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Old 03-31-2016, 12:21 PM   #1
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Weight distribution hitch advice

Hello TT, I purchased an 05 flaggstaff forest river 23 foot trailer and I'm planning on towing it with my ford explorer. I got the 7 pin connector hooked up along with the brake control. The camper came with the anti sway thing, but a guy who camps all the time told me you need a weight distribution hitch. I searched for it and they range from $200-$700 ish. Not sure which one would be applicable for my situation. Any advise would be helpfull. I've been towing bikes, boats, and sleds for years but never had anything this heavy. Camper is 3500lbs dry. Below are some pics for reference.
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:23 PM   #2
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What is the tow capacity of your Explorer? That will help you decide whether or not you need the WD part of it.
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STOP!

The Ford towing guide for the 2016 Ford Explorer shows a max towing weight of 2000# w/o a LDH and 5000# with a LDH. You don't state which engine you have or the year but these are BEST CASE scenarios. You still have to account for tongue weight (200-500# MAX allowed). Here's a link to the guide. Sounds like you're going to be well overweight for the vehicle.

http://www.ford.com/resources/ford/g...orer_sep28.pdf
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No WDH is going to help you tow if you are right up against dry weight, sorry to say. Time to upgrade your tow vehicle.
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The weight of the camper and the max tow cap of my explorer are both 3500 lbs. So I'm right there. Not looking for a lecture on being overweight. Just looking for some weight distribution advise to increase my factory of safety
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The explorer is not over capacity. Here is over capacity. Actually that is right there too the jeep TJ unlimited is rated for 3500 as well
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So you plan to tow completely empty, no propane, no batteries, no people? Sorry, 3500 tow capacity includes the camper plus cargo plus people in the car. I know you said you didn't come here to get lectured, but to get advice, but no one is going to advise you to pull that camper with your Explorer.
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Have to agree with everyone.
IF your Explorer truly has a max tow of 3500lbs, then that's too much trailer.
But I think you're incorrect on the Towing capacity.
Ford Escapes have a 3500lbs towing capacity, with the factory tow package.
So the Explorer should have more.

But we need more info and specs.
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Please post your Explorer details- year, engine, axle ratio, 2WD or 4WD?
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