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Towing travel trailer with 2020 XLT

Skip Hood

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Hi all -

We got our 2020 XLT with the Class III tow package to tow our boat, and it does just fine. But the boat trailer has pretty simple requirements. Self-contained surge brakes and needs power from the connector only to the tail and signal lights. This past Summer we joined the RV crowd, and that introduces several issues new to me:

1. Need for an electric brake controller. The RV dealer installing the various additional bits needed for towing the travel trailer couldn’t find a prewired connection for a brake controller under the dash. Claimed he checked with the local Ford dealer and was told Ford didn’t put one in the 2020’s. Even with the tow package. I saw another recent thread showing where the controller connection could be found on 2020 ST’s. Do the XLT’s really not have one?

2. 12V power from the 7-way connector to charge the RV’s battery and run various accessories. A site I was on for RV backup cameras said they won’t work with Fords newer than 2017 because they had changed the 7-way connector to no longer provide the necessary 12V power. Anyone know more about this issue? And if it’s true, was it fixed in the 2020’s?

3. Transmission cooler. Seems like a good idea. Towing the RV obviously puts more strain on things than towing our boat. I can find no mention of a transmission cooler in Ford’s description of the 2020 Explorer’s Class III tow package. Just an engine oil cooler. Does anyone here know for sure whether there is one? If not, advice on adding one, either DIY or letting the pro’s doi it?

Thanks!
 


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Confirming the XLT does have the plug under the dash for the brake controller. I put a controller one on my XLT
 




Skip Hood

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Thanks, folks. On the transmission cooler issue, I was referring to an auxiliary cooler in addition to the system all automatic trans vehicles have, in my experience, that runs the fluid through the lower part of the radiator. Not clear in the thread mentioning trans cooler leaks which type they meant. So if anyone has info on that, I’d still appreciate hearing. Also on the 7-way trailer connector 12 V power feed issue.
 




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The factory towing package already has a larger capacity cooling system.
 




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Without trailer towing.​
14.1 qt (13.3 L)
With trailer towing.​
15.2 qt (14.4 L)
 








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