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Old 09-14-2008, 10:11 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by 99Limited34 View Post
I've learned that you can never have to much tow v ehicle, but you can certainly have not enough....
Many would say this is the reason so many have rivets popping and interior damage from over rigging and too much tow vehicle.

I just did 1200 miles in 2 days towing a 28 safari with a 08 f150 and she just floats. No jarring and plenty of power. This will be the 4 th cross country trip with this rig in all weather conditions and every hill this country can dish out in less than a year.

The secret is in my opinion is a properly set up reese dual cam hitch and a 1/2 ton rated in the 9-10k lb range. For the record I filed up on e85 in nebraska for 2.45/gallon yesterday. Bigger is not better and in some cases will tear the heart out of your castle.

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Old 09-15-2008, 05:54 AM   #16
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Safari 28,

I agree with you totally. I don't tow a 28', but I do tow a 25' with our 1/2 ton GMC, and I've never felt we had an issue with weight, or trailer handling. I will also say that I don't desire to tow anything bigger or heavier with the truck.

I will, however, say I've been towing campers of all sizes off and on since 1971, and I have never had a tow vehicle with too much power.


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Old 09-15-2008, 06:25 AM   #17
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Your Ranger will do OK with any of the trailers from the '50s and early '60s up to the 22' Safaris. A '53 Flying Cloud would be a good match at 21'. They were very lightweight in comparison to the current behemoths. If you buy one fully restored, you'll be paying about as much or more as for a new-out-of-the-box trailer of the same size. They can be found in useable condition for under $10k though. You'll also be ok with a late '70s Argosy Minuet 20'. They were narrower and lighter than the earlier Argosy 20s. Any trailers built after 1967 over 17' long will be too much trailer for you, particularly if you have a short wheelbase Ranger. Set it up with a Prodigy or P-3, and a Reese Dual Cam and while you may not set any land speed records, your rig will take you anywhere you want to go.

Over the years I've towed a couple of Flying Clouds with a Toyota extended cab Compact Truck 3.0l V-6, 4WD and auto and they were a good combination. I also towed a '61 Bambi with an '87 Toyota long bed 2WD 4cyl (20R) with an auto and a Minuet 20' with the '87 Toyota.

I also have had a number of fiberglass trailers in the 13-17' range that would work well with your Ranger. Just another option.

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Old 09-15-2008, 06:27 AM   #18
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Stay between 16 and 19'. If you don't, you'll know why this has been said by the majority of the forum members here fairly quickly.

You can only modify the truck just so much, and even then......

Either get a bigger TV with a longer wheelbase to match a larger 26' unit or stick between 16 and 19 feet.

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