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Old 10-10-2010, 12:11 PM   #1
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Help! 1999 Ford Explorer sport

We are new to RV life. Trying it out with a 1989 Southwind 36 ft A class. I want tow a 1999 Ford Explorer Sprt with Auto transmission. I was told we could disconnect something and tow 4 wheel down. I would rather not buy a different toad. However ??? Please tell me what can be done so I can safely tow my Explorer.

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Old 10-10-2010, 12:20 PM   #2
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Your owners manual is the best source of this information. Motorhome magazines annual towing guide is a commonly used reference too. 2005 Dinghy Guide but I just looked and it only goes back to 2002. You could call them to order an older version. You don't mention if you have 4x4 or not. In 2002 only the 4x4 can be towed and then only with the addition of a dealer installed neutral tow kit. I tow a 2007 4x4 Explorer with that kit so it sounds like things haven't changed much.

Others may reply with options such as kits to disconnect the drive shaft, etc but I don't really have direct knowledge of them.

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Old 10-10-2010, 08:22 PM   #3
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Unless you have the manual transmission model, you will need to install a drive shaft disconnect for that car. Or so it says on the Remco Towing website and they are practically the Bible for toads.

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Old 10-11-2010, 04:27 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info....I have been concerned that even with the disconnect it was not a good toad.....
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:25 PM   #5
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Here, click this link ( MotorHome Magazine : Dinghy Towing > 1999 SUVs & Pickups ) Says it is towable with the No Longer Available Ford Kit. However, I have a PDF that shows that the idiot light kit is only a light that lights up when you properly go through the Transfer Case Neutral Procedure. But the most important part (which is detailed in the PDF) for a Ford Dealer to "Re-Program" the ECM. Some will and some won't.

For a complete explanation and also a link to another site to get the PDF, go to this thread here -- Ford's Neutral Tow Switch
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