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Old 08-01-2016, 09:03 PM   #1
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2016 Ford Explorer/22FB Sport Combo

I know there is a lot of discussion on this forum regarding tow vehicles and what appears to be the necessity that the tow vehicle "must be a truck".

I've owned my combo as stated above for nearly 6 months now and have pulled the trailer close to 3000 miles with my Explorer equipped with the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 290 hp engine, 4wd, and tow package.

I live in western Montana and "all my towing" has been in the mountains. I've crossed the "continental divide" four different times, plus several "passes" in both Glacier and Yellowstone Parks. The Explorer has handled the trailer with "flying colors". Average mileage 13.5 to 14.5.

The vehicle is equipped with the tow package, electronic anti sway control, and the electronic brake control. The trailer has the required "equalizer hitch and mechanical anti sway device.

The ride is very stable, large trucks on the interstate don't upset the ride nor do head/or cross winds with 20 mph gust.

My only point in starting this thread is to say to others who are considering AS trailers in the 5000# range that this SUV is a good option. A daily driver, kid hauler and tow vehicle combined.

The vehicle generally speaking has two adults and two young children on board along with an assortment of camping accessories and a generator.

I've weighed the combination at a local CAT Scale on more than one occasion. My weights have always been close "but under" all weight ratings.

It's a good choice. Hope this is helpful info.

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Old 08-06-2016, 12:49 PM   #2
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I have a 2017 22FB and a 2015 Explorer Sport with the 3.5L EcoBoost. I am very pleased with the performance and how well the camper pulls.
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Old 08-06-2016, 05:29 PM   #3
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Thanks for the information. Do you have any pictures of your rigs? I'd like to see them. Do Explorers have a transmission temperature gauge?
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:25 PM   #4
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Thanks for the information. Do you have any pictures of your rigs? I'd like to see them. Do Explorers have a transmission temperature gauge?
There's not a separate "tranny temp gauge" but there is a "display option" to show the temp gauge.
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Old 08-06-2016, 07:44 PM   #5
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Very nice looking combo. As long as you know what the temp is, what is the temp when pulling a hill?
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Old 08-07-2016, 02:58 PM   #6
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Very nice looking combo. As long as you know what the temp is, what is the temp when pulling a hill?
As you may recall from original post all my towing to date has been in western rockies. During my latest trip the outdoor temps were in the mid 90's. The temperature gate "stayed" at the same level when not towing. This being just below the midpoint on the scale.

My vehicle has the option of getting an "evaluation" or "vehicle heath report" whenever I desire. The report gives the states on oil life and other fluids, brakes, etc. I've run this report a number of times while towing and noting changes. It's as if towing the trailer is a "non-issue" as far as the car is concerned. Needless to say I'm really pleased with the set up.
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Old 08-07-2016, 05:15 PM   #7
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Sounds good thanks for the feedback
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Old 08-02-2017, 11:53 PM   #8
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Use of tow feature and sway control on Ford Explorers

Questions to the seasoned Ford Explorer owners, do you enable the tow feature which controls transmission performance all the time while towing, or selectively. If slectively, when do you turn it off? Also do you turn off electronic sway control on the Explorer if you are using a mechanical sway control system on the hitch a frame?

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As long as your tow rating is high enough for the tv, go for it. Looks like a great combo, since you've already proven it can work.
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I hope you Ford Explorer owners have installed a quality Carbon-Monoxide detector. Police Depts all over the US are removing them from service due to CO poisoning. It's yet to be determined the cause and/or if it's due to a police-version of the vehicle.
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This was the combo we were considering until we decided to go for the 23D which took the weight outside the Explorer rating. We loved the Explorer but had to give it up.
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I know there is a lot of discussion on this forum regarding tow vehicles and what appears to be the necessity that the tow vehicle "must be a truck".

I've owned my combo as stated above for nearly 6 months now and have pulled the trailer close to 3000 miles with my Explorer equipped with the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 290 hp engine, 4wd, and tow package.
I've been scoping out tow potentials. Currently lug the Airstream 16 with a 2004 Suburban, but will want to get some new iron out front in a year or two.

I'd like something smaller. Suburban is great on the road. It does OK around town, but is thirsty, and the size seems overkill for a run to the grocery store. It is not something one just whips into a parking spot. Have to think strategically ...

So I've thought about an Explorer, which with the 3.5 Eco must be a pocket rocket. I had pretty much ruled it out, though, given all the bigger-is-better advice.

Glad to hear it is working for you. I'll put an Explorer back on the list. The one I had in mind was exactly what you are driving.

Did you have to do any special hitch work, or did the stock hitch do the job? I've always towed with body-on-frame tuggers, trucks or the Suburban, not a unibody-style rig, and am curious how the hitch bolts on.

Thanks for the post. We hope to be up in Montana one of these days (a haul, from Florida).
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I've been scoping out tow potentials. Currently lug the Airstream 16 with a 2004 Suburban, but will want to get some new iron out front in a year or two.

I'd like something smaller. Suburban is great on the road. It does OK around town, but is thirsty, and the size seems overkill for a run to the grocery store. It is not something one just whips into a parking spot. Have to think strategically ...

So I've thought about an Explorer, which with the 3.5 Eco must be a pocket rocket. I had pretty much ruled it out, though, given all the bigger-is-better advice.

Glad to hear it is working for you. I'll put an Explorer back on the list. The one I had in mind was exactly what you are driving.

Did you have to do any special hitch work, or did the stock hitch do the job? I've always towed with body-on-frame tuggers, trucks or the Suburban, not a unibody-style rig, and am curious how the hitch bolts on.

Thanks for the post. We hope to be up in Montana one of these days (a haul, from Florida).
Thanks for your question.

After 10,000 plus towing with the Explorer I traded it for a F150 Lariat with the Eco Boost Motor. The reason for the trade was not the inability of the Explorer to handle the trailer....it did a remarkable job! But, the more we camped the more stuff we ended up carrying. An additional generator, lawn chairs, hammocks, kids bicycles etc. The Explorer towing capacity with the motor combination that I had was 5000 lbs. The truck obviously has over double that.

With that said I can say we have a 2017 Explorer Platinum in the family with the same motor that I have in the truck and it is simply amazing! It's a rocket clean and simple. I've not looked at the towing capacity of the Explorer with the large eco boost motor but I would think it would be much more. The only limitation if it's not would be something to do with the "frame". I'm guessing as I don't know.

One thing that I can add about the 4 door F150 Lariat with the Eco Boost motor...is it also includes a 10 speed transmission. The truck loaded with all the stuff we now carry with the trailer (which is basically the same weight as when pulled by the Explorer) actually get much better mileage. Living in the western Rockies as we do the Explorer generally averaged 12 to 13. Same travels with the truck have "increased that to 16"! Daily trips from our home east of Missoula to Missoula on I 90 average 21-23 mpg. That's better than the Explorer with the "non eco motor".

Hopefully, this is helpful.

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