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For your 2001 Ranger if you had 2WD and a manual transmission you could tow as is, the automatic required a driveline disconnect to keep the transmission from being driven by the rear wheels.
The 4WD is a lot more costly, you would need disconnects for both the front and rear driveshafts.
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The limits are imposed by Ford legal to limit their liability. You want to be sure the transmission stays lubricated by operating the truck for at least five minutes each day but you do understand that you will need to install driveline disconnects on BOTH the front and rear drive shafts for your four wheel drive truck?