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Old 08-26-2014, 02:20 PM   #11
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I don't know about the 04's but on our 08 Expedition there were two available towing packages. A standard 6000lb and a heavy duty 9000lb. The standard came with a 4-pin plug and the heavy duty had the 7 pin. If the 04's are similar you should be fine, especially if the 7pin plug you mentioned indicates the HD towing package.


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Old 08-26-2014, 05:00 PM   #12
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sorry to say the 04 expedition is a no go. It was in much rougher shape than the pics showed. On the other hand we found an awesome Lincoln Navigator that the price was right on. The dealer said he would add a transmission cooler and upgrade the wiring for us at no additional cost. We are gonna have our mechanic look at it tomorrow. Any thoughts?
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:06 PM   #13
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:06 PM   #14
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sorry to say the 04 expedition is a no go. It was in much rougher shape than the pics showed. On the other hand we found an awesome Lincoln Navigator that the price was right on. The dealer said he would add a transmission cooler and upgrade the wiring for us at no additional cost. We are gonna have our mechanic look at it tomorrow. Any thoughts?
Yep. Use this to figure out if you're ok:

Check 1) Weight of trailer(as per the sticker I referenced above) + 1000 lbs + weight of passengers < GCWR of truck - Weight of truck

Check 2) Weight of trailer + 1000 lbs * 18% < Payload (Cargo carrying capacity) - weight of passengers

If both are ok (or a at least close) you'll be fine.
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sorry to say the 04 expedition is a no go. It was in much rougher shape than the pics showed. On the other hand we found an awesome Lincoln Navigator that the price was right on. The dealer said he would add a transmission cooler and upgrade the wiring for us at no additional cost. We are gonna have our mechanic look at it tomorrow. Any thoughts?
Stat's on the Lincoln are?

I fear the Lincoln's suspension may be a bit soft.
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I'm pulling my Roo19 with a Chevy Silverado. See specs below. No problems. Mileage sucks, but that seems to be true for everyone.

I tried pulling it one season with a Chevy Traverse (3.6L V6, 5200 tow capacity). Didn't work out too well for me.

I think you'll be OK.
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Our Roo 183 is going to be very similar in weight. GVWR is 4800, camping ready for us its around 4200. We tow with a Ram 1500 5.7 HEMI with 3.92 rear. It has no problems pulling the Roo. Our Trailblazer 4.3 I6 will pull it, but not very comfortably. You want a little margin in towing capacity.
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What about a Lincoln Navigator as a tow vehicle?
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I pull my Roo19 with a Silverado V8 - see specifics below.

I pulled it the first season with a Chevy Traverse, 3.6L V6, 5200 lb towing. I wasn't happy, so I got the Silverado. Pulls very well.
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Hi Donna,

This is probably all very confusing. I too find my head swimming sometimes with all this tech stuff. The bottom line with trailers is that you really cannot tell by looking at a vehicle how much it will tow. Sure the Navigator looks like a beast that could pull a house. But it might not be true. A trailer puts a lot of stress on a tow vehicle. It is vital that your vehicle is set up for these stresses. Whether it be bigger brakes, axles, Transmission coolers, gears, etc. A lot goes into the engineering part of it. The point is that you want to ensure that the engineers did consider it and made the appropriate modifications to the base model.

When looking at vehicles, I like to insist on a factory installed hitch. Never found a manufacturer to stick a hitch on a vehicle that was not designed to tow. The hitch will also have stickers from the manufacturer stating the capacity. As was said, a little bit of extra is best. So if your trailer is 5K lbs, it is best to have a little bit of extra towing capacity.

Do not let a dealer say "Sure. I can throw a 2" hitch on it for you. No problem." It is too complicated that for. Sorry but it is true.

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