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Old 12-17-2010, 08:18 AM   #1
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Towing a 23K with Ford Explorer V8


I'm a new trailer owner, tower and new to the forum. I'd just like to start by saying that I've found this site very informative.

My wife and I purchased a 2011 Jayfeather 23K in the fall. The dealer has agreed to store it for the winter for free. However, now begins the search for a towing vehicle.

We would like a SUV, and not a truck. So, right there, our choices are fairly limited. We looked at a few makes and models and it seems that we're going to go for a slightly used 2009 or 2010 Ford Explorer V8 [really disapointed in the new 2011, but that's a story for another forum]. The V8 is rated for about 7300lbs and the trailer is 5900lbs (full).

Does anyone have any experience with this combination, or similar combinations? I'm pretty certain that I'm ok, but just curious if anyone has experience with these combinations?

Anyone else have a 23K? How has it been to you? Anything I should know?


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Old 12-17-2010, 08:49 AM   #2
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Greetings fellow Canuck welcome to the group...

You can also look at the GM Suburban its based on the truck platform and much more suited to towing.. I think Ford ex'ed the Expeditions. You do not want a tow vehicle with a short wheel base.. the trailer will make it move at times...
I think you have done it right getting the trailer first now matching a tow vehicle to it. Many of us subtract 10-15% of a vehicles published tow rating for an extra safety margin

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Old 12-17-2010, 08:51 AM   #3
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I can't think of any reason you would have trouble towing the 23K with the Explorer. I will recommend weight distribution and sway control equipment though. Better safe than sorry.

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Old 12-17-2010, 09:22 AM   #4
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I towed a 3700 lb. trailer with a 2000 Explorer. It probably weighed 5000-5500 lbs. loaded. The Explorer had a 6 cylinder with the tow package. The combination was okay.

My biggest complaint was sway. When we got passed by a semi or bus, we knew it. I think the newer models are wider, so that should help with the sway. I would invest in sway control if I were you.

Climbing up hills wasn't bad. It had a 4.1 back end, which helped. With the V8 you should be fine.

I say do it, just be aware you will be passed on grades andthe ride might not be as comfortable as you want it on windy days.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:24 AM   #5
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Welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum NathanChev! Lotsa Jayco knowlegable and tt towing informative members here and all are willing to answer questions or share their experiences! Glad you could find us
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:42 PM   #6
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You will be just fine with the EX v8. I have an 06 Montaineer (same vehicle) with the 4.6 v8 and tow package. My TT is a 19 foot jayflight that maxes out at 6200 lbs.. I have towed with this combination several times and she pulls like a champ. Now granted your tt is 4 feet longer, but the weights ar about the same. Just get the appropriate sway control and WDH and you will be very happy with your decision. As an added bonus, theese vehicles also offer 7 passenger room, same as the big boys.The Ex/ Mtr. is a very capable TV for this size tt. You dont need to get something as big a s a Tahoe or Expedition if you dont want to. Go to this site as well. tons of inf here. -

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Old 12-24-2010, 03:22 PM   #7
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I know I'm one of the big boys in the crowd...

But hauling my Jayco Eagle 29 footer home with a 2002 Dodge Cummins was like the trailer really wasn't there. I had more than enough power for even bigger TT...

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Old 12-25-2010, 01:52 PM   #8
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The Explorer with a V8 should pull that trailer very well. Just make sure that you have a good brake controller and WD/sway setup and you'll be fine. No need for a bigger vehicle if you don't want one.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:56 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the comments!

Spoke with my Ford dealer and seems that V8s are rare these days! Let's hope they get their hands on one by May.

Happy New Year to all!

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Old 04-24-2011, 09:10 PM   #10
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Hi nathanchev, I own a 23K jayfeather and I tow with a 2007 avalanche with a 5.3 v8 with tow package and trans cooler. The trailer feels lighter then the weight in the book, until you get to a hill, then you feel it. I think a ford v8 should be ok, just make sure the T V has a trans cooler on it, or price to have one put in, you will be glad you did. hope I could help. Happy camping!

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