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Towing Accord on U-Haul 4 wheel trailer?

Does anyone see any issues towing my wife's 02 Honda Accord coupe on a U-Haul car hauling trailer (not the dolley-an actual trailer) with my FX4 5 speed manual? I need to haul it about 175 miles to have it repaired at a local body shop after a wreck during Christmas.

U-Haul's website says my truck isn't big enough to tow the Accord.
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Don't slip the clutch a lot and try to avoid starting on steep hills and you should be fine. The reason the manual has a lower rating is because some people can't drive stick properly and Ford doesn't want a bunch of customers coming in with burnt clutches.
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Don't slip the clutch a lot and try to avoid starting on steep hills and you should be fine. The reason the manual has a lower rating is because some people can't drive stick properly and Ford doesn't want a bunch of customers coming in with burnt clutches.
It's all interstate, so it shouldn't be a big deal on the clutch. However, U-Haul's website doesn't ask if it's a manual or auto tranny-just the Ranger isn't big enough to tow the car period.

Also, I don't have a weight distribution hitch if that matters-only the factory Class 3 hitch.
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suprised uhaul is throwing up flags on that one ... cause they let me rent a dolly to use ON THE BUMPER HOOK ..... i ended up borrowing a friends dakota to do the job instead
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You'll be fine dude.
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I towed a 96 Ranger back on a dolly with my 4 banger on 33's and it was fine.
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It's a 4.0?
You'll be fine. My 3.0 5spd pulled a 2,900lb boat with ease. Even got it up a steep ramp. I just had to run her in 4th at highway speed (60-65)
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Towing capacity of an auto Ranger is 6000ish lbs. The manual is rated at like 3500 lbs but you will be fine.
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I wouldn't call it safe but yes it's possible with proper finesse. Engine braking and proper tounge weight will be the two biggest concerns.
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Towing capacity of an auto Ranger is 6000ish lbs. The manual is rated at like 3500 lbs but you will be fine.
Yep, even if you exceed the capacity by a little bit (the car is maybe 3,300lbs plus the weight of the trailer). But the difference in capacities is clutch wear and ability to start from a stop.
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One thing to be aware of with U-Haul trailers is the goofy inertia brakes.
Two different trailers I towed would slightly apply the brakes if I tried to accelerate too fast to get up to speed on the interstate.
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You gotta lie to them.

When I rented a dolly they asked my year, make, model, CAB SIZE, and NUMBER OF DOORS! Because you know how the 4 doors have more towing capacity then the 2 door models.

I told them that I was towing a 91 geo metro with a 2008 F-250, and I was just picking it up with the ranger because my dad was at work.
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Uhaul wont let you tow with anything that they say is too small.. I have a F150 and they whined about me using their four wheel dolly with a mitsubishi eclipse on it... they wouldnt let me use a class 3 equipped minivan either.. I wound up using a C20 and they allowed it they want full size 3/4 ton trucks or their own equipment and they wont rent a pickup to tow it either it has to be a minimum 14 ft truck.... they are scam artists with it.. try ryder or one of the other guys
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Towing capacity of an auto Ranger is 6000ish lbs. The manual is rated at like 3500 lbs but you will be fine.
Auto 4.0 - tow rating 5500lbs
manual 4.0 - tow rating 4875lbs?

look in your owners manual. It really differs on the reg, ext. cab 4.0, 3.0 and manual and auto, XLT, FX4, and so on. You should be fine though. the wieght of the car and trailer combined shouldn't be more that 4500lbs. just check you tounge weight. I believe on that hitch its around 500lbs or so just look and the sticker on the hitch. if was at home with truck i'd get excat numbers for ya!!
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My manual says maximum trailer weight for a 4wd 4.0 manual supercab Ranger is 3140 lbs and 2720 for the FX4. The auto supercab 4.0 4wd is 5600 and 5180 for the FX4. The highest capacity is a regular cab auto 2wd 4.0 with torsion bars and a 7' bed at 5980 lbs. All are 2003 specs.
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My manual says maximum trailer weight for a 4wd 4.0 manual supercab Ranger is 3140 lbs and 2720 for the FX4. The auto supercab 4.0 4wd is 5600 and 5180 for the FX4. The highest capacity is a regular cab auto 2wd 4.0 with torsion bars and a 7' bed at 5980 lbs. All are 2003 specs.
HAHA!! yeah i just though about that AFTER i posted . Mine is for the 06 FX4 level II. Yours sounds about right. Idon't think they changed the manuals on towing cap. over the yrs.
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i pulled a 7000 pound boat with my 2.5L 4 banger with an on the bumper ball...... 5 speed it worked and id do it again but ill tell you it certainly put some strain on my truck lol but with a 4.0 v6 man you will whip that thing all over everywhere...
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i pulled a 7000 pound boat with my 2.5L 4 banger with an on the bumper ball...... 5 speed it worked and id do it again but ill tell you it certainly put some strain on my truck lol but with a 4.0 v6 man you will whip that thing all over everywhere...
Wow you should really be a truck owner. I think a honda civic would be a better suited vehicle for you. As for towing the accord with a 5 spd ranger, I say no. It's rated at 3500# for a REASON. Just because that autos are rated higher doesn't mean that a 5spd truck can safely pull that amount. Just my .02. Do whatever you want, it's your truck not mine.
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You should be fin if you're careful, but why not just use a dolly. The double axle trailer you are getting weights 2000lbs., just an FYI. If you can do it with the dolly do it and save the strain on your truck.
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As for towing the accord with a 5 spd ranger, I say no. It's rated at 3500# for a REASON. Just because that autos are rated higher doesn't mean that a 5spd truck can safely pull that amount. Just my .02. Do whatever you want, it's your truck not mine.
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The reason the manual has a lower rating is because some people can't drive stick properly and Ford doesn't want a bunch of customers coming in with burnt clutches.
That's why.
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You gotta lie to them.

When I rented a dolly they asked my year, make, model, CAB SIZE, and NUMBER OF DOORS! Because you know how the 4 doors have more towing capacity then the 2 door models.

I told them that I was towing a 91 geo metro with a 2008 F-250, and I was just picking it up with the ranger because my dad was at work.
I found this out earlier today when I tried to get the trailer online. It would only let me tow a Civic with the Ranger. I called the local U-Haul and they need the actual vehicle plates to verify what I was going to be towing. After further discussions with our insurance company, we decided it would be just as good to leave the car where it was & let the local repair shop fix the car (I've used them in the past and was happy with their work anyways).
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That's why.
Can't be. Ford warranty does not cover wear and tear. Theres more to it than the clutch. The m50d was **** in f-150's Why would a ranger be any different. At any rate a manual is rated to tow only 3500# so towing more than that would be illegal No? Like I said it's his truck and I don't really care what he does with it. But at the end of the day it is only rated to tow 3500#. And FWIW I wouldn't go anywhere near 5500# with my 4.0 auto. It's just too much weight for a ranger.
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There are people that have towed more than the 3500lb rating and have had no problems despite the tranny being crap.
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The curb weight of the trucks combined with lack of braking power is what truly limits a SAFE towing capacity. My Mustang GT probably has a stronger drivetrain than 95% of the trucks here if you're rating towing by drivetrain strength. The weight of that Accord (say 3200lbs), plus a tandem car trailer (2000lbs, I know I've used one), combined with a tounge measured pressure/inertia "brake" exceeds the total weight of the his Ranger. On a larger/longer truck that is usually not a major disadvantage, or at least not nearly as much as it to a Ranger.
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you will be fine... truck is rated at what 4500 lbs? accords don't weigh that...
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