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Depending upon the motor, Rangers are rated from 1500 or so at a minimum, ie a 4 banger with an auto to 5000 with the 4.0 V6. Boats are pretty easy to tow for the most part, as they are aerodynamic in nature vs say a boxy RV trailer. I would not have an issue with a ranger going across the country frankly if I had the correct motor up front. Even the 4 banger would probably get me an hour (make that 1.5 hrs) home. Of course, we are assuming you have an actual hitch on the truck, and not a bumper too!
Also you will hopefully have some sort of braking on the trailer, typicaly for boats it is a surge system, it might be electric. If a surge brake, all you need is a 4 bar plug, if an electric brake system, you will need a 6 min typically a 7 wire bargman plug and an electric brake controller in the truck.
Now, if you have to go from one side of a 5000' up and over a mountain, and back down, that will not be a lot of fun, vs a level trip across Texas as I recall you being in or somewhere near there abouts.
Needless to say, what you want to do should be doable with proper planning etc.
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