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Old 05-23-2012, 08:14 AM   #11
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Bob, i was under the impression that the trans fluid on the 2007 explorer cannot be changed.
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:52 PM   #12
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jdorant,

If that's the case, it would be the first time I heard of it, but then again I'm always willing to learn something new.

I would call your Ford dealer and ask them...., let us know what they say.

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Old 05-25-2012, 11:05 AM   #13
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I have an 06 v8 Mountaineer. Same vehicle as the Explorer. The trans fluid can be changed in these units. I avoided using the cleaner additives in mine, as I didnt want the cleaners to knock something loose that may cause problems down the road. Just tell them you want the fluid to be exchanged only, no cleaners. See your Ford dealer, they have a flush machine to do this.

Also, if your tt weigfhs in at 6500 lbs, you are way, way over the tv tow limit. V6 Explorers/Mountaineers are only rated to 5000 lbs.
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Also, if your tt weigfhs in at 6500 lbs, you are way, way over the tv tow limit. V6 Explorers/Mountaineers are only rated to 5000 lbs.
According to my ford owners manual... with the type hitch I have with the WD bars, my GCWR for the vehicle weight is 12000lbs, trailer weight 0-7115 lbs. I am going in for oil change and new tires next week and will ask about the trans fluid change.

any recommendation on tires for the Explorer? I read somewhere E rated tires, not sure where or if that even what I already have. But they are old not necessarily worn out so I think new tires would be safer.
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:09 PM   #15
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http://trailmanor.com/WebDocs/Campin...ngPDF/2007.pdf

My v8 is rated at 12000 gcvwr. Check the link. Double check your om. You are way over your weight limit. I have never heard of any v6 Ex that is rated for that kind of weight. I am not the type to keep pushing an issue, but you will implode your trans if you continue towing. Keep in mind too, that when you tow a tt, weight isn't the only thing to consider. Wind drag is a huge factor. In fact I read somewhere that the trailer tow ratings of vehicles were going to be re-worked to accommodate this.

Again, not trying to be a know-it-all. Just trying to save you some really costly repairs. Look at it this way, now you get to go tv shopping!
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:45 PM   #16
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Yes, I agree. the V6 is only rated about 5,000 towing. Your trailer is about 4,200 dry. The V8 Explorer has a rating around 7,000.
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:31 PM   #17
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Tow vehicles have many tow ratings related to different aspects of the vehicle. The 5,000 lb rating may be related to type of hitch and vehicle attachment. You also have limits based on maximum axle weight and limits related to the engine and drivetrain. Your actual tow limit will be based on the LOWER of these various limits.
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I studied this vehicle (explorer/mountaineer) very extensively since I purchased mine a few years ago. I also work in the automotive industry very closely with ford dealers in all departments (sales, parts and service). I also spend some time on a ex/mountaineer website called Serious Explorations. That website, much like this one for rv'ing has provided me with invaluable info. Here is what I know about towing with these vehicles. These specs are for the 2006 to 2010 3rd generation vehicles.

V6 Ex, 1 1/4 hitch = 5 speed trans, no trans cooler, 3.55 gears, 3500 lb tow limit

V6 Ex, 2" hitch = 5 speed trans, trans cooler, 3.73 gears 5000 lb tow limit. The lower gears and trans cooler are what comprises the v6 tow package which allows it to tow 1500 more lbs.

V8 Ex, 2" hitch = trans cooler, 3.55 gears, 7060 lb weight limit. The v8 Ex has the higher FD gears, but has an extremely low 1st gear that gives it grunt out of the hole.
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One more thing to add and I will shut up, I swear! 2wd Ex/Mounties can handle about another 300lbs, because they weigh a little less. This is because the 2wd's lack the drivetrain at the front of the vehicle (transfer case, axles, etc.) that make it a 4wd.
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ok, so I am brand new at this and I appreciate all the feedback. It looks as though I was led to believe from my dealer that I could tow up to the 7,000lb range when in fact my vehicle is only rated to tow 5200 lbs. The dry weight of my TT is 4,655. So I am under if my TT is empty with no fluids in it. I did not plan on a new TV this year but it definitely is on the radar for the next year. Maybe sooner if I can work things out. My wife might not be too happy because she was supposed to get the next new car, and does not want a pickup truck. I hope I will be OK with my current TV for this year. We do not go out a ton, maybe 3 or 4 trips this summer and not very far so I will have to keep my fingers crossed this year.
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