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CIPA Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer, we'll be doing a test fit on CIPA Clip-On Towing Mirror, part number 7070. It offers us a wide field view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park, or even back up while towing a trailer. As you can see, I'm visible in the towing mirror, but not the factory mirror. If I take a few steps in toward my trailer, this is the view you'd get with just your factory mirror. The mirror itself can be rotated 360 degrees and can be adjusted to most angles.



Titan Chain Cable Snow Tire Chain Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer, we'll be doing a test fit on the Titan Chain cable snow tire chains, part number TC3010, and that's tire size 245-65/R17. These Titan chains are SAE Class S chains. They're designed for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. They have a low profile design which is going to provide you with a smoother ride than most chains. They feature steel rollers on cross cables, so they're going to give you adequate traction on light snow and ice. The ladder pattern is effective during starts and stops, it's going to give you the bite you need to get going.



CIPA Dual-View Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer, we'll be doing a test fit on the CIPA Dual-View Clip-On Towing Mirror, part number 11953. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park, or even back up while towing a trailer. As you can see, I'm visible in the towing mirror, but not the factory mirror. Between the two mirrors, you get a slightly larger, clearer view in the larger mirror. If I take a few steps in towards my trailer, this is the view you get with just your factory mirror. Both the larger and the smaller mirror can be adjusted to most angles.



CIPA Clamp on Universal Fit Towing Mirror Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer we will be doing a test fit on a CIPA universal bar clamp on towing mirror. Part number CM11980. It offers us a wild field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park or even back up while towing a trailer. As you can see, I'm visible on the towing mirror but not the factory mirror. If I take a few steps in toward my trailer, this is the view you'd get with just your factory mirror. The mirror itself can be rotated 360 degrees and can be adjusted to most angles.



CIPA Deluxe Door Mount Mirror Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer we will be doing a test fit on the CIPA deluxe door mount towing mirror. Part number 11650. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park, or even back up while towing a trailer. As you can see, I'm visible in the towing mirror but not the factory mirror. If I take a few steps in towards my trailer, this is the view you'd get with just your factory mirror. This towing mirror mounts directly to your door rather than around your factory mirror, so it's going to be a lot more solid and have a lot less vibration than your average towing mirror.



Rhino Rack Roof Basket Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer we'll be doing a test fit on the Rhino-Rack roof mounted cargo basket. That's part number RMCB. It measures 47 inches long by 35 inches wide, and it's 5 and a half inches deep. A few things to know about this carrier, it's made out of a sturdy steel construction, has a tubular design, and it has 165 pound weight capacity. That's a lot better than some of the other roof baskets that might have a lesser weight capacity. Once again you'll want to be sure to check with your vehicle's owners manual to see if your roof can carry that much. Here in the front we've got a nice sparing.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the and installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame class three trailer hitch receiver, part number 76034. It's nicely tucked up against the lower side of the fascia here to where except for a little bit of the crosstube down here it's pretty well hidden. This hitch is going to give us good clearance for all of our accessories away from the rear of the vehicle. It also doesn't come so far out to where it protrudes past the rear of the vehicle. It features the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening with a nice reinforcement collar that's welded on here. It's also got the two pinholes over here, the standard 5/8" hitch pinhole that's going to be used to secure all your class three accessories.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today in our 2014 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at and we're also going to show you how to install the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class 3 trailer hitch receiver. This offers the 2"x2" opening. It's part number is 76034. As you can see, you're just going to have a little bit of the cross tube visible here. It comes over safety chain connection points sort of plate style down here. They're nice and open, you shouldn't have any problems getting your chains connected. We've got a receiver tube opening here, it's just inset off the outside edge of the bumper up here, so you're not going to have to worry about bumping into it.



Curt Roof Basket Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer we'll be doing a test fit on the Curt Roof Mounted Cargo Basket. That's part Number C18115. It measures 41 and 1/2 inches long by 37 inches wide and 4 inches deep. A few things to know about this roof mounted cargo basket. It's got a sturdy steel construction with a tubular design. It's a lot boxier than most roof mounted baskets that are low profile, but that's okay because you're going to be able to hold more cargo around the edges. Here in the front, we've got a faring, so it's going to help cut down on that wind and noise reduction, and all that drag.



