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Old 08-01-2019, 12:21 AM   #1
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I bought a new 2019 Ford Ranger to tow behind my new Thor Hurricane 29M. I just got the truck back from Camping World in Ashland, VA. For my Toad Setup, I went the Roadmaster route with a Nighthawk Tow Bar, an InvisiBrake, a Wireless Braking System Monitor and Direct-Connect Base Plates. So far, I have only towed the truck back home. It towed just fine and I experienced no problems. I also had Camping World install a Rock Shield on the back of the motorhome. The wife and I are anxious to hit the road! Happy Trails to all
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Old 08-01-2019, 12:35 AM   #2
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I bought a new 2019 Ford Ranger to tow behind my new Thor Hurricane 29M. I just got the truck back from Camping World in Ashland, VA. For my Toad Setup, I went the Roadmaster route with a Nighthawk Tow Bar, an InvisiBrake, a Wireless Braking System Monitor and Direct-Connect Base Plates. So far, I have only towed the truck back home. It towed just fine and I experienced no problems. I also had Camping World install a Rock Shield on the back of the motorhome. The wife and I are anxious to hit the road! Happy Trails to all
Same folks did the setup on my Grand Cherokee a few weeks ago. They did a real good job.

My setup is basically the same except I went with the Sterling tow bar and the crossbar for the base plate.
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Old 08-01-2019, 01:06 AM   #3
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I bought a new 2019 Ford Ranger to tow behind my new Thor Hurricane 29M. I just got the truck back from Camping World in Ashland, VA. For my Toad Setup, I went the Roadmaster route with a Nighthawk Tow Bar, an InvisiBrake, a Wireless Braking System Monitor and Direct-Connect Base Plates. So far, I have only towed the truck back home. It towed just fine and I experienced no problems. I also had Camping World install a Rock Shield on the back of the motorhome. The wife and I are anxious to hit the road! Happy Trails to all
Nice set up. How do you like that Ranger? We are towing a Cherokee Trailhawk with a Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain tow bar, Roadmaster Invisibrake, direct connect base plate with cross bar and a Roadmaster Tow Defender rock guard. We also have a 2010 Ranger that I would have loved to flat tow but it wasnít doable. I love the look at that new Ranger good choice 👍
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Old 08-01-2019, 04:07 AM   #4
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Nice set up. How do you like that Ranger? We are towing a Cherokee Trailhawk with a Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain tow bar, Roadmaster Invisibrake, direct connect base plate with cross bar and a Roadmaster Tow Defender rock guard. We also have a 2010 Ranger that I would have loved to flat tow but it wasnít doable. I love the look at that new Ranger good choice


I love the Ranger! It is very easy to set it up for towing. I got the Lariat 4x4 with auto trans. It is very smooth to drive/tow.
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Old 08-01-2019, 04:09 AM   #5
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Same folks did the setup on my Grand Cherokee a few weeks ago. They did a real good job.



My setup is basically the same except I went with the Sterling tow bar and the crossbar for the base plate.


Nice!
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Just got back from a 2500 mi trip towing the ranger 4 down no issues at all
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Old 08-22-2019, 03:19 AM   #7
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Thanks for the feedback. I have only been on short trips so far. Just out of curiosity, what is your setup? I.e., Tow bar? Auxiliary brake, etc.?

I love the convince of flat towing!
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Thanks for the feedback. I have only been on short trips so far. Just out of curiosity, what is your setup? I.e., Tow bar? Auxiliary brake, etc.?

I love the convince of flat towing!

Blueox baseplate , roadmaster falcon all terrain towbar
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:06 AM   #9
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We are deciding what vehicle will be our tow and it has become obvious to us that our tow vehicle needs to be our main vehicle, not a second car like we assumed it would be. That said, we need our main vehicle to have at least 6,000 lbs of towing capacity and be something we can throw bikes in/on easily, have an auto transmission, and be something we like to look at. The Ranger looks like a real REAL strong possibility.

