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#404 of 716 Re: Towing [guy27]
Jan 26, 2011 (10:22 am)
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has always been a unibody, albeit with Rear Wheel Drive. The GM Acadia, Enclave, Outlook and Traverse are all unibody with FWD, just like the new Explorer. So this is not new, and if the body is stiff enough, and the Explorer is the stiffest one at this time, the ride should be fine while towing. Of course, I haven't towed with one yet, so I could be wrong, but it stands to reason that it should be ok. The ride on the Explorer ever since 2002 has been superior to all competition because of the Indepent Rear Suspension, and Ford was the first to put that on their SUVs. Only Nissan has copied that to this day, I believe.
#405 of 716 Re: Towing [nvbanker]
Jan 26, 2011 (12:36 pm)
"..the ride should be fine while towing..."
Even with the slightest of tow weight on the rear hitch the front is "lifted". With FWD and/or F/awd those front tires' traction coefficient must be responsible for drive traction AND lateral, direction control. A RWD or R/awd vehicle does not have this handicap.
So towing with a FWD or F/awd will always result in "squrrillier" handing vs RWD or R/awd.
#406 of 716 Re: Towing [wwest]
Jan 26, 2011 (2:01 pm)
Only if it picks the front wheels up off the ground which obviously isn't happening.
Your bridge called - it wants you to come back home.
#407 of 716 Re: Towing [wwest]
Jan 26, 2011 (5:08 pm)
If you get the tongue weight within the recommended limit, it should be perfectly ok to tow a trailer.
#408 of 716 Re: Towing [akirby]
Jan 27, 2011 (6:56 pm)
Tow weight on a rear hitch has the same affect on the front traction as would be the case for over-inflating the front, LOWER CSA to contact the roadbed.
#409 of 716 Re: Towing [wwest]
Jan 27, 2011 (7:05 pm)
The vehicle is engineered so that towing within the specs will not compromise front wheel traction. Stop making up lies.
#410 of 716 Re: Towing [akirby]
Jan 27, 2011 (7:16 pm)
Loss of traction on the front due to weight on the rear is, up to a point, a linear function. The towing specs simply tell you where you might begin to experience a SERIOUS level of uncontrolability, not that some level of control isn't lost incrementally as you load up the rear.
#411 of 716 Re: Towing [wwest]
Jan 28, 2011 (5:48 am)
Towing 5,000 lbs isn't going to compromise vehicle control. Then again you think a FWD/AWD vehicle is patently unsafe in the rain.
Jan 28, 2011 (6:24 am)
Guess he won't be buying one of those poorly engineered BMWs either.
Meanwhile, is anyone shopping for a new Explorer?
#413 of 716 Re: Towing [steve_]
Jan 28, 2011 (7:48 am)
The funny thing is he actually drives one of those "patently unsafe" FWD/AWD vehicles (Lexus RX). Scotty may not be able to change the laws of physics but wwest does it every time he posts.