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Old 09-06-2016, 11:20 AM   #11
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He quoted a 7300lb towing capacity though. Guessing the WD hitch makes that happen. Just going off what was posted though. Great thing about having a backup TV is you aren't married to the explorer if it isn't the right choice for every trip..
7300 is for the 4.6 with 3.73 axel

he has a 4.0 and although he hasn't said so I would guess the 3.55 axel
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Old 09-06-2016, 11:24 AM   #12
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He quoted a 7300lb towing capacity though. Guessing the WD hitch makes that happen. Just going off what was posted though. Great thing about having a backup TV is you aren't married to the explorer if it isn't the right choice for every trip..
Go back and look at the figures I posted They were copied from Trailer Life towing guide for the 2002 model year.

His only major Dilemma is wanting to tow his TT with the explorer.
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Old 09-06-2016, 11:28 AM   #13
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Go back and look at the figures I posted They were copied from Trailer Life towing guide for the 2002 model year.

His only major Dilemma is wanting to tow his TT with the explorer.
No problem, I was using his data, not Trailer Life's. If he's over his GCWR sitting in the driveway, it's a no starter.
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Old 09-06-2016, 11:42 AM   #14
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Copied from the 2002 Explorer Owners Manual


Trailer towing table (4x4 w/manual transmission)
GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating)/Trailer weights
Engine
Rear
axle
ratio
Maximum
GCWR-kg (lbs.)
Trailer weight range-kg
(lbs.) (0-Maximum)
4.0L SOHC 3.73 LS 3 175 (7 000) 0- 1 134 (0-2 500)
Notes: - For high altitude operation, reduce GCW by 2% per 300
meters (1 000 ft) elevation. For definitions of terms used in this table
and instructions on how to calculate your vehicle load, refer to Vehicle
loading in this chapter. Maximum trailer weights shown. The
combined weight of the completed towing vehicle and the loaded
trailer must not exceed the GCWR.
Towing a trailer over 1 588 kg (3 500 lbs.) requires a weight
distributing hitch.
4x4 w/automatic transmission
GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating)/Trailer Weight
Engine Rear axle
ratio
Maximum
GCWR-kg
(lbs.)
Trailer weight
range-kg (lbs.)
(0-Maximum)
4.0L SOHC/4.6L 3.55 3 632 (8 000) 0-1 589 (0-3 500)
4.0L SOHC 3.73 LS 4 540 (10 000) 0-2 497 (0-5 500)
4.6L* 3.73 LS 5 262 (11 600) 0-3 178 (0-7 000)
Notes:-For high altitude operation, reduce GCW by 2% per 300 meters
(1 000 ft) elevation. For definitions of terms used in this table and
instructions on how to calculate your vehicle load, refer to Vehicle
loading in this chapter. Maximum trailer weights shown. The
combined weight of the completed towing vehicle and the loaded
trailer must not exceed the GCWR.
*-When towing maximum loads under high outside temperatures and/or
on steep grades, the A/C system may cycle on and off to protect the
engine from overheating. This may result in a temporary increase of
interior temperatures.
Towing a trailer over 1 588 kg (3 500 lbs.) requires a weight
distributing hitch.
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Old 09-06-2016, 12:26 PM   #15
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I was using the online copy of the Ford manual: https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources...s/2002_All.pdf


Page 22. Misread.

7,300# is for the V8 + WDH.

As equipped, it appears I have a 3,500# or 5,500# tow limit, depending on which axle ratio in in my truck.

So, with a 4,300# trailer (plus the weight of making it useful), I am either over the limit of the Explorer or too darned close for safety.

Thank you all so much!

No questions asked anymore. I have to tow with the F-350.

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I knew when I read your first post in this thread that you were on a fools mission. Especially when I looked at the gross rating of the TT.


You should have looked at page 22 of the ford manual
https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources...s/2002_All.pdf
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I knew when I read your first post in this thread that you were on a fools mission. Especially when I looked at the gross rating of the TT.


You should have looked at page 22 of the ford manual
https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources...s/2002_All.pdf
I did misread that exact page!

No more dilemma!

The 1.25" hitch and 4-pin connector remain. The limits of that hitch will be the official limits of my Explorer from here on out!
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Towed a pop-up with an Explorer. Would not tow your 19RD with it (we have the same model).
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I did misread that exact page!

No more dilemma!

The 1.25" hitch and 4-pin connector remain. The limits of that hitch will be the official limits of my Explorer from here on out!
I have a small utility trailer for sale Maybe the explorer can handle it but depends on the axel rating
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I have a small utility trailer for sale Maybe the explorer can handle it but depends on the axel rating
I already have a box trailer and medium duty utility trailer that I built from a boat trailer that don't use.

Thanks anyway.
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