Originally Posted by drchaffe
Hey Ontario, welcome to the forum, I'm in Sudbury. The dry weight is 3800 but by the time you add water, food, beer, lawn chairs and everything else it can sneak up fast. Plus anything in the truck including the passenger and things in the box all count as part of the total tow weight. You might be closer to the 7800# than you think. I know the terrain is quite flat down south but travelling uphill adds a lot of strain as well. Just food for thought.
Thanks for all the replies everyone... just looking at Ford's specs and the GCRW for the Explorer from that year with the 3.73 high gears and factory towing package is 10,000 lbs, max weight of camper is 5,210 lbs without WDH, with it, that increases to 7700 lbs, with a tongue weight of 770 lbs. With the age of the vehicle, i won't go near those limits and we're also not hitting the highways, only 80/90 km/h county roads, with close trips until we replace it with a full size tow vehicle.
In speaking with coworkers who tow larger trailers with full size trucks, they said they still feel that it is back there. It's all new to me, so the feeling is as well.
I saw a video the other day on Youtube, guy from Ontario, maybe he's on the forums, towed a 5100 lb dry weight 25 ft camper with a caravan, stock... crazy. said it tows nice except on the highway. When we researched campers, I knew I wanted to stay at half the total recommended tow weight with an empty camper.
We're happy with our purchase for what we got (some small issues to be discussed in other subforums have disappointed us), it will suit us well for years, has all we need with the kids and also for when they no longer want to camp with us.