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Old 01-20-2006, 18:01   #1 (permalink)
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Towing a boat with a 2002 Ranger V6 without 4x4?

Anyone do this? I have the 2002 Ranger with the 3L V6. I want to tow about
2500lbs of boat. This feasible?


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Old 01-20-2006, 21:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a boat with a 2002 Ranger V6 without 4x4?


"RH" <erg@sdfg.com> wrote in message
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> Anyone do this? I have the 2002 Ranger with the 3L V6. I want to tow about
> 2500lbs of boat. This feasible?

First off...four wheel drive certainly shouldn't make much difference.
Secondly, it's probably too much weight. Give it a try and see how it works.


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Old 01-20-2006, 22:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a boat with a 2002 Ranger V6 without 4x4?

I meant to say 4wd for getting out of the water but I jusr forgot to type
that before.

Another thing I should have stated was that I am only going to be towing it
about 1.5 miles from my campground to the boat dock to launch it,then back.
No distance travelling,I am just worried about actually getting the boat out
of the water once on the trailer.The ass end of those rangers have no grip
at all.



"Advocate" <Advo@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> "RH" <erg@sdfg.com> wrote in message
> news:WlfAf.10638$ZA2.8052@newsread1.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>> Anyone do this? I have the 2002 Ranger with the 3L V6. I want to tow
>> about 2500lbs of boat. This feasible?

> First off...four wheel drive certainly shouldn't make much difference.
> Secondly, it's probably too much weight. Give it a try and see how it
> works.
>



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Old 01-20-2006, 22:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a boat with a 2002 Ranger V6 without 4x4?

I just found a few sites with the stats for the V6 and the towing capacity
is 4000-4100 pounds. I should be in good shape,especially with my small
towing distance. As long as the tires dont just spin when coming out of the
water I will be fine :)


"RH" <erg@sdfg.com> wrote in message
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>I meant to say 4wd for getting out of the water but I jusr forgot to type
>that before.
>
> Another thing I should have stated was that I am only going to be towing
> it about 1.5 miles from my campground to the boat dock to launch it,then
> back. No distance travelling,I am just worried about actually getting the
> boat out of the water once on the trailer.The ass end of those rangers
> have no grip at all.
>
>
>
> "Advocate" <Advo@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:_IhAf.714091$x96.695461@attbi_s72...
>>
>> "RH" <erg@sdfg.com> wrote in message
>> news:WlfAf.10638$ZA2.8052@newsread1.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>>> Anyone do this? I have the 2002 Ranger with the 3L V6. I want to tow
>>> about 2500lbs of boat. This feasible?

>> First off...four wheel drive certainly shouldn't make much difference.
>> Secondly, it's probably too much weight. Give it a try and see how it
>> works.
>>

>
>



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Old 01-20-2006, 22:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a boat with a 2002 Ranger V6 without 4x4?


"Advocate" <Advo@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>
> "RH" <erg@sdfg.com> wrote in message
> news:WlfAf.10638$ZA2.8052@newsread1.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>> Anyone do this? I have the 2002 Ranger with the 3L V6. I want to tow
>> about 2500lbs of boat. This feasible?

> First off...four wheel drive certainly shouldn't make much difference.
> Secondly, it's probably too much weight. Give it a try and see how it
> works.
>


2005 owner's manual says 3.0 4x2 w/ manual transmission regular cab max.
trailer weight is 2640, super cab 2460. (* but there are foot notes)

b.w.


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Old 01-20-2006, 22:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a boat with a 2002 Ranger V6 without 4x4?

Must have been reduced with the 2005. Plus the manual transmission even in
2002 is 2000 lbs lower in capacity
than the automatic tranny.



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> "Advocate" <Advo@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:_IhAf.714091$x96.695461@attbi_s72...
>>
>> "RH" <erg@sdfg.com> wrote in message
>> news:WlfAf.10638$ZA2.8052@newsread1.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>>> Anyone do this? I have the 2002 Ranger with the 3L V6. I want to tow
>>> about 2500lbs of boat. This feasible?

>> First off...four wheel drive certainly shouldn't make much difference.
>> Secondly, it's probably too much weight. Give it a try and see how it
>> works.
>>

>
> 2005 owner's manual says 3.0 4x2 w/ manual transmission regular cab max.
> trailer weight is 2640, super cab 2460. (* but there are foot notes)
>
> b.w.
>



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Old 01-21-2006, 00:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a boat with a 2002 Ranger V6 without 4x4?


"RH" <erg@sdfg.com> wrote in message
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>I meant to say 4wd for getting out of the water but I jusr forgot to
>type that before.
>


There is an old trick for accomplishing that. I used to tow a 6,200#
straight inboard boat with an El Camino with a 350 cu in. The rear end
of that vehicle is so light, it was hard to get the load moving without
spinning your wheels. Using a Float-On type trailer, one person would
stay in the boat while the other drove the El Camino. You would fire up
the boat engine, put her in gear and hit the throttle. At the same
time, the guy in the El Camino would get on the gas. Most times the
boat would have pushed it half way up the ramp if the car had been in
neutral.


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Old 01-21-2006, 05:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a boat with a 2002 Ranger V6 without 4x4?

"Most times the boat would have pushed it half way up the ramp
if the car had been in neutral. "
Thanks for my morning laugh. I really wonder if anyone would
be dumb enough to take advice like this seriously. I hope they
tape it for break.com if they are.

The spinning wheels concern is valid. The only answer is to try it.
Do it on a real slow day so if you do get stuck, you'll be able to
unload the boat and then pull the empty trailer out. But what
I'd think is that the boat trailer tongue weight will be on your side.
Once successful, I'd check the ramp each time to be sure
that the cement hasn't broken off or a hole developed.
With the driving wheels in the water, you'll need to be a bit
more careful than the 4X4s.
....thehick

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Old 01-21-2006, 06:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a boat with a 2002 Ranger V6 without 4x4?

RH wrote:
> I meant to say 4wd for getting out of the water but I jusr forgot to type
> that before.
>
> Another thing I should have stated was that I am only going to be towing it
> about 1.5 miles from my campground to the boat dock to launch it,then back.
> No distance travelling,I am just worried about actually getting the boat out
> of the water once on the trailer.The ass end of those rangers have no grip
> at all.
>
>
>
> "Advocate" <Advo@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:_IhAf.714091$x96.695461@attbi_s72...
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>>"RH" <erg@sdfg.com> wrote in message
>>news:WlfAf.10638$ZA2.8052@newsread1.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>>
>>>Anyone do this? I have the 2002 Ranger with the 3L V6. I want to tow
>>>about 2500lbs of boat. This feasible?

>>
>>First off...four wheel drive certainly shouldn't make much difference.
>>Secondly, it's probably too much weight. Give it a try and see how it
>>works.
>>

>
>
>



Go for it. I see no issues at all for your planned usage

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Old 01-21-2006, 08:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Towing a boat with a 2002 Ranger V6 without 4x4?

Oh and one more thing i would do to be real sure i
could get out would be to bring some traction pads.
like the metal ones sold for snow. or just some 2X10s
to jam under the drive wheels if they bury themselves.
be careful tho.
....thehick

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