For those of you who are towing one, are there any nuances that you've discovered, or has it been pretty smooth sailing?
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Old 09-06-2019, 03:04 AM   #10
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We are deciding what vehicle will be our tow and it has become obvious to us that our tow vehicle needs to be our main vehicle, not a second car like we assumed it would be. That said, we need our main vehicle to have at least 6,000 lbs of towing capacity and be something we can throw bikes in/on easily, have an auto transmission, and be something we like to look at. The Ranger looks like a real REAL strong possibility.



For those of you who are towing one, are there any nuances that you've discovered, or has it been pretty smooth sailing?


We have not had any problems towing our Ranger. Only the 4x4 is flat towable.
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We have not had any problems towing our Ranger. Only the 4x4 is flat towable.
Good to hear. Thanks for the reply!
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Excellent post. I have a 2019 Thor Windsport 34J and am currently negotiating to purchase new Ford Ranger 4x4 Lariat to flat tow. Any issues since April 2019?
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Old 03-05-2020, 08:43 PM   #13
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Excellent post. I have a 2019 Thor Windsport 34J and am currently negotiating to purchase new Ford Ranger 4x4 Lariat to flat tow. Any issues since April 2019?


We have towed ours about 3500 miles to date with zero problems. (Knock on wood)
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We have towed ours about 3500 miles to date with zero problems. (Knock on wood)
That is great news. What tow setup did you go with? I am looking at Roadmaster setup including Invisibrake and Falcon All-Terrain.

One thing to be prepared for is the possible need of a high low adapter for your hitch. For my Cherokee I had to get a 2 inch high low for the hitch. The issue is the high low caused a 10 inch extension and that resulted in the safety cables being a bit short for my liking. The Roadmaster rep gave me some 10 inch extension cables (RM Part # 910648-10) and last week I purchased and received a pair of 76 inch safety cables (RM Part # 655-76) so I can eliminate the use of the extension cables.
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I have about 5000 towed mi no issues at all I went with blueox baseplate easy install and to me looked more secure than roadmaster and all terrain towbar for breaking i use an Rvi3 already had it
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That is great news. What tow setup did you go with? I am looking at Roadmaster setup including Invisibrake and Falcon All-Terrain.


My setup is exactly what you are looking at. I might have gone with the BlueOx but we live very close to Etrailer and they do free installation on stuff they sell but for some reason they canít do installations on BlueOx baseplates. I do like the way you can rub the cables through the channels on the Falcon. We leave everything hooked up to the motor home so there is less time involved. Every second counts when you are getting ready to go camping.
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My setup is exactly what you are looking at. I might have gone with the BlueOx but we live very close to Etrailer and they do free installation on stuff they sell but for some reason they canít do installations on BlueOx baseplates. I do like the way you can rub the cables through the channels on the Falcon. We leave everything hooked up to the motor home so there is less time involved. Every second counts when you are getting ready to go camping.
Great. Pulled the trigger and went with the XL 4x4 Supercrew with some upgrades. But reasonably priced for what will be a dedicated tow vehicle (3rd car). Will order tow kit from Roadmaster. Question, do you get alot of damage to front of your toad?
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Great. Pulled the trigger and went with the XL 4x4 Supercrew with some upgrades. But reasonably priced for what will be a dedicated tow vehicle (3rd car). Will order tow kit from Roadmaster. Question, do you get alot of damage to front of your toad?
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Excellent post. I have a 2019 Thor Windsport 34J and am currently negotiating to purchase new Ford Ranger 4x4 Lariat to flat tow. Any issues since April 2019?
I have had NO problems at all with the Ranger. It tows without a problem. I love it. It is used as my tow 90% of the time. Good luck with your purchase!
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Great. Pulled the trigger and went with the XL 4x4 Supercrew with some upgrades. But reasonably priced for what will be a dedicated tow vehicle (3rd car). Will order tow kit from Roadmaster. Question, do you get alot of damage to front of your toad?


We have not had any damage on ours. We have a SuperC so the rear wheels are farther from the back and maybe less likely to throw debris than a class A where the wheels are closer to the back. Iím guessing on this though. Ours was planned to be a dedicated tow vehicle but we like driving it so much that it gets more use than our other vehicles.
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