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Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by TXLAWNBOY, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. BrianK10

    BrianK10 LawnSite Senior Member
    from usa
    Messages: 252

    Also....What size plywood did you use? 3/4 or 1/2 inch?

    TXLAWNBOY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219


    Believe it or not I am able to pull it w/ that Ranger you see in the picture. I don't know about the Explorer's but my Ranger is rated to pull 6K lbs. if it has a class III hitch which it does. I also have a 4:10 rear end and am getting progressive overload springs for it. It actually pulls it pretty good, I don't know that I'd put a full 6K lbs. and try it but I have the use of a F-150 Supercrew of my Dad's anytime I need it. I am also looking to buy a 3/4 ton later this year.


    That is 5/8 CDX on the sides, I still have a little way's to go on finishing the trailer but have been busy this week plus we've been getting alot of rain down here so I haven't been able to work on it like I want to. I will post more pics once I complete it.

    Thanks again for the feedback guys,

  3. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,581

    The '03 Ranger Edge's are workhorses... I have the same one and I think it would tow my house..:p

    TXLAWNBOY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219


    My Ranger has really impressed me so far on how well it will pull. I had a '92 F-150 w/the straight 6 for years and I believe the little Ranger pulls just as well as the F-150 did.
  5. mklawnman

    mklawnman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    Gonna need to get mirror extenders to see around and behind that big trailer. :cool:
    But i had a 98 Ranger 4x4 Off Road 4.0L auto and i pulled a 6x12' trailer with a Turf Tiger and WB on it, pulled it fine, except i would have gotten trailer brakes if i woulda kept that thing anylonger, its hard on the little ranger brakes. But i didnt add any springs to the rear end of my truck, didnt squat at all really when loaded. But if i were you id look for at least a F150 to pull that trailer eventually, gonna put alot of wear and tear on that little ranger, its the little ranger that could, good truck but its a bit small for that size of trailer.
    Nice trailer tho, I like how u fixed it up, looks brand spankin new.
  6. scottishmaximus

    scottishmaximus LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 290

    What engine is in the ranger? Stick or auto? In 97 i think they only offered up to a 3.55 with the 4.0. I was wondering if they changed that. If you have problems with your heater, let me know because there is a common part failure.
  7. Vladslawn

    Vladslawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Very Nice!
    A few suggestions, which are meant to be helpful especially since you are building it. Visability may become an issue; black trailer and night time driving.

    Recommendations: 1) place reflective tape arround trailer. 2" wide silver & red. just like on semi trailers. 2) wide load rear running lights; again as on semi's. Up here they would be required on that size of trailer. Couldn't see if you had them from pictures. 3)Consider moving rear signal lights as far back to the rear as possible. Better visibility of both lights for motorists. Therefore you signal intentions are clearly displayed. (ex. hazards vs turn signal) If only one signal is seen by motorist.

    The more visible you are, the less likely they are to run into you. In particular in poor driving conditions. poor or no lighting, rain, snow, etc.

    Regards, Vlad
  8. bigz1001

    bigz1001 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Newer Ranger's no longer use the 4.0 OHV, they use the 4.0 SOHC which went from 160 hp-210 hp. The 4.0's come with either a 3.73 or a 4.10 gear ratio.
  9. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    Looks nice you must have been very busy.

    TXLAWNBOY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219

    The tailgate has reflective tape on it now and the ranger has the 3.0 w/4:10 rear. I've been really busy lately and have had to put completing the trailer on hold for now till I get some free time. The ranger does ok for hauling brush and other light stuff but I use the F-150 w/a 5.4 v8 to pull it most of the time.

    Thanks for the comments guys I really appreciate them.

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