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Old 07-15-2005
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Towing with ranger

ok so were getting a ranger...its either gonna be a auto trail head or a 5 speed trail head....they are both 3.0 reg cab short beds....whats my towing weight limit? Im thinking about getting some kind of boat or somthing......

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like 500 pounds....

I really don't know...
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My 2.5l 99 XLT's GCWR is 5500 pounds, so trailer, trailer contents, truck and truck contents can't be over 5500 pounds. Traler and its contents can be about 2000 pounds, with around a 3 or 500 pound tounge weight (I forget which one it is at the moment, I thought the general rule is 10% of the total trailer weight was to be the tounge weight).

For the 3 liter trailhead, I'm not exactly sure what the limits are. You certainly dont want to over load it, as you may be able to pull it fine but you may not be able to stop as easily.
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they also have a 4.10 rear axle ratio...but 2000 pound trailer weight?! thats it...dang....
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Heres full specs for 98, should be the same


Payload

4x2
112" wheel base 1260 #1 std, 1660 #2 option
4x4
112" wheel base 1260 #1 std, 1500 #2 option

GVWR
4x2
112" wheelbase 4320 #1 std, 4740 #2 opt
126" wheelbase 4540 #1 std, 4900 #2 opt

4x4
112" wheelbase 4760 #1 std, 4980 #2 opt
126" wheelbase 4940 #1 std, 5120 #2 opt

GAWR, 112" wheelbase
4x2
Front min, 2288 #1 std, 2288 #2 opt
Front max, 2400 #1 std, 2400 #2 opt
Rear min, 2317 #1 std, 2735 #2 opt
Rear max, 2600 #1 std, 2750 #2 opt


4x4
Front min, 2490 #1 std, 2490 #2 opt
Front max, 2710 #1 std, 2710 #2 opt
Rear min, 2511 #1 std, 2731 #2 opt
Rear max, 2600 #1 std, 2750 #2 opt


GAWR, 126" wheelbase
4x2
Front min, 2558 #1 std, 2558 #2 opt
Front max, 2600 #1 std, 2600 #2 opt
Rear min, 2421 #1 std, 2747 #2 opt
Rear max, 2600 #1 std, 2750 #2 opt


4x4
Front min, 2773 #1 std, 2773 #2 opt
Front max, 2850 #1 std, 2850 #2 opt
Rear min, 2569 #1 std, 2749 #2 opt
Rear max, 2600 #1 std, 2750 #2 opt

Trailer towing, GCWR

Manual, regular & cab plus, 4x2
2.5L 3.45 diff not recommended to tow
2.5L 3.73 diff 4,800 lbs GCWR
3.0L 3.45 diff 5,000 lbs GCWR
3.0L 3.73 diff 6,000 lbs GCWR
4.0L 3.08 diff 5,000 lbs GCWR
4.0L 3.55 diff 7,000 lbs GCWR

Auto, regular & cab plus, 4x4
2.5L 3.73 diff 5,500 lbs GCWR
3.0L 3.45 diff 7,000 lbs GCWR
3.0L 3.73 diff 7,500 lbs GCWR
4.0L 3.08 diff 6,000 lbs GCWR
4.0L 3.55 diff 9,500 lbs GCWR

Manual, regular & cab plus, 4x4
3.0L 3.73 diff 6,000 lbs GCWR
4.0L 3.27 diff 6,000 lbs GCWR
4.0L 3.73 diff 7,000 lbs GCWR

Auto, regular & cab plus, 4x4
3.0L 3.73 diff 7,500 lbs GCWR
3.0L 4.10 diff 8,000 lbs GCWR
4.0L 3.25 diff 7,500 lbs GCWR
4.0L 3.73 diff 9,500 lbs GCWR

For high altitude operation, reduce
GCWR by 2% per 1,000 ft elevation.
In high altitude operating environment,
a gasoline engine loses power at rate
of 3% to 4% per 1,000 feet elevation.

Maximum permissible trailer load is
determined by subtracting the towing
vehicle weight (including trailer hitch,
vehicle passengers, and load) from
the maximum GCWR.

Step bumper has built in hitch
and only requires a ball with
3/4 inch shank dia. The step
bumper has a Class I capability
(2,000 lb trailer weight and 200 lb
tongue weight).
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i pulled my 5.0 mustang almost 600 miles....ya your accerlation is slow but it pulls
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so i have a combined towing capacity of almost 8000 pounds if i get a manuel/auto
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Yup, but you have to remember that frontal area comes into play, a boat will slipstream the air, a travel trailer will act like pulling a wall through the air.
You just need to drive accordingly to what you a doing, Biggest problem you will have is getting up the ramps with a boat on, and I'm talking traction, not power.
When I had my B2 with a 2.9, I pulled a 16 foot boat, couldn't even tell it was there, pulled my buddies 66 ford half ton, with trailer and 16' boat up a launch ramp, because I had traction and he didn't.
Just use low gear on ramp and you should be fine
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