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Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2008 Ford Ranger

Here on this 2008 Ford Ranger, we'll go ahead and review and install part number 18252, the Draw Tite 4-Pole Hardwire Kit with a circuit tester. This is what it looks like when it's installed on our Ranger truck. This wire harness will allow you to replace the 4-Pole connector that's pre-existing on this truck like we did here, or you can use this on a vehicle that does not have a 4-pole wire harness at all. One of the best reasons to have this installed on your truck is is that it replaces something that's already corroded up, or in this case here, the 4-pole wire harness is actually from the factory, located behind and underneath and a little bit hard to get to. You can use this to extend it and pull it out and make it a little easier to work with and hook up to your trailer. Our part number includes the wire harness here, of course. It also comes with the quick splice connectors and a circuit tester to help identify the functions of the wires. We'll cover those next in our install. First off, this is our 4-pole flat wire harness right here, entire length of the wire is going to be 72 inches. These are our quick splice connectors.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Ford Ranger - Curt

All right, today on this 2006 Ford Ranger, we're going to review and install the Curt Class III 2 inch receiver hitch, part number 13138. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed in our truck. At first glance, you notice that it sits just below the bumper here and all you see is the receiver and just part of the cross tube right here. This is our 2 inch receiver opening right here, has a nice symmetrical rounded collar around the end for reinforcement. As we look back on our receiver tube right here, it uses a 5/8ths of an inch hitch pin or your favorite locking pin. Our receiver tube goes into a round stock here in the body of our hitch. You can see it will curve up and into the frame of the vehicle. All our hardware to install the hitch is provided.



Thule Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2006 Ford Ranger

Today on our 2006 Ford Ranger we're taking a look at the Thule GateMate Tailgate Pad for compact trucks. The part number for that is TH823. The first thing I'm going to do is load this up onto our truck, something to set it on to our tailgate, and because this truck is shorter we won't have to open up the tailgate all the way. We can lift up our flap here with our hook and loop straps, straighten out our strap on this side and we can feed it under between the 2 pieces, and just pull that through. We're going to loosely strap that down just so it stays in place while we fix the other 2 straps. I come over here to this side and do the same thing, pull the strap up through the crack here, now the strap, and lastly the middle, and strapping that down loosely.



Best 2012 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today, we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2012 Ford Ranger. We've got our top 4 hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181, for the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt. The top of the two is going to be part number 13138.



Best 2011 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2011 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one, it's 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt.



Best 2010 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2010 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be hidden hitch, part number for the first one is 70181, for the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt. The top of the two is going to be part number 13138, and for the bottom one it's going to be 13019. First we'll go over the construction of the hitches. Our hidden hitch up top and our top Curt have the round tubes, and one of our hidden hitch and the other Curt have the square tubes.



Best 2009 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today, we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2009 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one, it's 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt.



Best 2008 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2008 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both CURT.



Best 2007 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2007 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181, for the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt, the top of the two is going to be part #13138, and for the bottom one is going to be 13019. First we'll go over the construction of the hitches. Our hidden hitch up top and our top Curt have the round tubes, and one of our hidden hitch and the other Curt have the square tubes.



Best 2005 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2005 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181, for the second one, is 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt. The top of the two is going to be part number 13138, and for the bottom one it's going to be 13019. Now, first we'll go over the construction of the hitches.



Best 2004 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be looking at the best trailer hitch options for your 2004 Ford Ranger. So we've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt.



Best 2003 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for the 2003 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one, it's 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt.



Best 2002 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options the for your 2002 ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both curts the top of the two is going to be part number 13138 and for the bottom one it's going to be 13019. Now, first we'll go over the construction of hitches.



Best 2001 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today, we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2001 Ford Ranger. We've got our top 4 hitches here. The top 2 are going to be hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one, is 87161. Our bottom 2 are both Curt.



Best 2000 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be takign a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2000 Ford Ranger. So we've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181 and for the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt. The top of the two is part number 13138 and for the bottom one is 13019. First we'll go over the construction of the hitches.



Best 1999 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we're taking a look at the best Trailer H options FORD of 1999 FORD ranger. We've got top four Hitches here. The top two will be going to be hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one is 87161. Our bottom two of both cut.



Best 1998 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking at look at the best trailer hitch options for your 1998 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one it's 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt.



