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Ranger mileage pulling a trailer...

Hi there,

I have a 2010 Ranger ext. cab, 4.0L V6, automatic.

Will be pulling a 2010 Starcraft Travel Star expandable trailer model 175RK weighing about 2900 lbs. dry weight.

Link: http://www.travelstarrv.com/

I'm wonder what kind of mileage I can expect?

Thanks, Paul.

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u mean 4.0L? i have a 97 ext cab 3.0 with 105,000 miles ant it runs perfect. its never had one thing go wrong with it.
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2900 dry but add in about 750 more for food,clothes, and gear.
IMHO a tandem axle trailer calls for a full size truck.
If you're going to pull it with a ranger , my guesstimate would be subtract 4-5 mpg from what you are getting now.
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How big are the water tanks? Does it have breaks? I think you will be around 4000 or so LBS once you factor in the grey and black water tanks, plus gear, food clothes, and drinking water.
I am going to guess around 9-10 if your lucky
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the worst ive ever gotten for mileage while towing was 10 MPG's pulling 3500-4000 pounds.
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I got about 8 in my old ranger pulling 5000. 3.73's and 31's will do that to ya though
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Your mpg with that trailer will depened on how fast your are going. I drove from Portland Or. To Madison Wi. pulling a U-haul 6x6x12 trailer that was completely full. not to mention my bed had a canopy and was full as well. On that drive I got 15mpg all freeway, but I was only going about 45-50 mph.

Your concern for this shouldn't really be the mpg but the transmission. I would suggest having at least a larger transmission cooler installed or even a shift kit if you plan on going up any type of mountain.I had both installed, but I was going over the Rockies.
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OTRtech, thanks for the useful info and suggestions.

I am pulling now a landscaping trailer single axle, total weight approx. 2000 lbs. and get 20.5 mpg on Canadian gallon.

I'm guessing pulling the RV will be at best 14 - 15 mpg Imperial.
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How big are the water tanks?
Fresh water = 28.5
Grey = 30.5
black = 22.5
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YES it does.
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I think you will be around 4000 or so LBS once you factor in the grey and black water tanks, plus gear, food clothes, and drinking water.
I am going to guess around 9-10 if your lucky
OUCH!

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Your mpg with that trailer will depened on how fast your are going. I drove from Portland Or. To Madison Wi. pulling a U-haul 6x6x12 trailer that was completely full. not to mention my bed had a canopy and was full as well. On that drive I got 15mpg all freeway, but I was only going about 45-50 mph.
If I stay off the 4 lane highways where the speed limit is 100 kph (60 mpg) I could do those speeds, which is the best way to maximize one's mpg.
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Your concern for this shouldn't really be the mpg but the transmission. I would suggest having at least a larger transmission cooler installed or even a shift kit if you plan on going up any type of mountain.I had both installed, but I was going over the Rockies.
Excellent advice!

Sorry for my ignorance on subject, can you recommend a particular cooler? Would you put it in the same place as the stock cooler?

What is a "shift kit?"

Regards, Paul.

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Pulling a 7x14' open trailer with mesh ramps and 2 lawnmowers or ATVs, I get down to about 14MPG.
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towning around 4k i bet you will get around 10-12
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Haha love all the guesses from people that barely ever pull anything.

Tandem axles doesn't mean you shouldn't pull it with a Ranger. Hell, they pull better than single axles, helping reduce the sway.

Honestly it depends a lot on your speed, gearing, 2wd vs 4wd, ect. While towing my old Mustang from Texas to WI, it ranged from 12 MPG going slow, down to 8 MPG while doing 70-75 MPG. Also depends a lot on the aerodynamics. I've pulled 5k pounds that went easier than 3k because wind resistance.

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When I haul my landscaping trailer which is a 5x8 trailer loaded with all my equipment I'll also have a bed full of grass and I get better gas mileage loaded up like that than without it. I'm thinking its cause I'm much easier with the skinny peddle, but its the truth. Your hauling more weight than me still so I imagine it would go down a bit for you though.
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Thanks Tractorman for your input. Makes sense to me.

cchsbuzz19, I pull a 5 x 8 Miska trailer with 5 foot mesh gate, JD 737 which weighs about 1200 lbs., so I think total weight is about 2 000 lbs. On a run from Haliburton to Belleville this week, about 250 kms., I got 20.5 mpg Imperial. I was doing between 80 and 90 kph on two lane roads, but the terrain is quite hilly.

I want to invest in a tuner so I can change the shift pint in the tranny, advance the timing, etc.
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Pulling a 19 foot ski boat (Dry Weight 2,800 LBS) with 25 gallons of fuel i get about 10 MPG but i also have over sized tires and a body lift.

the truck its self does pretty good but its not something i would like to travel very far with.

