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Old 09-16-2020, 06:40 PM   #1
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Towing a 21c with a 2020 ford ranger

Has anyone towed a 21 with one of the new ford rangers? It has the highest tow rating of all the midsize pickups. 310 lbs if torque and 270hp 4 cyl turbo gets 24 mpg on the highway.
With the trailer tow package its rated for 7500 lbs towing capacity. 10 speed tranny.
I just towed a 5000lb 25 trailer up the Alaska highway with my 2012 Nissan Frontier. 6 cyl
and it handled it okay with a WDH but with a 5 speed tranny and not great torque it was a bit underpowered. I prefer the smaller truck for a number of reasons and hope its up to the job.
Thanks for the comments.
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Old 09-17-2020, 02:07 AM   #2
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I asked my friend about the Silverado 4cyl Turbo, he said that it's going to work pretty hard with that trailer of yours, stick to the bigger motors.

I do want to see others opinions though.
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Old 09-17-2020, 08:10 AM   #3
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The new Ranger will tow the 21 just fine, with lots of extra power. My brother has one to tow his 19, nice truck.
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Old 09-17-2020, 08:51 AM   #4
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My brother tows his 25' Airstream (a good bit heavier than an Escape) with amazing results. I was given a ride up some good grades with trailer in tow. It did a really good job, accelerating all the way. The engine in the Ranger is very stout with a great lower end. I believe a 2.7 V6 is on the way with even more power. I plan on buying a 2021 Ranger to pull our 5.0 TA, but I'll stick with the 4 cylinder.
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Old 09-17-2020, 02:22 PM   #5
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I asked my friend about the Silverado 4cyl Turbo, he said that it's going to work pretty hard with that trailer of yours, stick to the bigger motors.

I do want to see others opinions though.
It's interesting that so many people think that the 2.7 litre turbocharged gasoline engine in the full-size light-duty GM pickup (Silverado/Sierra) will need to "work pretty hard" and would be inadequate, while the consensus in this forum is that the 2.7 litre turbocharged gasoline engine in the full-size light-duty Ford pickup (F-150) is a great choice.
  • GM 2.7: 348 pound-feet (472 N⋅m) of torque between 1500 and 4000 rpm; 310 horsepower (231) at 5600 rpm
  • Ford 2.7: 375 lb⋅ft (508 N⋅m) of torque at 3000 rpm; 325 hp (242 kW) at 5750 rpm
That's not much difference (and note that the Ford torque is a peak, while the GM torque is the minimum over a broad range).

There are opinions, and then there is information...
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Old 09-17-2020, 02:37 PM   #6
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I too am in the market for a Ranger to pull my new 21NE. Check out the Ford Ranger 5G forum. Lots of examples of people towing heavier trailers.
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Old 09-17-2020, 03:46 PM   #7
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I believe a 2.7 V6 is on the way with even more power.
That's possible, but far from certain. The Ranger has always been able to accommodate a V6, and the related new Bronco is offered with the 2.7 V6 EcoBoost (as well as the same 2.3 four as the Ranger) for confirmation, but configuration options are largely determined by marketing considerations rather than what can technically work. Ford has been explaining for almost a decade that they don't want the Ranger to compete with F-150, and so offering the same engine in the Ranger and F-150 would be problematic. The Bronco and other Ford SUVs are sufficiently different in style that an engine overlap is not a concern.
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Old 09-20-2020, 07:13 AM   #8
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My son has a Ranger. A nice truck. It will tow a 21 for sure but...
The gaz tank is small (range restrictions) especially when towing
The payload is around 1450 # ( a family of two is good and travel light). Remember the payload number exclude all the passenger and anything that is gonna be added in the truck or the box)
The 21 has more wind surface than a 19.

Probably not the best choice for a 21... but it depend on your need and travel plan.
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Has anyone towed a 21 with one of the new ford rangers? It has the highest tow rating of all the midsize pickups. 310 lbs if torque and 270hp 4 cyl turbo gets 24 mpg on the highway.
With the trailer tow package its rated for 7500 lbs towing capacity. 10 speed tranny.
I just towed a 5000lb 25 trailer up the Alaska highway with my 2012 Nissan Frontier. 6 cyl
and it handled it okay with a WDH but with a 5 speed tranny and not great torque it was a bit underpowered. I prefer the smaller truck for a number of reasons and hope its up to the job.
Thanks for the comments.
See this thread and consider sending a PM to viator36 (Jake) who tows a 2019 21C with a 2019 Ranger...hes been cross country twice so has some good real world knowledge of the combo.
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f...tml#post340429
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Old 09-30-2020, 11:24 PM   #10
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Ranger?

Doano about that, but we had the 260 HP V6 2017 CrewCAb 2wd Frontier with which we towed our Casita 17 just fine..but the Fronty just didn't have the power we needed in the western or our own Tennessee mountains for the larger, heavier E21c.
WE just recently traded up to a Nissan Titan XD 400 HP 4x4 Crew Cab and have about 90% increase in torque + ~40% more bed space and 40% more interior room.... Ours is the std "S" model..set up to seat 6 adults ....bks the front "console" folds up...very few fancy Geegaws, but has AC, 7spd AT, 4x4, PW, Traction Control and trailer hitch + wiring. WE added the Curt brake controller from the Frontier..No problemo so far. Even prefer the std rubber floor covering in lieu of carpet..great and easy to clean up the mud..while camping! Had the front 2 windows dark-tinted to match the rear 3 and added running boards and undercoating. Good to go.
This trip last weekend was our first for the XD..and to be honest, we didn't even know the trailer was behind us most of the time.
Lost a few MPGs, but it sure is nice to be able to leave the AC on and not have to worry about that V6 screaming and straining along in 3rd OR even down in 2nd gear (4500+ RPM)...while hauling up the long hills!! The Fronty was not getting very good gas MPGs while doing that BTW.

We decided on the beefier Titan XD bks it has a standard 78" long bed, while most 1/2 ton trucks(including the std Titan 4x4 Crewcab now come w a 66" [short bed].. The XD seems to be a truck set ~between the 1/2 ton range and the real heavy 3/4 tonners..but it sure can haul that 21!! With the rear seats folded up we can almost have room for an adult to sleep on the back floor..its flat!

WE love it.
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