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t has the ecoboost 3.5 and 4x4. I am think of buying a camper this vehicle can manage with trailer brakes of course. My question is about air bag assist for the rear suspension. Would this help hit the max 5000lb number more safely? I don't want to haul dangerously as I would be traveling cross country. Thanks for any advice on max weight, camper length etc.
 

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Air bags are only there for tongue weight, how much tongue weight is the trailer going to be? I tow about 4000lbs with my 2017 Explorer Sport.
 

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Air bags are only there for tongue weight, how much tongue weight is the trailer going to be? I tow about 4000lbs with my 2017 Explorer Sport.
I haven't even started really looking yet. I want to find out what I can tow safely before I start looking. I have to consider camper profile also as driving thru the plains you encounter some strong winds.

Do you go on long hauls or just short trips? Mountains? Any insight is helpful.
 

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Do you go cross country or just short trips? Mountains? Any wind issues towing with the camper profile that height?
I live in the Phoenix area and regularly go camping in the Flagstaff area. I live at about 1863ft and Flagstaff is at 6909ft, that height change is covered in about 2 hours so is quite the climb. Power wise the Explorer has no issues maintaining 65mph the entire way. It's got enough power to go faster if you really wanted to but then you are up in the RPM range because Tow/Haul mode limits you to 5th gear. I did have some issues with high winds pushing me around when going from Flagstaff to Kingman but I pulled off to the side of the road and dropped my adjustable hitch a notch. It allowed me to put more weight on the Explorer which helps mitigate some of the sway from the wind. Otherwise it tows great. I think you are going to experience some sway no matter the type of trailer you get because of the weight the Explorer can tow.

Here is the hitch that I have: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XWNLNPK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also have this brake controller: https://www.amazon.com/CURT-51180-C...ive&sprefix=curt+blueto,automotive,189&sr=1-3
 

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I tow a home built toy hauler that started life as a bare bones cargo trailer. It comes in at 5000 lbs. fully loaded with my side by side. Amazingly, it tows no problem with my 2016 NA 3.5 Explorer XLT with towing package. I do have an Andersen No Sway Weight Distribution hitch. The trailer and my Explorer are always level and the trailer doesn't sway.

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t has the ecoboost 3.5 and 4x4. I am think of buying a camper this vehicle can manage with trailer brakes of course. My question is about air bag assist for the rear suspension. Would this help hit the max 5000lb number more safely? I don't want to haul dangerously as I would be traveling cross country. Thanks for any advice on max weight, camper length etc.
We tow a travel trailer (dry weight ~3500, GVWR 5000) behind 2017 Sport without any aids other than Tekonsha trailer brake controller. The car does a great job as you respect the basics for safe towing:
  • Ensure trailer is 80% or less the weight of the tow vehicle (the heavier the tow vehicle the better)
  • Ensure trailer is braked (unless very lite - 1000 lbs or less)
  • Balance the trailer to ensure correct tongue weight
  • Make sure you have sufficient visibility (us tow mirrors if trailer wider than tow vehicle)
  • Ensure sufficient power and braking (set quality brake controller up correctly)
  • Avoid having too much weight at rear of trailer
  • Check lighting before every trip
Oh and with the Explorer make sure you choose a route with sufficient gas stops as that think tank becomes a real headache when you are pressing on with a trailer behind you!

Like many sedan based SUVs the 5th gen Explorer is slightly hampered in towing due to the "all-wheel drive" which is biased to putting power through front wheels which can mean a ton oof torque-steer when pulling up steep hills or accelerating hard merging on uneven surface (Sierra roads). New ST could be a dream with rear wheel bias.
 
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