Why is that? I cannot be that much more expensive to have all of them with the Class III. To me personally a class I or II is useless.
Same here, my wife fell in love with one that only had a class II hitch and I refused to buy it because of the stupid way to get myself a class III hitch. We ended up with an '02 V-6 that had the towing package. We are happy with it, but I think that 99% of the explorers that I see have the class II hitch on them.My observation is the opposite and it appears to be supported as Class 3 hardware was/is an option. I agree that Class 1 and 2 are very limited. When shopping for a new truck in '02 I visited several dealerships seeking a vehicle with Class 3 capabilities. The vast majority of trucks had Class 2 hardware. Further, of everyone I knew with Exps, the same held true....whether V6 or V8. One buddy wanted to upgrade (after his purchase) to a Class 3 receiver and he was told the only option was to bolt the Class 3 setup directly underneath the existing receiver...IMO, it was very unsightly.
Feature write-up for 2003 Exps (Same is true for '10):
"Towing capability comes built-in. The standard receiver hitch, which is part of the rear frame, offers Class II towing capability of 2,000 pounds to 3,500 pounds, depending on engine and drivetrain. An upgraded towing package provides Class III/IV towing capability of up to 7,300 pounds when properly equipped."