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New FMCA Member Looking For Advice For TowingTowing 2002 4x4 Ford explorer
Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:15 PM
Most of the information I have found on this is several years old and I thought maybe there is a new solution for this now.
We would appreciate any input you might have. We really don't want to have to trade in our car to have a tow vehicle. We would also like to here any ideas on the various tow systems that have proven to be better than others as that will be our next investment.
Thanks for any help you may have,
Rich and Pam
Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:27 PM
My dad tows a 2003 Explorer Sport Trac behind his DP. His is also a 4x4. About 4 years back he had one of the local Ford dealerships install the neutral switch. I think at the time is cost him about $150 for the switch and the install. He has been pulling it ever since 4 wheels down with no problems. I am not sure of the exact procedure that he does through to get it in neutral, but it only takes him a few seconds after hooking up. The only thing to keep in mind is to start your Explorer and let it run for a few minutes when ever you stop for fuel etc. Ford did not advise him on this but it is always a good idea. I do it on our Jeep even though it says you don't have to. I think its cheap insurance.
As far as the towing equipment. There are many good options. I personally use a Blue Ox Aventa 2. It is the kind that stays on the coach when you unhook. I am sure others will chime in with their opinions and expertise.
2006 Jeep Commander HEMI toad
Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:56 AM
Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:36 PM
I tow a '07 Explorer 4x4. This is the 2nd Explorer I've towed with no problems. My local dealer installed the neutral switch
For less than $200. When we stop for fuel , lunch or over night, I like to crank the car and let it run for a few mins. I also shift gears a few times before switching off and resetting for towing. I don't think this is required, I just like to charge the battery and circulate the transmission fluid. I use Blue Ox towing package. I purchased the Blue Ox with a previous motor home and the 1st Explorer. When I traded motor homes and Explorers I just moved the hitch and have had no problems. Blue Ox has also restored bolts etc on my hitch at no charge. Happy towing and travels! Andy
Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:06 PM
Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:08 PM
Toad:2007 Ford Explorer 4x4
Mike and Jeannette travel with
Our 2 border collies Convict & Tallie-ho
Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:23 PM
Just set a 2004 V8 Exploder to tow. NTK is available from any Ford Stealership for $239 plus $60 install. Search here for my experience.
1997 Safari Serengeti M-4040
2002 VW Jetta TDI Toad & 2004 Ford Explorer Limited
Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:32 AM
Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:26 PM
For two years we have been going in a different direction after years of towing. We traded our 2000 Monaco Dynasty for an Itasca 07 KD/40 DP that has a 60 degree turning radius. We have developed such a freedom of travel by using just our coach like a car/city bus plus an occasional rental that it hard to even think about towing. Just saying
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