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Old 05-10-2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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Can someone tell me a "good" weight to tow

with my Mazda B3000 V6, manual transmission, 2 wheel drive truck. It's a 94 by the way. Runs great, taken good care of it.

I got an amount of 300 tongue weight (which I just learned about) and 3500 weight of trailer. That sounded high and I really am not confident the guy at the dealership knew for sure. I'm having a clutch put in my truck right now and the manual is in it so I can't look it up.

I tried all over the web, really, and could not find the answer. Anyone have a truck similar to mine and know what "numbers" I should look at that won't overload my truck? I don't care if it goes down to a tent, I am determined to make this RVing fulltime work Denise, and thank you much!!
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In the '94 owners manual, the listed towing capacity, or rather Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR), varies with the drive config, engine and axle ratio.

4X2 Manual Transmission Regular Cab/Cab Plus
2.3L, 3.73 ratio = 4800 lbs(2177Kg) GCWR
3.0L, 3.45 ratio = 5000 lbs(2267Kg) GCWR
3.0L, 3.73 ratio = 6000 lbs(2721Kg) GCWR
4.0L ,3.08 ratio = 5000 lbs(2267Kg) GCWR
4.0L, 3.55 ratio = 7000 lbs(3175Kg) GCWR

The GCWR is the Gross Combined Weight Rating. To find how much you can tow, you would weigh the loaded truck then subtract that number to find weight of the trailer capacity. I noticed that manual transmissions have much reduced capacity from automatics.
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That Truck is a Ford Ranger with Mazda Badges, everything else is the same. Ranger information will be much easier to find.
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In the '94 owners manual, the listed towing capacity, or rather Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR), varies with the drive config, engine and axle ratio.

4X2 Manual Transmission Regular Cab/Cab Plus
2.3L, 3.73 ratio = 4800 lbs(2177Kg) GCWR
3.0L, 3.45 ratio = 5000 lbs(2267Kg) GCWR
3.0L, 3.73 ratio = 6000 lbs(2721Kg) GCWR
4.0L ,3.08 ratio = 5000 lbs(2267Kg) GCWR
4.0L, 3.55 ratio = 7000 lbs(3175Kg) GCWR

The GCWR is the Gross Combined Weight Rating. To find how much you can tow, you would weigh the loaded truck then subtract that number to find weight of the trailer capacity. I noticed that manual transmissions have much reduced capacity from automatics.
I soooooooo appreciate this, did you find the manual online? Maybe there is a chance I could pull something that would work for me. I won't have anything in my truck bed except my kayak which I will figure all that out. Plus anything I carry in the trailer. I won't be taking anything but clothing, food, toiletries, that kind of stuff.

Thank you so much, again, for finding this info for me!! Denise
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That Truck is a Ford Ranger with Mazda Badges, everything else is the same. Ranger information will be much easier to find.

That's what I've been told, I mean about my truck being like the Ranger. Whenever I have bought parts, they always give me Ranger stuff.

Thank you Brock, Denise
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Can someone tell me a "good" weight to tow
getting back to your original ?

If the answer to what you can tow is 3500lbs, for the most part you will not be able to tow very many hybrid trailers. Jayco has 2 models that have a dry weight of 2800. The Aerolite's start at 3100 lbs.

I would double your 3500 lb. towing limit for toy V-6 Mazda. I don't believe they made Rangers in 2013, but in my 2011 Trailer Life tow guide it lists the V-6 Rangers from 3200lbs (manual trans) to 6000 lbs.

But if 3500 is your limit, your looking at a pop-up or trailer over 2500lbs of lower...
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thanks all for the info, I decided to go with what I have now, which is a canopy on my truck. Since I can only go weekends through the Summer while I work here, I am going to try and get something like the pic below put in. Thanks again all, I'll see if I can put a stop on this thread, Denise!!
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Good plan for now! Somehow on the other thread - I missed that you already had the canopy. Good Luck!!
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