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Explorer Towing Capacity

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by familytravel78, January 11, 2016.

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  1. Lewisra

    Lewisra Active Member

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    In general a weight distributing hitch(WDH) is encouraged when the weight of what you are towing is over half of your vehicle weight and a tongue weight that causes your vehicle to sag in the back when hitched up. In cases of a 3500lb boat the tongue weight is very small, most of the weight is distributed over the axles and towards the rear of the trailer. A WDH basically distributes the weight evenly over all axles.
     
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  3. peterk9

    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I was going to send you this in a PM (private message) but you have not enabled that in your profile. To get a good look at the hitch with the cover removed, check out this post; http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3523845&postcount=270

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    Ford is excellent at publishing towing guides. Pull one up for your year and it will tell you when it's appropriate to use a WDH. Sometimes there is also a little placard near the hitch receiver opening that will also give the max ratings with and without WD. I believe the cutoff is 2000lbs IIRC.
     
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    Do you have a link to find these guides?

    Thanks!

    Edit: Never mind.. i found it. http://www.fleet.ford.com/towing-guides/
     
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    Hello!

    My wife is about to upgrade from a 2013 Edge to a 2015 Explorer Sport.

    She has been wanting something that she could at least tow a small trailer or maybe a Seadoo so we decided to go with the Explorer Sport model.

    We have a 2001 210 Sea Ray which I pull with my 2013 F150 3.5L EcoBoost no problem.

    Wife asked if she could pull this boat with her new Explorer so I looked up the weight... rated at 3,400 lbs.

    Do you think it would be possible (But maybe not ideal) to pull the boat and trailer with her Explorer?

    I've never used a Weight Distribution Hitch but I did see them mentioned several times above.

    Also if anyone does this could you provide pictures of your setup with the boat attached for example?

    Thanks!
     
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    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Welcome to the Forum Splattered23.:wave:
    If the Explorer has the factory installed class III tow package then it should have no problems towing your boat. Ford recommends a weight distribution hitch (WDH) be used for towing anything in excess of 2000 lbs. The towing capacity is 5000 lbs. with the factory hitch.

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    Sorry slightly confused then... I can tow the boat with the factory hitch or I need the WDH to safely tow the boat? I may just be tired but I kind of read your reply both ways... haha
     
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    You probably need a WDH
     
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    Generally, not for a boat trailer. Most boat trailers have surge brakes, actuated by the coupler on the tongue compressing the cylinder. A WDH runs the risk of impeding brake function, by binding the coupler.

    Some WDH setups indicate they will work with surge brakes, some do not. The manufacturer of my boat trailer (Venture) prohibits their use.

    I tow a 5,500 lb. center console with my Touareg. No WDH is needed. The weight on a boat trailer is generally not on the tongue, it is balanced further aft, especially if tandem axle.

    For 3,400 lbs, it’s unnecessary.
     
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    Awesome thanks for the replies guys!

    Boat trailer does have surge brakes and it's definitely tandem axle.

    We will probably never tow the boat with the explorer but hey - in a pinch I won't be as worried now :)
     

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