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Old 07-02-2009, 04:19 PM   #1
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Explorer Pulling a SV-235RKS

I am thinking about getting a SV-235RKS. I have a 05 Ford Explorer with a V8and the towing package. It has the 3.73 ratio and a 7100 max. towing capacity. Is this too much trailer?
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:21 PM   #2
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Hello and it's hard to answer your question. You gave the specs on the tow vehicle, but not on the trailer. Would be nice to have those as well and maybe we can help. Can't look up the the trailer specs because you failed to give a year. Many are willing to help, but please help us all you can. Also as a note, according the 3rd edition printing of your owners manual it states a 7000 pound max trailer weight with max tongue weight of 770 pounds with a weight distributing hitch. You also reduce this weight by 2% for each 1000 feet of elevation you'll be towing in. Not sure where you got 7100 pound trailer weight from. You also have a gross combined weight of 11600 pounds.
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Old 07-02-2009, 09:52 PM   #3
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Welcome to FRF!

I grabbed some numbers off the Forest River site for the SV235RKS...
Dry hitch weight - 476 lbs
Dry trailer weight - 4064 lbs
GVWR trailer - 7476 lbs.

The dry weight is alway a bogus number...that's without any optional equipment, battery, propane, etc. If you're real careful with what you carry and kept the loaded trailer under 6000 lbs it might be OK.

You should really check the amount of tongue weight that your Explorer can handle. There should be a GVWR for it on the door frame...just need to know what your Explorer would weigh loaded with people, fuel and gear. The difference between those numbers would be the amount of tongue weight that it can handle including the hitch.

They always recommend a tongue weight that 10 to 13% of the total trailer weight for good handling. Therefore for a 6000 lb trailer, the tongue weight should be around 600 to 780 lbs.

You may be over the limit for tongue weight that the Explorer can safely handle.

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Old 07-03-2009, 10:10 AM   #4
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We have a 235RKS. The factory weight out the door is 4600 pounds; tongue weight near 500 pounds; DRY. You are going to be over 5,000 pounds WET (water, luggage, food, misc). You could probably pull this trailer (an awesome trailer by the way) if you are talking about a few hundred miles at a modest pace. You are approximately at 75% to 80% of your rated capacity. This is probably not a good combination for a 3,000 mile trip to the Rockies. We have seen a V-8 Toyota ForeRunner pulling this trailer with success. Another factor to consider is your wheelbase. Don't know what it is on an Explorer but probably on the shorter side. If you go ahead with the purchase, make darn sure you have a very good WD hitch with top notch sway control e.g. Reese Dual Cam or Equalizer. Best of Luck. Let us know what you do.
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for all your help. I am trying to educate myself on this decision. By the way my GVWR is 5984 and the tongue weight on the explorer is 770 with a WD. Final question, would a Hensley hitch make a significant difference? Any help would be appreciated.
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Thanks for all your help. I am trying to educate myself on this decision. By the way my GVWR is 5984 and the tongue weight on the explorer is 770 with a WD. Final question, would a Hensley hitch make a significant difference? Any help would be appreciated.
Hensley? Maybe, but for the cost you could a diesel truck. lol The hensley is the most overated apparatus out there. The only people who talk highly of them own them....have sunk there money in them and are unwilling to admit there is no real advantage. OK there maybe some diffence but you can't overcome a "wanting" tv with a high dollar hitch.

Though, your should be good pulling that trailer, but it will be alot of wear and tear on you exploder
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:23 AM   #7
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The Surveyors tow very nice. One big advantage that they have is that they sit 12 to 18 inches lower than the average trailer. Lower center of gravity and less wind resistance. This should be an advantage to you.
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I have this trailer and it tows nice with a Jeep Commander 5.7 liter that lists a towing capacity of 6500 and has about 370hp and torque. I live in colorado and it is quite a bit different towing depending on if I'm on the interstate or in the mountains. This weekend I went over a 12,000 ft pass on a narrow road. I wasn't setting any records but was doing the 20mph speed limit if not more on it. As long as the grade was less than 6-7% I was doing ok (again no speed records), but was pushing the engine hard on the 10% grade areas.
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I pull a 294 Surveyor with a Chrysler Aspen. It does have a hemi so power was not the issue. Sway was! Last year I towed a 23ft hybrid with a Reese weight distributing hitch it was very unpredictable as to what it was going to do. For peace of mind I bought a Hensley Arrow. I bought the trailer in southern Ohio and brought it home to mid Michigan. It towed incredible. I got zero sway. It took a couple of stops to dial in the tension but after that I was very comfortable traveling 65-70. I got alot of great advice from people on this site, about weight and wheel base. I am not professing anything I just thought I would share my .02 cents about the Hensley system. Bikeman is correct though they are pricey.
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Your tires are only rated for 65 mph . . . .
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Your tires are only rated for 65 mph . . . .
When you say that how is that calculated? I was curios about that because it has 20" wheels with an extremely low profile.
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I think all ST tires (trailer tires) are rated for a 65 mph max as acadian bob stated.

It should be marked somewhere on the sidewall.
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:05 PM   #13
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Ok thank you, I thought he was referencing the TV.
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Will a jeep Grand cheroke 4.7 liter pull a 24ft 2007 surveyor safely.
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I pul a 235 Surveyor with my Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 4.7 8 cyl.engine
Trailerweight when loaded with all our stuff app. 5200 lbs
We've travelled to the far east of Canada ,NewFoundland and west to Vancouver Island and almost everything else in between .in Canada and the USA.
I think the total miles travelled is probably app .40.00 miles.
It's a great little trailer.
We fitted a hitch receiver on the 4" bumber ,it needed a bit of strengthening for it to work .
Now we travel with our luggage carrier on the back, this caused a bit of sway, when loaded too much, we need to watch that.
We have a reese hitch with 2anti sway bars, that are adjusted fairly tight.
WE are 2 happy campers and look forward to many more happy miles of travel in these 2beautiful countries .
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I have a 2005 Grand Cherokee towing a Palomino G210 and would suggest that if you are buying a tow vehicle that you get something with a longer wheel base. I have the Reese Dual cam setup and it still got pushed around on a recent trip to Virginia Beach. It is after all a luxury off road vehicle and can tow in a pinch but..... A lot can be had for the price of a Grand Cherokee.
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