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Posted: 10/6/2004 10:34:19 AM EST
Whats the best hitch for a 2001 ford ranger?? I want to tow up to 5,000lbs and not have to drill to install
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:41:16 AM EST
friend of mine put a reese hitch on his '97 ranger....dunno much about it other than it was a bolt-on no-drilling involved project.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:41:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By FanoftheBlackRifle:
friend of mine put a reese hitch on his '97 ranger....dunno much about it other than it was a bolt-on no-drilling involved project.




from walmart?
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:42:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2004 10:43:21 AM EST by cyanide]
Can a Ranger tow 2 1/2 tons with out burning up the trans ???
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:44:02 AM EST
actually he got it from a farm-supply type store.

you know the kind, has tools, tractor parts, seeds, horse stuff, trailer stuff, etc.


I think he looked at walmart, but walmart didn't have the one for his ranger, while the farm-supply store did
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:44:27 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2004 10:44:40 AM EST by repub18]

Originally Posted By cyanide:
Can a Ranger tow 2 1/2 tons with out burning up the trans ???




yeah my ranger is rated at 6,000 lbs, 4.0L V6 and 5 speed auto transmission
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:45:13 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2004 10:45:30 AM EST by repub18]

Originally Posted By FanoftheBlackRifle:
actually he got it from a farm-supply type store.

you know the kind, has tools, tractor parts, seeds, horse stuff, trailer stuff, etc.


I think he looked at walmart, but walmart didn't have the one for his ranger, while the farm-supply store did




oh yeah, like Tracter Supply store
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:45:17 AM EST

Originally Posted By cyanide:
Can a Ranger tow 2 1/2 tons with out burning up the trans ???




This is probably the better question. I know we used his truck to tow a 4000lb car across town, but a) it wasn't very far and b) it was fairly flat and c) we weren't trying to do highway speeds with it
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:45:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2004 10:47:36 AM EST by fight4yourrights]
Draw-Tite


you are on the line between a class III and a class IV


I doubt that vehicle has the capacity to tow 5,000 lbs. Better look at transmission coolers, etc...




Max-Frame Receiver PN 75082

Part Number: 75082
Description: Max-Frame Receiver
Class Rating: CLASS IV
WC / WD: 3500 / 6000
Box Size: 2" x 2"

Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:46:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By FanoftheBlackRifle:
actually he got it from a farm-supply type store.

you know the kind, has tools, tractor parts, seeds, horse stuff, trailer stuff, etc.


I think he looked at walmart, but walmart didn't have the one for his ranger, while the farm-supply store did




how much did he pay for it
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:46:16 AM EST

Originally Posted By repub18:

Originally Posted By FanoftheBlackRifle:
actually he got it from a farm-supply type store.

you know the kind, has tools, tractor parts, seeds, horse stuff, trailer stuff, etc.


I think he looked at walmart, but walmart didn't have the one for his ranger, while the farm-supply store did




oh yeah, like Tracter Supply store




Yep. Around here those types of stores have a better selection than walmart
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:46:21 AM EST
The Ranger is only rated at a max of 3500# with a 4.0 V6.

http://www.panpacificrv.com/towspecford.html
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:46:59 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2004 10:52:53 AM EST by FanoftheBlackRifle]
no clue what he paid for it
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:47:30 AM EST

Originally Posted By repub18:

Originally Posted By cyanide:
Can a Ranger tow 2 1/2 tons with out burning up the trans ???




yeah my ranger is rated at 6,000 lbs, 4.0L V6 and 5 speed auto transmission



Damn, my crew cab is only rated to tow 5,700lbs. Of course it weighs twice as much as a ranger does by itself. The power to weight ration on a 4.0 ranger to a 6000lb trailer is no doubt equat to or better than a 4 door 4.6 F150, but are the brakes up to the task? I wouldn't tow shit that heavy w/o electric trailer brakes.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:49:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2004 10:50:44 AM EST by FanoftheBlackRifle]

Originally Posted By pen:
The Ranger is only rated at a max of 3500# with a 4.0 V6.

http://www.panpacificrv.com/towspecford.html



From that page:
1996 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 5,600
1997 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 6,000

1999 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 6,000
1999 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 5,820
1999 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 5,980
1999 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 5,660

2002 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 3,560


Either they changed the ranger between '99 and '02, or they started de-rating them
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:50:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2004 10:52:36 AM EST by pen]
Is the 6000# GVWR or towing capacity?


edit to add..I missed the year. Dammit
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:55:58 AM EST
go to etrailer.com

have what you need and pictures too
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 10:58:52 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 11:03:36 AM EST
[hijack]

Damn, I thought this was going to be a thread about whitetrash marriages.




