Last post on Jun 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM
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Ford Expedition, Towing, SUV
#61 of 68 Re: 06 expedition and 302lt [dpavey3]
Nov 11, 2011 (9:15 pm)
I have a 30' Jayco Qwest that I tow with a 2003 1/2 ton suburban, and have towed large loads with and expedition and 2006 Durango as well. I believe that if your tongue weight is 860# you will likely find that is about ten percent of your gross. That seems to be the case most often. I would venture a guess that when you put the loaded trailer on the scale it will probably be about your max. Put your weight dist. and sway control on, and dont do any performance upgrades to your powerplant. You are not likely to fry your tranny unless you power it up or drive like you are trying to win a race. Take it easy, be satisfied with 45 mph on the big hills, and I believe you will be safe and the Expedition will have a good long life. Hope all goes well.
#62 of 68 The Expedition can tow very well with the towing package
Aug 27, 2012 (9:10 pm)
I was so happy when I was shopping for an Expedition in 1998 that my brother's father-in-law would not sell me one unless it had the towing package. It proved to be a godsend, as we purchased a 24 ft. travel trailer and drove all over the northwest with an equalizer hitch with no trouble at all for 8 years. Last year we traded up to a 2008 EL Expedition with the towing package, and this year purchased a 8200 lb 32 foot trailer. The dealer almost refused to sell it to me when he heard that I was going to tow it to North Idaho and Montana. But with a towing capacity of 8700 lbs. and a 4 point towing bar system, our Ford service dept. assured me that my Rig would be up to the task. Well, it towed better than I could have imagined. We packed light, with no water, and since we were late for a funeral service, had to really make time. After a few 45 mph steep grades, we got onto Montana's famous highways that are built for 100 mph. We could easily and safely drive 85 mph, and we averaged over 75 for 200 miles, passing cars, pulling the Titanic. We only got 7.9 mpg, but hey, what do you expect. I am so proud of our Big Red Machine, towing with no issues for over 800 miles over 3 mountain passes, one with 8% grade. I highly recommend that you get a towing package on any vehicle that offers it, and outfit it with a great equalizer/anti-sway system.
#63 of 68 Heavy Duty Tow Package-Hitch different?
Feb 18, 2013 (12:42 pm)
I have a 1998 Expedition and am looking to upgrade to a 2010 or 2011. I want the heavy duty towing package (536) that has been talked about elsewhere on this site. I'm finding it difficult to understand whether the hitch (receiver) is different with the 536 package or is it just the oil cooler, trans cooler and alternator that are different?
Most dealer sales people have no idea what I'm talking about and it is very difficult to look through the Expeditions on the Internet and tell whether they have the 536 package or not. Any suggestions are most welcome!
#64 of 68 Re: Heavy Duty Tow Package-Hitch different? [naturist18a]
Feb 19, 2013 (5:27 am)
The reciever is not enough to tell you it has the HD package, they all have the receiver and it is the same. You need to check the VIN or look for the coolers.
#65 of 68 New to towing and campers
Jun 13, 2013 (3:36 pm)
My wife and I have a small pop-up. Looking to upgrade to something bigger. I have the use of a 2004 Ford Expedition 4X4 4.6L XLT SUV. Has the 4 pin electrical hookup.
I am seriously confused with all of these numbers in Gross this and Gross that. I find that the base curb weight is 5,499 and max towing capacity is 5,000. The GVWR is 7100 and the GCWR is 10,700.
I cannot figure out what it all means and how much I can actually tow. I thought I could easily tow a 26 foot camper off this thing. After I look at the weights it looks like this truck isn't strong enough to tow more than coleman pop up.
I could really use some help with this and shed a little light on my ingnorance.
#66 of 68 Re: New to towing and campers [armorbee]
Jun 15, 2013 (8:47 am)
Your vehicle has a max towing capacity of 5000#. You need the 5.4 engine with a 7 pin connector(for trailer brakes) in order to tow 8500#. You cannot tow a 26 ft camper with the setup you have.
#67 of 68 Re: New to towing and campers [armorbee]
Jun 17, 2013 (4:43 am)
Cob is spot on. GVWR is the total weight of the Expedition - vehicle plus occupants, luggage, etc not including the trailer. GCWR is the total weight of everything - Expedition, occupants, luggage, and the loaded trailer. GCWR = GVWR + loaded trailer.
#68 of 68 Re: New to towing and campers [armorbee]
Jun 17, 2013 (9:13 pm)
Good advice. I had the same vehicle. I will say, the 4.6 is more capable than you think. You put a little 4x6 trailer behind it and you feel it, but you also put a flatbed with a car on it and it tires just as well. Get a 22 foot trailer with no slides and have fun. That should put you in a comfortable place to tow. I hope you have fun.