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Old 05-03-2020, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hi We are thinking of a 21.How big of a tow vehicle should one have to tow this SAFELY! Will a 2019 Ford Ranger work?

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Old 05-03-2020, 07:44 PM   #2
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Hi We are thinking of a 21.How big of a tow vehicle should one have to tow this SAFELY! Will a 2019 Ford Ranger work?

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Check the tow rating of the vehicle on the sticker inside the drivers door, then derate that by 20% to allow for all your stuff you will load in the trailer. If that's less than the dry weight of the trailer you should be in good shape. My Tacoma is rated 6400 lbs, loaded weight (with my stuff) weighed in at 4200 lbs. Tows fine.
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Old 05-03-2020, 07:45 PM   #3
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The Ranger will work just fine towing the 21. Isn't it about 7,500 lb towing capacity?
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Old 05-03-2020, 08:28 PM   #4
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Yes it is rated at 7500#,but it is a turbo 4 cylinder.I still am an old fashioned v-8 guy,but I like the size of those mid-size and really don't need the full size.

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Old 05-03-2020, 10:33 PM   #5
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Yes it is rated at 7500#,but it is a turbo 4 cylinder.I still am an old fashioned v-8 guy,but I like the size of those mid-size and really don't need the full size.

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My Chevy Colorado diesel is rated to tow 7,500 lbs and is also 4-cylinder. It’s a great tow vehicle for either a 19 or 21. Unimpressive horsepower but great torque at low rpm’s. I would think the Ranger turbo is similar and can do the job as well or better, although the best thing about the small diesel is the exhaust brake. The exhaust brake is a wonderful safety feature if you are planning to tow up and down long mountain grades. Chevy Colorado’s also come in a gas V-6 but not sure how they compare overall to the Ranger. If you have any question, you could always move up to a F-150. Unquestionably, F-150s have capability to spare!
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Old 05-04-2020, 12:23 AM   #6
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Hi We are thinking of a 21.How big of a tow vehicle should one have to tow this SAFELY! Will a 2019 Ford Ranger work?

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Viator36 (Jake) tows a 2019 21 with a 2019 Ford Ranger. He has been on a couple of cross-country trips including up into Alaska. Maybe you can PM him for his personal experience with the set up you are contemplating.
https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/m...or36-7282.html
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Old 05-04-2020, 03:45 AM   #7
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We towed our Escape 17B with a Tacoma and then a 4Runner. We recently ordered a new Escape 19. To tow the new 19, I bought a new Tundra 4.6L. After a trip out west through Colorado with the 4Runner, I realized a bigger trailer would mean a bigger truck.

I often advise people for an travel trailer, try to stay around 50% capacity. If your going to spend the 12 hours behind the wheel crossing the country, a larger vehicle is more comfortable and safer. Take into consideration your destination. If your heading for higher elevations like Colorado and Utah, you want a V8 or a turbo diesel. You lose 3% horse power per 1000' of elevation.

If you want a mid size, my pick would be the Colorado Diesel.
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Old 05-04-2020, 09:08 AM   #8
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I live in so mn and don't plan on going across the country with it,but I like to research things before I buy.I have a Tundra with the 5.7,it is an AWESOME tow vehicle,but with life changes it now must be a daily commuter and tho it tows and does a great job at doing what fullsize pu do besides being reliable it like gas and is big getting around with.It's hard to downsize but I know we would like something smaller. Thanks for sharing!
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