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Old August 5th, 2009, 10:35 AM   #1
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I'm going to be racing next year, and right now I can't afford to buy a tow vehicle. I'm going to use my 94 Explorer. What's the tow capacity on the Explorers? Mine has the 3.73 gears, HD springs and tranny cooler. I'll be towing a 3100lb car. If I have to, I can use a tow dolly or a towbar instead of a trailer. The only thing this truck has ever towed was a small 4x8 utility trailer once. A hitch was never installed.
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With 160 horsepower and 230 foot pounds of torque, plus the trailer towing package and the 3.73 performance rear axle it tow up to 5400 pounds, with sufficient pulling power to travel confidently. in most adverse weather and road conditions..

http://www.theautochannel.com/vehicl...ws/wk9336.html
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This site: http://www.theautochannel.com/vehicl...ws/wk9336.html claims they have a tow cap of 5400 lbs. I would flat tow or dolley it considering a trailer would have you close to the 5400 lbs mark.

lmao we found the same link.
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I don't think you will be too happy with that amount of weight on your explorer. I pull a 5000 pound boat with my V8 grand cherokee and even though it is rated for 6500 pounds, I would not go any higher than what I am pulling currently.
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I used to pull 4000 lbs with my 95 explorer all the time. I don't think 5000 would be too much.

3100 car +1500 trailer should be fine. use a weight dist hitch and sway control.
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Google for the win. Just typed in "94 explorer towing capacity" and that's like the first good site listed
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And be very careful with your trans...A4LD+Heat=SLIPPING & Stranded
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If your planning on renting a trailer from say, uhaul, they probably won't let you for your application, as their trailer weighs 2000 lbs (or they say it does) and with a 3100 lb car, thats over 5k, and idk how much your explorer weighs, but if its even 1lb less than 4000, they won't let you tow it.

If you CAN tow with a dolly or flat tow, do, plus, your explorer is 'said' to weigh 4053lbs, the uhaul trailer weighs 2,210 (using that as an example, dunno what your using) plus 3100 lbs, 5310 lbs towing, which slightly exceeds your towing capacity, and which 80% of is 4248lbs....

In the end its up to you, but I won't even tow four up with my grand cherokee with the v8.....just because the load would outweigh the tow rig.

And don't forget you will need a trailer hitch and wiring, and if memory serves me right, class 3 are rated at 5000lbs, so you would probably want something to help balance that out if you use a 4-up trailer
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It won't bother me to use a tow dolly. I'll just disconnect the driveshaft on the race car so it can freewheel. I'll also have to throw the slicks in the back and run street tires. Now if I can just find a cheap tow dolly...
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It won't bother me to use a tow dolly. I'll just disconnect the driveshaft on the race car so it can freewheel. I'll also have to throw the slicks in the back and run street tires. Now if I can just find a cheap tow dolly...
I actually found a couple from when I was entertaining the idea, lemme go grab the craigslist links!

http://saginaw.craigslist.org/cto/1271124667.html
http://flint.craigslist.org/for/1307397440.html
http://lansing.craigslist.org/cto/1303356818.html
http://lansing.craigslist.org/cto/1297978160.html
http://lansing.craigslist.org/pts/1258418950.html


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There are many f150's and f250s on craigslist for the $700 range. Some will be rusty and crusty, but if the engine and transmission is good, you will be safer. GOOD tow dollies are running between 500 and 800 depending on condition and inner wheel well width. Try to get the widest one you can.
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There are many f150's and f250s on craigslist for the $700 range. Some will be rusty and crusty, but if the engine and transmission is good, you will be safer. GOOD tow dollies are running between 500 and 800 depending on condition and inner wheel well width. Try to get the widest one you can.
I have one of these in the $900 flavor just need to put a hitch on, already has trailer brake controller. Used to tow my 18 ft trailer and truggy all the time. Bought a Diesel to replace the gasser and took the hitch off and put it on the new truck.
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The explorer will do fine. It'll be a little more pleasant to drive with the dolly, and the tranny will be much happier.

Other little things:
Splurge on a decent receiver hitch. One from Reese or Valley's website is probably the best options.
I'd even install a tranny temp gage, it can't be stressed enough how quickly heat will kill one of those tranies. Doesn't have to be prettily installed, but just so you can keep an eye on it.

I'd vote against another truck, it's also another insurance payment as well plus all the extra maintence costs, etc. A bigger truck may tow better (if you get lucky and it doesn't need new tires/brakes/shocks/shackles/ujoints/ I can go on and on), but it really won't be much safer if you use good judgement, drive a little slower, and leave plenty of room. The Explorer will do the job fine. (just keep an eye on the tranny). I know I'm freaking out about that, but they're prone to going out under regular power, not towing anything.
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TRAILER BRAKES TRAILER BRAKES. Then start shopping for a new A4LD.
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I was a Uhaul dealer just a few years ago. The policy at Uhaul was not to allow ANY trailer to be towed by an Explorer. I think the policy was developed due to damage claims made against Uhaul from people damaging their vehicles (trannys) and the fact that Explorers came with spontaniously self destructing tires.
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I was a Uhaul dealer just a few years ago. The policy at Uhaul was not to allow ANY trailer to be towed by an Explorer. I think the policy was developed due to damage claims made against Uhaul from people damaging their vehicles (trannys) and the fact that Explorers came with spontaniously self destructing tires.
Good chance. Though having tires blown out on my own vehicles (as in "bang" and drop several inches) loosing control is entirely driver error. I've also had friends and even more aquaintaqnces who have lost entire wheels (rim and all) and not lost control, most we're even lifted and had oversize tires.

Trailer brakes are nice, the larger u-haul trailers had them, most dollies do not. for a Dolly I wouldn't really bother. Most of what you're going to tow with them won't be that crazily heavy.

The A4LD has it's issues, but if you keep an eye on the heat you can keep it alive much longer.

I did this earlier in the summer with my Ranger (which is of course very similar to an Explorer).

Mind you this was with the 2.3L and the M5OD w/ 3.73's. Was a little slow but it could actually do the speed limit. Both axles had inertia brakes.

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Save up some money for a rebuild. The gray factory front seals do not get along with heat. Most likely by the time you notice it blew the fluid out it will be to late. What ever gear your in when the seal fails will probably be smoked. How many miles are on the exploder? I certainly wouldn't do it if I had a choice, but if you have no other option make sure your engine cooling system is in great shape and the radiater is never low. Also put the best cooler you can afford on there, A parts store tube and fin will not cut it. HTH
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 03:35 PM   #19
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Explorers didn't get worth a shit till the newer body style. Which split year 95', the rounded front clip. I have pulled a heavy-ass car hauler multiple times with mine and the biggest vehicle was a 2001 Ford Escape and a 1999 Cherokee. The rear leafs are redone and raised plus I have a slight built 302 though. Take hints from most of the replies on here, destruction! Those trans suck under pressure. But if you have to, the dolly is a better option and much less weight.

I got to rent trailers from U-haul also!!! With 33" BGF's and the 2" lift, they wrote me up as an Expedition. But it wasn't a hauler.

Oh and when you do fry the Expo, I have one on here for $800. for you to fry again.
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