Originally Posted by blake2727
Oh ok. Well I like my extra 1000-1200 pounds and wish I had a little bit more. I don't know but it just seems like to much trailer for an explorer. Out of the options you gave I would lean more toward the 1/2 ton suv's or a full size van. I mean look at it like this, Dodge makes a Dakota with a V8 but they also still make the ram because it's a physically bigger truck. I think the same concept would apply to the explorer. I don't have all of the answers and don't have time to look through all of the specs but something just clicks in a bad way in my head when I think of an explorer pulling a 28' trailer. Maybe i'm wrong but I think you will not be happy with your choice if you buy an explorer.
I tend to agree -but explorers are bigger/heavier than you'd think. I use to own a 79 lincoln continental -the last of the big all steel monster cars. 400 v8, 19 some feet long - but only (ok, 'only') 4800lbs. An explorer is physically smaller but just as heavy.
I guess I'll have to go and drive some of the vehicles in question. I talked a bit with a customer of mine today - he's a farmer and hauls big loads (he's got his currently diesel dually rig registered at 26600 GCVW) and often pulls a flatbed trailer (30', 6000lb empty) with a 10,000 pound load on it (his competition pulling tractor), as well as loads of hay, steers, and the like. He's used other trucks in the past, including a short wheel base pu (not with this trailer load of course). His only comments where there are times the trailer will push (bends on the hiway) and he's noticed the longer the wb and dually helps in how it feels. But he also says for as much as i'll be towing it some prudent use of speed I should be just fine. His bigger concern is the load (total weight) on the TV and wear and tear.
I was hoping for some answers that weren't all the 'kid you'll put your eye out'
sorta thing. Some say 'half ton towable' - well, the explorer can carry 1500 lbs - more than 1/2 ton...many of the supercab F150's only carry 100 or 200 more payload... I'll do more research and take all the info here into account before making a final decision.