Originally Posted by Turtle people
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?
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.