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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Towing Capacity?

Hello all. Since this is my first post please forgive me if I make any mistakes.

First off since I live on a farm I do tend to do a good bit of towing during the day. Pipe wagons, winches, fuel tanks, ect. I have recently bought the 2011 420 4x4 AT Rancher. The book says that I should only tow 850 Ib but that seams quite low for the size of the engine and the power I am getting form it. I do understand that since the rear is an independent suspension i should limit how much I put down verticlly on it, but how much could I get away with simply pulling with only 30 so Ib on the tung.

Also if I were to tow at a higher weight, would I be doing any sever damage since I would be towing things almost everyday?

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Wow I'm surprised that its only rated at 850 since the TRX 300 is rated to tow 800. I would say it has something to do with the transmission though. Auto vs Manual. I'm not sure on the limits of the AT but as far as power.. you're good to go.. LOL


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As far as doing damage I cannot answer that question. I can tell you that they will pull more than 850 pounds though. I know this for a fact because I used my Rancher 420 to pull my Doge Ram 2500 home one day when I ran the truck out of fuel! LOL
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Welcome to the forums. I'm sure you can pull a lot more than 800 lbs without damaging anything. My guess is that the tow weight is rated low because of the lightness of the ATV. Even though you can pull a lot more than 800 lbs, it will be harder to safely stop more than 800 lbs. I would tow in ESP mode, though.

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I'm not sure what it all weighs but probably more than 800. I tow a trailer with my cub cadet mower on the back up and down the steep hill out here and let me tell you... going down hill you gotta be in first gear and on both brakes to avoid rocketing down the hill.

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Hello all. Since this is my first post please forgive me if I make any mistakes.

First off since I live on a farm I do tend to do a good bit of towing during the day. Pipe wagons, winches, fuel tanks, ect. I have recently bought the 2011 420 4x4 AT Rancher. The book says that I should only tow 850 Ib but that seams quite low for the size of the engine and the power I am getting form it. I do understand that since the rear is an independent suspension i should limit how much I put down verticlly on it, but how much could I get away with simply pulling with only 30 so Ib on the tung.

Also if I were to tow at a higher weight, would I be doing any sever damage since I would be towing things almost everyday?

Thank you
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850 lbs is about right..my '96 trx 300fw has 850 combined weight of trailer and cargo in the trailer...tongue weight is 30 lbs for mine..sooo..yours is about right.

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Usually the towing capacity capabilities are underrated.

Since you're machine is an irs type. The capacities will be less than a straight axle model.
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Wow! Thanks for all the quick replies!

I have stuck to ESP mode because I am no stranger to towing and automatic transmissions. From what I can pull from the information above I should be fine pulling over 800 but stopping might be a problem. Reading all of these responses make me curious on how much could I put on the the Rear Independent Suspension. I know the more I put on it the more ground clearance I will loose but what would be good guess at a max weight.

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Wow! Thanks for all the quick replies!

I have stuck to ESP mode because I am no stranger to towing and automatic transmissions. From what I can pull from the information above I should be fine pulling over 800 but stopping might be a problem. Reading all of these responses make me curious on how much could I put on the the Rear Independent Suspension. I know the more I put on it the more ground clearance I will loose but what would be good guess at a max weight.

Thanks & Cheers!
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all models will be different...as the rear carrier weight on a trx300 ( mine )..it's 133 lbs.

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Wow! Thanks for all the quick replies!

I have stuck to ESP mode because I am no stranger to towing and automatic transmissions. From what I can pull from the information above I should be fine pulling over 800 but stopping might be a problem. Reading all of these responses make me curious on how much could I put on the the Rear Independent Suspension. I know the more I put on it the more ground clearance I will loose but what would be good guess at a max weight.

Thanks & Cheers!
- Wahugg
You can get irs limiters. Basically they are not much more than some aircraft cable or a steel bar with hooks that keeps the irs from opening up.

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