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Old 04-12-2014, 12:57 AM   #1
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Anyone towing with a 2013 Explorer or similar TV?

Hey everyone! Looking to solicit anyone's experiences towing with the above SUV or something very similar. We have an xlt with tow package and looking at the Roo 17 or 19 as our new TT. I've never pulled anything before and wondering how my vehicle will do with either of these TTs. Based on my research, they're both within spec of my TVs capabilities, I'd just like to hear anyone's thoughts or experiences. Thanks!

Edit: Scratch this, found a really good thread here:

Is the Roo 19 too much for our GMC Acadia?

Pretty much puts me out of my limits or very close to. Definitely over 80%.
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What are the ratings on the explorer? I wouldn't say no until I did all my homework.

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GCVWR is 9980
GVWR is 6160
Curb is about 4452
Payload is 1570
Max is 5000
Hitch is 500

Were a family of 4, me, wife, 15 yr stepson & 4 yr daughter. I'd say far as passenger weight were about 650. Were coming from tent camping so we pack light. Of course with a TT that could change in a heartbeat lol
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17 should be no problem. The 19 will be a struggle.

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I agree, 17 should be ok. 19 may put you a bit over. Don't expect hot hod performance while towing.

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Yea I pretty much figured the 19 was going to be too heavy. I don't expect to be towing very fast with this TV. I'm hoping we can swing getting a different TV first. We really like the 231kss. That's way too heavy for us though right now.
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Yea I pretty much figured the 19 was going to be too heavy. I don't expect to be towing very fast with this TV. I'm hoping we can swing getting a different TV first. We really like the 231kss. That's way too heavy for us though right now.
Remember, no one towing anything is going to be drag racing. Regardless of the tow vehicle, it does take time to get any trailer up to speed. Even semi's take time. Get the trailer you want and just take it easy with the gas peddle. Get rid of the P tires and put on LT and you should be able to tow it. Not fast, but as fast as you need to. You can always trade up in tow vehicles.
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Remember, no one towing anything is going to be drag racing. Regardless of the tow vehicle, it does take time to get any trailer up to speed. Even semi's take time. Get the trailer you want and just take it easy with the gas peddle. Get rid of the P tires and put on LT and you should be able to tow it. Not fast, but as fast as you need to. You can always trade up in tow vehicles.
I had forgotten about looking into tires! We go camping primarily in the Sierra Nevada foothills at about 6000 elev. There aren't very many 6-7% grades where we go, maybe 1 or 2, but the ascent is gradual and longish. We'd be doing some coastal stuff too. I'm not so worried about flat terrain. Towing a sail behind is what it is, but climbing & descending is where I'm worried the most.
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The transmission will shift as needed so let it when going up.
Before you start going down, slow down 5-15 MPH and do NOT ride the brakes the whole way.
Pull the transmission down out of overdrive.
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I had forgotten about looking into tires! We go camping primarily in the Sierra Nevada foothills at about 6000 elev. There aren't very many 6-7% grades where we go, maybe 1 or 2, but the ascent is gradual and longish. We'd be doing some coastal stuff too. I'm not so worried about flat terrain. Towing a sail behind is what it is, but climbing & descending is where I'm worried the most.
That's why there is a transmission shift lever. Not trying to be a wiseacre, but there is no problem with using 3rd gear instead of 4 while towing. Just make sure you have a transmission cooler. As I have stated before, there is no law that says you have to tow 55-60 up grades.
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