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To Do or Not To Do, That is the question.

Hello fellow Ranger owners,

I have a question i am considering down sizing from a 23ft MTR home to mounting
a 7ft camper in the back of my 08 fx4. Is this a good idea and also how would my
little tow unit do towing a couple of quads on a open trailer with the camper aboard.
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i would not recommend it
to much weight for the ranger transmission to handle
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bad idea written all over it. that is some serious weight on the *** end of that truck
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Way to much weight your truck. It would be crying
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i didnt realize they made fx4's with 7ft long beds. seen the scsb fx4's from canadia.
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Icon14 just do it

I have a Northstar 750 demountable which I carry on my 2003 Ranger 4x4 supercab. It weighs 680kg all up and is designed to fit. The only mod I have done is to fit air assisted rear suspension, to reduce sway. The transmission is 5 speed stickshift, and it carries it up hills no bother. Your truck is designed to carry a ton. That's 1000 kgs, you work it out.
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There's a guy on a local forum who tried that, but he ended up putting his quad in the bed and the camper on the trailer, so he'd have the weight off the rear suspension. He seems to like it, I'll try to find a link to his setup.

Edit: http://www.overlandcanada.com/forum/...79&postcount=8
I think he might have airbags in the rear now, too, there's a few ranger owners on that site and get them mixed up a lot, though.

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I have a Northstar 750 demountable which I carry on my 2003 Ranger 4x4 supercab. It weighs 680kg all up and is designed to fit. The only mod I have done is to fit air assisted rear suspension, to reduce sway. The transmission is 5 speed stickshift, and it carries it up hills no bother. Your truck is designed to carry a ton. That's 1000 kgs, you work it out.
ford only rates the ranger for 1428 pounds of weight in the bed

( not a tonne that you claim )
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ford only rates the ranger for 1428 pounds of weight in the bed

( not a tonne that you claim )
The spec on my Ranger says its nett payload, not counting driver is 1135 kg, I think a 680 kg demountable camper is well within its load carrying capacity. So my "claim" of a tonne was conservative, not over-ambitious as you state. I offered the OP an opinion of his idea based on personal experience, not guesswork. Perhaps this may be useful to the OP.
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I had a bad experience putting a ton of sand in my bed it reversed my leaf springs. the leafs went from looking like a happy face to a sad face in a hurry.
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Theres actually someone on here with one, I can't remember his name for the life of me though. Newer truck 06+, mud tires, etc
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The spec on my Ranger says its nett payload, not counting driver is 1135 kg, I think a 680 kg demountable camper is well within its load carrying capacity. So my "claim" of a tonne was conservative, not over-ambitious as you state. I offered the OP an opinion of his idea based on personal experience, not guesswork. Perhaps this may be useful to the OP.
1kg = 2.2046lbs
So you are saying your ranger can carry 2500 pounds in the bed. Most full size trucks aren't rated for that.
Your 680kg camper weighs about 1499 pounds.

I have a 2002 ranger XLT 2wd and its only rated for about 1200 pounds total payload. (those specs from ford includes passenger weight.)

I'm not slamming you, I just think there might be a little confusion surrounding the metric system and conversions from pounds to kilograms.
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1kg = 2.2046lbs
So you are saying your ranger can carry 2500 pounds in the bed. Most full size trucks aren't rated for that.
Your 680kg camper weighs about 1499 pounds.

I have a 2002 ranger XLT 2wd and its only rated for about 1200 pounds total payload. (those specs from ford includes passenger weight.)

I'm not slamming you, I just think there might be a little confusion surrounding the metric system and conversions from pounds to kilograms.
No confusion, 1kg is 2,2 pounds.

http://www.roadtransport.com/ROADTES...r-cab-4x4.html

read the spec for yourself

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I routinely carry a metric ton, 1000kg of roadstone in my truck. The springs dont "reverse", they remain spring-shaped. The only sign of carrying this load is the need to use the headlamp adjusting switch to re-level the main beam. This feature is designed-in and expected to be used. Where's the mystery, are our Rangers different from yours?

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in case you didnt notice those specs are for the 2.5 turbo deisel... totally different truck.
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and no stock north american ranger will handle 2500 pounds in the bed
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these are the specs on your 03 keeflester


4 x 2 Regular Cab - Total Weight (lbs) 4360 Payload (lbs) 1260


and the payload is the same for every ranger model all the way to the 4x4 super cab that weighs 5120 lbs



if a ranger is capable of carrying 1 ton why are f150s and silverados half tons?
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in case you didnt notice those specs are for the 2.5 turbo deisel... totally different truck.
Sure I noticed, that's what I drive

I guess US spec trucks must be built for a different purpose/market.
UK spec trucks seem to get used as trucks, a one ton truck can carry one ton
My truck works hard for its living, carrying all kinds of building materials, and our demountable camper when we are on vacation. If your's is not up for that you might complain to Ford.
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i apologize. the specs i posted were based on the north american ranger. 98% of users on this forum are north americans... didnt notice you location
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these are the specs on your 03 keeflester


4 x 2 Regular Cab - Total Weight (lbs) 4360 Payload (lbs) 1260


and the payload is the same for every ranger model all the way to the 4x4 super cab that weighs 5120 lbs



if a ranger is capable of carrying 1 ton why are f150s and silverados half tons?
That table of values does not display properly on my screen, but a scan through the values has no reference to my truck that I can see.
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i apologize. the specs i posted were based on the north american ranger. 98% of users on this forum are north americans... didnt notice you location
no apology needed, honest mistake. i feel a little marginalised - 2%, but happy that my truck does the job I bought it for.

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There was a guy on here who ran one for a while but his truck was SASed. Here's the thread: https://www.ranger-forums.com/showth...ghlight=camper
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Just to stop the US vs World ranger bit, the OP is canadian and gets the US ranger, with the low load cap.
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i've had 1500lbs in my bed. took it about 5-10kms. handled fine.
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i wouldnt do it. these stock trannys arent the strongest in the world. plus i have a camper top on mine and with a full tank of gas and an empty bed my springs are flat! btw anyone feel free to tell me if thats good or not.
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