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im not sure if a sled would fit in the bed stock, but companies sell these cage type tail gates that allow another few feet of bed space. you keep the stock tail gate down and the cage thing bolts to the bed frame and lets you haul more stuff. so that might work
Man up and get a full size truck, I got one recently, yea it eats up gas, but fuck it, use up all the oil and gas you can while you are here, no reason to conserve. I thought about getting a ranger, but they are small as fuck. You are going to need a shit load of room for other shit when you go sledding like gas, food, skis, etc. Rangers have like no room at all, especially when you got a sled. And once you get a sled into a ranger, its going to bog it down so bad that the mpg will even out and the full size may actually end up being more efficient.
I am a self proclaimed sledneck...I just bought an F350 with an 8 foot bed. My sled still hangs off the back of my 8 foot bed with the TAILGATE DOWN about 1 foot. Depends on the sled but Im thinking a ranger migght not cut it. Investigate the weight capacity and consider that most sleds are 480-520 pounds dry. Add maybe 40-50 pounds for gas oil and most importantly SNOW. I had a tacoma and a sled would not fit in the bed and it was an absolute bitch pulling a trailer. It got 14 mpgs pulling a sled trailer with 2 sleds. A truck capable of hauling more will get better fuel economy under load. My diesel gets 17 in town and 20 on the road.
yeah good call i got have a 94 Ranger and its pretty tiny , the suspension bogs down very far with am anverage amount of weight and then the body roll after it bogs down is nuts. plsu same gas milage, and bigger trucks are sick, im trying to look for one maybe
about 10.5 feet. Arctic cat m7 with a 162 track. They are bigger than you think...consider that the skis have to butt up against the front of your truck bed and they stick out about a foot pushing the whole sled back more...
I wont be hauling my sled for more than 2 kilometers, seeing as how I live at the bottom of a popular sledding area. Yeah the mpg will be the same while towing, but a 2 kilometer tow doesnt concern me much. I see how much it costs to fill up a half ton truck(tundra) and its like 125 dollars(during summer) per tank. I couldnt imagine what a full size truck would cost to fill up. What kind of job do you have?
yeah, i was going to say, 2km on your sled wouldnt be bad if you have a nice snowy way to get it there... but if you can afford a truck(which can be used for other shit, getting yourself to work, bitches, and etc.) then it makes sense to do that i guess...
its fuck all......i do it all the time to get to the trails, have to cross roads ALL the time. You just can't turn worth shit. If your really worryed about it, get some ski skins, or plastic skis, with some nice high performance Carbides and you will be set.
I've got a 92 F150 flareside, probably the same dimensions as the ranger, if not a SMALLER bed, I pick my sled up this friday, so I'll let you know how it works out? I'm getting a summit 800 144 track, its probably going to hang out the back.
Haha, its going to be me driving half an hour, dropping 8,000$ and signing everything, then realizing that it doesn't fit. Which, will be followed by uhh balling my eyes out haha. If that happens my buddy's going to make a sled-deck for me, he's got an iron shop.. if I cant find one second hand. My buddy dirt said as long as your box is like 45inches across you should be fine, and if it hangs off the back, use tiedowns and attach them to your box.
hmmm, im pretty sure that any ford f-150 would be bigger than a ford ranger. I think you should be ok, seeing as how My dad can fit a sled in the back of his toyota tacoma. Did you manage to actually save up 8,000 dollars?
Ive been working construction and painting since like May.. at 16-22$ an hour its not that bad. I've got 6,500$ of it and I'm borrowing the rest, which I'll be able to pay off before snow falls. 8000$ for an 07 summit 800 144 with new shocks, clutch etc and a 1 year warranty was a steal, I think. Seeing as most 07 demos are going for 10,000$
i put a sled in my titan short box, its super fuckin short, hung out the back alot. what youll need to do is build a deck above the wheel wells so they dont get in the way fo the skis, cuz my guess is your ranger isnt very wide. other then that you shoudl be fine tho, jsut strap that fucker down tight
Summit 800 fits in my 92' Ford Flareside. The sled measures like 44inches across the front of the skis, and my box (haha) is 49 inches inside. It has more than enough length, with my tailgate down I get like 9ft of length. Use tie-downs to secure it but you should be fine. Measure your box, if its less than like 45inches you're going to have problems.
It works, just not great. One ski will go on top of one of the
wheel wells. Cut a piece of half inch plywood to cover your bed and tailgate and keep it under the track. This will save your tailgate from bending from the sled hopping. Strap it down tight and it should be fine for short hauls. Trailers suck, especially come spring when you may have to drive past the regular staging area.
i'm pretty sure there's a way more mathematical way to do this than ask ns. like... dunno... maybe check out the specs of the truck and of sleds? but anyway I'd go with a ranger and a trailer cuz then you can drive around all summer gettin good gas mileage then when you go sledding you can tow the sleds with no hassle and throw all your gear in the bed so you wont have any space issues at all. not sure how much sled trailers go for but it's still probably be cheaper than buying a big truck.