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Towing Question - Travel Trailer

mattyk6

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2005 Explorer XLT 4x4 4.0l - no towing package except 2" hitch, so it has the 3.55 gears.

Towing Capacity of Explorer: 3380 lbs
Dry weight of trailer: 2780 lbs
Max weight of trailer: 3500 lbs

We plan on using a weight distributing hitch and a sway control, and adding a aux tranny cooler. And the trailer does have electric brakes.

This trailer will only be used on local trips, flatland, max distance of 150 miles. Water will be added at the campground. And the water would weigh 200 lbs, so we will be under the max, but kinda close.

What do you guys think?
 




RSTX

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Don't push/strain the engine and you should be fine. IOW, don't try to tow it at 80 mph uphill in OD. You might consider turning off OD and running in 4th gear when cruising. That will reduce the strain on the tranny. You'll want to have the transmission and rear differential serviced regularly to keep the fluid fresh.
 




FordLover

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Are you saying you installed the 2" reciever, or it came with it?

If you have the non tow package explorer with the 1.25" hitch, your truck is limited to 3500 lbs, minus a little for the 4x4, and rear air/seat like you say.
Also what is the tongue weight of your trailer, I think the your truck is limited to 300 lbs.

Keep in mind that your going to be pushing your limit, so you'll put more strain/wear and tear than you would if you were more idealy equipped.
 




mattyk6

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OD would be off when towing and everything is pretty flat where it would be towed. Max speed is 55 between home and the camping areas that would be used, plus there are a lot of curves, so speed would be less a lot of times.

The dealer swapped the 1.25" hitch for the 2" hitch as part of the purchase. The Ex is limited to 300 lb tongue weight, but when using a weight-distribution hitch, the tongue weight goes up to at least 500 lbs.

Thanks guys. Still not sure if we will purchase this trailer or not. Am not 100% sold on the layout.
 




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