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I bought a 2016 Explorer FWD XLT Sport Utility.

My partner, on an impulse, bought a 2009 Palomino pop-up Tent trailer. It is about 2,600 lbs with electric brakes.

Now I have to hope I can install the requirements to tow it.

I have been trying to research the pre-req's but I'm finding it quite overwhelming.

What I have gleaned so far is that I need to know if the vehicle is rated to tow that weight, and if it has a trailer towing package, or needs one.

I need to know the GCWR so I tried checking on the drivers door column. I found something called a GVWR that lists 2776 KG ( 6120 lb). Are these the same?

And how do I tell if a towing package is installed?

Hoping someone can help.

Thanks ...g
 

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I think it is. I seem to remember seeing an ecoboost label on it somewhere but its in the shop right now getting the trailer hitch installed. ...g
The Sport models are rated to tow 5,000lbs so you'll be just fine. I travel my house to the mountains which is about 5,000ft elevation change in just about 2 hours and it has no problems doing that with a little over 4,000lbs behind it. I get about 12-13mpg while doing that because it's all up hill. That's also maintaining 65-70mph, you don't want to go much over that because of tow haul mode limits you to 5th gear.
 

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The Sport models are rated to tow 5,000lbs so you'll be just fine. I travel my house to the mountains which is about 5,000ft elevation change in just about 2 hours and it has no problems doing that with a little over 4,000lbs behind it. I get about 12-13mpg while doing that because it's all up hill. That's also maintaining 65-70mph, you don't want to go much over that because of tow haul mode limits you to 5th gear.
Thanks for the help. Got the license plate and the hitch and brake module installed. Now I just need to book a campsite. ...g
 

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I’m making plans to pull a small trailer too. Two days ago got the hitch ball from O’Reilly’s (under $50) and will have to test if the electrical plug from the (second hand) trailer works when plugged into the Explorer. I think is just for lights (markers, braking, turning).
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I’m making plans to pull a small trailer too. Two days ago got the hitch ball from O’Reilly’s (under $50) and will have to test if the electrical plug from the (second hand) trailer works when plugged into the Explorer. I think is just for lights (markers, braking, turning).
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Does the trailer have brakes?
 
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