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.