What kind of trailer? How much less than 4,000 lbs? Is that a wet or dry weight?I have been looking at all options, diesel is a big bonus. Big thing is we will be living at roughly 8,000ft, I want some sort of turbo, so the ranger would work. Every time we head west on a trip there are high elevation passes to deal with. My old van really struggled even being a 2013 with the modern computer system adjusting the fuel ratio. On vacation it was fine but not something I want to deal with daily. I also see us getting a camper at some point down the road, less than 4,000 lbs most likely.
The aftermarket support for the gladiator and zr2 is big plus. I feel like the ranger is getting more attention now though for sure. AEV flares give the zr2 the ability to run bigger tires which is important to me. I do plan to go test drive every option though. If I could get a crazy good deal on a ranger, a lift kit wouldn’t be out of the question to fit bigger tires.
Thanks for the input!
My trailer pictured below is 3,900 lbs dry. 23' hitch to bumper.
I'd love to downsize my next truck, but no way I'd tow this trailer with a midsize. So, half ton it is for me.
If this type of trailer is what you have in mind, I would not recommend towing it with a midsize truck.
My payload is 1,800 lbs and with the 4 of us plus our dog and the truck packed, add in tongue weight and I'm getting near my payload limit. Something else to consider with a midsize.