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Old 10-24-2019, 08:10 PM
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I’m thinking about downsizing my F150 2.7 eco boost to a Ford Ranger with a tow package. The max towing isn’t much less with the Ranger, I am wondering if I will regret going to a mid size truck. Also, would backing up be easier with the Ranger since it has a smaller wheel base?

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Old 10-24-2019, 08:37 PM
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What are you towing?

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Old 10-24-2019, 09:37 PM
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Alumacraft Trophy 175, single axle but we’ve talked about upgrading to a 20’ glass boat.

Ranger is 7,500lbs and my F150 is 7,600lbs max conventional towing.
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Old 10-24-2019, 11:11 PM
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Whatís the reason to downsize?

There doesnít seem to be much difference in MPG or price between an F150 and a Ranger. The only reason I would downsize is if I needed the garage space or was parking in a parking garage downtown.

Despite similar tow ratings, the extra size weight and wheelbase will make the F150 a better tow vehicle, especially if you get a bigger boat.


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Old 10-25-2019, 09:16 AM
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Whatís the reason to downsize?

Well I want to go from supercab to supercrew as our family expands which drives the need for a new truck. Also, I no longer need the 6.5' bed and I work in the Twin Cities where parking can be a pain.


At local dealers, looking at both trucks in the Lariat packages, there seems to be a 6-7K price difference.


The only real hold up is that I tow my boat 2 days a week and am cautious the towing performance will suffer noticeably.
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Old 10-25-2019, 10:35 AM
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Iím thinking about downsizing my F150 2.7 eco boost to a Ford Ranger with a tow package. The max towing isnít much less with the Ranger, I am wondering if I will regret going to a mid size truck. Also, would backing up be easier with the Ranger since it has a smaller wheel base?

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With the Ranger being smaller the only advantage of backing up would be you would need less room at the front end of your now smaller truck........so if someone parked on the other side of the street right across from your driveway it will be easier to swing the front end of the truck without hitting that parked vehicle.

Now other then what I posted above, the ease or difficulty to backing up your boat trailer or any trailer is really determined by the distance of your tow ball to the axle of the trailer.........and believe it or not the longer that distance is the easier it is to back up........so a 30' travel trailer is actually easier to back up into a space then a small utility trailer. The smaller trailer reacts REAL FAST to any movement of your steering wheel where the 30' travel trailer reacts MUCH slower because of the distance of it's axle to the tow ball and you have time to make corrects as you back up........the utility trailer would already be jack knifed.

Other then the info above I don't see you gaining or losing by down grading to a mid size truck.......basically if the power is there under the hood and the braking power is there too you will not notice any difference with the Ranger vs F 150
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Old 10-25-2019, 12:19 PM
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Itís not just about power and braking. Itís also about towing stability. And a bigger truck is more stable.

That said, if you arenít near the max rating, you are likely ok.

I have a Reata 1750. It tows fine being my 2014 Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel. And itís easier to back my boat up with the GC than it is my 3500.

Youíre going to have a lot more room in the cab of the F150.


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Old 10-25-2019, 12:20 PM
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Sounds like you've already convinced yourself that you need to downsize. Likely the most important feature of a bigger truck is bigger brakes and the ability to stop your towed vehicle safer.
If you want a smaller truck, then go for it, I drive a F-350 and would never step down. My wife even parallel parks it. Bigger is safer.
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Old 10-25-2019, 12:53 PM
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Well I want to go from supercab to supercrew as our family expands which drives the need for a new truck. Also, I no longer need the 6.5' bed and I work in the Twin Cities where parking can be a pain.


At local dealers, looking at both trucks in the Lariat packages, there seems to be a 6-7K price difference.


The only real hold up is that I tow my boat 2 days a week and am cautious the towing performance will suffer noticeably.
Take some time to research legroom between the SCab F-150 and the SCrew Ranger, there's next to no difference.

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Old 10-25-2019, 02:30 PM
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Considered an SUV? I've pulled my 18' Lund with my wife's Yukon and it handles great, very stable. Its also pretty easy to get around and park in the city. Much more room for kids as well. I'm in the bigger is safer camp as well, especially towing. Being pushed around by a load is no fun.
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