P.S make sure you turn Over Drive off i also have 2 gauges to keep a close eye on the tranny temps and water temps.
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If I stay off the 4 lane highways where the speed limit is 100 kph (60 mpg) I could do those speeds, which is the best way to maximize one's mpg.

Excellent advice!

Sorry for my ignorance on subject, can you recommend a particular cooler? Would you put it in the same place as the stock cooler?

What is a "shift kit?"

Regards, Paul.
I maintained the slower speeds because any faster and my truck was all over the road.

The larger transmission cooler is up to whatever will fit. I think mine was from a one ton pick up. You will want to have this done at a transmission shop. I think I paid about $600 us for the kit and cooler installed. It was little over kill but it only offered further benefits and protection for the tranmsission.
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pfft save that 600$ for replacing a transmission :) Same cost pretty much!


And when it comes to gas mileage it varies all over for anyone. Half the dudes here will tell you that you'll get the same mileage as a 460 in a f250 on 39 inch tires and the other half will tell ya that they got the same mileage as a toyota prius.
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pfft save that 600$ for replacing a transmission :) Same cost pretty much!
Not if you are in the middle of a cross country move pulling a trailer.



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And when it comes to gas mileage it varies all over for anyone. Half the dudes here will tell you that you'll get the same mileage as a 460 in a f250 on 39 inch tires and the other half will tell ya that they got the same mileage as a toyota prius.
Really "Varies ALL OVER" sounds like everyone is posting up MPG from 9 to 15 when towing a large trailer. The variations are dependant on the weight, tire size, gear ratio, engine and speed, but it is still probably going to be in the low teens.

Why post if you aren't going to actually contribute something worth while?
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I have towed my race car in an enclosed trailer all over the country. The trailer is a single axle and is fairly low profile but is pretty wide. The combined trailer weight is around 3500 lbs plus another 800 lbs on the bed. My longest round trip is Cal to Ohio but I have probably towed more than 25,000 miles with my 4.0L Ranger. My overall average is 14 mpg but will range from 13.5 to 15 mpg depending on head wind, upgrades, speed, etc. I tow with the cruise control on and set it anywhere from 70 to 75 mph. I never tow in OD (5th).

The interesting thing is my 2.9L Ranger use to only get 13.5 mpg average when towing the same combination and would struggle on upgrades and against head winds.
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like eevryone has said expect low 10s if not single digits

my truck gets 15-17 towing my utility trailer, and 11 - 12 flat towing my dads 59 cj5 jeep, and i got the 2.5l 4 cyl
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Not if you are in the middle of a cross country move pulling a trailer.





Really "Varies ALL OVER" sounds like everyone is posting up MPG from 9 to 15 when towing a large trailer. The variations are dependant on the weight, tire size, gear ratio, engine and speed, but it is still probably going to be in the low teens.

Why post if you aren't going to actually contribute something worth while?
Because your transmission upgrade is something idiots do. You wasted more money upgrading an okay tranny rather than save money just replacing it. And it isn't going to go out either. Find me some "My tranny went out on a road trip" thread.

By the way, I went 85mph from Minnesota to Washington with about 1000+lbs in the back of my truck and 35 inch tires and averaged 17 mpg. I also went 85+ From Juneau AK to Anchorage AK(about 900 miles I think) with 600 lbs in the back and got the same mileage while driving over bigass mountains.

And I have no transmission cooler or shift kit. I know he should just do his roadtrip and calculate his own gas mileage since nobody's opinion is accurate at all to his situation.
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Because your transmission upgrade is something idiots do. You wasted more money upgrading an okay tranny rather than save money just replacing it. And it isn't going to go out either. Find me some "My tranny went out on a road trip" thread.
The transmission alone would have cost $600. Not including the labor to have it installed, the cost of the towing of the truck and the the trailer. Was it over kill? Sure. Could I have replaced the transmission while on the trip? No.
I didn't do anything that was detrimental to the truck and only serverd to prolong the life of the transmission.

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By the way, I went 85mph from Minnesota to Washington with about 1000+lbs in the back of my truck and 35 inch tires and averaged 17 mpg. I also went 85+ From Juneau AK to Anchorage AK(about 900 miles I think) with 600 lbs in the back and got the same mileage while driving over bigass mountains.

And I have no transmission cooler or shift kit. I know he should just do his roadtrip and calculate his own gas mileage since nobody's opinion is accurate at all to his situation.
It doesn't sound like you were towing any sort of trailer so your input has no value to the thread. The OP asked for members here to speculate what he could experience for mpg while towing a trailer.

If you don't have any input on regarding towing a trailer with your truck why are you posting?
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