Towing capacity poll

The towing limit is 3500# for 2 and 4 wheel Broncos. Where do you stand on this figure?


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Definitely, the 4dr has a longer wheelbase than my Xterra and I have 5000lbs towing. (with a weaker engine/trans too)
Thanks! I am also trying to figure out if you lose anything, like BLIS, if you go with a tow package.
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It's a disappointment but not a surprise. Maybe they will make the p/u version with a higher towing capacity to compete with the Gladiator.
ummmm... not meant to compete with the gladiator. do you mean the wrangler?
 

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ummmm... not meant to compete with the gladiator. do you mean the wrangler?
P/u = pickup, which has been spoken of, rendered, half expected to happen. That would not be wrangler competitor, that would solely be gladiator competitor(gladiator is wrangler pickup, so bronco pickup=competition).

Course even if that happens as some say it will, going to be years before it would be made.

And as of now the Bronco is basically competing with gladiator until there is a bronco pickup version. Sure ford didn’t develop bronco aimed at gladiator, but it will be cross shopped and the advantages/disadvantages of each weighed as they are both in pretty similar categories(and with both being removable roof off roaders, fairly limited competition). For example, I’m cross shopping them right now, and at the moment looking like I’ll be going with the gladiator. I’d much prefer the bronco, and don’t need a pickup bed, but without a half decent tow cap I won’t be getting bronco. And no I’m not asking for it to match the gladiator at all for tow cap, expected less for sure. But not this much less for a 4 door.
 

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P/u = pickup, which has been spoken of, rendered, half expected to happen. That would not be wrangler competitor, that would solely be gladiator competitor(gladiator is wrangler pickup, so bronco pickup=competition).
ahh ok i was wondering what that meant lol
 

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Do any of you have a camper that you're referring to towing? Like to go camping somewhere and leave the camper at base camp and go wheeling? Not talking a boat, utility trailer etc..
 

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Bronco is an off-roading beast and not an overlanding cruiser. It’s not for hauling boats or barges behind it . Too cute and cuddly for that. The vast majority of owners especially of the two door variety will have no intention of putting their beloved pony to any hauling duty that looks like cruel and unusual punishment ?!
 

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I know the Ranger is only rated at 3500 towing capacity, anyone who wants more can convert to an F-150. However, IMO with the Bronco there is a gap. The Ford Explorer has the optional Class III Trailer Tow Package (52T) with a 5,000lbs towing capacity with the 2.3L EcoBoost® I4. Considering the Explorer offroad capabilities, or lack thereof, I'd like to see Ford step up the Bronco towing capacity to accommodate those looking to do more offroad. At least offer a package that can get the towing up to 5000lbs. The Toyota 4 Runner is rated at 5000lbs towing.

https://www.ford.com/cmslibs/conten...l/pdf/guides/20Towing_Ford_Explorer_Oct15.pdf

Truth be told, I may be passing up the Bronco for the reason... still weighing the options.
The tow package on the Ranger ups it to 7500lbs
 

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Do any of you have a camper that you're referring to towing? Like to go camping somewhere and leave the camper at base camp and go wheeling? Not talking a boat, utility trailer etc..
Yup 23ft bumper-pull. All aluminum construction and no tip-outs. 4000lbs dry, 5400lbs GVWR. When I go hunting it's pretty stripped down with less than half a tank of water and definitely under 5000lbs.
 
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Do any of you have a camper that you're referring to towing? Like to go camping somewhere and leave the camper at base camp and go wheeling? Not talking a boat, utility trailer etc..
I was hoping for a little more capacity to tow a lightweight trailer I currently tow behind my '08 Ranger. That said, the 3500 is greater than the '08's rated towing for a manual FX4.

Which leads me to question... Do we know what the 2 door, manual Bronco towing will be? I find it hard to believe it's 3500 for all body/engine/transmission/suspension options.

I was hoping I could upgrade to a slightly bigger travel trailer, but now I'm thinking I need to win the lottery and buy a motorhome an tow the Bronco... Anyone heard anything on flat-towing a Bronco?
 

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Do any of you have a camper that you're referring to towing? Like to go camping somewhere and leave the camper at base camp and go wheeling? Not talking a boat, utility trailer etc..
I’ve got a toyhauler and (currently) 4 motorcycles to choose from to take with me on trips. I wouldn’t expect to keep my current setup with a bronco, but even trading in the toyhauler for a smaller one would need at least 5k tow cap from the bronco. So yes, I would love to haul the camper, set it up somewhere, and then have the choice of off-road with the bronco or on road with the motorcycle for a few days wherever I’m at.

In fact I’m planning a trip within the next couple years which would be 2-3 months of touring around bits of the country I’ve yet to reach(and revisit some I have), and it will likely be the only time I make it to some places with my own vehicles(if it’s clear across the country I usually fly, so this would likely be the only time I’d have all my own toys that far). There’s roads I want a motorcycle for as well as trails off road I want to try, and this would be my big chance for both. But without 5k towing, I’ll be buying something that can tow and still play off-road. So I’m still holding out hope for a tow package that’s actually a tow package on at least the 4 door, but that’s the only thing that would get me in a bronco.
 

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And as of now the Bronco is basically competing with gladiator until there is a bronco pickup version. Sure ford didn’t develop bronco aimed at gladiator, but it will be cross shopped and the advantages/disadvantages of each weighed as they are both in pretty similar categories(and with both being removable roof off roaders, fairly limited competition). For example, I’m cross shopping them right now, and at the moment looking like I’ll be going with the gladiator. I’d much prefer the bronco, and don’t need a pickup bed, but without a half decent tow cap I won’t be getting bronco. And no I’m not asking for it to match the gladiator at all for tow cap, expected less for sure. But not this much less for a 4 door.
SAME HERE! Wanted to buy the Bronco instead of a Gladiator, but as of now that's out. I need to pull a 4400 lb (max load) cargo trailer. Want something fun that can do it.

Maybe the Bronco will make the Gladiator cheaper. It sure needs to be, IMO.
 

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I was hoping for a little more capacity to tow a lightweight trailer I currently tow behind my '08 Ranger. That said, the 3500 is greater than the '08's rated towing for a manual FX4.

Which leads me to question... Do we know what the 2 door, manual Bronco towing will be? I find it hard to believe it's 3500 for all body/engine/transmission/suspension options.

I was hoping I could upgrade to a slightly bigger travel trailer, but now I'm thinking I need to win the lottery and buy a motorhome an tow the Bronco... Anyone heard anything on flat-towing a Bronco?
Yes it's all good I think you can just throw the transfer case in neutral. There are two threads on this forum that talk about it and you can get more detail in them.
 

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Good point. While many 4-door shoppers are not thrilled with the rating, 3,500 lb is very generous for a short 2-door.
My six-year old Escape can tow 3,500 pounds. It's wheelbase and length are only about 5" more than the Bronco two-door and substantially shorter than the Bronco 4-door.
 

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And some people don't have the available space to keep a secondary tow vehicle.

I can do tit-for-tat ALL DAY on this until you and others understand that an additional vehicle Is Not An Option for some of us.
Well, I know people that take their 4x4 F150s off road all the time, so there is that.

buy the Bronco don’t buy the Bronco. Just drive what you like and hopefully like what you drive.
 

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I'd prefer a 5k limit and I have a suspicion that ratings will go up near launch. But either way I have my F150 or Excursion to do the heavier towing.
 
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