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Old 05-19-2016, 07:12 PM   #1
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Towing with an expedition

Who is towing with an expedition & what are you towe? Looking at knew campers and we have an opportunity to purchase an expedition, and was looking at all my towing options.
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Old 05-19-2016, 10:43 PM   #2
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Old 05-20-2016, 12:58 AM   #3
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You need to post year and its specs, especially the payload capacity from the driver's door yellow sticker.
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Old 05-20-2016, 01:29 AM   #4
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Not only that, there are typically multiple gear ratios available that will, sometimes drastically, change the tow rating as well. The two options available on my Tahoe was about 3800 lbs difference. Unfortunately, most factory orders come with a "highway"gearing for fuel economy and better towing gears usually have to be ordered. The result is that finding a used vehicle with a good towing gear is sometimes difficult. Make sure to verify what it's got in it as a lot of reviews will only list the max tow rating "properly equipped".
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:00 AM   #5
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I tow my 2017 flagstaff 27rlws with a 2016 expedition Eco boost with no problems. I have an equalizer 10k hitch. Ford has it rated to tow up to 9200 pds. Good luck and safe travels
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Tow with Expedition

Hello,
This is my first post. I tow a Windjammer 2715vs with a 2014 Expedition with a heavy duty tow package. Recently took a two month trip from West Virginia to Florida and had no problems at all!
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Old 05-20-2016, 12:32 PM   #7
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2003 Expedition towing 2015 261bhxl. Using standard weight distribution hitch. Will get an equalizer 4 point if we decide to go farther than the local lake.
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Old 05-20-2016, 04:01 PM   #8
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Looked at expedition today. 1998, has 98,000 miles, has 4.6L , it is 4wd, door tag says 7000lbs is what's on door take.
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1998 is the previous body style. Not familiar with that one. My 03 comes standard with 3.73 gears and towing package. I do have the 4.6 and it tows my 5500 lbs OK. I wouldn't want to tow any more. We carry very little in the trailer and truck. I have a scale to weigh everything before it goes in the trailer or truck. Still the 261 is a big wind sail. You really feel it on the expressway. I stay around 55 and it's not too bad. I cruise level about 2500 rpm. A good hill about 4 grand. No mountains for me. 8 mpg.
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Tow a Grey Wolf 26DBH with a 2014 EL with tow package. No problems.
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:27 PM   #11
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We have a 2010 Expedition EL 4x4 with tow package with 3:73 gears and 5.4 engine. It tows our 2016 Cruise Lite 282QBXL pretty good. It's 34ft long and weights 6800 loaded to go camping. I have been pleased with its performance so far as we have only had this rig since the end of March.
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:07 PM   #12
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Towing with an expedition

We have a 2012 expedition el and tow a rockwood 8311ss. It has the 5.4 and six speed. If your expedition has the 4.6 and four speed I don't think the tow ratings will be that high. Also with these vehicles you'll be out of payload before your over or up to max trailering weight


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Old 05-21-2016, 12:23 PM   #14
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Alberta8311ss thattttt is way more trailer than we are looking at. Lol its nice .
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:55 PM   #15
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Not only is that the 4.6L V8, it the old 2-valve 4.6L V8. That's a lot of steel for that engine, which is why they eventually made the 5.4L standard.


I just looked on the Ford Fleet towing guide page, and they only go back to 2002. But the 4.6L was still offered then. In 2002, the 4.6L was only available with the 3.55 axles:
4x2 = 6300 lbs max towing.
4x4 with 16" tires = 6000 lbs max towing
4x4 with 17" tires = 5500 lbs max towing


For an estimated weight of camper you should tow (assuming relatively flat terrain):
Subtract the weight of anything in the truck (passengers and cargo) except for the driver.
For an estimated dry weight, subtract another 1000 lbs, to account for typical options and cargo in the trailer.
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I had a 2005 Expedition towing a 2009 Cherokee with no problems. Before purchasing it, I did some research and found that the Ford Expedition had the best towing capacity and tongue weight rating. The key thing to look at is the gear ratio. For example, in 2005 the Expedition had 2 different towing capacities (7000 and 8900) the difference being the gear ratio. Ford had a towing package which included a better battery, transmission cooler, connector built into the rear bumper and a lower gear ratio. You can't tell the gear ratio by looking at the vehicle. Before buying a used vehicle, get the Vin# and contact a dealer or Ford directly and they can tell you exactly what is in the vehicle.
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