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2018 Explorer Sport - Towing a Travel Trailer

Discussion in 'Tow Rig Forum' started by jbb0177, February 5, 2018.

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  1. peterk9

    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    The towing guide shows 5000 lbs under the heading "Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight". I believe what you are referring to is called the GVWR.

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    Those are quite interesting, no dealers in northern Canada tho. I have been taking into account gear and all that, with the max that trailer should have is around 3900, which sticks us under the 5000 limit. My main concern is road manners with a full-size camper. We had a tent trailer before and I will not be looking at another, just didn't like setting it up to get in and grab something or to pack it up.
     
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    If you are going to be towing a lot, or very far, or in extremely hilly areas I’d step it up to the Expedition.
     
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    On the escape we had a reese friction wd hitch,(Reese 66153 | FREE SHIPPING CANADA |Reese SC Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control similar to this) made a world of difference towing our large tent trailer(i think it was like 20ish feet, was a big one) I towed it once without the hitch and refused to until we got the hitch. Everyone stares at you cuz it is quite noisy when you turn around, but made a world of difference towing.
     
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    It is true that I had to go to Tacoma to get mine. Opening it to get something can be a bit of a pain, but they are easier to open up than a canvas popup. Undo latches, pull the shells open, then walk in. Another minute to set up the interior to use the washroom.

    A full size trailer is definitely more convenient, but I didn't have room in my driveway for one, so this was my best compromise.


    Peter, what you really want to find is GCWR (gross combined weight rating) and the GAWR (gross axle weight rating). For the 2019 4WD V6 Ecoboost, the GCWR is 10400 lbs. The curb weight of a 2019 Explorer is 4458 lbs, but I cannot find the GVWR for an Explorer. If you subtract the curb weight from the GCWR, you will get 5942. This will be the total extra weight that the Explorer can handle, but not necessarily tow. They say you can tow up to 5000 lbs, which leaves 942 lbs left for the Explorer. A full tank of gasoline is about 120 lbs, 5 170 lb adults can add 850 lbs which adds up to 970 lbs. This may not be a likely scenario for you, but it illustrates that you could stay within the 5000 lbs limit for the trailer, and still be overloaded depending on how much you put in the Explorer. Likewise, it is also easy to overload the axle.

    So, I would pay more attention to the 10400 GCWR than the 5000 lb towing limit. Just remember to subtract the weight of the Explorer and all the people/gear.
     
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    Properly equipped, the NA V6 can tow the same as the TT.
     
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    Yup.
     
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    The NA v6 can tow as much, as in safety stop, but will be way less enjoyable to tow with, especially in hilly terrain.
     






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