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Old 04-09-2014, 11:43 AM   #41
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I'm looking at my vehicle sticker and it says I have Trailer Sway Control. Can someone explain this to me as it applies to my vehicle? Also, from what I've read, the tow package for my TV includes a transmission cooler. With this addition, does this sway anyone's opinion on me being able to pull a 16xrb into the mountains? I'm trying to remember, but I want to say there was a few spots where we go that had 6-7% grades. Thanks.
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:59 AM   #42
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Actually I was able to find out about the Trailer Sway Control bit. Any thoughts on the transmission cooler?
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:06 PM   #43
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The transmission cooler may not be adequate. Is it just the one integrated into the radiator or is it a separate unit?

Looking at the specs of the Explorer, I would say you are within limits to tow the 16XRB as long as you use WDH and make sure the frontal area is 40 sq.ft. or less. Load lightly and have fun! I can only say for the longer grades, you may struggle but if you keep the speeds down and keep it in a lower gear and use the engine power, you'll be ok.
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:17 PM   #44
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The transmission cooler may not be adequate. Is it just the one integrated into the radiator or is it a separate unit?

Looking at the specs of the Explorer, I would say you are within limits to tow the 16XRB as long as you use WDH and make sure the frontal area is 40 sq.ft. or less. Load lightly and have fun! I can only say for the longer grades, you may struggle but if you keep the speeds down and keep it in a lower gear and use the engine power, you'll be ok.
I want to say it's a separate unit but not 100% sure. I'll have to check it out when I get home tonight (wife has it at work) or call Ford. As far as the frontal area, is there a specific formula for a trailer? Or is as simple as height*width/12" = sq. ft? (I suck at math lol)
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I want to say it's a separate unit but not 100% sure. I'll have to check it out when I get home tonight (wife has it at work) or call Ford. As far as the frontal area, is there a specific formula for a trailer? Or is as simple as height*width/12" = sq. ft? (I suck at math lol)
Manufacturers will say that the factory cooling system will work fine, but heat is the enemy. Where heat is generated is when the transmission constantly shifts. That will most certainly occur towing the 16xrb on hills and in high winds. Of course you can mitigate that by slowing down a bit and keeping the trans locked in gear for longer periods of time. but I would say that since you are considering the larger trailer, an axillary cooler is cheap insurance.

You'll have to check with Ford about frontal area limitations. Sometimes manufacturers put in the manual, more often they don't.
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:41 PM   #47
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You'll have to check with Ford about frontal area limitations. Sometimes manufacturers put in the manual, more often they don't.
The towing guide suggests 40 sq. ft. Which seems almost impossible to find one that isn't a popup. If I'm doing the math correctly, the 16xrb is around 70sq. ft. 85"w (7.08')* 117"h(9.75') = 69.03 sq. ft. Unless Ford uses different #s somehow.
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Does the frontal area include the area directly behind the TV as the TV breaks the wind for that area or does it include the full front of the TT? I don't know but would like to in case we ever upgrade to a TT.

@DocBrown: Chuck, I checked the owners manual for my Trailblazer but couldn't find information about that. I know you used to tow your X20E with one. Any idea about frontal area limitations on the Trailblazer? I know I don't have a problem now with the popup but would like to know in case we decide to upgrade before we change tow vehicles.
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Yep, can't change the math. It is what it is. Sorry to hear that. All the other numbers work for you.

So what Ford is saying is that the vehicle can't handle towing a box down the road without causing excessive wear.

On the other hand, if your trips are short...

Doesn't Ford have some advertising showing a late model Explorer towing a travel trailer?

EDIT: @Scott, I could never find any info on it for the Trailblazer either. I'm sure there is a spec, but since those are full framed trucks I'm thinking its a reasonable number. Lots and lots of people tow travel trailers with GMT 360/370 series trucks. It towed the X20E like a dream when empty (4100# according to the yellow sticker), but really pushed the limits when loaded and with 3 adults in the truck.

Also my understanding is that its the full front of the trailer that's taken into account.
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Does the frontal area include the area directly behind the TV as the TV breaks the wind for that area or does it include the full front of the TT? I don't know but would like to in case we ever upgrade to a TT.
I have no idea. The towing guide doesn't specify. My explorer frontal area is about 42 sq. ft. Given that, if Ford only considers the area outside of my TV, then I'd be only 27 sq. ft frontal area. I'd be interested in knowing if this is correctly calculated.
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