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Old 03-28-2008, 06:29 AM   #15
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Thanks for all of the responses. I ended up purchasing a 2007 Explorer V8 and picked up the trailer last weekend. I bought a weight distributing hitch and added a sway bar to the set up. The brake controller I purchased was a fancy pants Tekonsha model.

The drive home was 450 miles, with the roads being in good shape for the entire trip and a mix of 2 lane and 4 + lane highways. The trailer pulled very nicely and even with 18 wheelers passing close and some wind on Sunday, I didn't feel any sway. The braking was very easy to adapt to. I can see where a trailer that was a bit larger or heavier (or significant inclines) might present a problem for the Explorer, but I felt comfortable going from West Texas to Houston, except for the gasoline stops. Those did scare me some.

Here's a picture of the trailer and Explorer (before adding clip on mirrors).
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:11 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by wkerfoot
I respectively disagree, a 1967 Globetrotter has a dry weight of only 3110. I think that the Explorer should be more than adequate. You do not need a 3/4T pickup for that trailer.

I'm with you on this.

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Old 03-29-2008, 06:00 AM   #17
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It is also my opinion your Explorer will be a fine tow vehicle for that trailer, no matter where you tow. If you were towing a continuously in the mountains, you might become dissatisfied, but even in the mountains you should be in good shape assuming the hitch is set up right and the brakes are setup and working properly.

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