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Old 08-01-2013, 12:28 AM   #1
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Anyone towing a TT with a Ford Explorer

Anyone towing a TT with a Ford Explorer SUV 4x4 6 cylinders factory towing package?

I have my TT 4200 lb dry weight and I been looking for a truck, I found a Ford explorer 6 cyl and I have to close the deal tomorrow or the owner will take another offer.

So I would like to get some advice from all of you.

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I think the Explorer, 2011 as an example, has a towing capacity of only about 2000 lbs. http://www.cars.com/ford/explorer/2011/specifications
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You may be able to for a short period of time, but overall you may be overweight. I have an 04 Explorer (non 4 wheel drive) and it's tow rating is 3800 lbs with a V6. I believe the V8's were rated to tow about 6000, but find a Suburban or something of that size if you need an SUV or go with a 1/2 crew cab pickup. And also forget about dry weight of a TT go with GVWR only.
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The explorers were dogs even if it were rated to tow it. What year or price range of vehicle are you looking for?
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:51 AM   #6
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Anyone towing a TT with a Ford Explorer SUV 4x4 6 cylinders factory towing package?

I have my TT 4200 lb dry weight and I been looking for a truck, I found a Ford explorer 6 cyl and I have to close the deal tomorrow or the owner will take another offer.

So I would like to get some advice from all of you.

Thank You
What year explorer are you looking at? The 2011 and up are rated for 5000 LBS on the V6. The older ones needs a tow package for the higher towing capacity. This includes a lower gear ratio and larger hitch.
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I think the Explorer, 2011 as an example, has a towing capacity of only about 2000 lbs. 2011*Ford*Explorer Specifications
That is only for the ecoboost 4cylinder engine. The V6 is rated much higher. Towing Guides | fleet.ford.com
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I would look for a full 1/2 ton truck and forget the Explorer. Not a good choice for a tow vehicle, except fot the smalles trailers or pop ups.

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The older Explorer 4.0 litre V6 engine was a dog plus a gas hog. Not really suitable for towing.

Look for a 1/2 ton truck is the best advice. A truck can tow the trailer plus carry coolers, firewood, lawn chairs, etc.
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4200lbs empty? No way. Let them take the other deal.
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Thanks for your advice, I chicken out and didn't het the explorer, Im going to find a expedition or a 1/2 ton truck such as F150 Dodge 1500 or Silverado.
Thank you for the advice :-)
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It's not chickening out, it's being safe.
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I have plenty of experience, HAD a 2012 Explorer, Limited with tow package, 5k towing. I have a 2012 Rockwood Mini Lite, 2109S, wet weight measured at scales 3854ibs. Here it is in a nutshell the tow information, vs. HP and Torque. Really take heed to the frontal mass area of your travel trailer 40% limit on Explorer.
Moral of the story, I now own 2013 Ford F150, ecoBoost, to tow our trailer. Explorer is to clean on the drag ratio, and the 40% frontal mass of trailer which creates to much drag for Explorer is to hard to over come. [ Moderator Edit ] Learn from my mistake, it doesn't cut it for towing a TT, maybe a pop up. Info. Trip to Lake Shasta, 172 miles from home round trip, with high head winds cost me 2 and half tanks of fuel. Hope this helps.
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