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Old 03-28-2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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Anybody know what the Payload Capacity is for my Ranger?
I hauled 100 gallons of water with it yesterday and it seemed like it might have been a bit too much. The empty water tank that goes in the bed is only about 40 lbs, so with the water it should be at, or just under 900 lbs. (100 gallons = approx 835 lbs.) This is my first time hauling a load that heavy, so maybe it just felt weird but was still okay?

I'd prefer not to tow the tank on a trailer, but if I had to, can anyone tell me the towing capacity of this truck too?

My truck is all stock, no modifications...
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2.9 V-6, w/ 5 speed manual

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Old 03-28-2011, 02:45 PM   #2
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most of the manuals say 2,000# with 200# on the bumper hitch is maximum for towing. if you get a frame hitch and a trailer with brakes, you can extend that some. also, you need to see what axle ratio you have. you'll be able to tow and haul more easily with 4.10 gears than with 3.45 gears, for example. you're just getting the most out of your engine with the right gears for your needs.
also, you should double check your suspension. may have old, weak or rusty springs, bad shocks, no anti-sway bars on the front or rear, etc.
as for hauling, check your door plate to see what your GVW is. take your truck to a local weigh station carrying it's normal daily load and weigh it. subtract that weight from the GVW and that is how much you can haul safely depending on the condition of your truck.
these are most common areas to evaluate for hauling and towing. it's not just one thing, but the combination and condition of all the parts on your truck that determines how much and how well you can do things with it.
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:20 PM   #3
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my truck doesnt like 900 lbs in the bed, but ive done it before. Keep the weight as far foreward as possible, maybe get a add a leaf spring for the back too.
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i hauled a car with my ranger one time
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I've had almost 1800lbs in the box. On the F-150 springs but still, she took it. I'll upload a picture later when i'm on my home computer it's funny
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Generally 1,100 to 1,200 lbs is about tops for in the bed. But since you have an older truck, it depends on how worn out the rear springs are. Set of really clapped out springs will make the bed look saggy even empty.

For trailers, I'd say 3,000lbs is ok for any Ranger (for the most part). 4,000lbs get's a little tough on the smaller engines. 4.0's can do roughly 6,000 lbs.
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900#, centered over the axle, is pretty close to the max. Any other weight in the truck also counts toward the load capacity.

It isn't going to feel the same loaded as it does empty. It's going to feel loaded. Slower to accelerate, more time in each gear, increased braking distance. The leaf springs are designed to have lots of give in the early stages so the ride is comfortable, but to stiffen as the weight increases so it can carry a load. The rear is going to sag under 900# load. It's supposed to.
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I have had 1400lbs in the bed of mine for an extended period. Not to bad that was back when I was running the stock leafs. Wasn't sitting on the bump stops and had a ways to go. Built another ranger with a bastard pack and an AAL in the rear that one held a little over 2K in the bed without hitting bump stops. Rebuild your leaf pack and put some work into the breaks.
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I have had 3/4 ton of stonedust in my 89 multiple times, did fine. I also haul firewood a half cord at a time as long as it's dry, does okay. Air shocks helped a lot with the ride however
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I have a trailer made out of a Ranger and I've put 5,000# into it. It bends the springs over backwards--there are no bumpstops. But I don't trust it as a vehicle. The outer bearings on the little semi-float Ranger axle carry the load. On a full-float axle, there are a pair of big bearings on a spindle. Any full-float axle could carry 10,000#. The bearings on a full-float axle are oversized because the spindle is oversized so the axleshaft will fit through it. If you want to abuse something, a truck with a little semi-float isn't the thing. It's a Ford Mustang axle, not a truck axle.
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