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Old 10-09-2015, 06:53 PM   #1
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Towing a 2016 Ford Explorer?

I'm thinking of buying a new 2016 Ford Explorer to tow. I'm wondering if anyone is towing a 2016 year model? If so, what procedure do you use in order to setup and tow? I know the 2015 Explorers can be towed but not sure about the 2016 year models.

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Old 10-09-2015, 07:34 PM   #2
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I'm thinking of buying a new 2016 Ford Explorer to tow. I'm wondering if anyone is towing a 2016 year model? If so, what procedure do you use in order to setup and tow? I know the 2015 Explorers can be towed but not sure about the 2016 year models.

Thanks, Sammie
The online owner's manual for the 2016 Explorer says:

"Recreational Towing
Note:
Put your climate control system in

recirculated air mode to prevent exhaust
fumes from entering the vehicle. See
Climate Control
(page 129).

Follow these guidelines if you have a need
for recreational (RV) towing. An example
of recreational towing would be towing
your vehicle behind a motorhome. We
designed these guidelines to prevent
damage to your transmission.
You can tow your 3.5L EcoBoost or 3.7L
Duratec (6F50 or 6F55 transmission)
equipped vehicle with all four wheels on
the ground.
If you tow your vehicle with all four wheels
on the ground:
Tow only in the forward direction.
Release the parking brake."

There is more info that tells how to do it depending on whether you have keyless ignition or not. You can find the manual by searching for "2016 Ford Explorer Owners Manual." The info for recreational towing (4-down) starts on page 150.

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Just purchased the 2015 Explorer yesterday and still going through the learning curve. Basically put in aux and tow. I think I read that the 2016 wants you to disconnect the negative battery terminal???? Rumor! If so I would think that means loosing radio stations, clock, etc. I'd have a problem with that.
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Just purchased the 2015 Explorer yesterday and still going through the learning curve. Basically put in aux and tow. I think I read that the 2016 wants you to disconnect the negative battery terminal???? Rumor! If so I would think that means loosing radio stations, clock, etc. I'd have a problem with that.
Again, Rumor!

Nope! Not Rumor. I have a rented 2016 Explorer setting in my garage and have been reading the owners manual for towing and they do want you to disconnect the battery cable before towing.

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In our 2014 Ford Explore Limited we do not have to do that

It is all very simple - move through the gears a couple time then put it in neutral and put the car in Accessory mode.

Wrote an article about our setup earlier today

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