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Expedition EL Tow Package

I was reviewing the towing guide on here tonight again as a resource for selecting a new tow vehicle. I am considering an Expedition EL, but notice that there is a very large difference when adding the tow package. Since I will likely be purchasing the vehicle used, I have a few questions. 1) Is there an easy way to tell if it has a tow package? 2) What is included with it? 3) Is it possible to add everything afterwards? Or is it just too expensive?
The LeRoys 09/10/16 11:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Had a blowout today, looking for new tire recommendations.

Based on what I have read on Freestar tires, I should probably replace all 4. Soon! I think 16" wheels would fit but would be tight, I will have to measure. I have nice 15" rims so I'd have to buy new rims and probably get generic ones, which isn't the end of the world, but definitely adds more cost. Plus I'd need a new spare too. Maybe a set of load range e maxxis or Carlisle are better. I will try to see if I can upload some pictures later. The damage isn't too bad. Probably right on the border of if I should place a claim on my insurance and deal with the $250 deductible. The worst part is that the 12v power to my slide was right over that wheel. I have to open up the bottom of the camper and rerun new wiring. Most of the rest is just some ripped protective plastic and insulation. Right now I'm leaning toward letting the dealer do it. Should I get radial again?
The LeRoys 06/20/16 06:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Had a blowout today, looking for new tire recommendations.

6 lugs Tires are about 3.5yrs old and have about 8-10k miles on them.
The LeRoys 06/20/16 01:32pm Travel Trailers
Had a blowout today, looking for new tire recommendations.

One of our TT tires blew going down the road at about 55mph today. We got the spare on and are continuing our trip home. I checked the tread the other day and I still had a lot left all the way around and pressure was right, so I'm guessing it must have hit something.?.?. So now I'm going to have to search for a new tire. I'm not sure if I should buy what I have or get something better. Currently we have Freestar Radial ST tires that are load range D, ST225/75/r15. We usually have about 4,000 - 5,000lbs per trailer axle, so 2,000 - 2,500 lbs per tire. Just looking for recommendations to look at or avoid.
The LeRoys 06/20/16 01:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

3)Van same as above. Trailer level front to back, Hitch with all 8 washers, L brackets as high as they go (as much WD as can be enable) Front Axle 3280 lbs Rear Axle 5540 lbs Approximate Tongue Weight 1320 lbs Tongue Weight Percentage 13 Tongue Weight on Front Axle "negative 120lbs" Camper Wheels 8800 lbs Total Camper Weight 10120 lbs 4) Van same as above. Trailer one to two inches lower in front than rear, Hitch with all 8 washers, L brackets as high as they go (as much WD as can be enable) Front Axle - 3380 lbs Rear Axle - 5380 lbs Approximate Tongue Weight 1260 lbs Tongue Weight Percentage 12 Tongue Weight on Front Axle " negative 20lbs" Camper Wheels 8840 lbs Total Camper Weight 10100 lbs 5) Van without Trailer again .All the crew and most of our stuff, filled Gas tank Front Axle 3400 lbs Rear Axle 4100 lbs 6) Van same as number 5, trailer added some groceries. Trailer three to four inches lower in front than rear, Hitch with all 8 washers, L brackets as high as they go (as much WD as can be enable) Front Axle 3340 lbs Rear Axle 5720 lbs Approximate Tongue Weight 1300 lbs Tongue Weight Percentage 13 Tongue Weight on Front Axle "negative 80lbs" Camper Wheels 8880 lbs Total Camper Weight 10180 lbs
The LeRoys 06/10/16 07:00am Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

2) Van same as above. Trailer level, Hitch with all 8 washers, L brackets even (same setup I towed with last year) Front Axle 2920 lbs Rear Axle 6020 lbs Approximate Tongue Weight 1440 lbs. Tongue Weight Percentage 14 Tongue Weight on Front Axle "negative 480lbs"
The LeRoys 06/10/16 06:56am Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

1) Van without Trailer - All the crew and most of our stuff, no gas Front Axle 3,400 lbs Rear Axle 4,100 lbs
The LeRoys 06/10/16 06:53am Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

OK guys, really need help now, and I apologize for the VERY long post, but wanted to give all the details I could. I spent the last 4 hours at the truck stop weighing the van / camper and adjusting hitch, then test driving. No matter what I did, I couldn't get enough weight on the front of the van, not even close, though my tongue weight is so much better. The hitch is now set as high as it can go. As a reminder I have the 14K equalizer, as I will note the adjustments I made. I appreciate any feedback. Which setup is the most safe? I'm thinking #3 or maybe #4? Driving doesn't seem as bad as last year, but still a bit uncomfortable. EDIT: For some reason its was giving me a hard time posting everything as one so I had to break it up.
The LeRoys 06/10/16 06:47am Towing
RE: What tire pressure to run?

