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Old 02-27-2013, 02:43 AM   #1
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Driving toad

Need advise. We just purchase our first mh, 2004 30' Tiffin, and are trying to set up our 2004 ford explorer as our toad and we think we know what needs to be done there, but our question? What needs to be done to the toad it make it now driveable once we reach our campground?
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Here is the 2004 Ford towing guide.

Is your Explorer listed there as towable?
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You need to give a little more info....Dolly tow...4 wheels down?
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:44 PM   #4
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We have a 2004 4-dr 4x4 auto Explorer v6 and it is on the list and we will be towing 4 on ground. We do know we will need the switch and have gotten a reply from Nick Russell with his instructions on how to install. We believe when we get to the campground and want to drive toad we should just either, need to start the car and put in drive or put in drive first then start . Seen simple but we have never done this or heard anyone bring this up. Thank for help.
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Turn on the switch before you start the car. I put my car in park, turn the switches on (3) and start the car. It starts without the switches on but things like xm radio do not work.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:11 AM   #6
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We tow that same vehicle. It is equipted with the Brakemaster and there is a switch that needs to be switched before driving. Other than that all should be OK to Drive.
The problem we had was running the battery down while towing it. I had an RV electric shop take care of that by removing the trickle charger from the battery pack of a car trailer and installing it permantly on the Explorers battery with the hot wire from the RV wired to it. I tried one of the solar chargers, purchased from Campers World. One that plugged into the cigar lighter. It did not work. They also wired in diodes for the tailights. There is a regimine that needs to be followed prior to towing to get the tranny into tow mode. It sounds as though you have that info!
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:18 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forum.

I'm not familiar with the switch that's being referred to, but my Explorer is a 2007 and has the Neutral Tow Kit installed. I have to depress the brake pedal while holding the 4x4 button down for three seconds. Then I get a light telling me it's ok to tow.

Nothing is required to drive the toad after towing. Just start it a drive.

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OP: Will it start in drive ??

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This is a little confusing I think this is what you are talking about.
How To Make A Ford Explorer 4x4 Dinghy Ready
D & D World Travel - Our Articles - How To Make A Ford Explorer 4x4 Dinghy Ready
Where you add your own LED for the neutral tow light and then you have to have someone program the neutral tow function in the Explorer computer. No switches just a led light.
When you are ready to disconnect put the transmission in park and start the engine.
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