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Old 08-27-2009, 11:02 PM   #15
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Hi, I had a wonderful Ford Explorer. I bought it brand new at the Ford dealer I was working at, at the time. Parts replaced in 93,000 miles: 2 synchonizers, 2 thermostats, 1 valve cover gasket, 1 idler pully, 1 belt, 1 set of brake pads, and one set of tires. But when it was time to buy our trailer, I sold my Explorer and bought my Lincoln / tow vehicle.

Explorer tow rating..........5,000 lbs.

Lincoln tow rating...........8,900 lbs.

Safari GVWR..................6,300 lbs.
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Old 08-28-2009, 02:38 AM   #16
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Yes, my Explorer woes are definitely rated lower than the bear problems. Maybe after all the responses I got for my bear story, I should come up with a new forum name for myself. How about "Grizzly Girl"?

I must say the Explorer certainly did her best for many years for me with minimum repairs, even got me to and from Montana, along with surviving a side swipe crash from an idiot in Salt Lake City who decided to pass me going down an onramp to the freeway, ripping off my left trailer extension mirror and putting a large dent in my fender, but thank god, not touching the Airstream. She even pulled me, after that trip, up and down the most hair raising road in terms of vertical gradients to get the Airstream onto the ranch for a year long rest, before the tranny kicked the bucket.
Since my mechanic put the tranny back in order and a friend brought my Airstream back home, I am hoping to sell the Explorer and maybe go for a Suburban a friend of a friend is thinking of selling. Any words of wisdom on their towing capabilities with my Tradewind?

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Old 08-28-2009, 09:16 AM   #17
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Hi, I won't disagree with the fact that most of the turn-ins were Ford Explorers and F-150's If you don't disagree that F-150's were the top selling vehicles for many years , not to mention Ford sold 400,000 Explorers per year since conception! Makes sense to me.
I agree F-150's have been top sellers for many years and still are. Other vehicles have sold a lot too and aren't on that list. Glad the Explorer worked for you.

Carol, Robert Cross loves his Suburban and tows happily with it. Don't know if it's the same one you are interested in. Check the weight distributing hitch receiver assembly for cracks and rust as some GM hitch receivers have had problems.

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I too towed with a '98 Explorer Sport, (3200# pop-up) traded at 108K miles. Changed out the shocks, battery, brake pads and that's about it. It really worked well considering all the offroad boondocking we did for almost 5 years.
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I agree F-150's have been top sellers for many years and still are. Other vehicles have sold a lot too and aren't on that list. Glad the Explorer worked for you.

Carol, Robert Cross loves his Suburban and tows happily with it. Don't know if it's the same one you are interested in. Check the weight distributing hitch receiver assembly for cracks and rust as some GM hitch receivers have had problems.

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Yes, but MOST of those vehicles with high sales numbers did not qualify as "clunkers" because they already got over 18mpg. probably more camrys on the road then any other car, but by the .gov definition, they will NEVER be clunkers. there were several hoops to jump through for your vehicle to be a clunker. every vehicle my brother has (6) is a hoopty clunker, but not one of them qualified (not that he would buy a new car anyways...lol) for trade in as a "clunker"

on topic... Our friends tow a 26' SOB with a 1500 'burb 4x4, '05 well loaded, they love it, and it seems to to well.
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