Best 2006 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today, we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2006 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both CURT.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2006 Ford Ranger

Today on our 2005 Ford Ranger, we're doing a test fit of the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 cargo carrier. That part number is CC-100. It is designed to work with 2-inch hitches and have a 500-pound weight capacity. The first thing we're going to do with it on our vehicle is take a few measurements. Our ground clearance is going to be first. To this bolt down here at the bottom of the carrier, we have about 13 inches of clearance.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2006 Ford Ranger

Today on our 2006 Ford Ranger, we're doing a test fit of the Maxxtow 48 by 21 cargo carrier. That part number is MT70422. Now, we already have our carrier attached to our truck. We're just going to first take a few measurements. Our ground clearance back here is going to be about 14 and 3 1/4 inches. Overall to the truck, we're adding about 20 inches and our closest point is going to be about 5 1/2 inches away there. Now, one thing to note about our ranger is that we do have a single passenger side exhaust.





Ford Ranger Questions

  • If the vehicle you are towing with has separate stop and turn signals then it will need to be wired with a Modulite converter so that it can run the lights on the vehicle you are towing that does not have separate turn signals and stop lights. If the vehicle you are towing with is already setup to tow a trailer then the Modulite converter is most likely already installed. If you are towing with the 1994 Ford Ranger mentioned above then you will need to wire it with a 4-way...
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  • One of my co-workers here happens to have a 2001 Ford Ranger with 4.0 Liter engine and automatic transmission, so I went out and checked under the hood. The transmission lines are located at the drivers side radiator tank, see photo, and run down, then across to the passengers side before turning back and running to the transmission. You should check your vehicle because different vehicle accessories or packages and the engine size and drive train may affect the location of the...
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  • I do have some options available for transporting your snowblower on a hitch cargo carrier on your 1999 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4. The Curt 26x41 ATV Cargo Carrier, part # C18101, you have referenced is designed for mounting to the factory installed back rack on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). It is not designed to mount to a trailer hitch. If you have a 2 inch hitch on your 1999 Ford Ranger XLT you could use the Rage Powersports Hitch Cargo Carrier, part # SC500. This hitch cargo...
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  • I do have a solution to add a 7-Way trailer connector and brake controller to your 1998 Ford Ranger. Since there isn't a plug-in 7-Way available for your truck, one will need to be partially hardwired. First, if the truck already has a 4-Way flat connector then all you would need is kit # ETBC7 which includes all the parts needed to install the 7-Way and provisions for installing a brake controller. If the truck does not have any trailer connector then before you can install...
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  • If your 1994 Ford Ranger does not currently have any trailer connector, the simplest way to install a 4-Way plug would be to use custom plug-in wiring harness # 118325. This harness would be installed at the factory connector that is located underneath the rear of the vehicle, along the inside of the left rear frame rail. I have included a link to the instructions below, if needed. The # 37185 adapter would convert an existing 4-Way plug to a 7-Way. If you need to adapt...
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  • I would recommend the Sealed, 6-1/2 inch Oval LED Trailer Stop, Turn and Tail Light, 10 Super Diode, item # STL72RB, for both the truck bed and the trailer. To mount these lights you will need a Trailer Light Mounting Bracket for 6-1/2 inch Oval Trailer Lights, item # BK70BB, and a Rubber Grommet, item # A70GB. To wire the lights you will need either the straight Pigtail, item # A45PB, or a the right angle Pigtail, item # A47PB. I have used these lights on a car hauler and they...
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  • If your original light is 4" L x 2" W x 1-1/8" D then Optronics light # MC32AB will fit in its place. If you have different dimensions let me know what they are and I can see if we have anything that is a match.
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  • To start off with, you will need a base plate kit for your 2011 Ford Ranger. The Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms, item # 477-1, is the correct kit for your vehicle. Next, you will need a tow bar. If you are towing with a motor home that has a 2 inch receiver, the RoadMaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, item # RM-520, would be a great choice. You will not need the Roadmaster Tow Bar Quick Disconnect Kit, item # RM-201, that you selected with this tow bar, because the Falcon...
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  • The SAE-AIST indicates the rating of the lens and is not a part number. Lens # AST51B is a replacement for light # RVST51. This light measures 8-5/8 inches across, 4-5/8 inches tall. If these dimensions match your light then lens # AST51B is likely the correct replacement.
