Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

Anybody towing a long trailer?

Discussion in 'Tow Rig Forum' started by 2010Eddie, January 10, 2019.

  • Searches ExplorerForum.com
    1. 2010Eddie

      2010Eddie New Member

      Joined:
      February 16, 2013
      Messages:
      17
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      City, State:
      Monroe, NJ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2010 Explorer
      I have a 2010 V8 tow package (rated about 7,200 lbs). I currently tow a 26' (tounge to tip) Rockwood 2504S Travel Trailer that's about 4,600lbs dry. Figure 5,600 with accessories, cargo, passengers, etc. I have an E2 weight distributing anti-sway hitch....it's the knockoff of the Equalizer system. And my trailer has independent torsion suspension which is supposedly better than the traditional leaf spring systems. My truck/trailer combo tows beautifully. Handles the weight well and minimal problems with trucks and cross winds on the highway.

      We're looking to upgrade to a bigger trailer....possibly something in the 30-32 foot range about 5,500 lbs (about 6,500 with all cargo etc). I'm not too concerned about the weight difference, but moreso on the length. Does anybody have experience towing a travel trailer this long with an explorer? Doesn't seem like 1,000lbs and 5 feet would make a HUGE difference, but just hoping I don't regret it where sway will become an issue. I will be using the same hitch setup. Unfortunately, the trailers I'm looking at don't have the torsion bar suspension, but they do have the "Wide Stance" setup where the axles are spaced a little further apart....it's supposed to make it more stable on the highway.

      If you have experience with a larger trailer, let me know!! Thanks.
       
    2. Support EF

      Join the Elite Explorers for $20

      Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.


      to hide adverts.
    3. 96firephoenix

      96firephoenix Active Member

      Joined:
      March 14, 2015
      Messages:
      608
      Likes Received:
      47
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Indianapolis, IN
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2002 Ford Explorer XLT
      The explorer is an awfully short wheelbase for that long of a TT. I've towed that much weight with the explorer (without WD hitch tragically) and it handled it mostly OK, but I wouldn't do it again, certainly not with any significant hills.

      Keep in mind with the wide axle spread, you lose a significant amount of maneuverability at low speeds.

      I've towed leaf spring and torsion bar trailers before, but never even close to the same weight class, so it's hard to compare one to the other pound-for-pound. The torsion bar setup seemed to bounce around a lot less though.
       

    Share This Page







    We Support Our Troops!