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Old 12-06-2015, 06:37 AM   #51
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The ranger you have should be able to tow a rood properly set up . I believe others are rite with there lack of tong weight statement. The hitch they sold you in theory would work good but the rear of a for ranger has no weight I watched three grown men pick up the back of one and slide it into a parking spot. So the weight distributing hitch just made it worse because it removed weight off the rear axle. I would recommend that you try buying just a sway bar I attached a link below. I had a pop up camper that used to do the same thing if I was you I would run 2 one in each side.

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Old 12-06-2015, 08:05 AM   #52
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Bikendan, your comment "I could never do anything like that. In fact, I'm an over-researcher." has brought a smile. I'll let my DW read your post. Now she will know that there are at least two of us!

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Old 12-06-2015, 08:35 AM   #53
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Some great comments and useful information on this thread. I just picked up my new TT and assumed the dealer wouldn't set my combo up for me (besides installing the WD hitch). I conducted researched through this forum, TV owners manual, and other online resources, on how to keep my family and others on the road safe. This led to installing a better Curt hitch receiver, new stiffer shocks, poly bushings for the sway bars, brake controller, trans temp gauge, etc. My point is you shouldn't rely on others to look out for you...especially a dealer. I'm so glad you are okay and am not trying to be harsh BTW. Just take all of this advice and apply it to getting you set up safely, and maybe apply it elsewhere in your life.
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Old 12-06-2015, 08:56 AM   #54
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I always hate posts where people tell people to buy a different tow vehicle.

But in your case I would say get rid of that baby truck and buy a real Ford truck. First of all I have no problem with old trucks I have owned many but if I read your post correctly your tow vehicle is about 15 years old. Come on, towing and braking take it's toll even on the brand new trucks. Listen to other posters that recommended a better tow vehicle. Sorry I believe you did listen and you are buying a F 150. Smart move. Stop wasting your time and $ messing around with hitch weight, equalizer's brake controller's ETC ETC. Just make sure you get a good truck with good rubber and a equalizing hitch with sway control hooked up properly. Hook up and roll watch your tranny temp, engine temp, and all other system's. That 180 you did I don't think a brake controller would have helped. Been there done that.

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