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RE: can a ford ranger tow trailer on steep mtns rds?

I'll just leave this right here 10 spd transmission and engine braking Enough Said
wing_zealot 04/21/21 11:25am Towing
RE: can a ford ranger tow trailer on steep mtns rds?

The Ranger comes with a 10 speed automatic transmission. It can be shifted manually. USE IT ! Down shift early going up hill or down hill.If it has the 10 sp transmission you don't have to shift manually. It has a Tow/Haul mode which incorporates engine braking and it works great. No need to overthink it, use Tow/Haul.
wing_zealot 04/21/21 09:51am Towing
RE: can a ford ranger tow trailer on steep mtns rds?

Without a doubt you can tow a trailer up to the max tow limits of that Ranger without exceeding any other max limit. Now all you need to know is things like GVWR, GAWR (front and rear), Payload rating, how much "extra" weight you will be carrying in the truck, etc. None of that information can be determined by anyone but YOU! So you have to read up and see how it all works, or give us all of the numbers and we can help you work through it. Anything else then working through the "real" numbers is just SWAG. Clicky for Learning about it all
wing_zealot 04/21/21 07:39am Towing
RE: Pinging

Well said Scott.
wing_zealot 04/20/21 02:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery wing nut size

Yes, most common size is 5/16-18 threads here in the US. Not sure if Canadian batteries would have metric studs? I know it's not metric as one has studs that fit a 1/2 inch wrench.Right there is your answer, if its 1/2 inch nut/wrench it's a 5/16 inch bolt.
wing_zealot 04/20/21 10:27am Tech Issues
RE: Battery wing nut size

Mine are 5/16"
wing_zealot 04/20/21 05:15am Tech Issues
RE: Question on changing legal GCWR

The GCWR is just that, a "rating". There is nothing "legal" or "illegal" about it. If you want to change the gear so it tows better, go for it.
wing_zealot 04/19/21 05:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: First Post - 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie - What can I pull??

Those that say "just do it" are almost always experienced towers and aren't taking in the fact that the vast majority of the "can i tow this" group, have never towed anything. ... I doubt previous towing experience will be of much help if any overloaded tire blows while driving at high speed on an Interstate. Someone with years of experience in towing will be more likely to understand how to react when that tire blows. A towing newbie in that situation is very scary.A guy with little experience is more likely to be driving with due caution. I’m much more likely to see some guy with plenty of experience with the diesel dually pulling a 40 ft fifth wheel, in the right lane, hammer down, driving like his pants are on fire. I can tell which guy I’m more afraid of.
wing_zealot 04/17/21 04:15pm Beginning RVing
RE: Help! Hitch stuck in ball mount.

Two things. Generally, there is an adjustment screw underneath where in you can adjust how tight the coupler grips the ball - loosen it enough to get the ball out then re-adjust. Secondly, with the draw bar in the receiver you can jack up the trailer to put more tension on releasing of the ball and while at the same time bouncing on the bumper to coax them to separate.
wing_zealot 04/15/21 11:26am Beginning RVing
RE: First Post - 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie - What can I pull??

I'm screwed, huh? So although I can technically pull almost 10Klbs... the tongue weight alone screws me?Technically your not screwed. That Jayco jay flight 264BH has way more cargo capacity than you should need and as long as you limit what you load in the truck, should work just fine. Take for instance the cargo capacity of that jay flight 264BH is 1310 lbs. (6000 gvw). So lets say you load the trailer with 1000 lbs of stuff to go camping (food, clothes, camping chairs, dishes, towels, whatever), that will give you a tongue weight of approx 680 lbs. leaving you with about 500± lbs for occupants (and stuff) in the truck. ((4690 + 1000) x 12% = 682.8) But remember, you got 1300 lbs of cargo capacity in the trailer and only used 1000 lbs. So lets say you also want to take 100 lbs of firewood with you. If you put that firewood in the truck you only have 400± lbs left for occupants. But if you put that firewood in the Trailer (theoretically centered) you only add 12% or 12 lbs to the tongue weight so you still have 485± lbs left for occupants in the truck; and still have 210± lbs. of cargo capacity available in the trailer. And no, you can't put your wife and kids in the trailer. :)
wing_zealot 04/14/21 11:42am Beginning RVing
RE: First Post - 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie - What can I pull??

There are two stickers on the door jam of your truck that hold the key to what you can tow. Look at those then check out this site for some good unbiased information Clicky Also, if you post the information from those two stickers here, we'd be able to help you better. Otherwise, it's hard for any one of us to know your requirements and limitations.
wing_zealot 04/14/21 07:58am Beginning RVing
RE: F150 and Reflection 150 series?

Have you tried increasing your tongue weight? For myself, I would try increasing the tongue weight before I spent a bunch of money on anything else. The 20% tongue weight is basically why a fifth wheel tows so well. No reason you can't have 15% or 20% tongue weight on a travel trailer.
wing_zealot 04/14/21 05:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Uneven Dually tire wear

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wing_zealot 04/13/21 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck Question

You don’t need an F250 to tow a 7000 GVW trailer, unless you plan on going bigger in the near future. An F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost, 10 sped transmission and max tow pkg will do great and makes a lot better daily driver. Just make sure you get one with sufficient payload. Somewhere north of 1600 lbs depending on how much your going to be loading in the truck (passengers and cargo) should do it.
wing_zealot 04/11/21 01:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM announces their Electric Silverado half ton.

...Other than vacation use,very few trucks ever would run up against the battery limit. And as for the foolishness of the idiot memes, technology and infrastructure will catch up! 1. If it wasn't for vacation use, I wouldn't have a truck. I'd have a 4cyl Ford Fiesta. 2. It hasn't caught up to me yet. Give me a call when it can do what I need it to do, until then, I'll pass. I'm not interested in sitting in a charging station for 2 hours - I want to get where I'm going; then I'll sit around twiddling my thumbs.
wing_zealot 04/07/21 10:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Extended tow bar

I have one, but it’s only used so I can put the tailgate all the way down when the trailer is hooked up. Getting one long enough to allow the tailgate to be down while making 90 degree turns is a whole different ball game.
wing_zealot 04/05/21 06:27pm Towing
RE: Bear Spray

The only way someone could know if one is better then another is to have tried several kinds on several different wild bear attacks and have survived the one that didn’t work. Doubtful anyone has that kind of experiences.
wing_zealot 04/05/21 06:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Moisture behind mattress? (Cold caught us)

Turn the AC on so it runs every once in a while.
wing_zealot 04/04/21 06:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Water Heater Question

The only way to know is to look at the valves. The valves are generally behind a panel, on the inside of the trailer, that have some screws holding the panel on. Wherever the back of the water heater is on the outside the trailer, the panel will be in the same place inside the trailer..
wing_zealot 04/04/21 06:17am Travel Trailers
RE: slide out controller

I have no idea where your’s is, but just to give you an idea of what the possibilities are, mine is behind a panel that is held on by 4 screws you can barely see; underneath the breaker box/fuse box.
wing_zealot 04/03/21 06:05am Travel Trailers
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