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Explorer as a towing package

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2017 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by oakjefferson, February 13, 2012.

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    1. oakjefferson

      oakjefferson New Member

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      Heart set on the Explorer but now I'm getting worried. Anyone have any thoughts on 2013 FWD with towing package hauling 4000lbs (including cargo and passengers) through BC mountains? I'm wondering if I should be looking at Acadia's or Durango's?
       
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      I wouldn't worry. It's well within spec.

      ...cue JDraper for Mustang towing response

      :D
       
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      Website shows max. trailer weight 5000 lbs for FWD V6.

      Peter
       
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      yeah, I've read the limit - just curious what others found as I saw some antecdotal stories about towing with this engine in hilly areas
       
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      Yeah..it will tow fine. As a certain individual above said, I've towed my Mustang behind it several times on a steel trailer through the mountains of Central PA with no problems. Trailer and car is right about 5k lbs.

      BTW, I have 4WD with the 3.5V6. I would highly recommend the 4WD if you're going to tow a bit.
       
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      4WD makes a difference for towing? I could see on the boat ramp getting out, but other than that, what effect would it have other than lowering my weight limit to account for the heavier drivetrain?
       
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      If you're gonna leave the pavement it'll be helpful, also remember that the more weight you put on the trailer the less weight will be on the front tires. FWD can tow more though, assuming you never leave clean pavement.
       
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      I'd imagine there will be some dirt roads. Nothing like a logging road, but your usual cottage access

      I'm not real familar with this stuff, can you explain the weight on the tires issue between the FWD and 4WD and it's impact on towing?
       
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      4WD is a an extra $2500, I don't want to grab it if not needed.
       
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      The 4WD also gets less gas mileage. Something to think about.
       
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      not too worried about that, the monthly impact would only be about $20
       
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      holy jeez, I was wrong - in Canada it's $3K for 4WD, that's insane.
       
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      4wd (it's really AWD) for the better traction in less than ideal conditions. It gives a better weight balance to the vehicle and allows for all 4 wheels to pull when necessary.

      I don't think having a second transaxle, PTO and rear driveshaft for $2.5-3k is that insane. If you drive it at all in adverse conditions (snow, mud, sand), it's definitely worth it.
       
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      I get 4WD verse FWD, what I don't get is how it helps with anything on towing?
       
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      JD, I caught a glimpse of the new AWD Fusion on a TV report from the Detriot autoshow and I could swear I saw an AWD badge on it. Perhaps Ford will get it all figured out sometime and put it on the Explorer as well.

      Peter
       
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      Sounds like I have a lot to learn about towing. Will need to do some practice pulls once we get the boat

      This is a good article for rookies like me -
      http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-...itches/towing-weight-distribution-systems.htm

      Does the AWD carry the extra weight on the front tires? I assume it's the rear in which case it won't help with braking. I've read a few people pulling on steep boat ramps with 11 and 12's FWD without a problem.

      Between a boat and trailer at 3,300lbs + at least 150lbs in the cargo space of the truck, does anyone thing I'll need the weight distribution hitch they're talking about in the article? Using their rule of thumb, the tongue weight should be 400lbs max (I can't find the number anywhere on line for the boat/trailer combo)
       
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      From my Experience towing my Mustangs, I didn't need the weight distribution hitch. This thing (except for the off the line acceleration) tows as well as my '05 Supercrew 5.4 did. I have zero complaints. I ran it at 65-70 mph through the Pocono mountains without problems. Very stable and predictable.

      BTW, if you're pulling a boat out of the water up a slippery ramp, the AWD will work far better than FWD. 4 wheels pulling vs. 2 wheels pulling is a no brainer.
       
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      JDraper, what sort of gas mileage were you averaging towing your Mustang around?
       
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      I was getting 11-13 mpg when towing.
       
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      I would suggest like everyone esle to get the 4WD, beefier suspension components and as a boat owner the FWD won't cut it. Asking for problems if you got a boat and you are solely relying on a already heavy suv to pull you up wards the ramp on a slippery surfice. One of the guys a while back stated he wish he would have gotten the 4WD since he had a rough time and also suffered the embarrassment of spinning the tires trying to get his boat out of the water too include get the EX up the ramp. Do yourself a favor and shell out for the extra AWD insurance.
       
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      Agreed, for towing boats in/out of water via boat ramps, AWD is preferred. Plus much of added cost will be recovered in resale value.
       
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      We have a 2011 AWD and are towing a 3800 pound travel trailer. Last summer we did the Edmonton to Calgary to Banff then through the mountains to Jasper. Towed no problem. Did not set any speed records but it did not have any problems through the mountains while maintaining highway speed. I would highly recommend the weight distribution hitch. It helps distribute the weight from the back axle and onto the front. Maximum tongue weight should never exceed 10% of the total tow capacity (500 pounds). Looking at your original message about towing in the BC mountains I would go with the AWD. During the winter the AWD is excellent if you do need to get through the snow. Ryan
       
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      AWD and weight dist hitch sold. Thanks for the help everyone
       

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