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gonna tow dads jeep

picking up a hitch saturday so im not rollin on the bumper ball, and we are puttin his towbar on sunday ... hopefully the ****er tracks straight .... over 8000' elevation gain 5+ hr drive ... will take it real easy hopefully my truck does ok

jonbaum13 inspired me with the pics of his truck towing a wagoneer on a car trailer.

will update thread with pics as they happen.
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I think the key sentence is "taking it real easy". Thats alot to tow over those distances and elevations.

Make sure you got good fluids in your truck and good brakes.
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Good luck! I've towed Shane like .5miles. It was interesting.
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Why don't you tow it with something more capable? I'm not going to lie, that is going to be one hell of a long trip, its going to be very hard on your truck as well.

I have towed with the 2.5L, and after doing that a few times, I think its a terrible idea. Once I towed a BIG flat bed trailer that weighed probably 4k, I only had to go 15 miles down a state route though. I still hated it and felt uncomfortable. Likewise, I've also towed a small boat. I just don't feel comfortable towing with the 4 cylinders.
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do you know what the towing capacity is of your truck is??? it around 1500 lbs that jeep weights way over that. there is no way your truck will pull it you will burn up your clutch or tranny and never be able to stop.


THIS IS NOT A SAFE TOW
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do you know what the towing capacity is of your truck is??? it around 1500 lbs that jeep weights way over that. there is no way your truck will pull it you will burn up your clutch or tranny and never be able to stop.


THIS IS NOT A SAFE TOW
Don't you always tow over the towing capacity? why don't you say that to yourself?
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he will be able to tow it just fine. i towed my 72 nova with out any problem.

just keep it slow and easy!!!!
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Max capacity for a 2003 Ranger 2wd extended cab with the manual 2.3 is 1480 lbs. I'm sure with the 2.5 in your truck it will be about the same capacity. A jeep is well over that but good luck with that.
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Don't you always tow over the towing capacity? why don't you say that to yourself?
my tow capactiy is way over 1500 lbs more like 4000k and when i tow im only over by a couple hundred lbs. the jeep alone weights 4000k plus the weight of the dolly of trailer will be a hell of alot more than a 4cly ranger can tow esp with a 5 speed

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he will be able to tow it just fine. i towed my 72 nova with out any problem.

just keep it slow and easy!!!!
he has a 2.3L not a 4.0 like you
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my tow capactiy is way over 1500 lbs more like 4000k
Actually since you have a manual your truck is only rated at about 3100lbs.
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my tow capactiy is way over 1500 lbs more like 4000k and when i tow im only over by a couple hundred lbs. the jeep alone weights 4000k plus the weight of the dolly of trailer will be a hell of alot more than a 4cly ranger can tow esp with a 5 speed
im pretty sure he is flat towing it. he did say something about a towbar.
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ok not the point, still a jeep is way over the tow capacity. idk why someone wont just agree with me. why your fighting with me about it? its not safe bottom line it will be way over weight and not safe.
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my tow capactiy is way over 1500 lbs more like 4000k and when i tow im only over by a couple hundred lbs. the jeep alone weights 4000k plus the weight of the dolly of trailer will be a hell of alot more than a 4cly ranger can tow esp with a 5 speed
4000k? must be quite the heavy jeep
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im pretty sure he is flat towing it. he did say something about a towbar.
are you talking about me?
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4000k? must be quite the heavy jeep

i think they weigh right under 4k. then you add on anything extra packed in there. either way, youre still overweight and its a safety issue big time.
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are you talking about me?
nah melt said he's using a towbar
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i think they weigh right under 4k. then you add on anything extra packed in there. either way, youre still overweight and its a safety issue big time.
yes 4k but not 4000k. I was just busting his ***** lol.
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yes 4k but not 4000k. I was just busting his ***** lol.
haha i didnt catch that. fail
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o ok i get what your saying but still he is way over the limit. yeah i can see it for a mile or 2 but not for 5 hours and climbing hills and stuff.
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o ok i get what your saying but still he is way over the limit. yeah i can see it for a mile or 2 but not for 5 hours and climbing hills and stuff.
to each his own. let it go man
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4000lbs is 4000lbs flat towing or not. I wouldn't do it but that's just me.

Just remember. Manual Rangers can't tow much. A Dodge magnum has a higher towing capacity than any manual Ranger.
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neither did i was thinking in lbs but put k whoops. lol o well but you got my point.
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neither did i was thinking in lbs but put k whoops. lol o well but you got my point.
lol yeah i was just bustin your ***** haha.


I wouldn't tow that jeep with the mazda. If you do it, just be really careful and keep a good distance if anyone is in front of you.
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my tow capactiy is way over 1500 lbs more like 4000k and when i tow im only over by a couple hundred lbs.
I thought you towed way over?

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i tow way over my tow rating all the time
Oh wait... you do.
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