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Old 02-24-2014, 05:37 PM   #281
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My turn! Sometimes things happen......and we gotta do what we gotta do.

A Home Depot (unloaded) lumber truck with a 30 ft. tilt/flatbed trailer WITH a 15' by 20' wooden utility building got stuck in my daughter's back yard while making the delivery. The driver couldn't get the truck to rock back & forth because it was sunk too much & the trailer was starting to bog down too.

My truck was on the pavement with a 50' tow strap connected to the rear of the trailer. I managed to get everything rocking back and forth in the ruts while the lumber truck driver handled his truck/trailer.

After about a minute my tires heated up enough to get traction and finally everything pulled out onto the street.

Moral of the story: Stupid is as stupid does.........LOL.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:31 PM   #282
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My 2.3 L,5spd equipped with Firestone 3000# air bags , 8.8 4.10LSD,standard oem clutch, 30x9.50/15LT tires pulling 6x12 1200 lb trailer. Truck had 1800 lbs on it & trailer had 3200 lbs . So total hauled was 6200 lbs I also towed my 28ft camp trailer when I moved 42 miles away.

Its a 94 long bed 2wd lifted 5.5" with 2003 front end & power dome hood,2007 mirrors & 258,495 miles on original engine with out any smoking or using any extra oil between oil changes @ 7500 mile changes


Several years ago I had a 76 F250 4wd with 1 ton suspension, D70 rear D60 front, 2 ft side boards including front & back panels. I had 6.53tons of 5/8 gravel on it. Made 2 loads with it. On 2nd load broke a rear universal joint at diff. yoke. Pulled driveline & locked up front hubs to travel 5 more miles. Front tires spun on leaving traffic lights & each time I shifted gears.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:41 PM   #283
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2005 4.0L with 245/75r16 tires and 4.10 gears I pulled 8000 pounds worth of drywall sheets on a 16 foot trailer at 60 MPH with no problems. Breaking was a little more taxing but the truck had plenty of power to get it moving.
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My 2.3 L,5spd equipped with Firestone 3000# air bags , 8.8 4.10LSD,standard oem clutch, 30x9.50/15LT tires pulling 6x12 1200 lb trailer. Truck had 1800 lbs on it & trailer had 3200 lbs . So total hauled was 6200 lbs I also towed my 28ft camp trailer when I moved 42 miles away.

Its a 94 long bed 2wd lifted 5.5" with 2003 front end & power dome hood,2007 mirrors & 258,495 miles on original engine with out any smoking or using any extra oil between oil changes @ 7500 mile changes


Several years ago I had a 76 F250 4wd with 1 ton suspension, D70 rear D60 front, 2 ft side boards including front & back panels. I had 6.53tons of 5/8 gravel on it. Made 2 loads with it. On 2nd load broke a rear universal joint at diff. yoke. Pulled driveline & locked up front hubs to travel 5 more miles. Front tires spun on leaving traffic lights & each time I shifted gears.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:16 AM   #285
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I towed a 76 F-100 around the block with a towbar behind the ranger in my avatar. 2.9L on a 5 speed, 2WD. The F-100 had a 302 & and blown C4 automatic.

I didn't mash on the throttle but only attempting neighborhood speeds it did just fine. Better than I expected.

Stopping & turning corners was scary though. So scary that it was a deal breaker. I was going to pull it 40 miles when I was moving but I ended up borrowing my dad's full size Chevy to pull it simply because it had the ability to track a straight line without fishtailing. It was a bare-bones C-10 with no power anything, and just a 250 inline 6 with 3-on-the-tree but it had some seriously heavy duty leaf springs for some reason. It's brakes weren't any better than the ranger's, .. I had my dad ride in the F-100 to work it's brakes in case I had to make a quick stop.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:53 PM   #286
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I used to have a 2001 ranger edge 4.0 4x4. I pulled a 22' deck boat with it. Just one time.
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looks like a good thread..... my 2000 3.0 has a gooseneck and 5th wheel hitch on it only for moving our trailers around and it does just fine. looks funny with those big 3 car haulers behind it but it does the job. it's also hauled a single car gooseneck loaded with my 01 7.3 f350 from our shop to the house when it ate the injector harness. but i wouldn't dare putting weight on it without trailer brakes. I should also point out that its got F250 leafs in it, and F450 shocks. she's a mutt.
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Not so much the biggest load, as maybe the most under-powered Ranger tow. In '86, I dragged a ~20ft runabout boat from the So Jersey coast to San Jose, CA. Heavy boat and trailer. Six cylinder Volvo I/O drive. The truck was an '83 Long bed Ranger with a 4 cyl. I assumed it was a 2.3L. Oh, no, the dang thing was a 2.0L! VERY fancy truck. Plush, even. Geared for NJ, apparently. They don't have hills there.

I had my choice of two Rangers, but Dad thought the fancy one would sell quicker in CA. Au contrere. I went back for the '83 N/A diesel Ranger after arriving home with the boat. It ended up selling first. Everyone wanted that diesel truck. I should have turned around in PA and swapped trucks.

When I stopped for gas, I had to make sure I was not headed uphill, because it wouldn't move. Could NOT stop on a hill, or I was in trouble. Had to tiptoe across the country on I-80. Springtime, but hit snow in WY. Mostly downhill, which added it's own thrills. It took a while, but it could eventually get that boat up to 65mph on level ground.

When I got that diesel to CA, I hooked up that boat and dragged it around the neighborhood for comparison. It would flat yank that thing from a stop. Very impressive. I was pissed that I chose the wrong truck to drag that boat with.

Very stressful trip. Only worse one was towing my '57 Chevy convertible with the big block, from near Philly down to the Jersey coast. Towed it with my '65 Mustang Fastback 302/4spd. A couple times the front end chatter of the Chevy would cause both cars to skitter off the road in corners. I should have been towing the Mustang, but I think it didn't have enough bumper to hook the towbar to. That was in '71, so details are a bit fuzzy. Hmm, the fact the Chevy didn't have a trailer hitch might have been a factor. Maybe a 1k lb weight difference. And at least 400+ hp difference.
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:47 AM   #289
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I've hauled all kinds of stuff with rangers. my old 91 ranger with the 4.0 I towed a heavy duty 2-5/16" ball car trailer with a dodge stratus, same trailer with an 89 ex cab s10 mud truck, same truck towed an old 24' camper. Oh not to mention I had no rear brakes, no "park" (rolls in park like neutral) and that truck only had a little 1" hitch. I had to get adapters just to be able to tow the 2-5/16" trailer lol. I know it wasn't smart but I was young and dumb. My ranger now is just a 2wd 3.slOw and I religiously tow my 700 lb trailer loaded with fire wood. based on how heavy individual pieces of wood are I would guess that the trailer loaded with wood weight at least 2-3k and it doesn't do terrible I suppose. no pics of this since cell phone pics weren't that great back in 2006-08. Also I had a 94 grand am that I used to put a 18' canoe on the roof lol. That canoe barely fit on the roof with how wide it was lol.
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