Trucks & Trailers - Will my v6 Ranger tow my 1973 Mako 130 miles

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bkupmstr
02-25-2011, 12:58 PM
I haven't done much towing but I just acquired thsi boat and want to haul it home

the truck is a v6 4wd with moter and clutch in good condition.

the boat is supposedly 1400 lbs dry, so I'm estimating total weight boat, trailer, engin at around 2000 lbs which is what I think the ranger is capable of doing.

Anyone have opinions?

Also is there anything special I should check on the truck befor the exercsize besides tire pressure, oil and antifreeze levels, maybe PS levels. anything else I need to consider


bumster
02-25-2011, 01:05 PM
73 Mako what?

bkupmstr
02-25-2011, 01:15 PM
its a mako 19 sorry about that


bumster
02-25-2011, 01:19 PM
Check the specs on the truck. If you are on flat roads and the boat is not waterlogged you should be OK. Maybe an empty fuel tank as well. You could have almost 500# of fuel alone in that thing

crothers
02-25-2011, 01:21 PM
You did not indicate year and which V6 you have, but let's go with a later model 4.0L. Should be rated for 3500lbs minimum towing. Good to go.

gofastsandman
02-25-2011, 01:26 PM
I tow a 20 SC w/ a s 10 v6 2wd w/ trailer pack. The Sheriffs always poke each other as if to say watch this. Pull the hubs and check the usual suspects.

gnel
02-25-2011, 02:17 PM
I towed my 191 2000 miles down to where I live now in Mexico. I did it with a 1996 ranger 4x4 ex cab with a 4.0. My trailer brakes functioned perfectly wich was a plus as that little truck didnīt have a ton of stopping power.

rwidman
02-25-2011, 04:37 PM
I haven't done much towing but I just acquired thsi boat and want to haul it home

the truck is a v6 4wd with moter and clutch in good condition.

the boat is supposedly 1400 lbs dry, so I'm estimating total weight boat, trailer, engin at around 2000 lbs which is what I think the ranger is capable of doing.

Anyone have opinions?

Also is there anything special I should check on the truck befor the exercsize besides tire pressure, oil and antifreeze levels, maybe PS levels. anything else I need to consider

You should weigh the boat and trailer. You should find out your truck's maximum tow rating. If the boat and trailer weigh less than the tow rating, and the truck and tires are in good condition, you are good to go.

The alternative of course, is to just hook it up and see what happens. It's usually pretty easy to tow a trailer. The hard part is controlling it and stopping it.

ReelWork
02-25-2011, 05:39 PM
Reality check folks.. :trout:

Here's what you "SHOULD" do.... Go get it and drive safe.

It's got what? A 30 Gallon tank... That's around 225 lbs of fuel at FULL.

The Ranger will tow it fine, especially with a V6 4.0 (heck, even the older ones have decent power). Also, don't worry about weighing the boat, or if it's "waterlogged" :roll or the alignment of the stars, etc.. This is a one time thing from the sounds of it and Ford Rangers are pretty stout little trucks! Go get the boat, drive smartly, keep in mind your stopping distances and if it's an automatic, drop it out of OD if it starts to hunt gears.

A 73 Mako 19, with trailer will probably be in the 2500 lb range. Easy for that Ranger.

Nuff said...

mrobertson
02-25-2011, 06:25 PM
I have towed a 19 maycraft with 4 stroke and T-Top probably 5,000 miles with a v-6 4x4 S-10 with auto trans, hitch, and tranny cooler. I regularly tow 140 - 150 miles to launch...........never had a minutes trouble.

Good tires and a tranny cooler can only help

makonnen
02-26-2011, 08:55 AM
It depends on how comfortably you want to tow. With a V6 towing a 19' boat, you'll be in first gear crawling up every mole hill.

So yes it will tow the 19' boat but next question is how well or how comfortably do you want to tow it?

Safety is another question. Generally the heavier the vehicle / more traction less of a chance you're goinjg to jack-knife on panic stops or turns.

pastaman1234
02-26-2011, 09:43 AM
I thought those little trucks have close to a 5k tow rating. I know the payload is close to the tundra. The boat is only 19' that weighs 1400 lbs. Even if you are at 2500 all said and done I think you are still fine.

I had a 2002 ZR2 V6 S10 pick up that towed my old 2002 polar bay boat regularily. It down shifted a littel too much on the highway but it wasnt unsafe. That hull weighed 2050 so i bet i was at 3500 all together.

