with the same load.
    Bumper pull RV trailers are at least as stable and towable as any enclosed trailer and often much better.
    Remember when the most popular gasoline Semi truck engine was a 4.9L normally aspirated i6? What about the fact that an i6 is inherently more stable than a V6 or a V8?
     
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    :like:There are the SAME "big warnings" about frontal area limits on EVERY rated tow vehicle and they are just as accurate and and important as tow weight ratings.
    I tow a Scamp13 RV trailer which has the best aerodynamics in the industry and I can tell you that it does make a difference.
     
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    I have a Forrest River Wildwood 207BH, and while I've yet to pull it with the Ranger, I used to pull it with a Jeep Liberty Diesel with similar Tq numbers to the Ranger, and quite a bit less HP. The weather is breaking this week and I'll probably give it a tug around my local "loop" just to see what it does. I already have the brake controller wired and ready to go. I'll see if I can post back on how it felt with a 4000# brick dragging behind me.
     
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    I did see that video, it was impressive
     

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