Thule Roof Basket Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we'll be doing a test fit on the Thule Canyon XT Roof Cargo Basket. That's part number TH859XT. It measures 49" long, 40" wide, and 6" tall here in the center. Now, if you'd like to, you can pick up a 20" extension if you prefer a longer basket. That's part number TH8591XT. Now, few features to know about this basket. It has a low profile taper design. It's going to make loading and unloading easy compared to some of those boxier roof cargo baskets.



Titan Chain Cable Snow Tire Chain Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today, on our 2010 Ford Explorer, we'll be doing a test fit on the Titan chain cable snow tire chains, part number TC1046, and that's tire size 245/65-R17. These Titan tire chains are SAE Class S chains. They're designed for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. They're low profile, so they're going to provide a smoother ride than most chains. They feature steel rollers on cross cables, so they're going to give you adequate traction on light snow and ice. The ladder pattern is going to be very effective during starts and stops.



Glacier Twist Link Snow Tire Chains with Cam Tighteners Installation - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we'll be doing a test fit on the Glacier Twist Link snow tire chains, part number PWH2229SC. That's tire size 245-55/R18. These Glacier tire chains are intended for on road use only. They feature twist links, so they're going to provide you with adequate traction on snow and ice. The ladder pattern is very effective during starts and stops. It's going to help you get the bite you need to get going.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today, on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite Custom Fit class 3 trailer hitch receiver. Offering the 2-inch by 2-inch opening, its part number is 76034. Now, here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. As you can see, we've got a semi-hidden cross tube. It's going to come down. You see that round tube that comes out from underneath the rear facia there, it comes over.



Titan Chain Cable Tire Chains Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we'll be doing a test fit on the Titan Chain Cable Snow Tire Chains, part number TC2029 and that's tire size 245, 55, R18. These Titan chains are SAE class S chains. They're designed for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. They're low profile so they're going to provide you with a smoother ride than most chains. They feature steel rollers on cross cables that are going to provide you with adequate traction on light snow and ice. The ladder pattern is very effective for starts and stops.



Titan Alloy Snow Tire Chains Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer we'll be doing a test fit on the Titan Chain Alloy Snow Tire Chains, part number TC2317 and that's tire size 245-65/R17. These Titan chains are SAE class S chains. They're designed for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. They feature a diamond pattern where as most chains feature a ladder pattern so they're going to give you more tire coverage and better traction on snow and ice. The square links are a low profile. Not only are they going to give you the bite you need, but they're also going to provide you with a smoother ride unlike most chains. The integrated tensioner allows you to control the fit of your chains and it makes installation very easy.



Titan Cable Snow Tire Chain Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer, we'll be doing a test on the Titan Chain Cable Snow Tire Chains. Part number TC2019. That's 245/65 R 17. These Titan chains are SAE class S chains. They're designed for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. They're low profile and they're going to provide you with a smoother ride than most chains. They feature steel rollers on cross cables.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford-Explorer, we'll be doing a test fit on the Glacier cable snow tire chains, part number PW1046 and that's tire size 245 65 R17. These Glacier cable tire chains are SAE class S chains. They're designed for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. They are low profile so they're going to provide you with a smooth ride than most other chains. They feature steel rollers on cross cables so you're going to get adequate traction on light snow and ice. The ladder pattern will assist you with starts and stops in wintery conditions.



K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer, we'll be doing a test fit on the K-Source Clip-On Universal Towing Mirror, part number KS3891. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park, or even back up while towing a trailer. As you can see, I'm visible in the towing mirror, but not the factory mirror. If I take a few steps in towards my trailer, this is the view you'd get with just your factory mirror. The mirror itself can be adjusted to most angles.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to take a look at, then show you how to install the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with the 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector, part number is C56172. This is what our wiring kit's going to look like when we pull it out of the package. This is a really nice, easy, straightforward kit to install. You can see our 4-pole trailer connector. That's our main goal. That's going to give us our right brake and turn, left brake and turn, our running lights, and also our ground.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer we'll be doing a test fit on the Max Tow Wheelchair Carrier. That's part number MT70106. I've already got it loaded up with the ramp extended out on the explorer just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it's going to work. As you can see it's a sizable carrier, we have plenty of mounting holes surrounding it, and we also have a mesh flooring and mesh ramp so it's going to be very easy to clean. Dirt and debris is just going to fall right through. We also have two reflectors here at the back to keep it more visible at night. It's dimensions or 50 inches long by 30 inches wide.





