Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-02-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
retired USA/USAF

2001 30' Excella
Somerset , New Jersey
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,210
??? Ford Explorer as a TV ????

I never see any discussion here regarding the Explorer. Several years ago a friend and I went to rent a U-haul trailer using his Explorer. He was turned down flat. They would NOT rent anything to be towed with the Explorer. We went back and got my truck to complete our mission. Anyone have any idea what the issue is with the Explorer ??? Is it just a U-Haul thing ???? I can't recall seeing any discussion here on the forum about their tow worthiness. Just thinking out loud here and wonder what it could be.

Thanks all,

Roger in NJ

" Democracy is the worst form of government. Except for all the rest"
Winston Churchill 1948

TAC - NJ 18

polarlyse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2013, 06:55 PM   #2
Rivet Master
Road Ruler's Avatar
Currently Looking...
St. Catharines , South Western Ontario
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,367
Images: 38
From what I have read the factory stock older Explorers did not make for a stable TV. Short wheelbase, over sized lame tires on narrow rims, narrow leaf spring positioning, high center of gravity, etc. They were prone to getting into accidents especially when used as a TV.

Airstreams..... The best towing trailers on the planet!
Road Ruler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2013, 07:00 PM   #3
4 Rivet Member
Morgan guy's Avatar
2007 27' Classic FB
Fredericksburg , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 291
When we owned a 1996 21' Sovereign, we towed it with a 1997 Explorer all over the USA probably for a total of about 15,000 miles. It worked hard in the Rockies but never failed to pull. We had no problems with the Explorer. It was factory equipped with towing equipment which worked very well.

Don't have any experience with any newer Explorers so can't comment on them.
The Tex-i-can is Ready to Camp
Morgan guy is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.