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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-15-10, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hi i am having some trouble figuring out a clear answet to my question. I was wondering what the maximum towing capacity would be for my 1999 3.0L v6 extended cab, manual transmission ranger. the owners manual tells me 2500 i think, but i am wondering what it would be with a frame mounted hitch instead of the bumber hitch. any help with this would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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Re: 3.0L Ranger Towing Capacity

According to the owners manual, with the bumper mounted hitch, you can only tow 2000 lb. With a frame mounted hitch, you can tow as much as your truck is rated for, which is 6000 lbs. GCWR. You have to way your truck to see how much it weighs without the trailer and sutract that from the 6000 lbs.

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Thank you for your reply. So i am wanting to tow a boat that is about 2900 lbs. it looks like that is just over my vehicles gcwr. What do you think i could do to allow my truck to tow a boat and trailer that weigh about 2900 lbs combined. Would trailer breaks be the solution, or is there something else i could do? any help would be appreciated. Thank you!!

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Re: 3.0L Ranger Towing Capacity

The trailer brakes would help it stop but the strain on the rest of the vehicle is where the problem lies. You could run it that way but it would be more that they recommend. The weight wouldn't be on the axles, it would be on the clutch, transmission, engine and cooling system.

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