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Old 12-16-2009
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Towing Capacity

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT 2.5 Liter engine it says I can two 2000 lbs on my bumper hich but I read on a a online tow guide I can tow 5250 lbs witch is right.
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the truck is rated for the 5250 not the bumper. you would need a hitch for full towing capacity.
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Yeah, you'll need a class III hitch.
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towing 5250 seems like a high rating and will be scary with a 4cyl but can be done if my dumbass can do this

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then anythings possible

anyhow, i echo everyone elses comments on towing on the bumper, before i was "hitched" i towed a 5x8 uhaul filled with **** and my util trailer filled with firewood but wouldnt trust it for much ... i dont base this on the bumper but on the ball rating cause the holes are pretty small.
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I have a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT 2.5 Liter engine it says I can two 2000 lbs on my bumper hich but I read on a a online tow guide I can tow 5250 lbs witch is right.
According to Ford for MY particular truck I can haul ( 1,650 lbs ) in the bed and tow ( 6,000 lbs ) with a trailer, my truck was special ordered with ALL the bells and whistles in 1996 including tow package!!

If you want to be absolutely sure I would call an authorized Ford representative that could look up your particular truck and it's current configuration, obviously you will need a trailer hitch installed in the correct CLASS rating to take advantage of what you can tow.

Let us know what you find out.
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plz plz plz plz dont ever tow anything with your bumper. plz spend the 100 dollars and buy a real hitch
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there is no way you could tow what i'm capible of towing with a class 3 hitch and towing package (see sig) with just a four banger on your bumper. the bumper is only rated for like 200-500 lbs. i'm guessing you read the info wrong.

spend the extra coina and get a hitch or find someone with a larger towing capacity.
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i've pulled a trailer on my bumper that was about 3000 pounds a few times i didnt really wanna pull it but it worked, gross trailer weight is 2000, max tounge weight is around 250-300 pounds, but yeah just spend the 100 or so on a hitch, it will be worth it and btw my bumper is bent a little from that
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Old 12-17-2009
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ya i agree..

these trucks are wimpy... hell i've pulled 3000lbs with my 250 2wd quad for god sakes.. and a truck cant even pull 3000 lbs on the bumper?? wow thats sad. haha
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yeah the bumpers on the rangers do suck, i hooked a tie down to the bottom of the bumper to pull a car on a trailer it bent the bottom of my bumper out a few hits with a axe knocked it back to mormal haha i was pissed when i seen it bent out,so yeah the stock bumpers are wimpy
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I am going to uhaul today to get priced I need a class 3 right ? and What will the max hitch weight max be I can have ?
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Typically, a class 3 hitch is rated at 500 lbs tongue weight and 5000 lbs towing, class 4 is 750 lbs tongue weight and 7500 lbs towing. That's the "safe" limit.

Don't worry about pulling the weight though if its a quality hitch, got a buddy who lived here who owns a '93 Dodge diesel 4x4 and he regularly hauls 10,000+ lb loads with a 6" drop hitch on his factory class 3 hitch lol. I still can't believe he hasn't busted it off the truck yet! I'd be more concerned about your poor 4 banger dying before the hitch breaks. LR
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I am going to uhaul today to get priced I need a class 3 right ? and What will the max hitch weight max be I can have ?
What ever you do DO DO NOT LISTEN TO these people that tell you you can tow more then what the manufacturer recommends, it's stupid,un-safe and your putting peoples lives at risk when you tow more then your truck is suppose to handle, plus it is ILLEGAL and if you have an accident towing 7,000 lbs and the other party can prove you were not suppose to tow more then 5,000 you will be screwed and held liable!!
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I wouldn't even pull close to 5k lbs on a 2.5 engine.
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I don't think 5250 is right for the four banger hitch or not

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there is no way you could tow what i'm capible of towing with a class 3 hitch and towing package (see sig) with just a four banger on your bumper. the bumper is only rated for like 200-500 lbs. i'm guessing you read the info wrong.

spend the extra coina and get a hitch or find someone with a larger towing capacity.
bumper is rated at 200 tongue and 2000 towing. Its not the bumper/ hitch he should be worried about, its the inadequate braking and acceleration

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I wouldn't even pull close to 5k lbs on a 2.5 engine.
i wouldn't even do that with my 3.0
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Yeah I guess I'm stating the obvious lol

I personally wouldn't pull anything over half of Ford's rating for a considerable distance.
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if you want to tow 5,250lb trailer with your 2.5L ranger, go ahead. but when your tranny burns out don't come crying to us.
then again, why should i care about someone who has posted 11 times in 24 months?
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bumper is rated at 200 tongue and 2000 towing. Its not the bumper/ hitch he should be worried about, its the inadequate braking and acceleration
yea, i looked at my bumper last night to see. it's written into the plastic.
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haha, yeah I towed a stack of railroad ties on my bumper, 4 high and 4 wide x15ft long( 16 all together)were I worked we built the machines that cut the wood for multiple companies, they were not cut to lenght hence why they were so long, plus they were on a car trailer I was only going around the shop and hit a small pot whole in the drive way trailer bounced ever so slighty and when I stopped my bumper was facing straight down. so the brackets for the bumpers are weak. plus that's why they make hitches (wihch i got now lol) sure the truck towed it fine butthe bumper didn't like it. lol
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I am going to uhaul today to get priced I need a class 3 right ? and What will the max hitch weight max be I can have ?
try your local junkyards, craigslist, and etrailer.com .. much cheaper than uhaul probably.

just dont get a hitch of an explorer it wont bolt up
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was that a 4 cylinder?lol and how many miles towing this?
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did you really bring up a year old thread for an answer that is in the first post?
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ya and? i wanted to know a bit more about it?is it a problem? what would be the problem of talking in a old tread if it interest you? or for what mather is this your problem? has i wasnt talking to you. i though the meaning of this forum was to talk about ranger and chat....
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ok yes it was a 4cyl and no one know how many miles he was towing it..



next questions?
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put in an 8.8 and some helper springs or AALs and it will increase your towing capacity greatly. the weak link in that setup (what I have) is the tranny overheating, 2.5L lack of power, and the lack of braking.
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