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Pic Request- Your Explorer Towing

Discussion in 'Tow Rig Forum' started by MountaineerGreen, January 22, 2007.

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  1. gijoecam

    gijoecam Village Idiot Elite Explorer

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    Towed my boat with it during the summers of 99 and 2000.

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    4650 lbs fully loaded, 300 lbs tongue weight, put the rear axle within about 200 lbs of the GAWR and actually reduced the weight on the front axle by about 400 lbs vs. unloaded. I'm not going to lie and say it pulled like a dream because it most certainly did not (not to mention I was blind to the rear) but I was within the manufacturers specs and it had surge brakes.

    The only time it gave me any issues was one time at the ramp. They were working on the parking lot and the ramp was covered in a gritty-sandy clay mixture. I pulled the boat out and stopped on teh ramp to double check that the boat was resting evenly on the bunks (the trailer guide would occasionally catch a chine on the inside of the tunnel). When I stopped, I heard what sounded like feet shuffling across pavement: Turned out the weight of the boat on the gritty ramp was dragging me back towards the water in a 4-wheel skid!!! :eek Dropped it in gear and headed for level ground. (and started launching out of a nearby marina with less grade to the ramp LOL!!)

    -Joe
     
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  3. Dannyboy

    Dannyboy Other Make & Models Mod Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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  4. Osangar

    Osangar New Member

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    My new camping set up.

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  5. section525

    section525 sextion525 Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Taking this big load to the dump! :cool:
     

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  6. rocket 5979

    rocket 5979 Resident Gearhead

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    Section I still cannot get over how sexxy your X is. Overall just clean and very nicely done.
     
  7. Hokie

    Hokie Hokius Maximus

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    I've posted this pic a few times now, but I still really like it :)

    (Maybe its b/c its an Explorer based vehicle towing a U-Haul, or maybe its just the Welcome to Colorado sign ;))
     

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  8. FROADER

    FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Not mine, but I took this yesterday.
     

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  9. ExploringNC

    ExploringNC Well-Known Member

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    Here is my camping setup
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  10. NorwegianFord

    NorwegianFord Member

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    Yesterday... Two horses and almost 1000 km home! Everything went just fine!
     

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  11. Hokie

    Hokie Hokius Maximus

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    That is a beautiful barn/stable. Is it yours?
     
  12. manaen

    manaen Well-Known Member

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    OK here are two of my tow setups, one is a 18ft utility trailer but it is at my BIL's house right now. Oh and there is a scrappy 4x8 utility that I use for garbage to the local landfill.

    The heaviest I towed with this vehicle is the popup it's GVW is 5100 but it weighs about 4900 with a full load of family crap! it is by far the biggest popup I've ever seen, and I don't see too many of them around, but it is has been a great camper.

    The trailer is a 5x10 utility that I use to pickup lumber and concrete for my home projects as well as many of my fishing/kayaking/float trips. It is my swiss army trailer. The heaviest load on it was 1 ton of Portland cement, It was a very short tow 4 miles to home so all is good.
     

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  13. NorwegianFord

    NorwegianFord Member

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    No, it's not our stable. It belongs to a horse trainer in the Oslo (Norway) area http://www.stall-hammersborg.com/. Our stable is smaller but will soon be as nice as his, we are renovating it this summer/fall and it's getting better and better... :)
     
  14. Jason94sport

    Jason94sport Well-Known Member

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    2 pics of mine. 5X8 trailer...
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  15. CougarX

    CougarX Well-Known Member

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    Kinda dark but this is the heaviest thing I've towed. 87 Grand Wagoneer. Trailer and all is probably around 5500# so somewhere between a 10k and 11k GCW :eek:

    Other then taking off from a dead stop (3.73s, a stick and 35s) it pulled great. I easily maintained 70 on the highway and had no handling issues at all. Stopping wasn't a problem (trailer brakes). I wouldn't pull it around town much unless I had lower gears (4.56s coming soon) but other then that it pulled a lot better then I expected.
     

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  16. CougarX

    CougarX Well-Known Member

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    Also pull the boat in the background regularly with the Sport Trac. 20' runabout, Approx. 4000# trailer and all. Also pulls great. Even stops fine with no trailer brakes (trailer has surge brakes but they don't work).
     

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  17. manaen

    manaen Well-Known Member

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    CougarX, I like your truck, very sexy, very clean lines. Best looking sport trac I've seen!!
     
  18. SVO

    SVO Moderator Emeritus/Doctor Moderator Emeritus

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    The ice chest from HELL!

    It had is own eco system growing in it. (evolution)






    Jeff - :navajo:
     
  19. ld50

    ld50 Oh, the money you`ll blow Elite Explorer

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    Starcraft RT 10
     

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  20. manaen

    manaen Well-Known Member

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    you should put some shackles on that thing to lift it even with your truck :D

    Very nice truck BTW...
     
  21. Maniak

    Maniak Moderator-Stock 91-94 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I did an SOA on my small trailer and have since installed 30" tires.

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    Its now the same height as the explorer.. just makes for interesting towing when someone borrows the trailer.

    ~Mark
     

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