Ford Explorer Questions

  • Some 5-Pole flat connectors use a total of 6 wires. They operate as follows: Blue - trailer brakes Green - right hand brake and turn signals Yellow - left hand brake and turn signals Brown/Green - right hand running lights Brown/Yellow - left hand running lights White - ground The brown wires with the yellow and green tracers or stripes are the same circuit. They provide power to the side markers and taillights when the vehicle headlights are on. When converting these...
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  • To determine if you can tow your 30 ft Dutchmen travel trailer with your 2003 Ford Explorer, you will want to find the towing capacity of your Explorer and compare that to the loaded and ready to tow weight of your trailer. I did some research on your Explorer and found that the Explorer will have different maximum tow ratings depending on how it is equipped. For 2WD models, if you have the 4.0L SOHC engine without a tow package, then the maximum towing capacity of your...
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  • The key to choosing the correct weight distribution system is knowing the tongue weight of your trailer when it is fully loaded and ready to tow. You should also keep in mind that anything loaded behind the rear axle of your 2013 Ford Explorer will contribute to the tongue weight as well. I would recommend choosing a system that has a tongue weight range that encompasses the tongue weight of your trailer with its heaviest load. The tongue weight of a trailer is typically calculated...
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  • Before attempting to flat tow your vehicle, I would suggest you consult the owners manual or with Ford for any special procedures or prohibitions regarding flat towing your vehicle. I found flat towing procedures on page 292 of the owners manual. For the 2014 Explorer Sport with the Eco Boost engine and adaptive cruise, you would want to use the Blue Ox # BX2632 base plate kit. An adapter like # RM-031 would be needed in order for the Blue Ox base plates to work with the Roadmaster...
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  • On your 2013 Ford Explorer Limited, the factory brake control wiring harness should be located above and behind the hood release under the dash on the drivers side. To connect your P2 brake controller to the harness, you will need the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter, # 3035-P. This adapter has one end that plugs into your P2 brake controller and a larger end that plugs into the 6 pin connector that should be located behind the glove box on the vehicles brake control harness....
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  • First, you need to find out If your Ford Explorer is equipped with a tow-package port (90 percent are). If so use, item # 118241, which is much simpler to hook up. The plug is usually located in the rear of the vehicle on the driver side. However, the plug can also be found on the passenger side and sometimes even on both sides. The small grey plug is usually covered with a red nipple, but the colors and styles of caps do vary. If your Explorer is not equipped with the factory...
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  • We have everything that you will need to carry your 2 adult and 2 kids bikes on your husbands 2004 Ford Explorer. I will start off with a few bike rack recommendations. For a Yakima bike rack, my personal favorite is the RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack, # Y02458. This bike rack is a great value for the quality and features that it has and it includes an integrated locking cable. For a Thule bike rack, I recommend looking at either the Vertex 4 Bike Rack, # TH9029XT, or the Apex 4...
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  • According to the owner's manual, when activated by pressing the button, the Tow/Haul feature improves transmission operation by changing the shift points so that upshifts are delayed to keep the engine operating higher in its power band when the transmission shifts. When the transmission is on OD (overdrive) having the Tow/Haul mode 'on' will provide engine braking in all gears, which is useful for when you're descending hills. I've driven vehicles previously that have had...
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  • The Tekonsha Brake Controller Wiring Adapter # 3035-P is indeed the correct harness for your 2015 Ford Explorer w/ Factory Tow Package. The connector is located under the dash, near the hood release lever. The Tekonsha P3, part # 90195 would be an excellent choice. The P3 is one of our best selling brake controllers, because of how user-friendly it is.
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  • The wires for the brake controller on your 2002 Ford Explorer will be in one of two locations. They may be under the dash on the drivers side of the vehicle left of the steering column or behind the glove box on the passenger side. If your vehicle has a factory 7-Way connector, then there should be a port where you can plug in the wiring adapter, # 3035-P. The port may be white, black or gray. If your vehicle comes with a factory 4-Flat trailer connector, then you may or may...
