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Towing a camper and motorcycle

I wasn't sure where to put this, so I figured here is good as any.

Have any of you towed a camper WITH a motorcycle in the bed?

We recently bought a pop-up camper, and plan to tow it about 150 miles in July to a motorcycle rally. It weighs about 1500 lbs, and is about 16-17' long (including the tongue). The bike weighs about 600 lbs, and will be in the bed of the truck, with the tailgate down. Now, things aside like "can I still turn the truck ?", etc, how do you think it will do ? Do you think it will sway too much with the added weight in the bed?

I'm going to do a "test run" as soon as I can, but until then, I'm trying to think of things that might come up?
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Your truck is rated for almost 6000lbs towing i think with your load it will do just fine, remember its gonna take longer to stop.
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do you have the FX4 pkg? if you do you will have no problem because you can tow almost 6000 idk about the regular 4x4 xlt though
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piece of cake..... dont forget your ranger is built FORD TOUGH
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Thanks guys ! I KNOW the truck can pull the load. Afterall, it is a Ford. I was more curious about how the trailer will do with the added weight ib the bed? Pulling it without the bike in the truck is a breeze !!
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It may sag but if you pull it all the time throw some air bags on her!
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Don't forget to take it out of O/D
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if my dumbass pulled this off with a 4cyl youll be good

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Thanks guys ! I KNOW the truck can pull the load. Afterall, it is a Ford. I was more curious about how the trailer will do with the added weight ib the bed? Pulling it without the bike in the truck is a breeze !!
You'll be fine. Just remember to allow more stopping room. The extra weight on the truck will actually help stop sway.
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Yea turning off overdrive is one thing that you have to do, that can kill a tranny in no time with it on. If your not on straight flat ground.
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yeah dont worry i pull a 3 axel trailer and jeep other rangers ill pull about any thing RANGER POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!
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