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Old 06-19-2014
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Towing a Fifth-Wheel with a 2.5L

Hey guys, just trying to debate what to do with this truck. 01 2.5 with a 5 speed, 2x4.

I have a small RV I'm trying to pull, an 84 Komfort Lite, 17' long, with a fifth wheel hitch. According to the websites and paperwork it weighs about 2000lbs, with 350-400 pound kingpin weight.

The Ranger docs say 1560 lbs tow capacity. Yet I'm hearing things about Ford underrating weight capacity. The plan is to pull a trailer a good 300 miles but it's really a one way thing.

If I need to do a few mods I can, what would be the easiest way to improve towing capabilities just enough to keep this thing happy?
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Old 06-20-2014
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The 1,560lbs towing capacity is the LEGAL limit, it can not be changed by anything, it is tied to the VIN, so it is set in stone.
If you tow above vehicle capacity and there is an accident your insurance company "may" walk away, not for sure, but legally they have an "out", accident doesn't have to be weight related.

So that's the legal side of it, the "may" you tow a 2,000lbs trailer, answer is no.

"Can" you tow a 2,000lbs trailer, yes
You will probably need a new clutch after the trip, 2.5ls don't have alot of torque, lol.
And for sure hook up trailer brakes, that 2,000lbs will push you around quite a bit, the above axle mounting(5th wheel) does help, but the regular cab Ranger is only 3,000lbs soaking wet.

If you take it easy and don't expect to be zooming up even moderate hills you should be OK.
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