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  • First I recommend going with a 7-Way blade style for your trailer and truck because that is the most common advanced function connector used. To add one on the trailer you can use # PK12706. If your trailer only has the basic light functions then you will only need to cut off the 4-Way and attach the wires according to the diagram I have included. Please note that when you attach the existing wires to the connector you cannot just go by wire color. You will need to go by function...
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  • The only information I could find on a hitch number 37042 is that it fits the Ford Escape. For a true Ford Ranger hitch, I have linked you to the hitches that will fit. I know that the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch, # 70181, will fit because we have a video of it being installed on a flareside model, see link. I also now that # 87161 will fit because we have a video of it as well which I have linked for you. I have also included links to the installation instructions for these...
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  • You can use the Softride Locking, Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin, # SR25219, as long as the shank of your Yakima bike rack is hollow. The block will insert into the shank of the bike rack and the threaded pin will thread through and lock. If your Yakima bike rack has a threaded insert in the shank, then it should have come with a threaded pin. If this is the case, then let me know the model of your bike rack and I can see if we have a replacement pin for your bike rack. If the threaded...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and he provided a picture to show what to look for when it comes to determining whether your 2000 Ford Ranger has the front crossmember. You will see his picture off to the right. If your Ranger DOES NOT have a crossmember then the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C31063, will work for you. If your Ranger DOES have the front crossmember, this will interfere with installing the hitch. In this case I recommend having a hitch custom...
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  • Actually, some of the photos Weigh-Safe shows on their website are incorrect, and they're aware of the problem. The shank of the # WS6-2 has two hitch pin holes that are 3-1/8 and 4-1/8 away from the upright as shown in the photo I've edited for you.
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  • None of the 2011 Ford Ranger models came equipped with a factory brake controller port located under the dash. To install a brake controller on your 2011 Ford Ranger Canadian Spec, you would need to use the Brake Controller 7 and 4 way Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. I have linked a video installation of a brake controller being installed on a 2006 Ford Ranger, which also uses the Brake Controller 7 and 4 way Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. Also linked are FAQ articles on brake...
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  • This Browning product, Universal Bucket Seat Cover set, part # SPGBSC4404, is intended for use on individual bucket seats. For your Ranger with the 60/40 front seat we offer the Covercraft TrueTimber SeatSaver Camo-Pattern Seat Covers, part # SS3361TTXD. These seat covers are intended for your specific vehicle. This Covercraft product is a complete front seat kit (it includes both driver and passenger side seat covers) in a 3-D Camo pattern and is machine washable and dryable....
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  • 9-Way trailer connectors are pretty rare, limited to big rig trailers and large RVs. A quick double check will confirm if the trailer has a 7-Way blade like # 37185, 7-Way round like # 47595, or a 9-Way round like # PK12906. For a 7-Way blade style, you will need to install a 7 and 4 Way Installation Kit, # ETBC7. Your existing 4-Way plugs into the back of the ETBC7 and then you will need to hardwire the remaining wires. White is grounded to the vehicle frame, yellow is for...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Curt, the manufacturer, about the Bumper Mounted Hitch, # E-3S, and the compatibility with your 2000 Ford Ranger. He stated that the total width, side to side, is just under 14 inches. From the front of the receiver opening to the back of the plate is 6 inches. The plate itself measures 4 inches front to back. The hitch can be mounted under the step bumper if you have mounting holes that measure 8-3/4 inches from center to center on your bumper.
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  • The # RM-032 will not hook to the front bumper of your truck. For your 1999 2 wheel drive Ford Ranger, you would need to purchase a base plate kit, tow bar, wiring and safety cables to tow your pickup behind your motorhome. We have the # 483-1 XL Series base plate kit for your vehicle which has removable brackets for when the vehicle is not being towed. For a tow bar you could use the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar, # RM-020, or the Roadmaster Falcon-2 Tow Bar, # RM-520. With...
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  • We offer replacement brake shoes for 10 x 1-1/2- and 10 x 2-1/4-inch electric drum brakes but no longer for the 1-3/4-inch width you reference. Dexter part # bp04-065 you referenced is a set of replacement brake shoes for electric trailer brakes normally seen on Dexter 2.8K axles. I was not able to find any brake part with the reference number 1530114. It does sound like an update is in order. If you want to replace your brake assemblies and hubs/drum assemblies you will need...
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