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New Ranger for towing

theoldwizard1
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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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mkirsch
Nomad II
Nomad II
They're still making those scamps?

Putting 10-ply tires on half ton trucks since aught-four.

goducks10
Explorer
Explorer
deltabravo wrote:
theoldwizard1 wrote:
I... Maybe even a small 5th wheel.


I've never seen a 5th wheel that's small enough to be towed by a mid-sized truck in recent years.


https://www.rvtravel.com/rv-review-scamp-19-smallest-fifth-wheel/

JIMNLIN
Explorer
Explorer
The Ranger has a 6050 gvwr and the 2wd models have a 3500 rawr.
At 270 hp and 310 torque its better hp/torque numbers than 3/4 ton truck/small blocks I towed with in the past.

Many new F150 has 3300-3400 rawr and less rear axle payload than the Ranger.
Agree don't let the forums weight police scare you away from buying a Ranger...or any truck you want or need at this time.

Fleet Ford weight specs shows a base payload in the 1700-1800 lb range. We all know a highly optioned truck can have a bit less rear axle payload so choose the model best suits your needs.

Rangers like any 1/2 LDT with 3300-3500 rawr is better suited to pull a TT than a 5th wheel rv trailer.

https://uploads.documents.cimpress.io/v1/uploads/0bcc6707-6374-442e-9a15-7fc6513235b4~110/original?t...
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deltabravo
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theoldwizard1 wrote:
I... Maybe even a small 5th wheel.


I've never seen a 5th wheel that's small enough to be towed by a mid-sized truck in recent years.
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Boomerweps
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Explorer
valhalla360 wrote:
Boomerweps wrote:
The Ranger is a very nice smaller truck. Much easier to park and operate in tighter spaces in town.


Have you seen them side by side? This isn't a 1980's ranger where it was drastically smaller.

The F150 (same cab/bed) is only 2" wider and just over a foot longer.


New trucks for a side by side comparison? Not at any local to me Ford dealer currently. Last time time I had services done on my truck the showroom was EMPTY!

Yes, they do look a lot bigger but I hadn’t seen the measurements.
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2019 F150 4x4 SCrew SB STX 5.0 3.55 factory tow package, 7000#GVWR, 1990 CC Tow mirrors, ITBC, SumoSprings,

Grit_dog
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Nomad III
theoldwizard1 wrote:
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.


Don't let the weight cops dissuade you oldwiz!
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valhalla360
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Boomerweps wrote:
The Ranger is a very nice smaller truck. Much easier to park and operate in tighter spaces in town.


Have you seen them side by side? This isn't a 1980's ranger where it was drastically smaller.

The F150 (same cab/bed) is only 2" wider and just over a foot longer.
Tammy & Mike
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Boomerweps
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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 ??
2019 Wolf Pup 16 BHS Limited, axle flipped
2019 F150 4x4 SCrew SB STX 5.0 3.55 factory tow package, 7000#GVWR, 1990 CC Tow mirrors, ITBC, SumoSprings,

valhalla360
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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.
Tammy & Mike
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MNRon
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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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MFL
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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! 🙂

Jerry

APT
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Explorer
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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valhalla360
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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.
Tammy & Mike
Ford F250 V10
2021 Gray Wolf
Gemini Catamaran 34'
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jdc1
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Explorer II
The fuel millage difference between an F150 and a Ranger is negligible. More room in an F150 too.