Towing with 2016 Ford Explorer - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Towing and Hitching
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-15-2018, 05:51 PM   #1
Member
 
kkinna's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Alameda, California
Trailer: 2010 Escape 15A
Posts: 95
Towing with 2016 Ford Explorer

Does anyone have experience towing with a Ford Explorer? We are thinking of using our 2016 V6 Explorer (AWD with a tow package) to tow our 15A across country and back this summer. Any experiences/thoughts are welcome.

The tow rating is 5000 pds
__________________

kkinna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2018, 06:26 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Arlington, Texas
Trailer: None
Posts: 77
Explorers are not good for towing anymore ever since they went away from rear wheel drive or true 4x4
__________________

Oldtimer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2018, 06:56 PM   #3
Member
 
kkinna's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Alameda, California
Trailer: 2010 Escape 15A
Posts: 95
My mistake. It is a 4WD, not an AWD.
kkinna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2018, 06:57 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Steve Clark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Fremont, California
Trailer: 2016 21. '15 Ford Explorer V-6
Posts: 1,151
We use a 2015 Front Wheel Drive, Kim, and are very happy towing our classic 21. Standard V-6, non-ecoboost. We have made two cross-country round trips and currently have over 22,000 miles towing. We keep the transmission in Tow/Haul mode and also use a weight distribution hitch. No problem with the Sierras, Rockies, Appalachians, Catskills, Adirondacks, Tehachapis, or the Ozarks. Including all towing, all terrain, we have averaged 15 mpg at 60 mph.
This is our everyday driver and suits our needs perfectly. You will have no problem with your 15. Plus, you will be nestled in your comfy seats
__________________
Steve and Debbie
2016 - 21' SSSScape
Steve Clark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2018, 07:07 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Olympia wa, Washington
Trailer: 5.0TA 2017
Posts: 1,325
it would seem that if you have a tow package and your SUV is rated to pull 5000 pds you shouldn't have an issue towing a 15A. But I'm no expert I'm sure others with far more knowledge will give you many opinions! I pulled my 17B with a Toyota rated 5000 with tow package with no issues.
Fox hunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2018, 07:48 PM   #6
Member
 
kkinna's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Alameda, California
Trailer: 2010 Escape 15A
Posts: 95
Thank you. That makes me feel more confident about using it on our cross-country trip this summer.
kkinna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2018, 08:00 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Eggscape's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia
Trailer: 2018 Escape 19
Posts: 289
We have a 2013 Ford Explorer AWD and it is our back/recovery tow vehicle. I would not hesitate to tow a 15 or 19 with it. They are good stable vehicles.
Keep in mind that if you have a day ahead of mountain passes you donít need to have your tanks full. Just enough to last the next night if the water is bad at the next spot or you get stuck in a Walmart.
__________________
So many modifications...so little time.
Eggscape is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2018, 09:27 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
John in Santa Cruz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21
Posts: 164
Quote:
Originally Posted by kkinna View Post
My mistake. It is a 4WD, not an AWD.
no, its not. While all previous Explorers were based on a ladder frame RWD or 4WD truck platform, the 2011+ Ford Explorer is a 'crossover', based on their Taurus FWD car platform beefed up (that platform in turn based on the Volvo S80). its either front wheel drive or AWD, which is front wheel with rear wheel assist, this has more in common with cars like Audi, or Subaru, then it does with conventional 4WD which is REAR wheel drive with part time front wheel assist. Its undoubtedly adequate for pulling a 15, and I know people who pull larger trailers with such platforms, but I sure wouldn't want to, had too many highway panics where someone throws themselves in front of me and I've had to do full hard brake stops from highway speed, swerves on mountain roads because someone did something stupid, etc.
John in Santa Cruz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2018, 09:37 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 10,996
If it is front wheel drive, using a weight distribution hitch will transfer weight from the rear axle to the front axle and to the trailer axle, making for a more comfortable and secure ride.
I tow a 17B with my RAV4 and use WDH. The vehicle is rated at 3,500 lbs tow capacity. Trailer weighs less than 3,200 lbs loaded for camping. As I understand it, the RAV4 is 4X4, but normally only drives the front wheels. If needed, the rear wheels are enabled. And, I have the option of locking the system so that all four wheels are driving the vehicle ( at low speed only ).
I've been over the Rockies and back numerous times.
I'd have no qualms towing your 15' with your vehicle.
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2018, 09:56 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 9,326
Quote:
Originally Posted by kkinna View Post
My mistake. It is a 4WD, not an AWD.
You haven't made a mistake, since there is no difference. Driving all of the wheels of a four-wheeled vehicle is 4WD, and AWD. Some people like to read special meaning into these terms, but in fact there is no standard practice, so neither term consistently implies any specific features or characteristics. A decade ago Toyota even sold exactly the same system on two different models, one with a "4WD" badge on the back, and the other with "AWD"... to suit the expectations of buyers.
__________________

Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
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






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.