Pulling a 16' jon boat with my truck
I've made a couple 6 hour round trips this year hauling my 16' jon boat with my 05 2.3l 2wd Ranger that just hit 65000 miles. It seemed to pull it fine, a little slow going up hills, but I left it in 4th gear most of the time and it did fine. Normally I get around 27-28 mpgs driving and was getting 21 mpg towing the boat so I'm plenty happy with it.
Anyways I was curious if there was anything simple and quick that would increase my horsepower to help towing just a little. Also should I be worried about my transmission or brakes when pulling the boat? I was told to worry about being able to brake when towing my boat, but haven't had any troubles yet and plus I take my time anyways.
Once I pay this truck off, I'll get something bigger for pulling my boat, but for now I'd like to be keep using my truck unless you guys tell me that I shouldn't due to tearing up the tranny or something.
Let me know and thanks ahead of time.