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2016 Explorer XLT - Aftermarket Tow Install

Discussion in 'Tow Rig Forum' started by sier71, May 15, 2016.

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  1. sier71

    sier71 New Member

    May 15, 2016
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    2016 Explorer XLT

    I got a 2016 Explorer XLT with no tow package (didn't think about it when I got it). Now I want to install an aftermarket system. I read a few pages online and here, and it seems like these are the kits/parts I would need.

    CURT 13100 Class 3 Receiver Hitch - $113
    CURT 56172 Multi-Color T-Connector

    And I would have the option to get a fascia as well to hide it, but this isn't a big concern for me: GB5Z-17K835-BA

    Could someone please give some suggestions/advice, and tell me if I'm missing anything?

    PS: I know this doesn't include the mount+ball, but those are easy to get items.

    I've also heard about transmission coolers, but they seem too complicated to install.

    I plan on towing 1 or 2 jet-skis with this setup, short distance, 3-5 times / year.

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  3. thebrakeman

    thebrakeman Well-Known Member

    February 11, 2009
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    Without the towing package, I think you are limited to 2000 lbs. This would be for the trailer, jet skis, and any passengers and cargo you put in the Explorer (not including the driver).

    Will all of these items add up to 2000 lbs or less?
    Yes? Then the hitch and wiring for lights is sufficient.
    No? You need to add other components, like trans cooling.

    Look up the 2016 Ford Towing Guide
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  4. kai laxa

    kai laxa New Member

    March 5, 2019
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    Hi I just joined this forum and noticed that you had the same problem as me. I have a 2017 xlt 3.5 with no factory tow package. I have a travel trailer with a dry weight of 3500lbs. I installed these parts on the explorer to reach the 5000lbs towing capacity.

    1-Motorcraft SW6839 Instrument Voltage Regulator

    2-118272 Tekonsha T-1 T-Connector - 7 Wire

    3- 3035-P Tekonsha Brake Control Wiring Adapter with 2 Plugs

    5504 Draw-Tite Act IV Electric Trailer Brake Controller - Time Based

    5- Universal 4 & 6 Pass Dual Circuit Tube & Fin Cooler


    6- scanguage 2 to monitor trans, water and engine temps while towing
    Last edited: June 12, 2019

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