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would a s 10 or ford ranger pull it

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by BOTURF, Dec 9, 2003.


    BOTURF LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    I would like to get a chevy s 10 or ford ranger to supplement our landscaping fleet , my question is this would a s10 with a 4 cylinder pull a 12 ft enclosed trailer full of flats of flowers and some hand tools also would the plants get to hot in there ? they would only be in trailer a hour and a half max sometimes less
  2. craigs lawncare

    craigs lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 307


    I would get a V-6 if I had the choice.
    I dont know how much your trailer weighs but I pull a 14 ft. tandem axle trailer loaded with a Gravely Z, Scag walk behind, two line trimmers, two blowers, about six gallons of gas and various tools with a two wheel drive GMC Sonoma. (Same as an S-10).
    You had better make sure you have trailer brakes. Mine are surge brakes. This way, I can pull my trailer with any vehicle and I don't have to worry if it is wired for electric brakes.
    Regarding your question about the heat affecting your flats.
    I would avoid getting a black trailer. Personally, since heat is a concern, get a white trailer as white reflects the sunlight and would keep the inside much cooler.
    Hope this helps some.
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    get the v6 if you can afford it. then you can use it to pull a mower or two around in emergencies.
  4. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    why go so small? is it costs?

    BOTURF LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    yes cost as i already have 2 3500 duallys also going to be using this truck for estimates so would like to see it not head to gas pumps everytime we pass a station
  6. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    I think you are asking for problems down the road using that small of a vehicle to tow with.
  7. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    a v6 will be fine for towing a lighweight trailer and mower around. Plus as you said, it'd be nice not to have to fill up every time you pass a gas station if all you'll be doing with it is hauling flats and doing estimates.
  8. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    Im not sure if you were aware, but when i was researching a new trailer, I found out that a really well built single axle enclosed 12 footer would weight in the vacinity of 1500#....just a heads up since i have no idea how a truck that small would handle that large a load.
  9. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    It won't for long......
    Not to mention the fact that it is gonna push that small truck should you need to stop in a hurry.
  10. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,899

    IT WILL TOW IT!!!!! but not for long, in 93 I had to use a 4 cylinder 5 sp. short bed ranger 4x4 to tow a 16 ft tandom with a ford 1720 trac & loader and harley rake plus I had the back tires loaded on trac. weight with trailor 8900#. Tow rating on ranger was 1200# used it for 3 1/2 months before I traded it in and it was new when I started to use it. It had 4500 miles when I got rid of it and sounded BAD but still had the factory warrenty on it. I feel sorry for who ever ended up with it becoase I know that 4,500 mile was the equivelent of about 250,000. LOL With the weight and the wind resistence of the trailor I would not recommend one. The ford 150 with the 4.2 six is rated to tow 5500# or 6200# I can't remember which and it will get about the same MPG as the little trucks with the bigger 6 cylinders.


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