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Old 02-05-2015, 06:10 PM   #141
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ATHiker - I'm sorry I didn't see your question until now although someone did direct you toward the 2015 Jeep GC Manual. I have the 2014 3.0L Diesel 4x4 and it was listed in my manual as 7200 max. GTW and 720 max. trailer tongue weight.
Thanks for the information. The tongue weight is adequate.
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:15 PM   #142
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2016 Ford Explorer w/21'

Anyone here have experience towing with a Ford Explorer? Getting a 21' next year and looking at the Explorer as tow vehicle. Any thoughts or responses welcome. Looking at 3.5 EcoBoost engine and 4WD combo. Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:41 PM   #143
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That should pull the trailer just fine. Why not get the 2.7 ecoboost. From everything I have read (which is a lot), it could pull the 21 no problem. In fact, it is high on the consideration list for an engine should I go with a Ford F-150.
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Old 09-19-2015, 07:07 PM   #144
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Thanks Jim. I will certainly give the 2.7L EB consideration.
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Old 09-19-2015, 07:38 PM   #145
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frontal area

I tow with an FJ Cruiser which is basically a shoebox on wheels so I don't worry too much about frontal area or aerodynamics. I just slow down when it is really windy. Sounds like CYA from Ford.
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:27 PM   #146
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Anyone here have experience towing with a Ford Explorer?
The post title specifies 2016. This is the design in production since the 2011 model year. Earlier Explorers share nothing but the name, so experience with them will not be relevant

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Getting a 21' next year and looking at the Explorer as tow vehicle.
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Looking at 3.5 EcoBoost engine and 4WD combo.
That sounds like a workable combination, and the towing capacity doesn't change with 2WD or 4WD.

Either of the V6 engines leads to essentially the same towing capacity, but the 3.5 EcoBoost only comes in 4WD. The EcoBoost also has more power (which helps performance, but not towing capacity), and is turbocharged so a given level of power is available at a lower speed than the non-turbo engine.

If you are interested in a lower vehicle on the same platform, also available with the 3.5 EcoBoost, you might consider the Ford Flex... which has the same V6 engines and may have the same towing capacity (the online specs say "up to Class III")

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Why not get the 2.7 ecoboost.
The 2.7 L EcoBoost is not offered in the Explorer - that model comes with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, the 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder, and a 3.5L non-turbo V6. The 2.7 EcoBoost is a V6, closely related to the 3.5 EcoBoost and unrelated to the 2.3 EcoBoost.

Even the 2.3 EcoBoost has enough power, but power is usually not the limitation to towing capacity. This limitation with this engine may be the transmission or cooling system.
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