[/hijack]
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 11:08:38 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2004 11:11:31 AM EST by wildearp]

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
Draw-Tite


you are on the line between a class III and a class IV


I doubt that vehicle has the capacity to tow 5,000 lbs. Better look at transmission coolers, etc...


www.draw-tite.com/fitguides/fitguides/img/fit_maxfr.jpg

Max-Frame Receiver PN 75082



Part Number: 75082
Description: Max-Frame Receiver
Class Rating: CLASS IV
WC / WD: 3500 / 6000
Box Size: 2" x 2"




I would just skip all that and just price your next transmission, heck, even make an appointment. A V-6 is no fun pulling 3000 pounds. It won't live long. 5000, no fun. And then, think about trying to stop it if your trailer brakes fail. No trailer brakes? Get more insurance, you will need it.

I have pulled a few trailers with several trucks. I believe the 'ratings' to which you refer are on flat ground. My dually can pull 30000 pounds on flat ground. On a serious grade, 10 to 12 thousand is maximum.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 11:12:04 AM EST
so probably a no go on the 5,000lbs? to much weight. Can anyone find on Fords web site the capacity for my ranger because I cant find it
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 11:14:12 AM EST

Originally Posted By repub18:

so probably a no go on the 5,000lbs? to much weight. Can anyone find on Fords web site the capacity for my ranger because I cant find it




Check your owners manual to see what it could haul IF it had a factory tow package
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 11:15:12 AM EST

Originally Posted By NorCal_LEO:
[hijack]

Damn, I thought this was going to be a thread about whitetrash marriages.

www.khellyandjerry.com/images/photos/white_trash.jpg


[/hijack]






Link Posted: 10/6/2004 11:21:58 AM EST

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:

Originally Posted By repub18:

so probably a no go on the 5,000lbs? to much weight. Can anyone find on Fords web site the capacity for my ranger because I cant find it




Check your owners manual to see what it could haul IF it had a factory tow package





it dont have shit in there, I just called Ford and those fuckers dont even know. They said they would have to mail me the information, what a bunch of worthless fucktards that they dont even know the towing capactitys of their own vehicles
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 11:27:31 AM EST
Check the label on the door.


Here's a thread on your vehicle - www.woodalls.com/forums/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/13422836.cfm
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 11:29:18 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 11:31:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By FanoftheBlackRifle:

Originally Posted By pen:
The Ranger is only rated at a max of 3500# with a 4.0 V6.

http://www.panpacificrv.com/towspecford.html



From that page:
1996 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 5,600
1997 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 6,000

1999 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 6,000
1999 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 5,820
1999 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 5,980
1999 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 5,660

2002 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 3,560


Either they changed the ranger between '99 and '02, or they started de-rating them



Or started rating them more realistically in response to a bunch of warranty claims and consumer complaints. I'd be shocked and amazed if that transmission didn't suffer an early death at 5,000 lbs.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 11:34:21 AM EST
By the way, a better reading on your towing capacity would be to look at the GCWR on the door sticker, then get your truck weighed and subtract the actual weight from the GCWR. If the "rated" towing capacity is lower, go with the lower number. But still, that gives you a max. Ideally, you want to stay under the max by some margin.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 4:40:29 PM EST
anyone with a ford ranger chime in
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 5:04:26 PM EST
I would not go to 6,000, I tow woitha a 97 Ram, 5.2 L V8...it is like 7,800, and my tailer is dry 6,200. There were some bridges that I went to 45 mph. I did some work and it is fiune now, but if it had trouble, no way a Ranger would do it.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 5:11:03 PM EST
CURT

These are sweet and they don't look like a square hunk of metal hanging out from under your lil pick-up.

MT
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 5:21:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By MT_Pockets:
CURT

These are sweet and they don't look like a square hunk of metal hanging out from under your lil pick-up.

MT



ok, how do you buy one?
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 5:53:14 PM EST
I'm gonna jump in here--I have a 1994 Ford Explorer (4.0 liter engine and Manual Tranny--new clutch in it) with NO trailer hookup except the rear bumper.

I have been semi-considering (probably in the spring) picking up a "project" (Fun) car to do some work on it. Ideal would be something like an old (very old to save cost) Porsche 911, a BMW 3 series (E30), Porsche 944 or 924s or something similar.

Now, I need to get the car home--probably about 300 miles Max. (not gonna tow something from California to Pennsylvania). I can take my time (no 80 mph on the interstate).

So, my rear bumper is rated at 3500 lbs towing capacity and 350 lbs max tongue weight. It has a hole to mount the ball for towing.