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  • You have the standard brake mounting flanges on your axle. If you want to get really technical, the bolt holes should actually measure about 1/16 larger than 2-3/4. That is the standard dimension for 3,500 lb axles. If you are looking for hydraulic brake assemblies, I strongly recommend the 10 Inch Free-Backing Dacromet Brake Assemblies, # AKFBBRK-35L-D for the left hand and # AKFBBRK-35R-D for the right hand. Free-backing brakes will not lock up when you are backing up the...
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  • It sounds as if the connection you found is one that is located on the opposite side of the vehicle. If your 1998 model Explorer has the factory tow package installed the correct connector for the trailer wiring harness, # 118421, is sometimes on the drivers side or the passengers side. There is a very similar connector that the harness will not plug into on the opposite side in most every case. Go to the other side and locate the connector there and I am confident your wiring...
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  • When it comes to ground clearance the preferred type of weight distribution (WD) hitch is the trunnion style, such as # RP66542 from Reese. Trunnion spring bars attach to the head unit from the side rather than from the bottom like round bar systems like the Fastway # FA94-00-0800 and so they provide better ground clearance. The linked article on WD systems may be helpful to you as it explains the features of various systems. For a 600-lb TW Reese system # RP66083 is a great choice....
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  • The Draw-Tite Hitch # 76034 is a fit for your vehicle. The other Draw-Tite hitch you mentioned has been discontinued. Your liftgate will still function just fine. You just might have to run your foot under either side of the hitch opening instead. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 118540 as it is a confirmed fit as well. I attached install videos for this and the hitch for you to check out. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball...
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  • I see exactly what you are talking about. I checked the stock we have on hand and all of the # 118241 wiring harnesses have the pins in the 3 O-clock and 10 O-clock positions with the locking tab up. I then spoke with our installation tech and he feels that the directions for the 1999 Explorer are wrong. He says that he remembers having to use the connector that is on the drivers side and that the picture on our web page was taken following the manufacturers directions and never...
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  • You do not have to add an oil cooler or supplemental transmission cooler if you do not want to. but Ford might require it to reach the maximum tow rating for your 2014 Ford Explorer. You will want to check the owners manual to determine if those items are required. It would not be a bad idea to add them even if you do not have to. They will help protect and prolong the life of the vehicle motor and transmission. I recommend a combination cooler # D15902 which is both a transmission...
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  • You would not be able to use the DeeZee headache rack with a TruXedo tonneau cover because the rails are covered and they would interfere with each other. You might be able to use # MT70234 since it bolts to the tops of the bed sides and the brackets do not come over the bed sides.
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  • The hitches we offer for your Explorer, the Curt Class III, part # C13100 and the Draw-Tite # 76034 would all have the receiver tube sitting below the rear bumper fascia as shown in the photos I provided for you. We don't offer an OEM style hitch for your Explorer, you would need to see a Ford dealer about that.
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  • The wire you will want to use on your 1999 Ford Explorer should be a solid green wire. I would double-check with a circuit tester like the # 3808 to be sure. The 12 volt power source that runs to the 7-way is for auxiliary circuits like a winch or lights like you mentioned. In order for your brake controller to activate the brakes on your trailer you will not need to have this circuit wired up.
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  • The Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118344, is the wiring harness you will need if you do not have the factory tow package and your 2001 Ford Explorer XLT is a two door. If your 2001 Ford Explorer XLT does not have the factory tow package and is a four door, then you will need the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118345. This harness has a modulite converter that draws power for the trailer lights directly from the vehicles battery. Both of the wiring harnesses...
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