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Old 02-20-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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Question Ford Explorer?

I've been reading the threads, but I am still confused...

Is a 2010 Explorer with AWD towable 4 down? It would be good to know before I get too serious about a purchase...

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According to Motorhome Magazine's Dinghy Towing Guide, Yes with these special procedures:

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V-6: Only 4WD models with dealer-installed Neutral Tow Kit (part #1L2Z-7H332-AB) are towable
V-8: Only 4WD models with dealer installed Neutral Tow Kit (part #6L2Z-7H332-A) are towable.
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Well, perhaps I am ignorant of Ford's nomenclature. I haven't owned once since locking hubs...

Is AWD and 4WD the same thing in the Explorer???

My Silverado is 4WD and the Subaru is AWD (not towable) if you see what I mean.

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Well, perhaps I am ignorant of Ford's nomenclature. I haven't owned once since locking hubs...

Is AWD and 4WD the same thing in the Explorer???

My Silverado is 4WD and the Subaru is AWD (not towable) if you see what I mean.

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Don't think so. When we went looking for a vehicle we specifically told the dealer we wanted something we could tow behind our motorhome. They sold us an all wheel drive Mercury Mountaineer. After we got it home they called and said they had made a mistake and that it was not towable. We returned it and purchased a 4WD Ford Explorer. Probably the best source on how to tow vehicles is the Remco site just fill in the make, model, and year to see what can be towed and how http://www.remcotowing.com/vehicles
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..Is AWD and 4WD the same thing in the Explorer???

My Silverado is 4WD and the Subaru is AWD (not towable) if you see what I mean.

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YIKES! That's my mistake. My eyes saw AWD in the OP, but my brain registered 4WD. Yes, there IS a difference. MHM does not show AWD as being 4-down towable. Please disregard my previous post.

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OK thanks. I was concerned that would be the issue...

(wife's Subaru not towable because it is an automatic...)
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Generally AWD is not flat towable and must be towed on a trailer. Visit the REMCO towing site to get information on the towables and what has to be modified.

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Checked my 05' Toyota 4-Runner AWD and it listed it as "Trailer only" as far as a toad. They also listed the 4-Runners as 4WD and AWD but I thought from 03' and newer they were all AWD......?

Be very careful in buying your toad.....

From owning three 4-Runners (90" 4WD, 99' 4WD and 05' AWD) the AWD is far superior in winter driving......
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Here is the Ford Towing Guide - 2002 - 2011.
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I've towed 2 Explorers...a 2004 and our current 2008. They are 4WD. There is a rare AWD version that is not flat towable.

Make sure the Explorer is 4WD. The pre-2011 models need a dealer-installed neutral tow kit.
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The Ford 4 X 4 is towable. The AWD is not. If it has a 4x4 high 4x4 low button, it's towable but you can not get the neutral tow switch anymore. Ford doesn't carry it and there is no more but they still have it in the manual. You can add your own limit switch to make when you put it in neutral and it gets wired into the 4x4 controller. Then you have to have the Eprom flashed to enable neutral tow. It's a pain in the arse but it can be done. I've done it. The Explorers that have the column shift only has to be flashed. It already has the limit switch built in. Just the console shifts are like that.

The neutral Tow Switch that Ford sold for the 2005 and down was just a 12volt led that plugged into a green loose plug that is tied up under the steering column.
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