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#12705443 - 04/06/18 08:33 AM Buying a Ranger Alumnimum
KM13 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/15/18
Posts: 4
I'm looking into buying a Ranger RT178, is anyone running one of these or have any information? I fish medium to big lakes but don't need anything that is super fast or can take on big waters. Thanks ahead of time!

#12705474 - 04/06/18 08:54 AM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13]
JIM SR. Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 09/25/06
Posts: 7376
I have a 2014 RT188, 115 Merc, and a Terrova 80.
sips gas, runs 45mph, and handles great. Only problem I've had was the
trailer lights leaked, Ranger dealer swapped them out with
a upgraded set, no more problems. fish

#12705752 - 04/06/18 12:19 PM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13]
gatoreyes Offline

Registered: 11/04/07
Posts: 470
Loc: Keller, TX
I have the same set-up as Jim Sr. Very satisfied. Have not been in a 178, but probably would be fine.

#12705846 - 04/06/18 01:22 PM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13]
FlatBack4 Online   content

Registered: 10/29/16
Posts: 126
Loc: Fairview, TX
With where I fish, I prefer aluminum. I have a Lowe's Stinger 175. I liked it better than the Ranger. Get an Ultrex, and you're set.

#12705847 - 04/06/18 01:23 PM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13]
daddystog Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/27/09
Posts: 1045
Loc: Cisco,Tx
I just went from a 21' Triton XHP Glass boat to A Ranger 198P LOVE IT !

#12705869 - 04/06/18 01:34 PM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13]
metalruch1 Online   content

Registered: 01/08/12
Posts: 137
Loc: TX
I seriously considered the Aluminum Ranger prior to buying my new to me kitty kat... the padded hull makes for a great ride and the storage and deck space was really nice and roomy. Go to Cabellas in Mckinney and hop in one to get good feel. Really nice boat.
Catching big Bass is all I think about!

#12706495 - 04/06/18 09:38 PM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: metalruch1]
basscaster46 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/03/06
Posts: 841
Loc: Red Oak, TX
Got a rt188 have no complaints .

#12706648 - 04/07/18 06:14 AM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13]
wagonwheel Offline

Registered: 06/06/11
Posts: 441
Loc: Mansfield, TX
I looked at these while shopping for my current boat. I ended up buying a G3 Sportsman 17 and am very satisfied with it. You might look into the G3 and compare.
Hey--we finally caught one!

Wife PB 8.68 lbs. Joe Pool, ---My PB 8.68 lbs. Joe Pool, - Son PB 6.08 lbs. Lake Fork

#12706728 - 04/07/18 08:14 AM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13]
reeltexan Online   happy
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/03/06
Posts: 2460
Loc: Ovilla, TEXAS

Hard to beat a tin boat.
"..The pleasantist angling is to see the fish
Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,
And greedily devour the treacherous bait.
Bill Shakespeare

#12707211 - 04/07/18 02:29 PM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13]
bholladay Offline

Registered: 08/04/08
Posts: 374
Loc: Post, TX
I run a Ranger glass boat and my dealer was telling me the other day that they were having to do lots of repairs on the Ranger aluminum boats. Specifically the weld on the very nose of the bow cracking and spreading. Not sure how big of a problem it is but something to consider.

#12707364 - 04/07/18 05:12 PM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13]
jiggmann Offline

Registered: 01/08/09
Posts: 206
I wouldn’t worry about a problem Ranger will make it right if there is one

#12707489 - 04/07/18 07:10 PM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13]
the skipper Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 3731
Loc: nederland, TX
If I was going tin I would have to look at the crestliner and sea ark.

#12707494 - 04/07/18 07:13 PM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13]
Jaret Latta Online   content
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 7526
Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
The new gator trax is nice

#12707576 - 04/07/18 08:07 PM Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: Jaret Latta]
GIG'EM AGGIES Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 3020
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: Jaret Latta
The new gator trax is nice

Gator Trax is the Cadillac of tin boats. Made from 3/16 aluminum and you can have one made to your specs. That 21 footer is a beast.
I am a Senager. (Senior teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 50 years later. I don’t have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I don’t have a curfew I have a driver’s license and my own car. The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant. And I have a bass boat.
Life is great!


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