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Unread 04-13-2013, 10:09 PM   #1
LAYochum
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Help with V6 towing.

So I need some help or rather real world experiences. I have a WK2 with the V6. I want to know from those who tow with the same engine I have what you are towing, the weight of what which is towed, and how well it does in real world situations. Any and all info will be appreciated, thanks.

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Unread 04-20-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
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6cyl Jeep WK Towing

I don't have a WK, but the Ford Explorer 6cyl, is very similar. Both vehicles are very similar in regards to towing. If your rig is set up for towing at the factory you shouldn't have any problem towing trailers which are within the tow rating of the WK. If it doesn't have the factory tow package already on it, then it can be installed. Not sure what is required there, but it may require new shocks, etc. The main advantage of the factory tow package is that it includes an additional transmission cooler for towing purposes.

The Ford Explorer with the 220hp 6cyl., did a good job pulling a 23ft travel trailer....weight approx 3800lbs. You will need an electric brake controller for any trailer over 3000lbs...in most states. Most modern trailers in this category already have the electric brakes installed. Here is a link for electric brake requirements: http://www.towshop.com/trailer_suppl...aking_laws.htm

To make it nicer pulling a trailer at highway speeds, the trailer can be equipped with anti-sway bars and a load leveling hitch is also a nice touch.

Don't know if that answered your question, but I hope it helped. Good luck.

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Unread 04-25-2013, 08:54 AM   #3
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I just towed a 5x8 enclosed Uhaul trailer (900lb) hauling about 1500lb. So a total of 2400 lbs.

The V6 did just fine hauling it. You can definitely feel the weight and need to brake EARLY but as far as power goes, it had plenty of juice. Cruising on the highway between 2k - 3k RPM around 65mph. It does down shift on the hills to maintain speed.

If you are to use a uhaul trailer, use a minimum of 2.25" drop hitch. Even at this level, its just about an inch or two too high. I have a 2013 Overland.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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btw i was getting like 16.3 mpg towing that. I was impressed since I usually get 20mpg on the HWY. 16.3 is what I get in the city
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Unread 05-09-2013, 04:49 AM   #5
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Having a V6 doesn't leave much in the towing department but let's be honest, you didn't get the V6 to haul big loads or you'd have the HEMI or waited until the 14 CRD. That being said a 5000lb towing capacity gives you a lot that can be towed. There's small boats, small campers, motorcycles, and ATVs.
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