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Old 11-17-2011, 02:55 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a Jay Feather ultra light between 4000-5000lbs. Will the Explorer adequately tow it? Should I add the transmission cooler? Thanks.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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I towed one for years with a Jeep Grand Cherokee (4.0 straight 6)-- all I added to it was a axillary transmission cooler. It pulled... ok. I usually was white knuckled when a big rig went by, and going up steep grades was nerve racking and on the slow side. We could not run the AC either. It'd take me hours to unwind from the trip. After upgrading to a strong 1/2 ton I would never go back to a 6.

IMHO and speaking from experience I'd say... IT can, but you may not want to.
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:11 PM   #3
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I towed one for years with a Jeep Grand Cherokee (4.0 straight 6)-- all I added to it was a axillary transmission cooler. It pulled... ok. I usually was white knuckled when a big rig went by, and going up steep grades was nerve racking and on the slow side. We could not run the AC either. It'd take me hours to unwind from the trip. After upgrading to a strong 1/2 ton I would never go back to a 6.

IMHO and speaking from experience I'd say... IT can, but you may not want to.
My thoughts exactly JPBeck
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Looking to buy a Jay Feather ultra light between 4000-5000lbs .....snip
Guitarmanrlk,

Welcome to the Jayco forums.

Just a heads up on trailer weights, ignore dry and UVW weights, focused on potential "loaded" weights or the GVWR of the Jay Feather you look at.

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I have just bought a 24rks at 5035 lbs. My Explorer is rated at 7200 lbs and I have been towing a 4585 uvw Salem without any issues in the Pacfic NW mtns. I will have a good anti sway Equal-i-zer, but am still abit apprehensive. ,hoping I don't have to upgrade to a Expedition. Any thoughts?
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Don't want to hijack the orginal OP but a 6 Cyl might have issues with 5000
lbs uvw.
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Bccber,

Welcome to the Jayco forums.

As I mentioned to the OP, ignore dry or UVW's because we don't tow empty TT's to the CG.

Well, the first surprise is that your Explorer's "actual" tow rating is less than 7,200lbs.. The following forum sticky will shed a little light on "actual" tow ratings: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=3866

Since you already have the Explorer and 24RKS, the only way to take the guessing out of the discussion is to make a visit to your local CAT scale, time to work with "real" weights. The following forum sticky will walk you through the CAT scale weighing process: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=3871

The CAT scale results will provide you with a lot information confirming the compatibility or your TV and TT combination. Feel free to start a new forum thread with your results and we can worked through them with you.

Hope this helps.

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Don't want to hijack the orginal OP but a 6 Cyl might have issues with 5000
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Don't tell that to FORD-- their V-6 EcoBoosts are rated to tow 11,000 lbs...
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Drop the 3.5l Ecoboost in there and you could pull it no problemo and then some!

4x2=11,300lbs
4x4=11,200lbs

Not sayin I'd pull that much but that's what it's rated.
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Don't tell that to FORD-- their V-6 EcoBoosts are rated to tow 11,000 lbs...
The Eco-boost and the 4.0L are no comparison.
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