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Old 04-14-2009, 08:49 PM   #1
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Can I tow a ??

Okay, we are new to Class A ownership. We just a 2004 Georgia Boy that came with a Blue OX Avanti (sp?) tow bar. I have a friend that has a 97 or 98 Ford Ranger, standard shift. Can I tow this 4 wheels down? I know a lot of you MH veterans may think this is a silly question but I don't want to buy something I can't tow.
Fire away..any suggetions??

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I probably put this in the wrong thread, sorry. If a mod wants to move it, it's okay.

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Old 04-14-2009, 09:36 PM   #3
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Go to this site: MotorHome Magazine : Dinghy Towing > 1998 Towable SUVs & Pickups

Hopefully this will help answer your question.

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Old 04-15-2009, 07:53 AM   #4
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Another link, http://goodmanchevrolet.com/dinghy%2...dinghy_tow.pdf
You will see a conflict of information from the other site mentioned. It might be wise to contact Ford. I think with the standard shift 2w drive it is ok to tow.Ther is much information on the internet, just do some reserch. I tow a 2004 Ford Ranger Edge 2w drive standard shift and Ford has documents that say it is ok.
Good Luck Check out the Remco site.http://www.remcotowing.com/vehicles
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Thanks to all for the pointers. Looks like some research in needed on this end. What a great forum!


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Check the Remco Towing Web site also. It may just be a simple modification by Ford, or you may need a kit from Remco.
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Hi Phillip,
Depending on the specifics of the Ranger you are looking at, go to http://www.remcotowing.com/vehicles for the answer on how to tow this vehicle.
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TexasPhil, my son in law tows his 2000 Ford Ranger two wheel drive manual trans behind his motorhome, and has since new, no problem. Get a base plate for the Avanti bar and go! Enjoy,


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Okay, we are new to Class A ownership. We just a 2004 Georgia Boy that came with a Blue OX Avanti (sp?) tow bar. I have a friend that has a 97 or 98 Ford Ranger, standard shift. Can I tow this 4 wheels down? I know a lot of you MH veterans may think this is a silly question but I don't want to buy something I can't tow.
Fire away..any suggetions??

thanks,
Phillip & Betty
Phillip,
First, Welcome to IRV2...
Second, hopefully your friend has the owners manual for this truck. It is usually stated pretty clearly in the manual whether or not it can be towed. It will also go over all steps needed to tow it.
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Apparently you can tow anything you want. I thought all gas motorhome chassis were limited to 4,000 pounds and had no more than a 5k rated hitch. Yet today I was passed by a gasser towing a full size Dodge Ram half ton and another towing a Durango, both of which I know are over 4k. The Ranger is probably under, but not much. I guess the feeling is, if you can get it up the hill, you are good to go.
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It sure is great to find a community so willing to help. I am going to check the owners manual on that Ranger, but from all the research I have been pointed too, it looks like this may be the answer.

Now the search begins for a base plate!!

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Demco, Blue OX and Roadmaster all have web sites
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I thought all gas motorhome chassis were limited to 4,000 pounds and had no more than a 5k rated hitch.
Not at all. While it is common for the difference between the GVWR and GCWR to be 4000 lbs, you can tow up to the hitch rating (usually 5k on a gas chassis) as long as the total weight is under the GCWR. That means you can tow more than 4000 lbs IF the coach itself is under the GVWR.
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That means you can tow more than 4000 lbs IF the coach itself is under the GVWR.
That makes sense. Thanks for the clarification.
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