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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-31-06, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Class III Hitch on 2000 Explorer XLT 4.0

I want to install a Class three hitch on my 2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 SOHC. This truck has an underbody spare where I store a full size 15" spare. Can I do this job by myself? WHat things do I need to consider before towing? Also does this truck have a stock transmission cooler without the stock class III hitch?

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Re: Class III Hitch on 2000 Explorer XLT 4.0

Reese and Draw-Tite are two brands that come to mind without searching. They make frame-mount receiver hitches that are usually made to fit existing frame holes, or may possibly require drilling.

If you really want a class III hitch on an explorer, you should consider a larger tow vehicle... a class II (3500 lb max) is getting close to where the tail is wagging the dog. When I had my '97 Explorer, I towed a boat that, along with the trailer and other gear, was a little over 3,000 lb, and believe me, you KNEW it was back there. My F250 Super Duty Diesel tows it like it's not even there.
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Re: Class III Hitch on 2000 Explorer XLT 4.0

Thanks WWB thats good info
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