Trucks & Trailers - Advice on towing with 2003 Explorer

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03-09-2011, 06:03 AM
I have 2003 Explorer with a six cylinder and a class three hitch. My question is this. Would the vehicle be able to tow a 24' walk around? I have no intentions of towing on the open road or at high speeds. Basically I want to tow the boat from a launch ramp to a parking area. No hills (except for the ramp) and a distance of about three hundred yards. Moving my boat from fresh water to salt and want to be able to keep it nice for as long as possible. Thanks for any help.

03-09-2011, 12:45 PM
If 4wd no problem, put in low range and go.
If 2wd, you will be heavy into the throttle to get the rig to start moving. Heats the trans fluid quickly as the torque converter will be working the fluid. Should be OK if the ramp is not too steep.
Do check that the frame/hitch area is not severly corroded which can be an issue in an area that salts roads.

Glock Diver
03-09-2011, 04:45 PM
No problemo.

I routinely towed a 6300 lb boat+trailer with my 2003 Explorer. It was a V8, but I towed on highways too. Your scenario shouldn't be a problem. If it's a 2WD and your tires start slipping, ask a couple buddies to get in the back for added weight.

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