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towing question

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by OhioBobcat125, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. OhioBobcat125

    OhioBobcat125 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 28

    My buddies dad wants us to drive down to Florida from Ohio to pick up a boat he just bought. We have two truck options; mine which is a 1999 Silverado 2500 6.0 with a brake controler and his a 2003 Ford Ranger 4.0 with no brake control. The boat weighs approx 4800 lbs. With gas prices we arent sure which truck would be better or if the ranger could even handle it. Thanks!
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,388

    Why not use the 2003 2500 listed in your sig?
  3. bribrius

    bribrius LawnSite Member
    Posts: 34

    use the ranger. then put a plow on it and beat on it all winter. use it to pull trees, four wheeling, whatever.
    then trade the ranger in come springtime
  4. OhioBobcat125

    OhioBobcat125 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 28

    The HD is the work truck which will be used by my helper for mowing while I am out of town. The 99 2500 is my personal truck.
  5. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 683

    I'd take the HD.... Ranger a 4 or 6 cyl?
  6. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 912

    That's a long tote for that 6cyl. 4,800lbs + wind resistance Hmmm i wouldn't! i would use the bigger truck and eat the fuel cost vs damage you might cause on the ranger. just my 2 pennies.
  7. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Posts: 1,818

    Haha, not to be mean but no way is that ranger going to like that trip at all! 4800 lbs has got to be at the max or over for towing with the ranger. That much weight and the truck is going to be shifting all over the place. I'd take the right truck for the job, the 2500.
  8. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    Take the 2500!
  9. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    take the 3/4 ton...and boat trailers don't use electric brakes, if that trailer has brakes on it at all...make sure you know the ball size and electric connector before you go and have a safe trip
  10. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,216

    i'd have to go w/ the chevy, that's a long uphill battle for the ranger

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