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Old 05-21-2014, 07:38 AM   #15
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Yeah, but there's so much more to it than weight and power ratio. There's the hitch attachment strength, the brakes, the gearing, the cooling, and more. One would have to just about be an automotive engineer to make a thorough assessment of the Prius' tow capabilities.
Agree on all counts Mike. Also include aerodynamic differences and 60 to 0 braking/panic stops.
Apparently the Prius does the 60 to 0 panic stop in 129'.
The Ranger does it in 164' (and a whopping 204' when at it's payload rating of 1,300 lbs).
Ranger specs.... 2002 Ford Ranger Fx4 Review - Four Wheeler Magazine

Regarding the full frame.... Ranger forums are full of discussions regarding bent frames. Not cool.
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I question the bent frames. I know the frames didn't bend because they were carrying things within the weight limits of the truck. There are some people who buy a Ranger and think they have a one ton truck. Most people don't even know if they have a four or an eight cylinder in their car, much less carrying capacities. The Ranger is a "light truck." I've seen the trucks you're talking about carrying tile, bricks, or dirt.
I've seen a lot of trucks with their bumper pulled down because they hitched a trailer that exceeded the bumper weight limit. I would not judge the integrity of a truck based on something like that.
What I am proposing to do is tow a trailer with a tong weight that is way below its limit. There are cars with unibodies that tow 13' trailers. As a matter of fact Scamp advertises their 5th wheel being towed by a Ranger!
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No doubt...LOL

Interesting the Ranger weighs about 3,500lbs and has 140HP which works out to 25lbs per 1HP

The Prius weighs 3,100lbs and has 134HP and is 23LBs per 1 HP

Sure the Prius has more power related to weight but the problem when traveling is where would you put the grill and fire wood??? Best to stick with the pick up idea.
Actually his Ranger weighs about 2900#.
Which makes that about 20# per HP .
Mine weighs 3400#, but it has a 4.0L , Edge chassis, 8.8" differential, and big brakes and clutch.
Oddly enough the 2.3L engine was rated at 154HP in the Escape.

The Prius(82 total ft-lb) has more than 37# to pull for every ft-lb of torque.
That is almost twice the load experienced by the Ranger(154 total ft-lb) at just under 19# to pull for each ft-lb of torque, delivered through a truck chassis, designed and geared for hauling cargo and pulling loads.

The Prius is an overweight subcompact on a chassis designed and geared for fuel economy and hauling people, its only cargo expected to consist of a bag of groceries and a built-in quarter ton of Smug.
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The Prius is an overweight subcompact on a chassis designed and geared for fuel economy and hauling people, its only cargo expected to consist of a bag of groceries and a built-in quarter ton of Smug.
Many would beg to differ. They seem to work well for towing an egg.
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Regarding the full frame.... Ranger forums are full of discussions regarding bent frames. Not cool.
Scamp used a late '90s 3.0L Ranger to deliver 5ers all over the country for years. Last I looked they still had it but now they also have a late model Ranger added to the fleet a couple years ago.
I have personally owned 6 Rangers in my family and had dozens more in fleet service. IMHO it is hands down the best small truck ever made.
My present Ranger is approaching 14 years of hard service and will still turn more heads and stand strong along side any comparable new or old Whathaveya.

I doubt anyone is going off-roading with a 13Scamp behind them,but
Stupidity can break an anvil with a rubber mallet, I have shaken my head amazed to witness that fact many times over my years in fleet maintenance.
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Many would beg to differ. They seem to work well for towing an egg.
Maybe even a dozen(with the right carton)!
look here... 360CC of raw power delivered with every stroke! Almost 25HP from 21CID!
When I threatened to actually hook it up...It "begged to differ!"

But seriously, your example just goes to reinforce the practicality of the Ranger for this application.
I have actually seen the Prius/Egg combo a couple of times before, and my comment is not meant to question your judgment.
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Hey there Floyd. There are millions of folks out there that luv their pick ups. I can understand your point of view.
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I thought you were joking. I never thought a Prius could tow anything. I know they have an orbital gear transmission but didn't know you could tow with it! Was it towing a 13' egg?
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I thought you were joking. I never thought a Prius could tow anything. I know they have an orbital gear transmission but didn't know you could tow with it! Was it towing a 13' egg?
I'll be convinced when I see a video of one actually moving a standup trailer- and at highway speeds...
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I did a google search and found these. Just scroll down.

http://priuschat.com/threads/prius-t...railer.127797/

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fu...g/27016620.cfm
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Marky, I've had four Rangers, two 4cyls and two 4L V6s, stick and auto. Although I have used all of them towing utility trailers (no brakes any any of them)with varying loads they all did fine but those trips were never all that far like you would do with a TT. I have a SD17 and tow with an '02 Ranger 4l auto. It's rating from the manual is 5850#. Handles the 17 fine but I do know it's behind me. The 13 footer should do fine but do add brakes.
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Thanks Borrego Dave for the info on the Ranger. I am going to install an oil cooler and a brake controller on the Ranger.
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You may already have a factory cooler.
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I thought you were joking. I never thought a Prius could tow anything. I know they have an orbital gear transmission but didn't know you could tow with it! Was it towing a 13' egg?
My view is that I see a lot of positives in the Prius that are desirable when looking for a TV. A low center of gravity, Aerodynamics in the tow vehcle/and trailer work well with vehicle with small engines. Modern unibodys perform well. Modern quality suspension systems are a good thing. Old school leaf springs with solid axles are noting special in this day and age.

To name a few.
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