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I have been reading comments that the 2015 Ford explorer even with  eco tow package cannot tow beyond a certain tow length so I am trying to figure out if a 19ft can be pulled safely  Anyone towing w Ford explorer, if so you thoughts on the best size on trailer I should order Thanks

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That is a pretty wierd concept. Tow ratings are all about weight, frontal area, brakes and cooling. Length of the trailer really has zero effect other than to make turning more difficult. But the wheelbase of the TOW vehicle has a huge effect on stability.

 

Here's a tow chart for the Explorer

 

https://www.ford.com/resources/ford/general/pdf/towingguides/15RV&TT_Ford_Explorer_Sep30.pdf

 

Assuming yours is AWD and has the HD tow stuff you should be OK with a 5000 lb GVWR aerodynamic trailer, but it will never be really stable due to the short wheelbase. It will do the job, but it won't be ideal.

 

While you could theoretically tow a loaded down Elite single axle trailer behind your trucklet I personally would recommend getting a better tow vehicle like an F150 crew cab with that same 3.5  turbo engine. Then you could tow either model without worries, and it won't be maxed out. You couldn't safely tow the Elite II with your current truck because of the weight.

 

http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/specifications/towing/

 

Too many folks attempt to put too much trailer behind their trucks and it is neither safe nor sensible. It is generally recommended that folks in the market for a trailer pick the RV first, then choose a suitable TV.....

 

Good luck.

 

John Davies

 

Spokane WA

"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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I have been reading comments that the 2015 Ford explorer even with eco tow package cannot tow beyond a certain tow length so I am trying to figure out if a 19ft can be pulled safely Anyone towing w Ford explorer, if so you thoughts on the best size on trailer I should order Thanks

 

Kevin,

 

I normally refer to manufacturers guidelines for vehicle use. This might be the information you were reading. Found another forum referring to David's RV Tips about tow vehicle wheel base in relation to trailer length:

 

http://davidsrvtips.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-long.html

 

 

 

 

Bill

LE2 #75

 

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