How best to get a Rear Wheel Drive. lightweight vehicle (like those mentioned) 300 miles using my Explorer? I don't want to blow several hundred dollars on a premium hitch that will probably only be used once.

Thanks!!

AFARR

Link Posted: 10/6/2004 6:00:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By AFARR:

How best to get a Rear Wheel Drive. lightweight vehicle (like those mentioned) 300 miles using my Explorer? I don't want to blow several hundred dollars on a premium hitch that will probably only be used once.

Thanks!!

AFARR




Pay a flatbed towtruck to go get it...
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 6:09:09 PM EST

Pay a flatbed towtruck to go get it...



Sorry, should have been more specific--trying to save money, too. Hate to pay $1-2k for a car that needs a lot of work (looking more for a cheap project car than anything else) and then have to pay someone $200-500 to tow it 300 miles. Rather find a cheaper way to get it here and put the money into parts.

AFARR
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 7:56:57 PM EST
You may be able to put the rear wheels on a tow dolly and lock the front wheels (or tie the steering column). You'll probably make the 300 miles just fine, but don't make a habit of it. I'd be more cautious if it were an automatic transmission though (I don't trust an automatic for towing as far as I can throw it, although I know there are 1 or 2 good ones out there).

Ordinarily at this point, I'd recommend you call U-Haul and see if they'll rent you a dolly. They punch both vehicles into their computer system and tell you whether or not they're willing to rent you the equipment. However, since you have an Explorer, I already know they'll tell you "no" for "liability" reasons. Company policy.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 7:59:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By BlammO:
You may be able to put the rear wheels on a tow dolly and lock the front wheels (or tie the steering column). You'll probably make the 300 miles just fine, but don't make a habit of it. I'd be more cautious if it were an automatic transmission though (I don't trust an automatic for towing as far as I can throw it, although I know there are 1 or 2 good ones out there).

Ordinarily at this point, I'd recommend you call U-Haul and see if they'll rent you a dolly. They punch both vehicles into their computer system and tell you whether or not they're willing to rent you the equipment. However, since you have an Explorer, I already know they'll tell you "no" for "liability" reasons. Company policy.



I thought AUto's were better than manuals for towing?

I always wondered about UHAUL's policy on Explores and thought it was bullshit
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 2:09:24 AM EST
Autos are better for towing in that the fluid absorbs some of the shock. My ram comes with an oil cooler and tranny cooler.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 3:55:17 AM EST
Just to reiterate, towing 6,000 with a ranger is equivalent to you draggin my 2001 F-150 Supercrew 4WD w/ a tonneu cover down the road with a half ton of extra stuff in it. I woul SERIOUSLY consider NOT towing that much weight with a ranger. Even if it "CAN" do it it's a a price. They aren' tmade to tow that much weight.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:04:44 AM EST

Originally Posted By repub18:


I always wondered about UHAUL's policy on Explores and thought it was bullshit




Did you miss the blow-out debackle regarding Exploders?
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:09:52 AM EST

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:

Originally Posted By repub18:


I always wondered about UHAUL's policy on Explores and thought it was bullshit




Did you miss the blow-out debackle regarding Exploders?




yeah but that was when they were using Wildnerness AT's, but now they have totaly redesigned the explorer
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:10:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By cyanide:
Can a Ranger tow 2 1/2 tons with out burning up the trans ???




doubt it


SGatr15
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:11:20 AM EST

Originally Posted By repub18:

yeah but that was when they were using Wildnerness AT's, but now they have totaly redesigned the explorer





Over cautious lawyers.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:12:05 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2004 5:17:27 AM EST by jaeger_1969]

Originally Posted By repub18:
Whats the best hitch for a 2001 ford ranger?? I want to tow up to 5,000lbs and not have to drill to install



I have a '99 Ranger. I used a Drawtite hitch from e-trailer.com. Good Price. The 2001 Rangers should already have a drill out for a hitch attachment on the frame in front of the spare tire.

It's an easy project to DIY. Have Fun

ETA: Negatory on the tow weight good buddy. My 3.0L does good to tow my 2 4x4's and the trailer weight. YMMV.

Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:15:15 AM EST
Yes. It's over-cautious lawyers. I know at least as recently as February, the policy was still in place.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:15:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By TheWind:
Autos are better for towing in that the fluid absorbs some of the shock.




Ummm what???


SGatr15
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 6:07:20 AM EST
I'll convert your ford ranger into a hitch for my GMC
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 6:40:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By 1Walker:
I'll convert your ford ranger into a hitch for my GMC



Having FORD anything on your GMC will instantly cause it's ACV (Actuall Cash Value) to go up.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 6:45:31 AM EST
ACV is Actual Crap Value. Ya I guess that would go up.
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