v8 Ford Explorer for towing?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by wagner17, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. wagner17

    wagner17 LawnSite Member
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    I have a 2004 Ford Explorer 4x4 with a v8. I want to buy a 7x14 enclosed trailer to haul a 52" mower and the rest of my equipment. Is this able to be done? Isn't it the same as towing with a F-150? Just want to know what all of you recommend.

  2. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sure you can. Why such a big trailer for only a 52" tho?
  3. wagner17

    wagner17 LawnSite Member
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    I was told to get the biggest trailer possible. I also want to make sure that I get a tandem axle. Can I get that with a 6'?
  4. BladeRunner1967

    BladeRunner1967 LawnSite Member
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    I'm pullin a 52" with v6 Explorer. 6x10 trailer. A mechanic told me to turn the overdrive off. I wish I had a truck. :cry:
  5. cmonikao

    cmonikao LawnSite Member
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    I would say no you can't. I own a 2004 f-150 and a ford explorer with a v8. For years I towed a 5x8 trailer and hardly noticed it behind my older fords. I just recieved my 14 foot custum trailer and it is much, much heavier. I really didn't expect it to be so noticable but it does have a lot of steel on it. The first three foot is a 6 foot tall walk in cage with the last 11 feet open, and some four feet by maybe 18 inches deep cabinets on the sides. Black with chrome rims to match the supercrew FX4. Very sweet looking but I almost wish my truck was a 250. I have had to tow the 5x8 in the past with the explorer and it was acceptable. One question, is this wooden enclosed? Weight is a huge factor here. My new one is all metal, the old one had plywood sides. I drive about 500 miles a week and I'm not too thrilled about it with this weight increase. There is no way a ford explorer would tow my new trailer. If you dont have to go that large I wouldnt. Of course, I did notice the other day that the newer explorers are larger. Is the engine the 4.6 or the 5.4, and is there a tow package. Also, if you are driving an explorer you will have no place to store grass or brush, and grass in an enclosed trailer is hell, let alone a fire hazard. Peace and good luck.

    edited... and yeah I've started turning my overdrive off. It's less work for the transmission and more top end power. Never had to with the old one...
  6. contourbs

    contourbs LawnSite Member
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    i tow a 6x12 enclosed trailer with my 2003 explorer its only a v6. It does fine but uses alot of gas.
  7. riches139

    riches139 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ask the trailer dealer if you can demo it with your truck.

    Tell him your not sure about the towing capability.

    Take it home and load your mower. You'll get a good idea if it will work with the rest of your equipment.

    Get the largest trailer you can use safely. You'll always need more room eventually.
  8. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 700

    I'm towing a homemade 6x8 trailer with my 245 4.0 liter V6 Explorer, 44" Zero turn and other machines on the trailer and she tows fine.
  9. bluflame1914

    bluflame1914 LawnSite Member
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    sorry for bringing this old thread back but I have a 1997 explorer and was wondering if I would have any problems towing a 5x8 trailer with a 44" wb. just wondering about gas mileage and any advice.
  10. CrewCutEnterprises

    CrewCutEnterprises LawnSite Senior Member
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    Your gonna be fine

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