Re: Rear End Sag on 02 Explorer
I just looked up trailer towing in the owner's manual for my '05.
Ford has put a great deal of information there and you really need to
read it. Key points are that, if the trailer weighs more than 3,500
pounds then a load equalizing hitch is required, and that the hitch
weight should be 10% to 15% of the trailer weight. I used to tow a
trailer and it can get really dicey in a hurry, so please proceed with
caution here. The manual also notes that the vehicle brakes are not
designed for the extra weight of a heavy trailer, so trailer brakes
On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 14:04:52 GMT, Big Shoe <email@example.com>
>You don't say how big the trailer is or how much it weighs. The rule
>of thumb for trailer towing is that the hitch weight should be about
>ten percent of the trailer weight. If the hitch weight is too light,
>the trailer gets hard to control and fishtails easily - not a
>situation you want to have. If you are really towing a 4,500 pound
>trailer, then you need a load equalizing hitch.
>On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 09:06:04 -0000, Lt Fuzz <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> When I load the class 3 hitch to about 450 pounds the rear end sags. So
>>> what are my options to correct this? The vehicle is an 02 Explorer XLT
>>> with independent rear suspension and coil springs. I estimate I need
>>> two inches or so of lift to level the vehicle?
>>> I don't know much about suspension but thought the springs carry the
>>> load and determine how much the vehicle sags under load? Will air
>>> shocks correct rear end sag? I thought the purpose of shocks do is
>>> dampen the spring oscillation? How do air shocks ride under load and
>>> without load?
>>> Please post reply to group.
>>450 pounds on your trailor hitch is way too much. A perfectly balanced
>>trailor, you should be able to pick up the tongue and set it down on the
>>ball by hand.
>>I like to make sure I have about 40# wieght on the hitch so it doesn't
>>rattle and move around on the ball.
>>You need to balance the center of gravity on your trailor or load first.