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Old 04-25-2013, 03:57 PM   #31
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The insurance may or may not pay for your vehicle damage or the cops may or may not give you ticket. So what? My thought is always, how will I live the rest of my life if someone is killed on account of my willful negligence. Towing over the manufacturers limits is willful negligence, unless you have very specific knowledge to the contrary. None of us has that knowledge about this particular truck.

Be safe by working with the knowledge you have. It is not worth your life or someone else's to guess.
What are the real manufacturer limits. Why is the same vehicle made in the same plant with the same parts have different limits. Mine, for example, has a 5000 pound limit in North America but in Europe and Australia, it is like 7400.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:04 PM   #32
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You are making a huge deal of this a few pounds over the manufacturers cap. is NOT willful negligence & not unsafe...... It may be bad for the truck but it is not likely to get anyone hurt....................... The insurance company will not care neither will anyone else.

Sorry in this case it is not that big of deal...... & yes I have owned several Rangers over the years................
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:30 PM   #33
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What are the real manufacturer limits. Why is the same vehicle made in the same plant with the same parts have different limits. Mine, for example, has a 5000 pound limit in North America but in Europe and Australia, it is like 7400.
Having specific knowledge like that about the capacities of a particular vehicle is the point I was making.

Why it is rated differently in different countries, IDK
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:59 PM   #34
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Having specific knowledge like that about the capacities of a particular vehicle is the point I was making.

Why it is rated differently in different countries, IDK

That is a good question but nearly all vehicles are rated higher overseas.... Our Honda CRV was & our Outback is.......... Never checked the trucks........... Actually out Subaru Outback is rated to tow more than his Ranger go figure........

All I was saying is a few hundred pounds as in the OPs question is probably not unsafe but could be hard on the truck. A few thousand pounds would be another story.........

We all accept a certain amount of risk just getting out of bed in the morning, no I hope I'm not driving with a log hauler that thought an acceptable amount of risk was driving his truck grossly overweight & bad brakes.....50,000+ lbs is totally different than 5,000+ lbs

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Old 04-25-2013, 07:06 PM   #35
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What are the real manufacturer limits. Why is the same vehicle made in the same plant with the same parts have different limits. Mine, for example, has a 5000 pound limit in North America but in Europe and Australia, it is like 7400.
Austrailia isn't the US. Ohio isn't PA.
Triple bottom tractor trailers can run in ohio but not pa - ohio is flat with straight roads compared to Pa. Truck trains run in austrailia but nowhere in the US.
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That is a good question but nearly all vehicles are rated higher overseas.... Our Honda CRV was & our Outback is.......... Never checked the trucks........... Actually out Subaru Outback is rated to tow more than his Ranger go figure........

All I was saying is a few hundred pounds as in the OPs question is probably not unsafe but could be hard on the truck. A few thousand pounds would be another story.........

We all accept a certain amount of risk just getting out of bed in the morning, no I hope I'm not driving with a log hauler that thought an acceptable amount of risk was driving his truck grossly overweight & bad brakes.....50,000+ lbs is totally different than 5,000+ lbs

A few hundred pounds could be problem if a good portion of that is excess of capacity vehicle on the tongue, rather than on the RV axle, causing a diminished steering or braking. Or if the trailer is back weighted to get excess weight off the tongue making it sway. Balance is part of the weight equation.
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Didn't expect to get a heated argument going. Was just asking if anyone had towed with the 4cyl. What I found out was the tow rating from manufacturer is stating that the particular vehicle will not be harmed and will operate in a normal fashion. By exceeding suggested weight by 100-300 lbs should not cause any noticeable problems except maybe rear sag which can be corrected by air shocks or leaf helper springs. But thanks for the responses.
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Didn't expect to get a heated argument going.
Every RV forum I have visited has had this discussion with at least an equal amount of heat. I think it is good that each of us is passionate about safety.
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I'm afraid that the only trailer that Ranger with a 4 cylinder is equipped to tow........is a load of balloons

You would be far better off keeping your Jeep.
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I'm glad this discussion is over. The shouting was keeping me awake.
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