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Old 02-18-2020, 06:12 PM   #1
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Ford Ranger or F150

Iím in the market for a new truck and will be using it for a toad in the near future. My question is are you pulling one of the above and how do you like it? Tell me your likes and dislikes. How easy is it to pull, setup, and Connect?

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Old 02-18-2020, 06:45 PM   #2
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We have a 2018 f-150 Supercab with the 6.5' bed. It was easy to setup, just removed the front tow hooks and bolted in the roadmaster baseplate adaptors and ran an aftermarket wiring harness to the back bumper where there is a plug that the harness plugs into for towing lights. Easiest setup I have done.

The towing setup is easy, just follow the instructions in the manual exactly. It is just a matter of proper sequence to go to flat tow mode. Best I remember without my cheat sheet its about 4 steps.

There is plenty of room for 4 adults and stuff. I love the ride of the truck. It has a better ride than my wife's Tahoe. That brings us to the downside! It's long. About 21'5' + towbar. You will be walking further in parking lots.

Scale weight with a full 35 gallon tank and a few of my tools in the back is right at 5500lbs. So far we've towed it about 10K miles problem free.

Much better than the FCA POJ it replaced.
(See I followed directions, I didn't mention my former jeep!)
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Old 02-19-2020, 02:58 PM   #3
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For the price and comfort and weight difference I would go F150 myself.
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Old 02-19-2020, 08:15 PM   #4
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I was looking at a Chevy Colorado or a F150 and went with the F150 because it's a whole lot more truck than the Colorado for just a little more money. The F150 Supercab is only a few hundred pounds more than the four door Colorado. I think the Ranger is the same.
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Old 02-19-2020, 11:46 PM   #5
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I was facing the same issues, as I have owned 2 previous F-150's, however now that I have decided to tow something behind the RV, I had to get something different (4X4). I looked at new Ranger trucks, but didn't really want to give up the handling / comfort / space of the F-150. I just bought a slightly used 2018 F-150 4X4 this week, now I need to get it ready to tow. I love the rear seat room and undersea storage in the SuperCrew. This truck has the smaller 3.3L V-6, short bed, and the specs show only a 328 lbs. difference in curb weight over the 4X4 Ranger crew cab.
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Old 02-22-2020, 05:46 PM   #6
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I had originally planned on towing a Ranger. Had one on pre-order. I'm so glad they kept delaying my build date. Found a new F150 at the end of the year clearance and saved several thousand over the Ranger. I didn't think I would care for the larger size, but now I'll never go back to a smaller truck.

Towed it across the country over Christmas break. Had a great time driving it through the mud and snow at Mojave National Preserve.
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I also are in the market for a new truck, Ranger, F150 or a diesel Canyon. my issue is fuel mileage since I still drive 100 miles a day for work
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I waited about a year for the new ranger to come out. I was disappointed with itís old design, small fuel tank, and rear cab space with the seat flipped up. We ended up buying a 150 and really like it so far. The 3.5 and 10 speed is a rocket.
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I have a 2010 Ranger 2X4 Sport and am very happy with it.

3500 pounds and quick and easy to hook up. It will even back up as long as it's a fairly straight line. I have backed up over 200 feet with no problem at all.

Back seat area is very cramped, but 99% of the time it's just the 2 of us.

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I think you should buy the size & model of truck that suits your driving needs and not worry about towing differences between the two models. Both need to be a 4x4 for towing anyway, so choose the model you like better. About the only caveat would be if you have a 5000 lb limit of tow capacity because that could rule out many of the upscale versions of the F150. A well-optioned F150 can easily top 5000 lbs empty (curb weight).
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