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Posted: 02/12/18 05:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I towed a 25ft Award TT. 3800lb, 5000lb loaded trailer with a 95 Explorer 4dr with the 4.0L V-6. It performed decent here in the flat Midwest. Handled great with decent power.
This was our first time RV’ing with a TT. So I only had a WD hitch with a friction sway bar and cheap brake controller. I never had any stability issues, but an even better WD hitch with built in sway control would’ve been better along with a better brake controller.

With that we need more info on your truck. Reg cab, extended cab, long bed, short bed, which V-6, factory tow pkg, or not as well as gear ratio.


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I'd say yes, if you manage your expectations. I used to tow a 21' ultralight (3100 lbs dry, 4400 GVWR) with a 4 liter Ford Aerostar that was 40 hp shy of your 4300 Vortec and I felt it did fine. It would pull the 6% Cascade passes at 45, and easily maintained 60 on the flats with overdrive locked out. I also used to own an older full size 1500 with the 160 hp pre-Vortec V6, and flat-towed a Jeep CJ7 from Helena, Montana to Seattle. Again, not with blazing speed, but I could go at least 50 on every hill, including McDonald Pass over the Continental Divide. My point is that while your truck won't pull the trailer with blazing speed and acceleration like a brand new 1500 series pickup with 350 hp, it will do the job. The Vortec 4300 was a strong, solid engine for its day.

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You won't know for sure until you do it. So many unknown variables in your scenario. This is also kind of a personal thing. Your biggest potential issue is cargo capacity. You will be close to your max with nothing in the truck.

I tow a 4600# trailer (dry weight) with a 2013 Ford F-150 (tow package, V8, 8100# towing limit, WD, Prodigy 2 BC) and I would prefer more truck but that's just me. Mine does a great job until I hit the hills. Especially going down. But that's just me and my comfort zone. I see people towing more than you want to with less than you have all the time.

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I have an 03 S-10 ZR2 with the 4.3 and a 5 speed manual. Good little motor and pretty powerful for what it is. All that said, I think that would be all it would want and maybe more. Merging with traffic will be a challenge, and hills will be slow but of course that can be managed.


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