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Old 02-05-2006, 05:31 PM   #1
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Does anyone know if a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac can handle towing a 19'hybrid trailer rated at about 3600 lbs axle weight and a tongue weight of 187 lbs (dual axle) or 487 lbs tongue weight with a single axle or if I need to add a sway bar if I were to get the hybrid. What are the advantages/disadvantages of towing a single axle versus a double axle hybrid with an Explorer Sport Trac? It is a 4.0 V6 with a 5 speed automatic.
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Old 02-05-2006, 05:31 PM   #2
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Does anyone know if a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac can handle towing a 19'hybrid trailer rated at about 3600 lbs axle weight and a tongue weight of 187 lbs (dual axle) or 487 lbs tongue weight with a single axle or if I need to add a sway bar if I were to get the hybrid. What are the advantages/disadvantages of towing a single axle versus a double axle hybrid with an Explorer Sport Trac? It is a 4.0 V6 with a 5 speed automatic.
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:52 AM   #3
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CLICK HERE for the Ford 2005 towing guide. The guide lists the required equipment for towing.
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187# is too light for a 3600# trailer. You tongue weight should be 10 to 15% of the trailer GVWR. I suspect you should be closer to 400# in any case. I would definately use a WD hitch and sway control. A good hitch for the money on this size trailer is the brand "Equal-I-zer" as opposed to an equalizer type hitch (generic).

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Old 02-06-2006, 06:17 PM   #5
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Thank you so much for finding this guide for me. I talked with the dealer today and he mentioned the exact same guide. He said that the after market class III hitch would handle the 19' hybrid camper or our current palomino hard side pop up with no problems. The 2 door Explorer has a shorter wheel base and that may be cause for concern but I am just going to have an electric brake installed on my Sport Trac, drive sensibly and safely and go on.

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