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I have a 04 Ranger 2.3L 4 banger. I'm wana use a tow dolly to pull my dodge neon with and i'm going 1200 miles with it. Can my truck pull it, i don't have a tow hitch, so any tips would be helpful. Also there are going to be some moutains i got to go over with it.
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no hitch no towing
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So how were you planning on attaching the tow dolly to your Ranger if you don't have a hitch?
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Go buy a hitch. Class III at least. Your truck can probably do it, but it's not going to be happy and your tranny is gonna get hot so keep an eye on that.
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Go buy a hitch. Class III at least. Your truck can probably do it, but it's not going to be happy and your tranny is gonna get hot so keep an eye on that.
Exactly! You'd be better off towing with a different truck though.
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i'm gona buy a hitch i just wanted to know if there is any better ways of towing it like maybe on a trailer. I don't have a bigger truck to tow it and if my tranny starts to get hot how can i tell without a temp guage. Any tips?
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id get a temp gauge and a class 3 hitch. there was a member who towed a jeep behind his 4banger. go slow and you will be ok. give time to stop and you should be ok.
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Get a class 3 hitch,Add a trans cooler bigger the better,Add a trans temp gauge.
How many miles are on your truck?Has the Transmssion fluid and filter ever been changed?
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I have a 2.3 too. Just buy the hitch and be shure to have your brakes on perfect shape (shoes, discs, drums). Drive slow make long acceleration ramp ups same for braking. The 4 banger will make it.

I wont recomend a trailer instead of a dolly, this would add more Gross weight to the load. Keep the ranger and neon as light as possible (no extra baggage, tools , spare parts ...)

Good luck
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Thank you all for the tips. Also i have 109,000 miles on the truck and i always change the oil and tranny oil when needed. Before i leave i plan on changing the tranny oil and filter too so hopefully that helps.Never had any problems with the truck so i'm hopeing for the best.
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What gears and trans in the truck? Does the dolly have brakes? What kind of 1200 miles? Rolling hills, or the Rockies?
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