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Old 11-06-2000, 08:19 PM
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I have a 2000 Rancher ES 2X4. What is the towing capacity for it? I know that the limit is 850 pounds but how much can it really pull? Does anybody know?
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Old 11-06-2000, 09:14 PM
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i have a 2000 rancher es 4x4 and i have pulled a 16 foot trailer with 2 flat tires and i pull my dads friends race car around at the races dont know the exzact towing capcity but its preety good
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Old 11-06-2000, 09:43 PM
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850 pounds is the "official" towing capacity. Remember these limits were set by lawyers, so I am sure it is much higher.
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Old 11-06-2000, 11:17 PM
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I own a Rancher es 4x4 and i pulled a log bigger than 18 inchs in diameter and before I pulled it all the way it snapped in half. I admit it was slightly rotted, but there was plenty of thick wood there. I was impressed !!
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Old 11-06-2000, 11:28 PM
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While out riding one day I used mine to pull a Chevy tracker out of the ruts it was high centered on. It didn't even grunt.
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Old 11-07-2000, 01:50 AM
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My 4x4 has pulled a 14ft utility trailer (1200lbs) with about 600 lbs of steel on it.
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Old 11-07-2000, 10:36 AM
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Yes, most quads can “tow” loads far in excess of their rated towing capacity. And yes, the towing limits for quads are indeed set by corporate lawyer’s product liability concerns.

But what no one else has touched on here, is that the towing limits, originally designed into the vehicle by the engineers, were not so much about towing, but about STOPPING.

It is one thing to tow loads that exceed the quads rated towing capacity by as much as a factor of five over level ground where there is a lot of room to maneuver. It is quite another to attempt to do that on hilly terrain where the quad is also called upon to provide the braking power for the load as well as the towing power.

Let us theoretically place Dave’s 14-foot utility trailer with 600 pounds of steel on it at the top of a grassy hill, and not even a steep one. Once Dave starts down the hill, he will be going all the way to the bottom whether he wants to or not. The 1800 pound load will quickly overwhelm both the Rancher’s brakes, and more importantly, the traction afforded by the Rancher’s tires. It is quite easy to envision the 600 pound Rancher with all four wheels locked being relentlessly pushed down the hill by the 1800 pound load.

Yes, you absolutely can tow loads well beyond any quads rated towing capacity. But once you have that load in motion bringing it SAFELY to a stop may be problematic. So please be careful when towing. It is not enough just to be able to move some big heavy object. You must be able to safely bring it to a stop as well. Plan your towing work accordingly.

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Old 11-07-2000, 11:49 AM
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I've towed my SeaDoo (~700lb) on a trailer (~200lb) up a fairly good grade (I can barely ride my mountain bike up it), and if I stop in the middle on the way up, all 4 wheels spin when trying to get going again. Coming down, I can testify that I wouldn't want any more weight than that pushing me down the hill.
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:59 AM
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Default 2006 Honda Rancher 350 ES 4X4

I have a 2006 Honda Rancher 350 ES 4X4 and have pulled a 22' pontoon boat. Pulls okay up a slope and backs up a slope.
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Old 08-15-2017, 12:47 PM
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I'm sure they figured out what it could pull by now as that last post was almost 17 years ago. The Rancher probably was sold or traded in years ago.
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