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Icon5 Using The Ranger To Haul My Car 80 miles?

Will it hurt to haul my bmw on a car dolly to the new owner? my truck is a 2001 ranger extended cab 4.0l sohc auto tranny with 3.73 rear gears? and 92k miles

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i don't think it would. what does the bmw weigh? is it a full length trailer (something over 15' that a car gets driven onto) or is it a dolly style (front wheels only)?

i'm gonna guess that as long as the car/trailer combo doesn't go over 5000lbs, you should be good. just keep an eye on the temps.
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i don't think it would. what does the bmw weigh? is it a full length trailer (something over 15' that a car gets driven onto) or is it a dolly style (front wheels only)?

i'm gonna guess that as long as the car/trailer combo doesn't go over 5000lbs, you should be good. just keep an eye on the temps.
no car dolly..thing with 2 wheels that you put front wheels of car onto? im getting a class 5 trailer hitch tomorrow off a 02 ranger for 50 bucks...car weighs like maybe 4000lbs
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like i said. i'd guess you'd be good.
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Curb Weight 3,285 lbs. thats an estimate of the weight
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watch the hills towing on a dolly. Theres no breaks and theres too little weight on the rear of the truck. The pulled vehicle will jack knife you if your not straight and trying to stop. Or coming out of a service station down hill. If you stop, the towed vehicle will keep going the way its pointing. I wont use a dolly again because of it reguardless of the towing vehicle.

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watch the hills towing on a dolly. Theres no breaks and theres too little weight on the rear of the truck. The pulled vehicle will jack knife you if your not straight and trying to stop. Or coming out of a service station down hill. If you stop, the towed vehicle will keep going the way its pointing. I wont use a dolly again because of it reguardless of the towing vehicle.

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i know about the braking i had a 97 silveraldo and towed a rolling ranger chassis on a car dolly from west virginia to georgia some 800 some odd miles and had no problems but i did notice the braking difference...
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no car dolly..thing with 2 wheels that you put front wheels of car onto? im getting a class 5 trailer hitch tomorrow off a 02 ranger for 50 bucks...car weighs like maybe 4000lbs
IIRC, there is no hitch above class IV offered for the ranger, just something to be aware of.
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IIRC, there is no hitch above class IV offered for the ranger, just something to be aware of.
it might be a 4 then i was told it was a stock option
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You will be fine, just watch braking thats all...
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ya cant stress braking enough, it'll push ya, dont get me wrong. almost brake way ahead of time if you can to break your speed a little and coast to the stopsign or whatever
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i had the same truck, except with 4.10s... towed a car from Brookyln to Philadelphia no problem... besides the fact that the streets are 9 feet wide and have people parked on both sides of them in new york, and again in philadelphia, lol.

like the others said... watch your brakes... don't forget there's a car behind you, lol.
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you'll be fine I've hauled boats bigger than greygooseranger's with mine lifted and never had any prob's.
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there is no hitch above class IV offered for the ranger
You look hard enough you can find anything.
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Should be fine, the only thing where the ranger is lacking is in the braking department.

Heres my ranger doin work, Ive had over 6,000 lbs behind it before also...
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I was wondering the same thing if my buddy can't find a better tow vehicle for his MKIV Supra.
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I pulled a 91 explorer with my 03 with the 4.0 and 4.10s thats for sure heavier than a bmw, i think you'll be fine and i used a car dolly too. just start stopping early is all i can say
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thanks guys..guy is getting a loan friday and saturday is d-day i picked up a hidden hitch off a 02 mazda today for 50 bucks so so far so good
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