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Old 06-05-2011, 07:33 PM   #1
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Mercury Mountaineer 4-down?

I just read the thread about the Ford Escape. In February the service manager of a MH dealership told me that I could tow my '05 Mountaineer 4-down. That was a surprise to me, since my car is AWD. I checked one of the big name companies, and they did, indeed, list my car as possible as long as I put one of their kits in it. Saturday I talked to a former tow truck driver who said that those kits for my car don't really do the job, since the MH blocks the airflow to the trans cooler. Today I talked to the owners of a Winnebago Journey, and I noticed that the exhaust is right in front of a toad. That heat can't be any good for the toad, can it?

So here's my question. Can I safely tow my Mountaineer 4-down, or should I look for another vehicle if we decide to go the MH route?

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Old 06-06-2011, 11:30 AM   #2
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Howdy David, (thatz a good name; my middle)
I have a 1994 Mountaineer with my wheel-chair-lift on it.. It's auto/OD..
It would help me a whole lot, if it works for you maybe it would work for me.

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Old 06-06-2011, 12:53 PM   #3
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i believe if you check the owners manual the AWD units are NOT towable 4 down.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:38 PM   #4
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That's what the owner's manual says, but Remco says they have a kit for it. Hence my question. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with the Mercury Mountaineer or the Ford Explorer (same car). I'd hate to spend the money on the Remco kit and then find that it really doesn't work, and end up destroying the transmission on the Mercury.
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Old 06-10-2011, 04:54 AM   #5
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What Remco said is flat towing with a 4 wheel drive is possible with a factory neutral switch kit is installed. These kits have been discontinued by Ford quite a while ago. Remco lists no product,that I can find, for this purpose. This is why we just traded our 2000 Mountaineer for a Chevy Equinox.
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