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Old 03-01-2014, 03:38 PM   #1
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Hello, just a quick question regarding towing vehicles. I recently purchased a 2012 X23B trailer and during our searches, I was told my Ford Ranger 6 cylinder 4 liter is a good towing vehicle. I hope so because that s all I have. The specs on the truck state I can tow 6000 pounds and the dealers I spoke with agreed. After reading about trailer weights and watching some scary towing videos, I just thought I would ask you folks what you think of my Ranger towing the trailer. The rialer is 3995 pounds dry weight and 395 hitch weight.
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:53 PM   #2
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Are you sure your Rangers towing capacity is 6,000#s?....not many have the gears and towing package installed. Without the gears and tow package the towing capacity is more like 2,800#s.

More info info on your TV would be helpful...(4x4? verified factory tow package? year?)
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HI, it is a F X 4 4x4 off road 2007. It has the factory hitch as well.
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It is also being shipped to me with a sway bar. I have no idea what the brand or model of the sway bar is and I won't know till it gets here.
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2007 Ranger Specs from FordF150.net....http://www.fordf150.net/2007/2007-fo...ifications.php

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Best case....your max towing capacity is 5580# (TBD)...Shipping weight of the X23B is probably about 4,500# (@4,900# loaded to camp).....
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Camper1, my initial thought is your ranger maybe a little light especially if it is a 4x4. Personally, I would call Ford customer service with your vin number. As long as your TV is fairly close to stock they can confirm your towing capacity. They will look at your OEM setup; aka, engine, transmission information, the gear ratios, tire size, oil cooler, transmission cooler, and so forth, and let you know what it was originally designed to tow. I did this with my Dakota when we were looking to purchase our 2012 23B. Also ask about cargo carrying capacity while towing, and passengers. Most of the time the manufactures publish the towing capacity based on one average size driver and a full tank of fuel and NO cargo. One of my Brother’s vans had the tow rating listed by number of passengers.
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Thanks, I will check this out. I do think it's rated for 5300 pounds though based on the info from ThreeButchers but a trip to the dealer will be on my list.
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IMO the X23B may max out your Ranger's Payload Capacity and/or the Ranger's GVWR (or exceed these limits). Since our towing expectations differ, towing at one's weight limits may/or may not be an issue. Keep in mind that the loaded tongue weight of a trailer gets subtracted from the tow vehicle's "available" payload capacity.

The 2012 X23B has a published UVW of 3,790lbs and a GVWR of 4,950lbs. I would add about 300lbs to the 3,709lbs to get the dry weight from the factory, or use your 3,995lb dry weight figure if it came off the yellow sticker on the trailer. So (3,790lbs) + (300lbs ship weight delta) + (600lbs cargo/battery, not including fluids) = 4,690lbs loaded weight. Figure a desired tongue weight 13% of 4,690lbs = 610lb loaded tongue weight.

We all have different loading habits, so your actual loaded weights may differ a little as well.

Published vehicle tow ratings are not actual: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...uot-Tow-Rating

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I would skip the dealer, and call Ford directly. The dealer does not have the information, and will want to sell you something verses give you good advice.
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Hi Camper1. I have to agree with Jagiven, your Ranger may be a bit light for this size trailer. First thing I would do is load up your truck with family, fuel and cargo like you would be going camping, then hit a CAT scale. Subtract the actual weight from the weight maximum on your door sticker and that will give you an idea as to how much tounge weight your Ranger can support.

Based on your posting the TT is 3995 pounds dry weight, then you need to add on dealer installed items such as battery, propane tanks and your WDH, along with everything you are going to have in the camper (food, clothing, dishes, bedding). Figure you will be somewhere around 5,000 pounds. Tounge weight is 10-15%, so that puts you at 500 to 750 pounds of tounge weight on the Ranger.

Your Ranger will possibly pull the TT, but it might have difficulties on hills or longer trips. Also you need to consider the safety factor, in the event you hit unexpected sway -- will the Ranger be able to command the TT or will the TT command the Ranger? I'm not trying to dissuade you, just keeping it real. I learned the hard way, was not comfortable pulling my x20e with my Tacoma, so one had to go.
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