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post #11 of 20 Old 12-18-2010, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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I saw it today, it's a 1997 Ford Ranger XLT with a 4.0 liter whatever lol. If you can't tell, I don't know that much about trucks. :)
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post #12 of 20 Old 12-18-2010, 08:17 PM
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I would Not try to tow with a V6.
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post #13 of 20 Old 12-18-2010, 08:34 PM
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A Ford with a V6 is fine for a small trailer and one horse most of the time. Just check and make sure it has the towing package opt and how much weight it can handle.
The figures to be aware of are Max Trailer Weight, Tounge Weight, and Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR).
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As CrazyJ said, a 6 can handle a small horse trailer and 1 horse but a Ranger has another problem - wheel base. Even if your motor can pull the load, the Ranger was never intended to pull a horse trailer. A short wheelbase can make pulling a horse trailer very squirmy which translates to a trailer that can quickly become unstable at speed or if passed by trucks on a highway.

Pulling a trailer is much more then horsepower.

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Personally, i would not do it. If you were only going 20 or 30 miles, at 50 mph or less, maybe. Do a search for tow ratings by year, make, model, and engine size.
It is not just engine power, but stopping power of the brakes, vehicle suspension, wheelbase length, hitch strength. Too much weight causes the trailer to drive the truck.
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post #16 of 20 Old 12-29-2010, 01:10 PM
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A ford ranger isn't a tow vehicle for anything with a lot of weight. It won't stop your trailer...The engine might do the job but the overall structure of the ranger wasn't meant for towing a horse trailer of any size. You need atleast a straight 6 or small v-8 and a 1/2 ton full size pick up. Just to be safe...

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post #17 of 20 Old 12-29-2010, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by cosmomomo View Post
I saw it today, it's a 1997 Ford Ranger XLT with a 4.0 liter whatever lol. If you can't tell, I don't know that much about trucks. :)
What you need to look at, is the type of vehicle as well. A large SUV might on paper be more able to tow a heavier weight, but the chassie is NOT made to pull that kind of weight therefor you're going to destroy your transmission. A small truck like an F150 despite what it can pull on paper, would do just fine hauling a trailer, because the power train and the transmission is made for heavy duty work.

The other thing you need to look into, is the weight of the trailer.

I would definitely not be trying to pull a horse trailer with a Ranger.

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post #18 of 20 Old 12-29-2010, 10:09 PM
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Maximum Towing Capacity for 2WD Trims

The Splash Supercab 2WD and the Splash Regular Cab 2WD had maximum towing capacities of 2,000 lbs. The XL SuperCab 2WD had a maximum towing capacity of 3,900 lbs. The XL Regular Cab Short Bed 2WD and the XL Regular Cab Long Bed 2WD came with maximum towing capacities of 4,000 lbs. The XLT SuperCab 2WD boasted 5,800 lbs. of towing capacity, and the XLT Regular Cab Short Bed 2WD and the XLT Regular Cab Long Bed 2WD each maxed out at 6,000 lbs. of towing power.

Maximum Towing Capacity for 4WD trims

The XL SuperCab 4WD came with a 4,200-lb. towing capacity. Both the XL Regular Cab Short Bed 4WD and the XL Regular Cab Long Bed had a maximum towing capacity of 4,400 lbs. The Splash SuperCab 4WD maxed out at 5,500 lbs. of towing capacity. The STX SuperCab 4WD and the XLT SuperCab 4WD shared a 5,600-lb. maximum towing capacity. The XLT Regular Cab Short Bed 4WD, the STX Regular Cab Short Bed 4WD, the XLT Regular Cab Long Bed 4WD, the STX Regular Cab Long Bed 4WD and the Splash Regular Cab 4WD all had maximum towing capacities of 5,800 lbs.

I copied and pasted the above information from the website linked above.

Although I knew you should have no problems towing a horse trailer of the specs you provided with the truck you listed it depends on a couple things as you can tell from the information above.

So there ya go... I had to do a google search just to back up what I already knew to be true as it went against what pretty much everyone else here stated but I knew I was right as I've used a truck similar to the one you're looking to purchase for towing a horse trailer with two QH. Also, if you haven't got a trailer currently you might also consider adding a braking system to the trailer that is controlled from the cab of the truck. They're not too hard to install and if you buy the trailer relatively new or used the dealer should be able to install the braking system for you if you're not mechanically inclined.

ETA: I have a friend though who has told me about his Ranger being bad on gas so you might want to consider getting a 1/2 ton truck like the other posters mentioned. Like an F150 or a C1500. I'd make sure that they had the smaller V8 engine though as they are better on gas than the larger V8s (F150 with a 302 or the C1500 with a 305 compared to an F150 with a 351 or a C1500 with a 350).

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If it is a Ford I am guessing it is a F150. I have two of them. One is an older V8 with 2WD and I have pulled my 2H steel trailer with one horse in it without any strain on it, but it is older and so it tends to have issues. My other is a newer inline 6 with 4WD. We have not tried to pull the horse trailer with it, but have pulled my neighbors dead F250 which is much heavier then my horse and trailer combo. I am going to be using it this spring show season.

Now as far as breaking, my trailer has trailer breaks. While yes my breaking distance is never going to be the same as if I was not towing, but it helps and in an emergency I can always manually engage the trailer breaks. Most modern horse trailers come with them.
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post #20 of 20 Old 01-03-2011, 08:17 AM
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Ok I just saw where you found out it was a Ranger, so you can disregard my ramblings about the 150's.

I would have to agree the Ranger is not for towing. I think the largest engine they made for it is at a max capacity for any horse trailer combo.
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