Originally Posted by FMD
that and the fact that if you hafta stop fast ur finished. the truck isnt set up to tow that much weight. While it will move - cause its on wheels after all, it may not stop it. Given the trailer brakes will prolly slow u down alot, dont depends entirely on the trailer brakes, the truck brakes must also be able to handle the load, and if your over loading it, they arent made for that.
its also a SERIOUS DOT violation.
So, lets look at this logically. You state that my 4x2 Ranger is not able to stop the 2700 lb trailer. I disagree. Tow ratings are based on transmission, motor, and wheelbase. Here are the factory Ford tow ratings:
2.3 Manual 1580
3.0 Manual 2640
4.0 Manual 3380
2.3 Auto 2240
3.0 Auto 2600
4.0 Auto 6000
All of these trucks use an 11.3 front rotor and the same brake pads. If you cross reference the part numbers they are all the same. But, this is only for the 4X2 as the 4X4 Ranger gets better brakes with a 12.0 front rotor. So, what were the brakes designed for? According to the above, the max tow rating for the 11.3 brake system is 6000 lbs. So, the brakes are definitely "set up" to stop my 2700 lb trailer and I won't be "finished".
For trailer brakes the normal rule of thumb is any trailer over 1500 lbs should have trailer brakes. And they should be set-up so that during a normal stop the trailer helps the truck to stop. Because during a lock-up situation (Ranger has ABS) the truck brakes will definitely be overstressed with some of the trailer weight, but it is OK because the truck was designed for it.
SERIOUS DOT violation? Cmon.