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Posted: 04/27/22 04:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is anyone using the new Ranger as a tow vehicle ? I am a bit disappointed that the factory tow package did not upgrade either the transmission cooler or radiator.

I'm thinking of a trailer with GVW of around 5,000 lbs. Maybe even a small 5th wheel. Probably 4 passengers and very little other cargo in the truck.

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Three passengers will easily take 600 pounds of payload. Add 700 pounds of tongue weight. Will your proposed Ranger handle that? A 5er at 5,000 pounds will add 1,000 pounds of payload. Rangers are good trucks but that’s too much IMO.


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The Ranger is considered a midsized truck. It is in the same class as a Toyota tacoma. I would not want to try what you are thinking. You would not have any fudge room.

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The fuel millage difference between an F150 and a Ranger is negligible. More room in an F150 too.

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Why are you looking at a Ranger? Really hardly any smaller than an F150 and you can spec an F150 with much better payload and towing options.


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Do you already have the Ranger? Payload and rear axle ratings will be exceeded well under tow rating. It should be fine for about 4000 pound dry TT. I cannot think of any 5th wheel that would support a 200 pound receiver in the bed and even modest 15% pin weight.

Power from the Ecoboost should be fine.


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While the new Ranger is larger, more powerful, than the earlier models, I have to agree with others, the 150 being a much better choice. For price dif, gas mileage dif, comparing true tow capability, such as a TT, small FW, the Ranger has little to offer.

They are nice looking though! [emoticon]

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Not many 5ers can realistically be pulled with an F150-class, can't imagine any that a Ranger-class TV would work with...


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MNRon wrote:

Not many 5ers can realistically be pulled with an F150-class, can't imagine any that a Ranger-class TV would work with...


Maybe something like the Scamp line but really 5ers don't make a lot of sense unless you go big.

You lose much of the truck bed storage to the 5er hitch. With a big 5er, that's offset by the big underbelly storage. But the really small 5ers generally don't have a lot of storage to negate the loss of the truck bed. A similar size bumper pull has as much storage and you get full use of the truck bed.

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The Ranger is a very nice smaller truck. Much easier to park and operate in tighter spaces in town.
Tow rated at 7000# WITH NO WDH, according to Ford.
Ranger pricing isn’t that far off from an F150.
Adding the fifth wheel comments can be from a lack of research but, to me, is almost trolling ??


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