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q210/skeeterzx24bay/DSCN0986-1.jpg

SeaJay
02-26-2011, 11:11 AM
It depends on how comfortably you want to tow. With a V6 towing a 19' boat, you'll be in first gear crawling up every mole hill.

So yes it will tow the 19' boat but next question is how well or how comfortably do you want to tow it?

Safety is another question. Generally the heavier the vehicle / more traction less of a chance you're goinjg to jack-knife on panic stops or turns.

Not everyone needs to tow like it ain't there, passing cars at 75MPH while going up steep hills.

makonnen
02-26-2011, 12:12 PM
BS, we're Americans, bigger faster more all the way.

When I stomp on it, I want my to snap my class 5 in two.

Not everyone needs to tow like it ain't there, passing cars at 75MPH while going up steep hills.

KarlP
02-26-2011, 12:27 PM
Not everyone needs to tow like it ain't there, passing cars at 75MPH while going up steep hills.

This tiny-pecker V6-driving nancy-boy makes due going up those steep inclines at 70mph in 3rd gear. ;? Good thing that is pulling a 20' and not a little wussy 19' boat. :rofl:

BS, we're Americans, bigger faster more all the way.

Exactly! :grin:

OP: Never ask about towing with a compact truck on the Internet. A diesel dually is the minimum tow vehicle.

makonnen
02-26-2011, 01:01 PM
Well said brother.


OP: Never ask about towing with a compact truck on the Internet. A diesel dually is the minimum tow vehicle.

shoreboatin
02-26-2011, 03:17 PM
It'll tow that boat but use a hitch not a bumper for that weight

bkupmstr
02-26-2011, 05:15 PM
It is a bumper mounted hitch, will that cause problems? Can I mount someting temporarily thats Better?

This truck is a 1995 with a little over 100k miles. the tires are almost new.
And its a 5 speed manual, should I keep it out of 5th gear?
I never heard of a tranny cooler for a manual trans, i guess because you're doing the shifting it won;t heat up terribly :)

I've hauled everything in this truck including mulch where its over the sides of the bed.
But this was not very far.

I plan on taking it easy and making sure I have plenty of stopping distance.

Would it make a lot of difference if I removed the motor and put it in the bed of the truck?

How can I tell if the bearings on the trailer are ok? Pull off the caps and what do I look for?

bkupmstr
02-26-2011, 05:18 PM
Oh and I'll be towing it from wilmington DE to Northern NJ. Probably not any real hills to climb really.

Anyone know any areas I should avoid on the way home?

DrJim
02-26-2011, 06:11 PM
You need a real hitch and a wiring connection for lights etc..and hopefully brakes on the trailer. Otherwise I would guess its ok not knowing the specifics of your motor and overall weight.

I have a 99 Ranger 4L. 5600 rating (dont ask me..:o) but I have used it on occasion to tow my 21'-er (~5K pounds) to and from the ramp a few miles. Does fine for that.

I met a guy once in the keys who was towing an enclosed trailer with 2 Harleys inside with a *3*L Ranger. Dont know what it weighed but it seemed a bit much, he claimed it drove fine.

HarryO61
02-27-2011, 12:19 PM
Towing power won't be the problem. Stopping might be a problem. You need a receiver hitch, the correct wiring most likely a 5 point plug and I would make sure the trailer brakes are working and the wheel bearings are in good shape. Depending on which rear is in your truck it's rated from 3200 to 3600 lbs tow cap. I would be much more concerned about stopping the rig. Towing from Delaware to N New Jersey is pretty flat so no strain going up hills. I would think coming up 95 on the pennsy side to Morrisville / Trenton area would be the best way, but then going up 295 on the jersey side wouldn't be too bad either. I'd google a couple of different routes and plan on 55 to 60 mph on the interstate.

pastaman1234
02-27-2011, 04:16 PM
Oh and I'll be towing it from wilmington DE to Northern NJ. Probably not any real hills to climb really.

Anyone know any areas I should avoid on the way home?

Where in North Jersey??

bkupmstr
02-28-2011, 01:12 PM
bringing up to Morristown

bkupmstr
03-07-2011, 08:44 AM
Well, the old ranger handled it quite well.
She was a little slow gettting out of the hole but handled it all well.
Cruised mostly at 60 MPH for the 130 miles but was able to get it over 70 without even realizing

thanks for all the advice

pastaman1234
03-07-2011, 01:10 PM
Well, the old ranger handled it quite well.
She was a little slow gettting out of the hole but handled it all well.
Cruised mostly at 60 MPH for the 130 miles but was able to get it over 70 without even realizing

thanks for all the advice

:thumbsup:



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