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Hello all! This is my first post and am seeking help and advice before I make a purchase. I have a 2011 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0, 3.55 rear end, max tow of 5740lbs. I am looking at the Skyline bobcat 160 (2550 DW) or the Bobcat 170 (2725 DW) both with GWVR of 3850. Will my truck be able to tow it comfortably? I will be getting brake controller and WD hitch. I dont want to make the mistake of purchasing something then realizing I cant tow it! Thank you!

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It will tow it. Level of comfort will depend on you and the amount of weight you will add to the truck (passenger, dogs, tool box firewood, etc).

Some people are very comfortable pulling even above tow ratings, other get uncomfortable when they get within 70% of tow rating.

Your GCWR is 9500 lbs, so subtract entire weight of the Ranger, including passengers, cargo, full tank, from that and the result is your REAL tow rating.

* This post was edited 07/10/12 12:34pm by johnrbd *





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Posted: 07/10/12 04:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had 3 flat sided stick-built TTs. The first was a 16', the other 2 were 19'. Passing semis used to blow us around. We now have a 17' Casita which is molded fiberglass like a boat. Aerodynamics make a huge difference, the semis don't bother us at all.





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I wish my numbers looked that good. Tow away my friend.


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I tow a 3400lb dry, 5200lb GVWR 19' TT behind a 97 ranger 4.0L with 4.10 rear end. My ranger is rated to tow 5600 lbs. The ranger tows "OK". Power is a bit slow, but ok (your truck has more HP though). Sway is a bigger issue. The ranger is just too light and I feel semi's passing more then I would like. I have a cheap WD hitch and friction sway bar. I think a better hitch would help, but I plan on replacing the truck anyway due to age.

Summary: Either should be acceptable with a good hitch. This is ofcourse depending on your level of comfort. You'll feel the trailer behind you and won't be able to see much (due to the width of the trailer vs ranger).

Hope this helps.

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Thank you for the replies!! BoosTT if your pulling that amount of weight with your ranger I think I should be ok considering the one Im looking at is lighter and I do have a bit more power.. Thanks again!

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I don't think you'll have any trouble with either of those choices.


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I had an 03 Ranger 4l that I pulled my current trailer (3600 lbs) with for a while. Same experience as boosTT, did okay but lacked power on hills and head winds. I had to add air-lifts, couldn't get the truck anywhere near level even though I was well inside it's 6000 lb towing capacity. Tongue weight was too high.


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I think you'll be fine weight wise but as mentioned above, the small size of the ranger and the large box in the wind behind you may make you uncomfortable in windy conditions or when in traffic with semi's. I personally would not pull something so high profile with a non-fullsize truck but that is just my confort level. A boat or popup, no problem.

If you decide to move forward, just do as you say and get a good w/d hitch, and a great sway control system and adjust your speed according in bad conditions.


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The bobcat does have a slight slope in the front.. I wonder if that would help at all.

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