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Old 11-12-2019, 11:53 AM   #1
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Anyone Towing a 2019 Ford Explorer?

Last month we were travelling west on 1-4, about 60 miles east of Tampa, FL. As always, I-4 was packed, but we were plugging along in the slow lane at 50-55 mph. All of a sudden, my wife and I hear an explosion, the motor home lurches and I see our tow car swing into the middle lane. Someone had hit us from the rear. By the grace of God, no one was injured. However, our tow car, a 2010 Ford Edge didn't survive. So, the search for a new tow car began. We decided to buy a new car so we could use it as a family car, as well as our toad. Surprise, Surprise, Ford doesn't make a 2020 car or SUV that is flat towable. In fact, we couldn't find any 2020 car or SUV that could be towed flat. However, we continued looking for options, and we may have found a solution - but we would love to have confirmation from real live users. It seems that 2019 FWD (front wheel drive) Ford Explorers, with a 3.5 engine, can be towed with 4 wheels on the ground. Is anyone out there using a 2019 Ford Explorer as their tow car?
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Old 11-12-2019, 12:47 PM   #2
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First of all, I've never heard of a FWD vehicle that is towable 4 down so I'd definitely check into the info you've received. Looking at pages 252-255 of the 2019 Explorers users manual, it seems you will need the 3.5l engine to flat tow. Amazingly, it says nothing about FWD vehicles so you might be good. One hassle is that you have to disconnect the negative battery cable.

I did however purchase a 2019 Ford Expedition with full 4WD (not 2WD or AWD). That is flat towable as I went through the user's manual and even put the transfer case in neutral before I took delivery. The process is not quite as simple as my Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the Expedition (I got the Max version) seats 8 people. The entire disconnect process is done in the driver's seat with no battery disconnect.

The 2019 Expedition has the 10 speed transmission and get 20 MPG so it may be a viable option to the smaller Explorer.
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Old 11-12-2019, 01:02 PM   #3
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We have been towing a 2019 Ford Explorer Sport with a 3.5 engine

we have towed it since August 2019 for about 3,000 miles so far.

You will have to install a 12V battery disconnect switch on the Neg post

or just remove the battery cable off the Negative.

Procedure form the owners manual with push button start:

1.With car running, I hook up car,

2. Shift to neutral and push start button to shut off.

3. Disconnect Negative battery side ( I have a switch installed)

4. You are ready to go.

Keep in mind: lights, break lights, turn signals, etc have been wired
In my case I have installed a 12v kit under dash for my RVI brake

It is pretty simple to tow a 2019 Ford Explorer Sport
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:06 PM   #4
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I also tow a 2019 Explorer, a 2WD Limited with the 3.5 six cylinder engine, several thousand miles so far. It goes just as Joe said above; no sweat. I had a shut off switch for the battery installed in the dash.

From what I understand only the 6 cylinder can be flat towed, ixnay on the 4; evidently they use different transmissions.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Can't help with that question but noticed you are kinda new on the forum and wanted to say hello! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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When you disconnect your negative battery cable do you lose your radio presets and time every time? How do you also power your RVI brake system?
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We have been towing a 2019 Ford Explorer Sport with a 3.5 engine

we have towed it since August 2019 for about 3,000 miles so far.

You will have to install a 12V battery disconnect switch on the Neg post

or just remove the battery cable off the Negative.

Procedure form the owners manual with push button start:

1.With car running, I hook up car,

2. Shift to neutral and push start button to shut off.

3. Disconnect Negative battery side ( I have a switch installed)

4. You are ready to go.

Keep in mind: lights, break lights, turn signals, etc have been wired
In my case I have installed a 12v kit under dash for my RVI brake

It is pretty simple to tow a 2019 Ford Explorer Sport
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I also tow a 2019 Explorer, a 2WD Limited with the 3.5 six cylinder engine, several thousand miles so far. It goes just as Joe said above; no sweat. I had a shut off switch for the battery installed in the dash.

From what I understand only the 6 cylinder can be flat towed, ixnay on the 4; evidently they use different transmissions.

