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Old 06-05-2015, 01:39 PM   #15
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Ranger VS Charger??? That's like taking the local high school football team and putting them up against the Chargers...... the San Diego Chargers!

No contest.

...yep. I agree. That Ranger is a FAR better vehicle than that Charger ever thought of being !

Talk to the Kansas Highway officers that drive them, and the guys that work on those KHP Chargers. The stories are legendary. So much so, they are phasing them all out and replacing with the new Ford Interceptors.
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Old 06-05-2015, 04:37 PM   #16
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:40 PM   #17
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The first thing to know about tow capacity is that there is no unified standard governing this that has been universally adopted by the manufacturers. As a result, tow capacity is often arbitrarily assigned.
With all due respect, this is incorrect. SAE's J2807 is the standard for deciding the tow ratings. Ford/GM/Chrysler/Nissan are all compliant for their new vehicles. Toyota has adopted it for several years now. Its a comprehensive test that assesses the pulling/stopping/handling of the tow vehicle, and also its hitch strength and cooling systems. You can find more info here:

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The older Airstreams were designed to be towed with the passenger cars available at the time.
Unfortunately, we are not in the 70's anymore, and they don't make rear wheel drive, body-on-frame, full-size sedans, with long wheelbase and big V8 engines anymore.
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:54 PM   #18
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I had a Ranger extended cab and it was great for light work but would not try to pull my 25' AS with it. I pulled that with a 1-Ton F-350 Diesel crew cab but down sized to a F-150 Super Crew Eco-Boost with tow package and it works great. Several other full size pickup will work also.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:20 PM   #19
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To all those sharing their 2 cents, an update: we bought the trailer (!!!), we passed on the Ranger, and we spent hours today researching what would make a great TV for this trailer without putting us in the poor house (which would seriously impact our travel plans). We are currently perusing F-150s, Silverados and Rams in the 2004 - 2006 period. We also want to consider SUVs because we travel with our cats (don't ask). Craigslist has several possibilities in the area of Maryland where the Airstream is. We really don't want to buy a truck from anywhere in New England because of the rust. When you live in Maine, everything except Canada is "south," but is Maryland far enough south to avoid all the salt rust we battle up here?
This is just the next chapter in our ongoing saga and far from being discouraged, we are having a blast doing this research!
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:27 PM   #20
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Getting pushed into the corners while the suspension is maxed is no fun. It is all a process, trailer, vehicle, stuff, stuff etc. FIRST YOU WORK HARD, THEN YOU WORK HARD AND SMART, YOU JUST NEVER GET TO SMART, BUT FUN ALONG THE WAY.
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Unfortunately, we are not in the 70's anymore, and they don't make rear wheel drive, body-on-frame, full-size sedans, with long wheelbase and big V8 engines anymore.
Thank the lord for that. Leave those dated mammoths on the arc. In this century we are enjoying the fruits of advanced technology and not looking back.*

*I do however miss that 70 AMX but it was more suited for the drag strip than for towing.

To the OP. There are lots of good threads here in the forums. Spend some time reading up on the many TV choices and which ones perform best.
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The ultimate tow vehicle

If you are considering a used vehicle then go for the best. The early 2007 or 2006 Chevy or GMC Duramax diesel is the only way to travel. It is unsurpassed in its towing capacity uphill and downhill.

We have a 30 ft classic and our 2007 GMC SLT crewcab, Duramax 4 X 4 diesel is by far the best tow vehicle we have ever had. It is comfortable on long trips and has plenty of room for kids or grandkids.

We chuckle every time we pass a Ford Power stroke or Dodge Cummings climbing a hill pulling a trailer as we fly by them.

Also the Allison transmission is the best for climbing or descending those steep or long hills.

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Congratulations!

There are many SUVs that are capable of safely towing your new to you trailer. The Suburbans, Tahoes, Expeditions, Excursions, Sequoias in the right configuration would serve you well.

We have towed our 72 Ambassador with a 2002 Sequoia around 20,000 miles in the last four years.

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I've got a similar Ranger, and I won't pull more than about 2,000 pounds with it. I used it one tine to pull my boat (4,500 pounds) to the dealer, and it scared the $@@@ out of me.
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Unfortunately, we are not in the 70's anymore, and they don't make rear wheel drive, body-on-frame, full-size sedans, with long wheelbase and big V8 engines anymore.
Surely, you mean "fortunately". New SUVs and vans are far more capable tow vehicles than these ever were.

Good to hear that from 2015 onwards truck manufacturers will finally stop publishing inflated tow capacity ratings.
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With all due respect, this is incorrect. SAE's J2807 is the standard for deciding the tow ratings. Ford/GM/Chrysler/Nissan are all compliant for their new vehicles. Toyota has adopted it for several years now. Its a comprehensive test that assesses the pulling/stopping/handling of the tow vehicle, and also its hitch strength and cooling systems...
Well, it isn't a formula for deriving a tow rating, which is what this implies; Its a cross-check to stop inflated claims.
If you claim your truck can tow "X", then it has to be able to haul that amount of weight up the Davis Dam road on a 100-degree day without overheating. (among other things).
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We have a 2009 Ram 1500 with a hemi. Tows like a dream - 31ft AS Sovereign.

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