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Towing A Boat

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dblbrldave, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. I am looking at buying a new explorer 4x4 with the 4.0 v6. I have a 14' deep V. Does anyone else trailer with an explorer. I want to know if this motor will have enough power to tow my boat? I normally only tow around NE ohio.
    Thanks and good fishing.
  2. I have a 2001 Ranger 4x2 with the 3.0 V6 and I can tow my 14' boat with no problem. Gets pretty good gas milage too.


  3. I tow a 16 deep v aluminum w/40hp with no problem.
  4. I have a 2003 Ranger Edge Super Cab with Tow Package and 4.0 V6. It is rated up to 8800 lbs. The motor makes 208 HP @ 5500 RPM; which is plenty. I tow my 14 ft. Glass trihull (1600lbs fully loaded) and don't even notice I'm hooked to something unless I'm climbing a steep hill.
  5. ShakeDown

    ShakeDown OGF Staff Staff Member Admin

    That's PLENTY of vehicle for that could easily tow much more.

    I towed my first boat (16 foot fiberglass bowrider, 80hp o/b and gear) with a 4cyl Subaru Outback years ago...pulled it like a champ, so you should be in good shape!
  6. ncraft150

    ncraft150 Buckeye-Basser

    I have a buddy that pulls a 19' Procraft with a 175 Merc with that same vehicle with no problems. I have a Ranger with the 4.0 V6 and have not had any trouble with anything I have tried to pull. I don't even notice my 16' Tracker while I'm towing it. If you decide to tow something heavier, the only problem I could see is braking. I towed a 20' bassboat with no trouble except when I tried to stop. Trailer brakes are important on the heavier loads.
  7. Ruminator

    Ruminator TeamOGF

    I tow our 19'6" alum. Princecraft with outboard, etc. all over Ohio with no problems, and it is only two wheel drive.( I looked hard to find it) Same motor-4.0 V6. Go for it. More interior room and rides better than the Chevy counterparts did.;)
  8. DavidWS10

    DavidWS10 Bankless Boat Trash

    I tow a 17' Galaxy bowrider with a 99 Explorer, 4.0L V6, and I don't have any problems with it.
  9. Lundy

    Lundy Staff Member

    Sounds like you are ok with your boat. The explore has a pretty low tow rating compared to other similar vehicles.

    The basic powerhouse in the 2002 Ford Explorer is a 4.0-litre V6 that hits 210 horsepower and 254 lbs-ft of torque. Up another level, the available 4.6-litre Triton V8 engine features an aluminum black and heads plus overhead cam design that smacks of 239 horsepower and 282 lbs-ft of torque. The towing capacity is 2,000-3,500 lbs depending on the engine and drivetrain.
  10. Bass_Hawg

    Bass_Hawg Certified Hawg Master

    I think you will be just fine. I had a 14 ft deep v a long while back ago. I hauled it with my trusty. . . . . . . get ready you might like this....

    1983 Mazda B2000 truck. This thing had a gigantic (scarcastic) 4 banger in it. :D

    I was able to tow and launch the boat with no problem with this little truck... honestly looked kinda funny when I launched because the boat was bigger than the truck.

    I think you will be fine. Just my 2 cents
  11. DavidWS10

    DavidWS10 Bankless Boat Trash

    Did Ford lower the towing capacity on the Explorer since mine was new in 99? My Explorer has a rated towing capacity of 5400 lbs. It has the 4.0L V6, the AOD automatic transmission, all wheel drive, and the towing package. Don't get me wrong, I'd never try to tow anything over 2500-3000 lbs. with my truck, but it is rated that high. My boat and trailer weighs in around 2300 lbs., and my truck does not have any problems towing it.
  12. Lundy

    Lundy Staff Member


    I don't know if Ford lowered the towing capacity or not. The information that I posted was a cut and paste job from a ford spec sheet.

    I know that I elected to not get an explorer as my company vehicle because of the low towing capacity. I was really surprised when I was looking at that last year. Most similar vehicles all have at least a 5000lb rated capacity.
  13. Lundy

    Lundy Staff Member

    2004 Explorer specs.

    Looks like the only way to get above 3500 lbs is with the 3.73 gear

    Engine Axle Ratio GCWR Max. Trailer Weight Vehicle
    4.0L (245) SOHC SEFI V-6 3.55 7700 3260 automatic
    4.0L (245) SOHC SEFI V-6 3.55 8000 3400 automatic
    4.0L (245) SOHC SEFI V-6 3.73/3.73 LS 10000 5380 automatic
    4.0L (245) SOHC SEFI V-6 3.73/3.73 LS 10240 5780 automatic
    4.6L (281) SOHC SEFI V-8 3.55 7700 3260 automatic
    4.6L (281) SOHC SEFI V-8 3.55 8000 3420 automatic
    4.6L (281) SOHC SEFI V-8 3.73/3.73 LS 11600 4x4/AWD: 7,000* automatic
    4.6L (281) SOHC SEFI V-8 3.73/3.73 LS 11600 4x2: 7,140* automatic

    KSUFLASH respect our rivers please

    99 Ranger 4x4, V6 3.0 Liter, pulling a 16ft deep v, figerglass, with 60 HP Evinrude, without any problems.

  15. steelmagoo

    steelmagoo Enjigneer

    98 ExploDer, 4.0 L SOHC. Towed a Lowe 16' with 40 hp from Cleveland to past Ft Meyers and back no problem and decent mileage, of course the Lowe was pretty lightweight. I thought of starting a thread "Favorite Fishing/Hunting Vehicles". My Explorer suits me well, I can lock my stuff up in it, sleep in it, get to all of the places I want all year 'round, tow with it, put on waders out of the rain with the hatch up, etc. It gets satisfactory gas mileage, fairly easy to work on (except for the #@$X&* tranny filter, have to remove part of the exhaust) and parts are readily available.
  16. Thanks for everyones input. Now all I have to do is get the salesman off his butt and get me my explorer.