When you disconnect your negative battery cable do you lose your radio presets and time every time? How do you also power your RVI brake system?
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We have been towing Chevrolet Equinox FWD since 2012, first a 2012 now a 2019 with no trouble. Easy set up and hook up.
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Old 12-02-2019, 09:19 AM   #9
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I'll jump in here at the risk of getting flamed. I tow an Explorer and have for over 10,000 miles with NO issues. And I know what the Ford manual says about disconnecting the battery etc. However, I do it differently. Having a mechanical background I fully understand that my way will not hurt anything. If you don't agree with me (as was the "other" forum I posted this on) , simply don't do it this way.
With that said. All you have to do is in front of the floor shifter inside the little storage compartment is a little trap door in the upper left corner of the cubby. Use your fingernail and move the latch and lift the trap door up. Reach inside and you'll feel a button in front of the shift mechanism, hook your nail on the button and pull out, while it's pulled out you can shift the car into neutral without using the key or button. It's designed to release the park mechanism in case it has to be towed with a dead battery etc. I added diodes to the rear lights as no kit is available for the Explorers. Doing it this way requires no charge line or disconnecting the battery. Simply start and run the Explorer every 6 hours per the manual to re-fill the tail housing sump in the trans for lubrication. As I stated, towed over 10K miles this way without any issue and never a dead battery or a charge line. I do use a brake buddy too, again never any dead battery even after towing all day.
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When you disconnect your negative battery cable do you lose your radio presets and time every time? How do you also power your RVI brake system?
I do not loose the radio presets, however when it is Daylight Savings Time,
the clock defaults back to Eastern Standard time.

I mounted a fused 12V kit under the drivers seat at the floor and plug the
RV1 brake into it. I did not run a 12V charge line. So far I have not had any
problems.
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I'll jump in here at the risk of getting flamed. I tow an Explorer and have for over 10,000 miles with NO issues. And I know what the Ford manual says about disconnecting the battery etc. However, I do it differently. Having a mechanical background I fully understand that my way will not hurt anything. If you don't agree with me (as was the "other" forum I posted this on) , simply don't do it this way.
With that said. All you have to do is in front of the floor shifter inside the little storage compartment is a little trap door in the upper left corner of the cubby. Use your fingernail and move the latch and lift the trap door up. Reach inside and you'll feel a button in front of the shift mechanism, hook your nail on the button and pull out, while it's pulled out you can shift the car into neutral without using the key or button. It's designed to release the park mechanism in case it has to be towed with a dead battery etc. I added diodes to the rear lights as no kit is available for the Explorers. Doing it this way requires no charge line or disconnecting the battery. Simply start and run the Explorer every 6 hours per the manual to re-fill the tail housing sump in the trans for lubrication. As I stated, towed over 10K miles this way without any issue and never a dead battery or a charge line. I do use a brake buddy too, again never any dead battery even after towing all day.
Good Luck !
You are exactly right sir, I wish I had know about that before I added the
battery disconnect switch. It is the secret door with the secret button LOL.
I could not find anything about that in the owners manual LOL.
I bet not too many people know about it either.
Thanks for the tip, every owner should know about it in case you ever have to be towed. Great find.
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Surprise, Surprise, Ford doesn't make a 2020 car or SUV that is flat towable. In fact, we couldn't find any 2020 car or SUV that could be towed flat. However, we continued looking for options, and we may have found a solution - but we would love to have confirmation from real live users. It seems that 2019 FWD (front wheel drive) Ford Explorers, with a 3.5 engine, can be towed with 4 wheels on the ground. Is anyone out there using a 2019 Ford Explorer as their tow car?
Have you see this guide? https://webcontent.goodsam.com/motor...inghyGuide.pdf

The 2020 version is not yet availalble, though.

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First of all, I've never heard of a FWD vehicle that is towable 4 down so I'd definitely check into the info you've received. Looking at pages 252-255 of the 2019 Explorers users manual, it seems you will need the 3.5l engine to flat tow. Amazingly, it says nothing about FWD vehicles so you might be good. One hassle is that you have to disconnect the negative battery cable.

I did however purchase a 2019 Ford Expedition with full 4WD (not 2WD or AWD). That is flat towable as I went through the user's manual and even put the transfer case in neutral before I took delivery. The process is not quite as simple as my Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the Expedition (I got the Max version) seats 8 people. The entire disconnect process is done in the driver's seat with no battery disconnect.

The 2019 Expedition has the 10 speed transmission and get 20 MPG so it may be a viable option to the smaller Explorer.

not following your fwd four down towable remark. there are many vehicles that are front wheel drive that are four down towable
our edge is one .


the 2020 explorer may not be four down.
but the 2019 is as its a whole different under carriage drive train from 2019
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