So my tires are Michelin LTX MS2 tires, size 245/75/R16. The door sticker calls for 245/75/R16E tires. To be run at 60psi Front and 80psi rear. Here are my weights from last year. I need to get current ones. 1) Loaded Van with no Trailer Front Axle - 3,220 lbs (73% of GAWR): 1610lbs / tire Rear Axle - 3,920 lbs (64% of GAWR): 1960lbs / tire 2) Loaded Van with loaded trailer Front Axle - 3,380 lbs (77% of GAWR): 1690lbs / tire Rear Axle - 4,740 lbs (78% of GAWR): 2370lbs / tire
The LeRoys 06/07/16 07:33pm Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

For those who have asked, here are my weights that I towed with last summer. I will get this year's weight later in the week. Van Specs: GVWR - 9,200 lbs GAWR Front - 4,410 lbs GAWR Rear - 6,084 lbs 1) Loaded Van with no Trailer Front Axle - 3,220 lbs (73% of GAWR) Rear Axle - 3,920 lbs (64% of GAWR) Total Van - 7,140 lbs (78% of GVWR) 2) Loaded Van with loaded trailer Front Axle - 3,380 lbs (77% of GAWR) Rear Axle - 4,740 lbs (78% of GAWR) Total Van - 8,120 lbs (88% of GVWR) Approximate Tongue Weight - 980 lbs Tongue Weight Percentage - 9.2% Camper Wheels - 9,640 lbs Total Camper Weight - 10,620 lbs Does it still seem like I need to put more weight on the front van axle? More on the tongue?
The LeRoys 06/07/16 07:29am Towing
What tire pressure to run?

I've always run my tire pressure at the max that is on the sidewalls of the tire, especially when towing. My tires are Michelin LTX MS2 tires, and have a max of 80psi. Should I be running them at the max? Or run them at the sticker on the side of the vehicle door? What difference will it make?
The LeRoys 06/06/16 09:34pm Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

Got the power steering replaced at the end of last week. Went for an hour test drive tonight. Strong winds, rain, traffic, and trucks passing. I can't say it was as good as towing with my old Diesel truck. But it was about 100x better. A much less stressful experience. We're going to leave it like this for our next long trip (1000 miles) and see how it goes. If its not tolerable, we'll take one last step and get the caster angle adjusted. I will report back after our trip, as to how it performed.
The LeRoys 06/06/16 09:12pm Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

Took it to a shop to have the alignment changes made this week for the caster angle. They test drove and didn't like steering before making them. Said they thought it needed a new steering box. So getting that swapped out first. Then test drive again.
The LeRoys 06/03/16 11:07am Towing
Camping near Washington and Jefferson National Forests

On our way back from NC this summer we are considering stopping at Washington and Jefferson National forest for a day or possibly 2. We'd like to hike some of the Appalachian Trail. We are hoping for a site that at least has electric hookups. Does anyone have a favorite in the area? Are there any State Parks or National Forest Campgrounds you would recommend?
The LeRoys 05/29/16 09:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

One thing that was mentioned very early in this thread. New tires need about 500 miles to wear off the "mold release" used in the manufacturing process. Don't judge your Michelins until you have some more miles on them. I have noticed this on all Michelins I have installed, and Tire Rack also cautions about it. Those tires have about 20,000 miles on them at this point, and saw no improvement after miles were added.
The LeRoys 05/29/16 09:05pm Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

Took it for a test drive yesterday. It performed as bad as I remember, or possibly worse. Dreading the thought of a 1000 mile round trip in it. I had hopes that the combo of the springs and the dampener might make it a better experience. I think I may give your adjustable castor bushings and have it re-aligned. I just had it aligned last week. Or maybe I'll see about getting a 3/4 ton crew cab truck again. With 4 kids (10 and under) that would mean 2 would have to ride up front to keep the air bags turned off, and the wife would have to ride in the back seat.
The LeRoys 05/29/16 09:04pm Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

I haven't towed much since last June due to some changes in our plans. Last week I had and additional leaf installed. I hope to give it a test drive this weekend. If its not better, I'll have one more added. I also had the factory steering stabilizer added. Hoping for a huge difference!!
The LeRoys 05/22/16 09:52pm Towing
RE: Truck Tires - I Want Good Ones

Another vote for Michelin LTX MS2 tires, but make sure your alignment and everything is right first. They last forever if everything is setup correctly! I had one set go 80K miles and still have tread left but they were starting to show dryrot and were 6 years old.
The LeRoys 10/14/15 01:11am Tow Vehicles
What is included in the Tow Package for the Expedition

I'm looking at the newer Ford Expedition & Expedition EL models and looking at their tow ratings on the guide on this site. There is a significant difference in two capacity if they have the "tow package". However, I haven't been able to find a definition of what is included in that package. Is it something that can be added if I purchase a used vehicle?
The LeRoys 10/14/15 12:50am Tow Vehicles
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