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can i tow a 2000 ford winstar van???

i have a 4.0 and 3.27 gears can i tow it im not going far and im not going up and big hills. can i tow it on a car dolly
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I have never towed anything in my truck but i dont see why not. As long as there is not a lot of hard straining.
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i would think so. i've pulled a '72 bronco and a 93 f150 before with no prob. i have 4.10s though.
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I tried to rent a car dolly from U-Haul to pull a 90's something Chevy Corsica, and according to their computer, the weight of the car and car dolly is NOT recommended for safe towing behind my 01 Ranger w/ 3.0L.

I'd need a full-size truck to pull anything with the car dolly......according to them.

I guess on their computer software there's a safety weight requirement.........makes sense, but it's not correct.


I just ended up having my buddy drive the car as fas as it could go, then used a tow rope to get it to it's final destination. It was going to the metal scrapers and it had a blown rad.....so the 35km (22 miles) distance was no match for a coolentless car in July.

I've pulled a 2000 lb air compressor around for work before, and besides it being a bit tricky to stop downhill on wet pavement, it pulls it without hesitation. Been doing that for the past 4 years now. You can sure feel 2000 lbs back there when you start off, but at cruising speed, it just coasts along.

Don't know where exactly I was going with that....just thought I'd rant on U-Haul. LOL
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I pulled a dead fire truck (freightliner) out of a station bay with my ranger and a tow strap.
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I pulled a nice 1967 6 person boat with 4cyl merc about 18' no probelms with my 3.0 edge, granted uphill I was doing 45 in 3rd but they were pretty steep hills but the truck had no problems None stopping or starting

Sorry I didnt move it 18' the boat was 18' moved it about 130 miles

Last edited by Midnightrider; 03-10-2008 at 05:26 PM. Reason: did not move boat 18'
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Go slow, go easy. To me the problem isn't starting, but stopping. These Rangers are tough little trucks, but there is only so much that the brakes can do. Plan accordingly.
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I've towed plenty of vehicles on car dollies, and full length trailers. Biggest problem is stopping and crosswinds or uneven roads. Rangers aren't heavy enough to counter balance on their own.
Anytime i need to rent from uhaul i give them my uncle name as the owner of a '92 berretta 4cyl. works everytime
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