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Title: need tow bar for 1996 Ford Ranger
Post by: idahored on October 20, 2017, 04:30:16 PM
I've been searching with no luck so far, for a tow bar for my 1996 Ford Ranger 2wd with manual tranny. Anyone with some good suggestions that I can try?
TIA.
Idahored
Title: Re: need tow bar for 1996 Ford Ranger
Post by: kdbgoat on October 20, 2017, 05:20:31 PM
You need to locate a baseplate, not a towbar. Once you have the baseplate, just about any popular towbar will work, though some may need an adapter.

Try one of these:

435-3 Road Master XL Base Plate Kit

BX2117 Blue Ox Standard Base Plate Kit

9517022 Demco Tow Bar Base Plate Ford Explorer 95-98
Title: Re: need tow bar for 1996 Ford Ranger
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on October 20, 2017, 06:46:51 PM
Etrailer has Ranger base plates for both Blue Ox and Roadmaster tow bars. And either of those work with Demco tow bars using an adapter.

https://www.etrailer.com/towbar-1996_Ford_Ranger.htm
Title: Re: need tow bar for 1996 Ford Ranger
Post by: idahored on November 03, 2017, 09:00:43 AM
Etrailer has Ranger base plates for both Blue Ox and Roadmaster tow bars. And either of those work with Demco tow bars using an adapter.

https://www.etrailer.com/towbar-1996_Ford_Ranger.htm



Any problem using the Demco base plates ? I see they are less $$.
Title: Re: need tow bar for 1996 Ford Ranger
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on November 03, 2017, 09:33:18 AM
Depends on what tow bar you want to use.  An adapter may be needed to match a Demco base plate with a different brand of tow bar. Obviously, they are compatible with Demco tow bars, though.
Title: Re: need tow bar for 1996 Ford Ranger
Post by: idahored on November 07, 2017, 01:12:04 PM
Depends on what tow bar you want to use.  An adapter may be needed to match a Demco base plate with a different brand of tow bar. Obviously, they are compatible with Demco tow bars, though.

After some research and price comparisons, I decided to just go with the Demco mounts and tow bar. Seems to have some good reviews.  Mainly, I'll just be towing my Ranger out to camping areas throughout the state, and maybe one 1000 mile trip a year.
Title: Re: need tow bar for 1996 Ford Ranger
Post by: NY_Dutch on November 07, 2017, 05:23:50 PM
Don't forget to install an auxiliary brake system on the Ranger. Preferably one with a breakaway function...