Question About The Power Of My Truck

T
TTFishon
I'm thinking about buying a 15 ft camp trailer but I don't know if my truck is strong enough to pull it. I have a 99 Ford Ranger v6 4.0L. Does anyone know if a 15 ft camp trailer would be too much weight for my truck?
 
S
SALTYFISH
I think you would be good bro! Maybe try pullin it before u by it
 
G
GMR
I would lookup the tow rating for your truck and check the weight of the trailer...
 
T
The Nothing
GMR said:
I would lookup the tow rating for your truck and check the weight of the trailer...

what he said
 
T
TTFishon
GMR said:
I would lookup the tow rating for your truck and check the weight of the trailer...

Good point.
 
G
GDBrown
Yes

Yes

GMR said:
I would lookup the tow rating for your truck and check the weight of the trailer...

I third the motion!

That is the correct way to do it. BUT since your truck is not new I would take 90% of the rated towing capacity and use that.:think:

GD
 
C
capblack
yep, check the rating as they said, if its a newer model youll be fine, if its a real old one with wood framing, it will be pushing it. Brian
 
T
TTFishon
I'll check the ratings in the morning and get the weight from him tomorrow. I feel like it'll be pushing it no matter what the ratings say that's why I'm asking.
 
B
bigdog
Would for sure check the rattings but I think you would be ok but a lot better to be safe then sorry.
 
T
TTFishon
bigdog said:
Would for sure check the rattings but I think you would be ok but a lot better to be safe then sorry.

Yes it would. I can't really afford to burn up my tranny.
 
B
bigdog
TTFishon said:
Yes it would. I can't really afford to burn up my tranny.

I hear you there bud.
 
M
Markcanby
I would also do a search to see if people have problems with teh Head Gaskets on those. Thats the down fall of most smaller engines to much pressure in the head when under a load.
 
T
the_intimidator03
i do not believe the 4.0 OHV ranger engine suffered much from head gasket issues, Pretty solid motor from what ive heard besides usually eatting gas. As for your transmission TT im not sure if you have an auto or stick but look into trans coolers especially if auto.
 
T
TTFishon
Markcanby said:
I would also do a search to see if people have problems with teh Head Gaskets on those. Thats the down fall of most smaller engines to much pressure in the head when under a load.

Thanks Mark. Information like that is good to know. I will check into it.
 
T
TTFishon
the_intimidator03 said:
i do not believe the 4.0 OHV ranger engine suffered much from head gasket issues, Pretty solid motor from what ive heard besides usually eatting gas. As for your transmission TT im not sure if you have an auto or stick but look into trans coolers especially if auto.

It's an automatic.
 
T
the_intimidator03
ok well either you have the 4r55e trans or the 5r55e trans.. the first being 4 speed the 2nd being 5 speed. Should be good but i would recommend an aftermarket transmission cooler for ANY towing, It is better safe than sorry. And for known issues with the 4.0 in the ranger... here ya go The Ford Ranger 4.0L Engine - The Ranger Station

I hope this helps you out

and a little more digging
http://www.therangerstation.com/Magazine/Fall2003/TowingTrailers.htm

If i was there i could tell ya the figures you need
 
T
TTFishon
the_intimidator03 said:
ok well either you have the 4r55e trans or the 5r55e trans.. the first being 4 speed the 2nd being 5 speed. Should be good but i would recommend an aftermarket transmission cooler for ANY towing, It is better safe than sorry. And for known issues with the 4.0 in the ranger... here ya go The Ford Ranger 4.0L Engine - The Ranger Station

I hope this helps you out

and a little more digging
TRS Magazine - Towing Trailers

If i was there i could tell ya the figures you need

Thanks intimidator. I appreciate it.
 
T
the_intimidator03
any time i can help is a good time. Now to ponder a fishing trip
 

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