Can a Ford Ranger Tow a Camping Trailer?

Let's take a closer look at the towing capacity of the Ford Ranger and whether or not it can tow a heavy camping trailer or toy hauler.

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Whether you’re getting ready for your first camping trip or your 100th, it’s important to make sure that you don’t exceed the towing capacity of your vehicle.

One of the more popular vehicles amongst people that like to go camping is the Ford Ranger. It has an impressive towing capacity and lots of storage space.

Of course, if you are planning on going on a trip in an RV, you don’t need to worry about towing capacity, but if you want to purchase or rent a trailer, the towing capacity suddenly becomes very important.

Before you go on a trip, there are a few things you need to make sure you know. Firstly, you need to know the weight of the camper you’ll be pulling. And you’ll also need to know the Ford Ranger towing capacity.

As long as the towing capacity exceeds the weight of the trailer, you should be good to go! So, without further ado, let’s dive straight in and find out whether or not you can pull your camper with your Ford Ranger.

What is a Ford Ranger’s towing capacity?

The 2022 Ford Ranger’s towing capacity is listed at 7.500 lbs (3.500 kg), which means that it has been stress tested to pull up to 7.500 lbs.

Now, it’s important to keep in mind that a new Ford Ranger model comes out every year, and as a result, there is a possibility that the towing capacity could change.

So, if you are reading this in 2022, 2023, or any time in the future, you should check the towing capacity yourself, rather than trusting that it has remained the same.

Take a look at Ford’s own website should you be interested in the towing capacity of a newer model – or even an entirely different model.

How close can you safely get to a Ford Ranger’s towing capacity?

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In theory, it’s safe to go right up to the towing capacity of a Ford Ranger, but in practice that can be a little risky. When a towing capacity is listed, it’s assumed that only the driver is in the vehicle. As a result, if you are planning on driving with your family, you need to factor that in.

There are things you can do to calculate your Ford Ranger’s actual towing capacity. However, to do this you’ll need to know the full Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating or GCVWR of the vehicle you plan on towing, and the vehicle that will be doing the towing.

You will also need to know your Ford Ranger’s curb weight.

The curb weight is the weight of the vehicle when it is filled with gas and all other fluids it consumes while driving.

If you subtract the curb weight from the GCVWR it provides you with the vehicle’s real towing capacity. With that said, instead of worrying about all those calculations, it’s a good idea to never come within 10% of the towing capacity.

That should give you plenty of wiggle room to pack extra things and bring your entire family on the trip with you.

With the Ford Ranger’s towing capacity listed at 7.500 lbs, that means that you should try not to exceed 6.750 lbs.

Are you wondering whether you should use a weight distribution hitch when towing such heavy trailers? Read: Do I Really Need a Weight Distribution Hitch?.

What trailers can be safely towed by a Ford Ranger?

So, now that you know how much a Ford Ranger can tow, you are probably wondering which trailers can be safely towed by a Ford Ranger?

Don’t worry, I won’t bore you by listing off every travel trailer or camper that can safely be pulled by a Ford Ranger, but I’ll go over a few more broad details.

The average weight of a small travel trailer is around 2.800 lbs. The heaviest small travel trailers are listed at around 3.900 lbs, and as a result, a Ford Ranger’s towing capacity is more than enough to tow these trailers.

It’ll tow these 10 small travel trailers with ease: 10 Best & Most Practical Small Travel Trailers (in 2022)

Large travel trailers are another story entirely. The average large travel trailer weighs around 6.700 lbs, which is just under the 90% threshold that we were looking at earlier. However, the heaviest large travel trailers can exceed 8700 lbs.

As a result, it’s important to check the weight of your large travel trailer before planning a trip with your Ford Ranger.

Generally speaking, the largest trailers that can be pulled by a Ford Ranger are large travel trailers. Gooseneck Flatbed Trailers, Large Livestock Trailers, Toy Haulers, and 5th Wheel Campers should not be towed by a Ford Ranger except for the smallest models.

Can a Ford Ranger tow a camper trailer?

So, can a Ford Ranger tow a camping trailer? Is a Ford Ranger’s towing capacity enough to safely pull a camper trailer to its destination?

Yes, a Ford Ranger should be able to reliably tow most camper trailers. That being said, it’s always important to check the weight of a trailer before towing it.

If you’re renting, make sure you check every time you rent a new trailer. If you own a trailer, you’ll obviously only need to check once.

Finally, before I let you go, I want to make sure that you know what weight rating to look at. When looking for the weight of a camper trailer, you should be looking for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

This includes the weight of everything inside it, including furniture and appliances. If you’re looking at the curb weight, you are seeing the weight of the trailer when it’s completely empty, which won’t be very helpful to you.

The most exciting part of a trip is the beginning, but you’ll get off to a rocky start if you have a trailer that exceeds your Ford Ranger’s towing capacity.

Take the time to check the weight of your trailer and the towing capacity of your vehicle beforehand.

It’ll not take long, and it’ll help you avoid something breaking. Once you have done that, you can start your trip and have all the fun in the world!