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Old 07-10-2005, 23:01   #1 (permalink)
Dave Wyman
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Will A Ranger Tow My Trailer?

After 211,123 miles, my Ford Aerostar is giving up the ghost - it's
overheating and the air conditioner has given out.

I use the Aerostar to pull a trailer. The weight of the trailer can go
up to about 1500 pounds.

Will a Ford Ranger with the 6 cylinder, 3.0 engine pull my trailer? (I'm
looking at the XL version, 2WD.)

Thanks,

Dave
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Old 07-11-2005, 08:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Will A Ranger Tow My Trailer?

with a BIG transmission cooler (assuming auto), in 3rd, not OD, at
reasonable speed, with a trailer brake controller, yes


"Dave Wyman" <davewyman@imountainman.com> wrote in message
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> After 211,123 miles, my Ford Aerostar is giving up the ghost - it's
> overheating and the air conditioner has given out.
>
> I use the Aerostar to pull a trailer. The weight of the trailer can go
> up to about 1500 pounds.
>
> Will a Ford Ranger with the 6 cylinder, 3.0 engine pull my trailer? (I'm
> looking at the XL version, 2WD.)
>
> Thanks,
>
> Dave



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Old 07-11-2005, 14:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Will A Ranger Tow My Trailer?

"Dave Wyman" wrote:
>After 211,123 miles, my Ford Aerostar is giving up the ghost -
>itís
>overheating and the air conditioner has given out.
>
>I use the Aerostar to pull a trailer. The weight of the trailer can

go
>
>up to about 1500 pounds.
>
>Will a Ford Ranger with the 6 cylinder, 3.0 engine pull my trailer?
>(Iím
>looking at the XL version, 2WD.)
>
>Thanks,
>
>Dave


It should be okay but I would suggest a 4x4 version as they tend to
have deeper gearing and better cooling too and the 2wdís are generally
built as lightweight commuters.

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Old 07-11-2005, 14:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Re: Will A Ranger Tow My Trailer?

"TranSurgeon" wrote:
>with a BIG transmission cooler (assuming auto), in 3rd, not OD, at
>reasonable speed, with a trailer brake controller, yes
>
>


For 1500lbs you do not need a BIG tranny cooler like this guy says,
(he has also been telling people to hook up aux coolers incorrectly
and that Detriot has been doing their aux coolers wrong for years) a
small one will work just fine as you can over cool the oil and the
brake controller is debatable too unless you plan to tow in hills or
your state requires it with that load. (some states it is 1000lbs)IF
you get up to 2000lbs with that vehical I would go for trailer brakes
either electric or surge brakes.

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Old 07-11-2005, 14:01   #5 (permalink)
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"SnoMan" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
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> "TranSurgeon" wrote:
> >with a BIG transmission cooler (assuming auto), in 3rd, not OD, at
> >reasonable speed, with a trailer brake controller, yes
> >
> >

>
> For 1500lbs you do not need a BIG tranny cooler like this guy says,
> (he has also been telling people to hook up aux coolers incorrectly
> and that Detriot has been doing their aux coolers wrong for years) a


yeah, well, over 250 satisfied customers say my method works just fine

> small one will work just fine as you can over cool the oil and the


you can't 'overcool' it

no way


> brake controller is debatable too unless you plan to tow in hills or
> your state requires it with that load. (some states it is 1000lbs)IF
> you get up to 2000lbs with that vehical I would go for trailer brakes


'surge brakes' ????

is there any end to your utterly idiotic advice ?



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Old 07-11-2005, 15:01   #6 (permalink)
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"TranSurgeon" <nobulltrans@mchsi.dotcom> wrote in message
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>
> "SnoMan" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
> news:1_626600_69197ce53fe1939cf42dcc094df41162@autoforumz.com...
>> "TranSurgeon" wrote:
>> >with a BIG transmission cooler (assuming auto), in 3rd, not OD, at
>> >reasonable speed, with a trailer brake controller, yes
>> >
>> >

>>
>> For 1500lbs you do not need a BIG tranny cooler like this guy says,
>> (he has also been telling people to hook up aux coolers incorrectly
>> and that Detriot has been doing their aux coolers wrong for years) a

>
> yeah, well, over 250 satisfied customers say my method works just fine
>
>> small one will work just fine as you can over cool the oil and the

>
> you can't 'overcool' it
>
> no way
>
>
>> brake controller is debatable too unless you plan to tow in hills or
>> your state requires it with that load. (some states it is 1000lbs)IF
>> you get up to 2000lbs with that vehical I would go for trailer brakes

>
> 'surge brakes' ????
>
> is there any end to your utterly idiotic advice ?
>
>


What are you responding to? Did I miss something or is my news server
screwed up??

