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Posted By: MarknShar on 10/15/15 12:56pm

We have a 2015 thor Vegas and want to dingy tow a 2011 Ford Ranger (stick shift). Our Vegas has a Ford V10-302 horsepower engine. The Ranger weight approx. 3,300 #'s. How will this vehicle tow? Does the Vegas have enough power to take the steep grades on? In general how will this towing experience be? Any / all advise will be appreciated!


Posted By: Old-Biscuit on 10/15/15 01:33pm

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Click on 'Tow My Vehicle'

Fill out the drop down boxes for 'advice' on tow-ability of Ranger

Also look in Ranger Owners Manual...........TOWING SECTION for advice on tow-ability/precautions

As for that Vegas (RUV) towing....don't expect a lot and you will not be disappointed.
It does have a 18,500# GCVWR so you should NOT be any where near that total weight.


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Posted By: tenbear on 10/15/15 02:16pm

Per the Motorhome 2011 towing guide, the 2011 Ranger with stick shift can be towed, both the 2WD and 4WD. The 4WD should be put in 2WD mode and the "Electronic Shift-On-the-Fly rotary control in 2-high position". They also have a 55mph speed limit when towing.

It says the weight is 3030# for the 2WD and 3668# for the 4WD.

Your V10 should be able to tow either with no sweat.

As always, check your owner's manual, that is the definitive word.


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Posted By: Jq1953 on 10/15/15 02:25pm

I've towed a 5 speed Ranger for 9 years with no problems. My owners manual limits speed to 60mph, so check yours for this maximum speed.


Posted By: rjstractor on 10/15/15 08:20pm

MarknShar wrote:

Does the Vegas have enough power to take the steep grades on?


I've never driven a rig like yours, but I used to tow a 3000 lb toad with an older 265 hp V10 class C, and power was adequate on mountain passes, so I would think you will be fine power wise. The 3-valve version of your motorhome's engine is used to power coaches that weigh nearly twice what yours does.


Posted By: tatest on 10/17/15 03:04am

I towed. a Ranger with the 305 hp V-10 in a 13,000 pound C. When I turn left out of my street, towards the CG I'm accelerating from 0-30 mph on a 8% grade. It stays in first gear longer towing, but I'm up to 30 mph by the top of the hill, towing or not. If you can accelerate on a 8% grade, you can cruise just about any highway grade you will encounter. You might not climb it as fast as a Corvette or even a V6 SUV or minivan, but you'll climb it a whole lot faster than a 80,000 truck.

I'm now towing a Honda Fit, about 900 pounds lighter than the Ranger. I can still feel the load on acceleration. It is a little less, not that much less, I still know I'm towing. On level ground, I can still accelerate as fast or faster than most of the folks in rural Oklahoma or rural Kansas choose to accelerate. I probably couldn't keep up with the stoplight drag races in the northern suburbs of Detroit.


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Posted By: FIRE UP on 10/17/15 11:16am

tenbear wrote:

Per the Motorhome 2011 towing guide, the 2011 Ranger with stick shift can be towed, both the 2WD and 4WD. The 4WD should be put in 2WD mode and the "Electronic Shift-On-the-Fly rotary control in 2-high position". They also have a 55mph speed limit when towing.

It says the weight is 3030# for the 2WD and 3668# for the 4WD.

Your V10 should be able to tow either with no sweat.

As always, check your owner's manual, that is the definitive word.


Well Sir,
I don't have either of those versions of trucks but, I've not seen any instructions for towing, in any 4x4 owners manual, that stated that the transfer case should be shifted to "2wd" and or, put in "2 High" position for flat towing. Must be something I'm not seeing here.

For years, Ford, in its infinite wisdom, did not allow the Ford Ranger 4x4 to be flat towed, without what's called the "NTK" kit. The Neutral Tow Kit was something that could be retro-fitted to CERTAIN MODEL YEARS of the Ranger 4x4 (not all of them could accept that kit). When installed, there was a plastic bracket with an LED light on it installed under the dash.

Then, the truck was taken to a Ford dealer where, a tech would re-flash the engine ECM and whatever other controls, that would now allow the electronically shifted transfer case to be placed in a NEUTRAL position for towing. Only then, could you flat tow a Ranger 4x4.

So, to read your statement that the 2011 model 4x4 must be placed in "2-High" is to me, something I'd have to read in the owners manual and, even then, I'd do some investigation before I'd actually tow it. Because, to me, 2-high means you're putting it in gear (the transfer case, not the transmission) to tow it.
Scott


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Posted By: tenbear on 10/17/15 11:51am

What I wrote applies to the manual transmission Ranger. It does say that the "4WD vehicles with automatic transmission and electronic shift transfer case require neutral tow kit accessory - contact a Ford dealer. Do not tow without the neutral tow kit."

I am just posting what the 2011 Guide to Dingy Towing says. My Ranger is a 2006 and I don't tow it.


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