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Old 10-30-2011, 11:35 AM   #15
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In 1992 I bought an extended cab 4 cyl standard shift Ranger without a tow package and was quite happy with it. I actually towed a 20' Grady White walkaround boat about 20 miles each way on the bumper hitch to the boat ramp and it did the job (there was no hills)..... was kind of sluggish for a heavy boat. The V-6 w/tow package would have did it. but i did like that truck
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:28 PM   #16
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Hi: steve dunham... Yes there are deals to be had on Ford Rangers. Ford wants to get rid of them as they will be orphans going down the road. There's no indication that Ford will reintroduce the new 2012 Ranger World Platform truck for sale in the North American market. Why would their "World Pickup Truck" not be include for sale in N.A.??? MONEY seems to be the only answer!!! They want buyers to get into larger more profitable F150's.
This is precisely why I chose the Nissan Crew Cab Long Bed 4X4 for my next tow. It's built in Smyrna Tenn. very capable of towing our Escape 5.0 and carrying 4 passengers and a child safety seat in the center rear seat.
Mileage of 27.7 mpg. not towing and 19.6 towing.
There's an old east coast saying "You pay's your money... and you takes your choose".
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The new Nissan Crew Cab Long Bed 4X4 has an EPA mileage rating of
(14 city) and (19 highway) without a load!
You'd better keep that one!
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:03 PM   #17
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Hi: floyd...Our gallon is bigger 'n yours and up here we measure in liters/100 kilometers. Besides towing in the U.S. I get 16.5 mpg 'cause of the Ethenol content but your gallon is cheaper!!! It's all in the way you look at it...but I'm happy with this truck and the mileage it gets.
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:08 PM   #18
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I believe that works out to 22 mpg (US gallons) when not towing, right? Is that the 4 cyl or the 6?
Hi: Mike Magee...That's highway mileage on a straight run of 6-8hrs with some traffic tieups. It's the 4ltr. V6 5spd. auto OD. I really like it!!!
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:25 PM   #19
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I have a 2008 Ford Ranger 4X4,auto. I use it as my daily driver and also for pulling my 4500 Trillium. I put my boat on the rack on my truck and my camping gear in the bed.. I have no problems with this outfit. Gene
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Thank you all for your help and advice. Unfortunately I ran into a problem with purchasing a Ranger ,not with Ford or Ranger but the dealer. (only one for many miles). With Ford discontinuing the Ranger , selection is limited and the dealer is using that as leverage. I purchased a 2011 Ram 1500 SLT ,quad cab ,V8 with automatic transmission. I can now tow 8550 lbs. per owners manual , a little overkill for my 2500 LB. Scamp , but I will not be 1000 Lbs over my GCVW rating like I was in my old truck.

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Old 11-02-2011, 02:26 PM   #21
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Steve...... I've owned that truck (Ram 1500 quad cab) and foolishly sold it..... I liked it a lot and i think you will too.
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You'll have to wheel into that Ford lot with your new Ram, smile and wave.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:43 PM   #23
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Steve, having owned and pulled with both a compact truck and a full sized one, I think you made the right choice. The comfort level, space for gear, and ease of towing will all be much higher. We were happy with our compact, but now that we've tried the full sized truck we will never go back. Eight to nine hour days in our compact were about all we could handle, now we don't think twice about twelve or thirteen hour days. The extra size will be intimidating at first if you've never owned one before, but you should soon get used to it. The only real disadvantage we've found is it is a little harder to reach things in the middle of the bed - and I'm a tall guy - a short person will probably need one of the built in steps that are available or carry around a stool to make it easy.
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Steve, having owned and pulled with both a compact truck and a full sized one, I think you made the right choice. The comfort level, space for gear, and ease of towing will all be much higher. We were happy with our compact, but now that we've tried the full sized truck we will never go back. Eight to nine hour days in our compact were about all we could handle, now we don't think twice about twelve or thirteen hour days. The extra size will be intimidating at first if you've never owned one before, but you should soon get used to it. The only real disadvantage we've found is it is a little harder to reach things in the middle of the bed - and I'm a tall guy - a short person will probably need one of the built in steps that are available or carry around a stool to make it easy.
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That is, of course, a valid personal preference, but I would sell my camper before subjecting myself to the chore of driving an oversized truck for pleasure. (I had a CDL or it's equivalent for nearly 40 years)
There are still smaller sized SUVs available which are comfy, capable and still somewhat of a pleasure to drive.
With a couple of mods, my Escape was capable of holding it's own on an open roadrace course against a 3 series BMW, and still do a great job towing my Scamp.
I love my Ranger,which has suspension improvements which make it's handling and ride more precise than when it was built.
Still there are those, like yourself, who prefer a soft and compliant ride,which only feels imprecise and uncertain to those like me.
There you have it, two divergent views of the same activity.
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Hey Steve

I also tow with a RAM 1500. It's a 2007 with about 85K on the clock now and has been the best tow vehicle I've had in the 40 years I've been dragging trailers around. I think you will love it.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:19 PM   #26
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Ranger's a great truck and excellent TV. Like it? Buy it!

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Old 12-13-2011, 03:50 PM   #27
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Ranger's a great truck and excellent TV. Like it? Buy it!

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I just came back from my local Ford dealer. The salesman said they quit making the Ranger...No demand, couldn't sell'em, But we have a 5 year old 2wd Sport on the lot if you want to see it....only $16000
No demand?!?!
Go figger
So I made a phone call and did a little research. Turns out the Ranger was not
canceled for lack of sales. It was forced off the market by the new CAFE
standards which started this year.
Oh,It's not that 29MPG is not respectable for a truck, it is. The problem is
that the Ranger is not expensive enough to justify the federal fines which are
threshholded now at 35MPG. It is hardly possible to make a truck get 40MPG
highway which is what it would take to make 35MPG average.
Many if not most Rangers are bought as fleet vehicles and often as low
priced handy second cars for families everywhere. Ford hopes that it can avoid
some of the federal penalties by selling more of the smaller,and more expensive
vehicles for that market and pushing the rest into Fullsized trucks.
The fullsized trucks have huge profit margins and can carry their weight in
federal penalties.
This all adds up to mixed news for fiberglass trailer owners.
The larger trailers will benefit from the increased sales of oversized trucks,
while the smaller ones will suffer from the elimination of smaller affordable
vehicles with adequate tow capacity.
This also explains the loss of most other small trucks from soon to be former
full line auto companies.
Oh, I forgot to mention that the last Ranger off the line went to one of it's
largest customers...ORKIN corp.
Customers like Orkin, Com Ed, NI Gas, and Municipalities will now have to pay more at fleet
time....HHMMM.. wonder who will have to bear the cost.
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There is a great demand and high prices right now for used vehicles, since the "Cash for Clunkers" removed about 50% of used vehicles, dealers are marking up any they can get a hold of. If you have a used vehicle, you can probably trade it in for a lot more than it is worth for a new car/truck.
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