Al


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Old 07-11-2005, 18:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Will A Ranger Tow My Trailer?

My 1991 Ranger, 3.0L V6 with 5 speed OD transmission, hauls a 1200lb utility
trailer quite easily. I've had my 250 Honda ATV on the trailer (500lbs with
trailer) plus my buddies 250 Honda (400lbs by itself) on the bed of my
truck, and the truck hauled it quite easily. My truck has no tranny cooler
installed and there were no indications of it overheating, burning clutch or
anything else. Mind you, this is all I ever plan on hauling with it, but it
would probably handle a 1200lb load just as easily.

Sharky


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Old 07-12-2005, 03:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Will A Ranger Tow My Trailer?

On Mon, 11 Jul 2005 23:53:45 +0000, Sharky rearranged some electrons to
form:

> My 1991 Ranger, 3.0L V6 with 5 speed OD transmission, hauls a 1200lb utility
> trailer quite easily. I've had my 250 Honda ATV on the trailer (500lbs with
> trailer) plus my buddies 250 Honda (400lbs by itself) on the bed of my
> truck, and the truck hauled it quite easily. My truck has no tranny cooler
> installed and there were no indications of it overheating, burning clutch or
> anything else. Mind you, this is all I ever plan on hauling with it, but it
> would probably handle a 1200lb load just as easily.
>
> Sharky


Ummm, transmission coolers are for AUTOMATIC transmissions.

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Old 07-12-2005, 16:01   #9 (permalink)
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"Sharky" wrote:
>My 1991 Ranger, 3.0L V6 with 5 speed OD transmission, hauls a 1200lb
>utility
>trailer quite easily. Iíve had my 250 Honda ATV on the trailer
>(500lbs with
>trailer) plus my buddies 250 Honda (400lbs by itself) on the bed of

my
>
>truck, and the truck hauled it quite easily. My truck has no tranny
>cooler
>installed and there were no indications of it overheating, burning
>clutch or
>anything else. Mind you, this is all I ever plan on hauling with it,
>but it
>would probably handle a 1200lb load just as easily.
>
>Sharky


I am sure it does okay towing the load but a small aux cooler is cheap
insurance because I can promise you that tranny is running warmer
towing and when the oil smells burnt it is to late and it can get warm
enough to shorten life some without burning the oil. With current
setup, when you tow the engine works hard so it make more heat so it
cools tranny fluid a little less because coolant is warmer due to
increased flow and tranny need cooling more because it is getting
warmer to. You do not need to add a big cooler as in your case
something around 5" x 10" or so would work fine. It will extend
tranny life and give you piece of mind because even if engine gets
hot, tranny will stay cooler because with current setup when engine
gets hot, so does tranny.

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Old 07-12-2005, 20:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Will A Ranger Tow My Trailer?

Where did I indicate that my transmission was automatic in that post?
Because of the fact that my transmission is a 5 speed, it makes it easier to
tow because I can manually select the gear as I need it. However, I only
haul my trailer every so often, and when I do, it is not very far, so I am
not concerned about damaging my transmission. Besides, if I need to haul a
larger load, I have a half ton truck geared up for towing as well.

SnoMan, I agree with you, but you'd be suprised how easy that little truck
hauls a large load. Possibly it may be because of the rear axle gearing,
I'm not sure. But when I had that load of just under 1000lbs on the truck,
the engine was not struggling for power or lugging up any hills. For a 3.0L
V6, it sure seems to have a fair amount of torque in the first 3 gears.
Like I said earlier, if I towed with it every day, I would be more concerned
about damage. But if that were the case, I would have a larger truck more
suited for towing regularly.

Getting back to the original post, depending on the amount of usage of the
trailer, he may want to look at a different truck. Possibly a 4wd Ranger,
with the 4.0L V6, which are known to have quite a bit more power than the
3.0L, but less reliability.

Sharky


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