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2009 2.3l towing atv

I've got a 2009 single cab long bed ranger with a auto and 2.3 and I towed a buddy's empty 6x14 trailer and it was downshifting to stay at 65. I Googled the towing capacity and it said 2400lbs. I have a Polaris ranger and a 5x10 trailer. I don't know the weight on the trailer but the ranger is listed at 1300lbs. A guy that has the same truck as me says he tows his ranger all over and never has a problem but I would think this truck will be overladed towing any distance with a side by side. Have any of you towed something this heavy before?
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I'm not an expert on towing, trailers, or ATVs for that matter, but one thing to realize is your weakest link in the chain. What I mean is, your 4 cylinder engine is going to have to work itself to death to do what you're asking of it. Heck, the 3.0 Vulcan V6 has to work itself to death. Gutless work horse.

Something else to be aware of, is not whether you CAN tow something X pounds, but if you MAY. DOT, traffic laws and all that. Just because your Ranger can pull something doesn't necessarily mean you're allowed to do so on public roadways.

Search the model of your trailer to find it's weight, then consult your owners manual for all the maths involved for that. Hopefully that helps somewhat.
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+1 ^^^

5x10 utility trailer would be 400lbs to 600lbs, depends on what it is made of, could go as high as 800lbs with tilt, wood bed and heavy duty axle with brakes

You should be fine with trailer and 1,100lbs load weight.

But as said, a 4cyl gas engine is designed and built for MPG not hauling, not that it can't haul, that's just not why they were used in Rangers, small truck, small engine better MPG

You do need to have a second transmission cooler, hauling or not, it will give you a few more years of trans life, this is true for ANY automatic.
Under $100 and transmission repair costs a "little" more, lol.

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Heard too about the benefits of transmission cooler, should give big help for trans.
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