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Old 09-22-2017, 08:09 PM   #1
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I just purchased a 2006 Explorer Eddie Bauer with 4WD and V8 engine. I ordered Ford Part #:*1L2Z7H332AB the neutral tow kit but don't know what I need on both the motorhome side and the car side to be able to tow. My 2000 Winnebago has a standard trailer hitch on it.

Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:40 PM   #2
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I just purchased a 2006 Explorer Eddie Bauer with 4WD and V8 engine. I ordered Ford Part #:*1L2Z7H332AB the neutral tow kit but don't know what I need on both the motorhome side and the car side to be able to tow. My 2000 Winnebago has a standard trailer hitch on it.

Any help would be appreciated!
First you must know the towing capacity of your MH, next you must know the weight of your Explorer. Both of these are required prior to purchasing a tow bar(assuming you intend to tow 4-down).
Now these weights are not an end-all, you must also know the actual weight of your MH after it's loaded-up ready to go camping, same for Explorer loading condition.
After this you may go shopping for a tow bar from an informed position.
It is better to have a reserve capacity in the tow-bar setup; that is for instance, say your Explorer weights 5,000#, you do not want to buy a tow-bar with a maximum capacity of 5,000#, this would mean your are taxing the tow-bar to its safe working limit continually.
As to what brand of tow-bar, I would not rule out any of the major brands, of which there are about five. I have had great luck with Blue Ox and Roadmaster, the only ones I've owned and used, but there are 3 more major brands I have never used.
Good luck with your endeavors!
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Thanks for your advice I will check with those companies.
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Old 09-23-2017, 06:11 AM   #4
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Before you get any gear, you should determine if you can tow the Explorer with your coach.

The label on your coach will list the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), and the GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating). If I'm not mistaken, the GVWR will be 20,500 pounds and the GCWR 26,000 pounds. The difference between the two is 5,500 pounds.

The hitch label or your owner's manual will list the hitch rating. I'm going to assume a hitch rating of 5,000 pounds.

A Google search for the Explorer model you have indicates a "curb weight" of 4,707 pounds. NOTE: It seems as if cars weigh more than their published curb weights, even when empty.

The summary:

If the Explorer weighs under 5,000 pounds,
and GCWR - GVWR exceeds 5,000 pounds,
and your coach weighs no more than 20,500 pounds when loaded,
you can safely tow the Explorer.

Otherwise, no can (safely) do.

Prudence would dictate weighing the Explorer before adding tow equipment. Also, weighing the coach in loaded condition is a wise idea, especially if you have not done it before.

If everything passes the weight test, the equipping amounts to:

1) Toad baseplate
2) Toad lighting system
3) Toad braking system
4) Towbar (with all the appurtenances)
5) Additional/reworked coach wiring if needed (e.g., 7-pin connector if needed, 12V charge line for toad battery, if needed/desired)

There are lots of iRV2 threads giving recommendations for equipment. Read them, and you'll see how frequently names and models come up.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Sorry I can't help with your question. Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Great information and thank you all for your help. I will do more research as suggested and have all winter to get it done.
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