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dont need a big diesel to pull everything dude. get your panties out of a wad and chill. why do you think im getting info on what i need to pull one safely? its not like im just hookin it up to the hitch w/o trailer brakes, anti sway bar, etc and ******* *** down the road... and let my GVW sticker determine that. every vehicle is different, even if it is a ranger. and do you not understand how light these campers are nowadays? im not pullin a old *** camper that ways 10k lbs.
The thing is a ranger can't pull a 27 footer safely. Even though they are building them lighter, a trailer that big stills tips the scales between 4500 and 5000 pounds. So now before you have even fluids in your truck or trailer you're at your GCWR. If the trailer starts to go what is gunna stop it? Your lifted ranger? I doubt it. For a trailer that big, half ton truck MINIMUM. Whether its only a few times a year or once it is just not safe, a ranger is physically too small for a trailer that size, interstate or not.
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^ thats right. im not the one to say dont cause i do tow over 5500 pound trailers... but that is absolutly not safe. even with trailer brakes. if u wanna have a good time also with it get a smaller one so u can tow it safely not only on ur dad 1500.

plus remember even if its light camper u need everything that comes inside
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my GVWR is a little over 5,000 lbs. the camper were lookin at is 26" at 4700 lbs. itd be rite at it. lol
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Your GVWR has NOTHING to do with towing. The GCWR is what you need to look at. GVW of 5000 pounds means that just the truck can carry 5000 pounds, that includes the weight of the truck, all the fluids, any passengers or cargo, the extra weight of your 33's. My guess is your GCWR is in the 9000 pound ranger give or take. I would guess your truck to weigh in somewhere in the 4500-5000 range. Even at 4500 pounds with you and your cargo that only allows you 4500 of trailer. Its not the weight that is the real issue. Although it IS an issue. The danger is lying in the size of the trailer compared to your lifted ranger. I ask again, do you really feel that your ranger is gunna prevent that trailer from going wherever the hell it wants, whenever it wants? Of course not. I don't wanna be an ***, but dude your truck is just too small for a trailer of that size and weight. you need a MINIMUM of a half ton truck.
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i couldnt find a GVCW. the GVWR is 5080.
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Ill tell ya right now this is a mistake....

I pulled a 20 foot pontoon boat 30 miles up the highway... I have the 4.0 in my truck, it jerked me all around, it wouldnt pull up hills good (i had to bury the accelerator) my truck run a little hot....wind resistance was a *****..

a 27 foot camper would kill your ranger, period.....

And if it didnt kill it on the way there, it would on the way home...
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i couldnt find a GVCW. the GVWR is 5080.
ReallY? It should be on your door sticker. GCWR. Gross Combined Weight Rating. Its gotta be there somewhere.
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goin by my owners manual, it says i can tow 5600 lbs. trailer brakes, aftermarket front brakes, anti swaybar, among other things to help tow properly. and looking back at an my original post i didnt ask if i could, i asked what i needed to pull a camper (trailer brakes, etc) ill find out when we purchase a camper.
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everything but the GCVW was on that sticker. GCVW was in the owners manual. it was like 9500
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I'd say get an aftermarket tranny cooler to keep the temp down. Maybe a gauge or Scangauge to monitor the temp.
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where would i find a tranny cooler christian?
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goin by my owners manual, it says i can tow 5600 lbs. trailer brakes, aftermarket front brakes, anti swaybar, among other things to help tow properly. and looking back at an my original post i didnt ask if i could, i asked what i needed to pull a camper (trailer brakes, etc) ill find out when we purchase a camper.
You have to go by the GCWR. The max trailer tow weight is for a truck with no fluid, no nothing. YOU WILL BE OVERLOADED. I don't know why this is so hard to understand. What you want to do is illegal (overloaded truck), dangerous, foolish. But it's your truck. It's your *** when something happens. I guess people can't be protected from their own stupidity. Its guys with your mentality that should not be allowed to pull rigs.
Edit: to answer your question, get air bags for sure, a good equalizer hitch, and a good trailer brakes controller like a prodidgy.

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