Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Re: Just bought a 2004 Ranger xlt 4x4
Don't use a bumper ball to tow the boat, get a Class III frame hitch if it doesn't have one already. Unplug the trailer lights before you back it into the water. Switch the OD off when towing. Ranger brakes are marginal for towing stuff. I have a large jetski, the ski, trailer, and full tank of gas is about 1100#. It's pretty hilly where I live and believe me I know it's back there when I stop. Depending what your boat weighs, consider getting trailer brakes if you don't have them. For off-roading and wet boat ramps, I know your truck is new but consider getting a limited-slip rear diff, again, if you don't have one already. I go on a couple off-road events a year and I wouldn't consider it without a limited-slip. Detroit Tru-Trac is probably the best, or just a regular Ford unit.
'05 Sport Trac 4x4, L/S, torsion lift, extended shackles, 265's
'03 Taurus wagon, Silverstars, Yoko TRZ's
If you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he'll sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
Last edited by JohnnyO; 03-09-04 at 11:20 AM.