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Old 04-23-2013, 12:48 AM   #1
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4cyl. ranger. a122

Has anyone towed a Rockwood a122 with a 4cyl ranger before? If so how did the truck do?
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:33 AM   #2
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whats the tow rating of the truch? Weight of the TT? Toung weight of the TT and hitch and payload of the ranger?
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:44 AM   #3
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Info I can find on truck is about 2300lbs towing. My aframe pop up says dry weight is about 1900. Gross is 3100. Not sure what that means. Was gonna buy a class 3 hitch for ranger and add helper springs to rear to keep from getting to much sag. Haven't bought truck yet. Right now I am pulling with a 98 jeep gc with a 5.9. But I'm needing something better on gas so that is why I was looking at 4cyl ranger. I usually only travel at the most is 30 miles to campsite.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:23 AM   #4
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Youre screwed.

Dry weight is optimistic - and does not include batter or propane. Now add in your bedding, bath stuff, dishes, food, chairs, etc - 700lbs easy. So now you're at 2600 lbs if not more.

Now towing on a truck is figured with ONE 150lb driver and 1/2 tank of gas. Every pound you add to the truck (more fuel, passengers, firewood, bikes, cap on the truck, etc) reduces the towing amount pound for pound.

Next is GCWR - the total weight rolling down the road. Probably 7-8k pounds for the ranger, if that. (figure what, 4200lbs for truck, and 2300 towing and a few hundred for cargo in the truck, heck it may be even lower).

Payload...you, passengers, gas, hitch, toungue weight. Since F150s have only 1600-1700 lbs total payload the ranger is probably 1200-1300. You want 10-15% of the TT weight on the tounge, say 350lbs of a 2600lb trailer. That leaves you 900ish for you, gas, passenger, etc. (hitch can weight 50lbs).

Besides being unsafe with an overloaded truck, you'll wear it out FAST - axles, trans bearings, rear end gears, trans gears maybe, cooling for sure are not up to that workload.
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Got it. Just thought those numbers on the ranger might be put their by ford to cover their butts as far as warranty claims or to keep from getting sued. I thought the truck might be able to handle it on such short trips
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Got it. Just thought those numbers on the ranger might be put their by ford to cover their butts as far as warranty claims or to keep from getting sued. I thought the truck might be able to handle it on such short trips
For the heck of it, go to uktow website and see what the tow rating is across the puddle on the same vehicle. It is funny how tow ratings are affected when vehicles cross the atlantic. My lil guy is rated for over 7400 pounds across the puddle and down under. That is why draw tite sells 7500 lb hitches for it.

I won't say do something unsafe. I admit, fully loaded, I am about 100 pounds over my GVW. Then again, with just passengers, I am over my front axle weight rating.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:29 AM   #7
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Checked it out. Doesn't really answer nothing for me though. I was just wondering if anyone has pulled the a122 with this truck. I've seen it being pulled with a ford escape and I find it hard to believe that as little as the Escape is that it could out pull a true full frame truck
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You can always rent a uhaul box with approximately the same frontal area, load some weight into it, and tow it around. Granted you wont have a weight distributing hitch or brakes ron it, but you will be able to see how it tows.

If you do find it tows ok, then you should put a tranny cooler on your truck.
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I owned a Mazda B2300 (Same thing as the ranger). I towed my 2 place snowmobile trailer with it, but even that worked that truck on hills or at speeds over 50mph.
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Thanks for the replys. I found the owners manual on line last night. I think that it will probably be ok. Trailer weighs 1892 dry and towing capacity is 2250. I don't store anything in camper when going place to place due to it being a pop up. And usually I only bring some food and drinks and change of clothes when I go so total weight will be within spec.
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