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Old 11-29-2015, 06:24 PM   #1
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Need a toad

I have a 1998 454 Bounder and thinking about getting a older ford ranger pickup 4x4 standard trans. What are your thoughts Thank you Bob
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Old 11-29-2015, 06:53 PM   #2
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Bob Z -

Motorhome Magazine publishes a Dinghy Review every year and you can download a copy for just a bout any year from their website. It will give you a feeling of the advantages and disadvantages of each vehicle that you are looking at. There is also a special "Toads and MH Towing" blog here at the forum under "RV Forums" that has a load of information. Be sure to go through it. You will all need to know how much weight your Bounder can tow.

Good luck in you research!
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Old 11-29-2015, 07:49 PM   #3
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the 90's Rangers make great toads. You don't have to get a 4x4 with a manual transmission, a 2wd with a manual transmission will work fine. Ford states in the ranger owners manual that you just put it in neutral, no speed limitation and no distance limitation. I just made an offer on a 95 extended cab splash 5 speed with a 4.0. Curb weight is just under 3100 pounds due to the larger engine and the extended cab.
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:35 PM   #4
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I had bought my wife a ford ranger 1987. At one point it started consuming oil excessively, it was still under warranty so we took it in and they said that if it used a quart in 800 miles that was acceptable. They checked for external leaks, found none. Changed the oil and we drove it home, after ~500 miles the dip stick was at 1 quart low. The problem was the valve stem seals would deteriorate and the oil would go into the cylinder and get burned. They replaced the seal, OK we thought we were good to go NOT. They didn't pull the oil pan and clean the small pieces of seal out of the oil pick up screen so it starved the engine for oil and we ended up having to have it rebuilt on our dime since it was out of warranty.

Lesson>>> do some research as to what Ford Rangers had this problem.
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Are you looking to tow 4 down or a trailer or KarKaddy?
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Looking to tow 4 down
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The new F150 looks pretty hot and will tow 4 down
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also, take a look at jeep liberty's 2005-2007. I've been towing a 2007, since 2008. Had a few repairs, but still towing fine. Dave
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