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Old 02-12-2017, 09:12 PM   #1
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Midsized pickup towing

I have done the research and technically my 2011 ford ranger is capable of towing the 2017 z1 211rd I just purchased. However, has anyone had experience towing with such?
10 years ago, when I dropped out of camping, I was using super duties and HD trucks. I briefly towed a 27 foot Salem with a 1500 suburban. I have never thought
I would be towing with a ranger.

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Old 02-13-2017, 07:41 AM   #2
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Just 2 words, GOOD LUCK!
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Old 02-13-2017, 07:45 AM   #3
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Just 2 words, GOOD LUCK!
Agreed!

I had a ford ranger once and I wouldn't want to hook onto a travel trailer with it.
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Old 02-13-2017, 07:54 AM   #4
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I agree with Danny and Lloyd, I would not feel confident or safe pulling a trailer of that size with a Ranger. I would consider upgrading the tow vehicle to a half ton with a tow package. I think it would make your adventures more enjoyable. Just my thoughts. Good luck and enjoy the new Z1.
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:26 PM   #5
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I also agree. You might be able to do it but it doesn't mean it's the best thing to do. I would invest in at least a F150 or 1500. For comparison my first TT was a 28' Jayco and although I had a new 1500 at the time. Living in the mountains of NC I noticed the transmission began slipping on one of the early return trips home. I contacted the dealer and the salesman that I knew well said "Don't worry it's new, you'll be covered under warranty if the transmission goes out". I politely told him yea I might be covered but it doesn't help if I'm broke down on the side of the road while on vacation. I soon upgraded for a 2500. So even though it might be within the specs doesn't mean it's the right decision. Good luck and welcome to the forum.
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:35 PM   #6
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Well. We are thinking of going with an expedition el with HD towing package.

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Here's my story: I bought a small, 14', 4000lb TT to tow behind my Dodge Dakota V6 with manual trans. Scared the heck out of me. Later the transmission died, and I bought a Nissan Titan V8. Love it! Enough confidence I traded the 14' TT in for a Z-1, 212 RD. They are a match! Truck doesn't complain about the load, and trailer doesn't hold the truck back. I can only imagine how it would have been trying to pull the Z-1 with the Dakota. Or (no offense) an even smaller truck like the Ranger.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:24 AM   #8
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I pull our 211rd with a 1500 longbed with tow pkg. Would not want to pull with less. Z1 weighs 4450 lbs wet. I try to stay at 50% rated capacity of tow vehicle.

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Old 02-14-2017, 08:46 AM   #9
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About to expand my debt level with the 2016 expedition el rated at 9800 pounds. Truck has 25k miles. Comes with built in brake controller and 7 pin plug.

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Old 02-15-2017, 06:38 PM   #10
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@F100owner, that' truck is going to work much better for you. Hope to see you out there somewhere. Happy Trails

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