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Factory vs after market

Discussion in 'Tow Rig Forum' started by Svenn, May 31, 2017.


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    1. Svenn

      Svenn New Member

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      Been driving an Explorer since 2010. Getting close to pulling the trigger on an Explorer.

      Looking for one with a tow package. Are the factory install packages any better then the after market versions?

      Thx
      Russ in Naperville, IL
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Yes, new. Or perhaps a 2016.
       
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      If you are looking for another vehicle, you might as well find one with a tow package vs adding one. You'll save a lot of hassle from installing the lights and hitch.
       
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      if you're going to tow, you'll want an older explorer, imo trucks are trucks and cars are cars
       
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      If your 2010 is a V6, then moving to a newer model won't affect your towing ability very much. 2010 V6 was up to 5500 lbs with tow package, while 2011+ is up to 5000 with tow package. But if your 2010 is a V8 with the factory tow package, I recommend you keep it as a dedicated tow vehicle, and find another fuel efficient vehicle (if you need to) as your daily driver. V8 with tow package is a great tow vehicle, up to 7300 lbs.

      As far as factory or aftermarket, I'd always recommend factory if you can, especially if it's a matter of axle gearing or alternate radiators. If the components to be updated is only for trailer light wiring, additional trans cooling, or even trailer brake wiring, that not a big deal. Likewise for a class 3 receiver. Aftermarket is fine.
       
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      What are you looking to tow with it?
       

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