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Old 05-19-2014, 10:30 PM   #1
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Ford Ranger I-4 2.3 liter towing

Has anyone ever towed a 13' trailer with a 4 cylinder Ford Ranger? I have a 2008 automatic transmission Ranger and wanted to buy a 13' Scamp or Casita Patriot with a bath package but, I am wondering if anyone has towed with one. I don't plan on going over 60mph.
I looked up the tow ratings and found out that the Ranger has a max tow rating of 2240 pounds. It has 143 hp @ 5,250 rpm and 154 ft lbs. The displacement is 140 cu in or 2260 cc. I plan to put in a transmission oil cooler.
Would it be able to handle a 13' camper or should I scrap the idea. I really don't want to buy another TV since my Ranger only has 12,000 miles.
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Old 05-19-2014, 11:34 PM   #2
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What you propose would be a near perfect match, you will be surprised by the excellent fuel economy as well.
I have owned several Rangers and towed extensively with each of them.
It is a great platform for this application.
Your Ranger has a 3:73 gear which will allow it to pull well off the line and allow it to easily maintain good acceleration up to the cruising speed which you require without strain.


I presently tow a 13D Scamp with a Ford Escape with that same 2.3L engine. It has done remarkably well for seven years so far.
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I've loaned my Trillium to some friends several times and they tow it with a Ranger that I think is identical to yours, though it might be off by a year or so. They report no problems at all- and my trailer is probably 500 pounds heavier than the 13ers you're contemplating. I say go for it!
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Good to hear Floyd and thanks Francesca. We really don't use the truck a whole lot. We have a car the wife and I use around town and to travel. The truck only has 12,000 miles but, I think that will change real soon. I'm going to be on the lookout for a 13' Casita Patriot since I live in Texas and they're built around here. I like the Scamp but, they seem to be sold only in the northern states. I hope to cross campfires with you someday and invite both of you to a grilled steak dinner.
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Marky, what car is your wife driving?
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Toyota Prius! It can tow a little red wagon (downhill)! Lol
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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.
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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.
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.

I think the Ranger is built a little more hardy for such work. It should do well.
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I looked up the tow ratings and found out that the Ranger has a max tow rating of 2240 pounds.
Is that what it says in the manual for your Ranger with your options?

This thread will give you an idea of what weights to expect for various trailers loaded for camping. Trailer Weights in the Real World
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I was just about to order a hitch and a weight distribution hitch made for aluminum unibodies! Lol
I got the Ranger specs from the owners manual.
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OK then Marky.
My manual had 4 or so pages of listings for different tow ratings. Also mentioned maximum frontal area of trailer. If the trailer you are looking at matches then OK.

My experience is the Ranger is light on the rear, brakes are lacking somewhat. Adding a brake controller to your Ranger and brakes to the trailer will go a long way.

I've got the 4.0l V6, hills are noticable towing the boler.
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There are several pages in my manual about towing. I put the manual back in the glove box so I don't remember exactly how many. The 13' FGRV are not flat on the front but rounded and are not that wide. I plan on towing at about 55mph. I do plan on taking the slow lane on hills so that would not be a problem with me. Since there are several owners who have already done this I feel confident my Ranger can pull a 13' FGRV.
I will be installing a brake controller. I'm doing some research on them but I can't seem to find if there is an adapter for the harness or if I'm going to have to wire in the brake controller.
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I was just about to order a hitch and a weight distribution hitch made for aluminum unibodies! Lol
I got the Ranger specs from the owners manual.

Is the Ranger body on frame, or unibody?
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It has a frame.
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