Originally Posted by nathanchev
Since I've notice recent activity on this thread, just wanted to provide an update on my situation.
We ended up buying an Explorer last spring. We've towed over 7000km in the last year and I'm very pleased with it. The only complaint that I have is going up steep hills. Aside from that, no white knuckles for this first time tower. No sway issues and braking is fine as well. Gas consumption is also what is to be expected (about 23 to 25 litres/100 KM OR 12-11MPG for the Americans. At today's gas prices, that's about $100 for 2.5 - 3 hours of highway driving).
Glad to hear your combo worked well for you.
I'm pulling a 3,700 lb TT with a Chevy Silverado that has a max tow rating of 4,700 lbs. On level or moderate grades you don't know the TT is there. On long, steep inclines it will down shift a run 2,500 ~ 3,500 rpm to hold speed then back down to about 1,800 rpm or so when getting back to level.
What range of transmission temperatures are you seeing?
Last week on an 85 ~ 90 degree day I was running 185 to a peak of 195 going 60 ~ 65mph on various grades with A/C running.