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GottaRunGottaCamp

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I have a 2004 Sport Trac Adrenalin 4x2 with the 4.0 V6 and towing package of 5300lbs, I have a 6x10 enclosed V-nose motorcycle trailer, when I put two motorcycles in the trailer is weighs 3500lbs and let me tell you that this is a lot for the small truck to haul. Now the 2007 has a different body style but it still is the 4.0V6 and if it was my daughter I would not suggest anything more than a pop-up JMHO.

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Ford does not RATE any of their tow vehicle for length. they like almost all others use only weight for their rating. As long as their ACTUAL weight is within the maximum ADJUSTED rating for her Explorer she will be just fine. Adjustments are, as always to reduce Fords rating pound for pound to compensate for weight of any passengers, cargo or optional equipment on the tow vehicle. Biggest error made is to try and use the DRY weight (which means absolutely NOTHING in the trailer) and NOBODY will go to the trouble to drag around an empty trailer.

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Tell her to look at a Casita. This would be a wonderful choice for one person and a child.

Easy to tow, hookup and low maintenance. We have owned two of them. Our choice is the 17" Spirit Deluxe. You buy straight from the factory, eliminating dealers.

Tell her to check out the Casitaforum.com. Wonderful group of folks there. Casitas have very high resale value compared to other RVs. The great folks at the Casitaforum are always willing to help with advice.

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Starcraft has a nice line of compact, self-contained, lightweight travel trailers called the AR-ONE. The 14RB is good for parents and one kid. The 16BH has two rear bunks for multiple kids, so Mom doesn't have to sleep on the dinette or daughter can bring a friend.

They would be ideal behind a smaller tow vehicle like an Explorer SportTrac (essentially a crewcab Ranger).


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So much depends on which Sport Trac you get. The V8, and 130" WB will tow more than the 125", and V6 will. Best way to know what it will tow. Look in the owner's manual. It's in there.

As for length. You will run out of weight, Long before you run out of length. Just stay inside ford's recommended weights, and the length will take care of itself.


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DO NOT GO WITH A SINGEL AXEL,

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Camperjack11 wrote:

DO NOT GO WITH A SINGEL AXEL,


And why would that be?

Mitch


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MitchF150 wrote:

Camperjack11 wrote:

DO NOT GO WITH A SINGEL AXEL,


And why would that be?

Mitch


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Have her look at a "Casitas" egg.
17' and under.





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As others have said - the weight is a much more important consideration than length. That said, I've been towing a 4,500lb, 22' hybrid with my Explorer. I have replaced that with a more capable TV - but that was a decision on power, NOT handling. It was v6, and the engine worked hard to pull it. However, never once did I feel I had any trouble controlling it.

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