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Old 07-08-2019, 06:30 PM   #1
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Anyone have the new Ford Ranger as a toad?

We are considering the new Ford Ranger to use as a four down toad.

Anyone have one?
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Old 07-08-2019, 06:39 PM   #2
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no, but I have a 2018 GMC canyon 4x4 crew cab and love it. Tow behind tiffin 40' with 380 cummins, don't know it's there.
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no, but I have a 2018 GMC canyon 4x4 crew cab and love it. Tow behind tiffin 40' with 380 cummins, don't know it's there.
Is that a full size truck? I am looking for the smallest pickup that can be towed four down.
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Search is your friend, several threads on this already...

just entered ranger into the search at the top of this forum and found this: 19 Ford Ranger
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The smallest pickups I can think of are all considered mid size vs full size pick-ups.

They are Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Chevy / GMC Colorado and Canyon twins, Nissan Frontier and Honda Ridgeline.

I see a lot of Jeeps and Honda CRV's being towed 4 down. Not so much mid sized pick-ups.
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I have a 19 Ranger Lariat Fx4. Easy to set up and tow. I have towed about
1200 miles so far and will going on another trip in about 10 days. If you want
a small truck to be towed behind your MH this one is a good one.
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Also the new Jeep Gladiator is flat towable.
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Are you guys towing the ranger with a DP or a gasser. Is it under the 5k?
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Ranger or Colorado

I am in the market for new toad as well. Test drove the Ranger and Colorado last week. The Ranger is only offered in the eco-boost 4 cylinder. Seemed a little underpowered at lower rpms. I lIked the Colorado a little more. We have a Blue Ox set up and last time I looked Blue Ox had not made baseplate for the Ranger yet. I believe road master does though.

The Ranger curb weight comes in close to 4600lbs.
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I am in the market for new toad as well. Test drove the Ranger and Colorado last week. The Ranger is only offered in the eco-boost 4 cylinder. Seemed a little underpowered at lower rpms. I lIked the Colorado a little more. We have a Blue Ox set up and last time I looked Blue Ox had not made baseplate for the Ranger yet. I believe road master does though.

The Ranger curb weight comes in close to 4600lbs.

Blue ox does make a base plate. Guy at my RV dealer had one put on the other day.
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I am in the market for new toad as well. Test drove the Ranger and Colorado last week. The Ranger is only offered in the eco-boost 4 cylinder. Seemed a little underpowered at lower rpms. I lIked the Colorado a little more. We have a Blue Ox set up and last time I looked Blue Ox had not made baseplate for the Ranger yet. I believe road master does though.

The Ranger curb weight comes in close to 4600lbs.


Measure your hitch height first, the Blue Ox and Roadmaster are very different in tow height. I personally didnít like the Blue Ox for my Colorado because it requires cutting some of the the radiator baffles and cutting off critical parts of the actual structural bumper that sits under the bumper cover. The Roadmaster simply replaces the tow hooks. The videos on etrailer are very helpful.
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Agree to measure height to hitch from toad. In our particular case we went with the blue ox setup as the hitch height was exactly even with our toad setup and the install is very clean. For our application we cut a total of about 3 inches of plastic from the factory pieces, none of which can be seen and from my experience with fabricating drag cars was incredibly minimal with no impact to the structural design or rigidity of the truck. Pick the application that works best for your wants and situation. As for the Colorado as a toad, it is great and makes for a great daily driver as well. We have been very pleased with our truck and it tows like a dream behind our gas coach. For the braking system we chose the Demco stay n play and it has been awesome as well, just flip the switch on and go. Best of luck in your search, if you want to see any pics of our setup just let me know and I can send some of the base plate system as well as battery disconnect and brake system.
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The colorado/canyon twins are sort of interesting because they offer a crew cab with a long bed, which you can't get on a ranger, which IMHO is a better looking truck, but it's hard to tell from the web site do they offer radar cruise control? which the Ford does, and is nice when we take it on longer drives.

Also the GM products require a complete battery disconnect to flat tow them, which is an extra step (And requires a support wire from the RV to power the onboard braking system, further complicating the installation). I'd want to use the Stay'N'Play Duo like we use in our current toad as it's so nice to not mess with anything, and that needs power.
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