too much trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by markahurley, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. markahurley

    markahurley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    i'm looking at a 16' tandem axle trailer. it has brakes on at least one axle. i'm just afraid it might be too much trailer for my vehicle. i've got a 98 explorer 4.0 liter v6. i'll just be pulling two walkbehinds--no ztrs. will this trailer put too much stress on the engine or tranny? any advice or opinions are appreciated.

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    It could be just make sure you have a good braking module in the Explorer.
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    How much does the trailer weigh empty? Add up the maximum amount of weight you will be putting on that trailer and add the trailer empty weight, if you are anywhere near the manufacturer's towing weight for a '98 Ford Explorer, you are screwed.
  4. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    thats actually not that much weight. i think youll be fine.
  5. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    Did you know that U-haul won't even rent a trailer to an Explorer owner. What does that tell you?

    Messages: 99

    Explorer probably too small. Check the owners manuel of the truck to see how much it can tow & compare it to the weight of what you will be towing. My ford F150 XL with a 6 cylinder engine could only tow a total of 5000 lbs.
  7. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    That U-Haul is still trembling from all those Explorers with the bad tires that flipped over! :laugh:

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