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    I know every explorer/ sport Trac owner is sick and tired of our tiny mirrors or wobbly aftermarket strap ons. Look no further, I found a combo that works and to toot my own horn it's brilliant. I ordered 2015 GMC 2500 tow mirrors off Amazon for about $80.. I had to cut the front bolt off...
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    Towing Newbie

    Hello All, I have a 2010 V6 Ford Explorer. My wife and I are looking at campers and I want to make sure we don’t get something too big or that we aren’t prepared for what we find. So please help. I have ordered this Class III to put onto my explorer...
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    2003 V8 4WD leaking transmission fluid after towed

    This is my favorite car I’ve ever owned. Yesterday, the starter went out (I think) because it wouldn’t crank or anything. (Tried jumping, swapping relays, no luck) So I called AAA to have them tow it to my house at lunch today, where I could jack it up and replace / troubleshoot the starter...
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    Bald to the Bone

    Hey folks. Long time lurker, first time poster.. Just trying to figure out an issue with our explorer which really feels suspect. Bought a set of 4 Brand new tires in January 2017. All good. In June 2017, I experienced steering issues (locking up) and found out that Ford had never issued a...
  5. skoville

    Wanted Need to get a Explorer unstuck.

    Went exploring and got good and stuck.. Back wheels near road fronts pointed down in sand. Pretty sure a decent 4x4 could get me back on road. Near Silver Springs, NV About 40 mi in.. I REALLY need the truck. Can anyone help ? Of course I would pay, Spent 2 days without any supplies. (for the...
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    Removing powered 3rd row seats

    I have an 06 LTD with powered 3rd row seats. I am thinking of removing them to save weight over the rear axle. I need to put about 500lb tongue weight on the tow hitch for a boat. 500lb is my limit without using a weight-distribution hitch, but my trailer is not compatible with WD hitches. So I...
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    Towing 5000lb with a 2006 V8 Explorer AWD without WD hitch

    I have a 2006 V8 limited with the tow package. According to my owner's manual, if I tow over 5000lb, I need a weight distribution hitch. I am getting a boat which, when fully loaded with fuel and fish, will be close to 5000lb. However, the trailer cannot handle the stress of a weight...
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    Moving up from an Escape

    Been driving an Escape since 2010. Getting close to pulling the trigger on an Explorer. Looking for one with a tow package. Are the factory install packages any better then the after market versions? Thx Russ in Naperville, IL
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    Adding towing after purchase

    I just bought a 2017 Ford Explorer that had everything i wanted except for TOWING. The dealer promised they could add it and said that it would take about 6 months for it to become available. I bought it with that assurance. Can anyone confirm that can be done - and if so, what they will...
  10. Rick

    List of Useful Threads Tow Rig Forum's Best Threads

    Summary; 02-05 Explorer Trailer Wiring Explorer Towing Capacities Trailer Brake Controllers Explained Frame Mounted Trailer Hitches Make sure you cross those safety chains How To: Installing a Transmission Temperature Gauge Transmission Temperature Gauge Leaf Spring Upgrade Axle Codes...
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    tow harness?

    I have a bad wire in my tow harness, traced it back to the middle of the cargo area but lost it from there, where does the tow harness com out at the front of the vehicle? any common problem areas i should check? the left turn works but the right is out. any relays or connections i should check?
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    Happy to be here on the forums. 4th Explorer!

    Hi. Very happy to be here on the forums. Have just recently purchased my 4th Explorer and I'm excited to learn more about this new vehicle and help contribute as well. I have a 2012 Explorer XLT fully loaded with Synch/ NAV, leather, V6 and all the other goodies. It's been a long road to here...
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    Tow Straps (Recommendations, Ideas, Suggestions)

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    Towing behind a Rental Truck?

    Dear fellow Ford enthusiasts, I have a '98 Mountaineer 5.0 AWD that needs to be towed from Texas to Colorado in a couple weeks. The plan is to rent a moving truck, with my Mountaineer on an auto transport trailer attached to the back of the rental truck. Problem is, Uhaul is charging...
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    Reciever hitch/ aftermarket fog lamps question

    I just bought a 2002 project explorer. It is the V6 XLT, and came with basically the base trim package for the exterior, and the completely pointless 1" receiver with 4-prong plug. My first question is... what does it entail upgrading to a factory 2" receiver with the bigger plug? Does the...
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    Safe to pull my Jeep with my Explorer?

    I have a '99 Explorer 4x4 with the 4.0 liter that my wife bought new. It's always been well maintained and taken care of and has always been there when we needed it. Last year I installed a Class III Curt hitch rated as follows: Gross Trailer Wt. = 4,000 Lbs. / Max Tongue Wt. = 400 Lbs. Wt...
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    Trailer Hitches and Towing- Expert Advice, Tips, Videos and FAQ's

    Towing is an important feature for any truck owner and having the right tools and information is critical to getting you and your payload safely to your destination. In this article, titled Trailer Hitches and Towing, we cover the basics and explore topics like brakes, wiring and installation...
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    Increase Tow Capacity

    I have a 2010 Sport-trac and I'm looking for ways to squeeze a little more tow capacity out of it. Right now it is 100% stock with a class III/IV hitch. I would like it up to the neighborhood of 8000 lbs.
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    Question... Does the 1998 Mountaineer need a tow hitch

    Hello All, This is my first post, so I apologize in advance if I duplicate a question that has been previously asked. I recently bought a 1998 Mountaineer. I need to tow a Uhaul trailer (5'x8'). I see the port/hole for the tow ball but I am not sure if I need to buy a tow hitch or if...
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    Did NOT get Factory Tow Package, Now What?

    We found a 2011 gently used! However, it did not have the towing package. I'd like to add a class 3 hitch for 5000 lb capacity and 7-wire harness. I'd love to make this look as factory as possible. Anyone been there, done that? How'd it go? What was used? Did you mod the rear...
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    Need trailer wiring help

    OK, no pictures yet - I'll get those later and edit this post. Ordered a Curt trailer hitch thru Amazon. $123 and signed up for the free trial of Amazon Prime, so got free 2nd day shipping. Arrived on time, had the hardware and install instructions. Let the exhaust cool down (at a friend's...
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    Curt Trailer Hitch/receiver

    OK, no pictures yet - I'll get those later today and edit this post. Ordered a Curt trailer hitch thru Amazon. $123 and signed up for the free trial of Amazon Prime, so got free 2nd day shipping. Arrived on time, had the hardware and install instructions. Let the exhaust cool down (at a...
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    Explorer Neutral Tow Kit

    I would like to flat tow my 2010 V8 4x4 Explorer behind a motorhome. Ford tells me that the Neutral Tow Kit (part# 6L2Z-7H332-A) has been discontinued. Is there another after market part available or any workarounds for this issue.
  24. Explorer Sport rear tow hook

    Explorer Sport rear tow hook

    Explorer Sport rear tow hook - with brackets, bolts, nuts
  25. Explorer Sport rear tow hook

    Explorer Sport rear tow hook

    Explorer Sport rear tow hook - with brackets, bolts, nuts