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Old 07-16-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Ford explorers TV questions

Anyone out there pull their TT with a 2009 or older explorer?
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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i had a older Exploder with the 4.0 v-6 and i was lucky just to tow a popup.
i would NEVER have towed any size TT with it.
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Anyone out there pull their TT with a 2009 or older explorer?
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The ford explorer is a nice suv. I have one. It is not a good tv. Ask a local transmission shop what they think. The engine has more than enough power. The tranny is the weak link. I towed a pop up for years and it did not like it at all. If you try pulling anything over 3500 lbs regardless of which engine you have, you are asking fir trouble.
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The tranny is the weak link in an explorer. Nice suv, lousy tv.. I have one..it doesnt matter which engine, tranny you have..the 8 cyl may be rates to tow a lot. It doesnt tow well at all..
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I used to have a 95 4.0L (OHV) Explorer 4dr, 4WD with 3.73`s and factory tow pkg. I towed a 25ft Award TT with it with no issues. yes it does work hard, but it never complained and was easily able to do 65mph. with that said I wouldn`t wanted to have gone to the MTN`s with it unless it had the V-8! keep in mind the Award TT`s were very Aerodynamic, European styled. it weighed 3850 dry and 5k loaded for a trip. properly set up it can be a good combo.

I miss mine, wish I still had it........not for my current trailer though!
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I think that Ford has stipulations regarding the maximum frontal area of a trailer for thosr explorers. I had a 2002.
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I have a 2008 with factory tow package, our trailer is 5200 LBS loaded with 550 LBS tongue weight.
The truck is rated for 7000 lbs
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I have a 2008 with factory tow package, our trailer is 5200 LBS loaded with 550 LBS tongue weight.
The truck is rated for 7000 lbs
so, you're saying your Explorer has the v-8 engine?
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I have a 2008 with factory tow package, our trailer is 5200 LBS loaded with 550 LBS tongue weight.
The truck is rated for 7000 lbs
If you really want to know and stay within your truck's capacities (gross vehicle weight rating and truck front and rear axle weights)- load up like you were going camping and hit a scale. It'll tell you if your vehicle is rated to tow the camper you have/want or not. Take a look at my "What can I tow? page.

But, that wasn't your question. I towed a 3,300 pound pop-up with a '03 Dodge Durango (v8, but the smallest that they had but without a tow package). You could definitely tell it was back there and I almost learned a real painful lesson in speed and sway (took 2 tries to learn about sway). But, I'm not sure if my experiences with the Durango translate to the Explorer.

I never weighed, but I'm fairly positive we were overloaded on every trip- likely overweight on my TV as well as I'd bet money the camper itself was overweight.
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Yes it's the V8
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