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MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test fit of the Maxxtow 48 by 21 cargo carrier. That part number is MT70422. It's designed to work with two-inch hitches and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. Now, the first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements. Our ground clearance is about 14 1/2 inches. Our overall is about 29 inches.



Detail K2 20x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test fit of the Detail K2 20 x 60 Folding Cargo Carrier. That part number is K2HCC602. We already have it loaded up on our vehicle. We're first going to take a few measurements. Our first one's going to be our ground clearance. We've got about 15 inches of clearance down here. To the back of our vehicle we are adding about 34 inches.



Carpod Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test fit of the Carpod 23x47 walled cargo carrier, part number M2205. It's designed to work with two inch hitches and has a weight capacity of 450 pounds. The first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements. Our ground clearance is first, we have about 20 1/2 inches. Overall to the vehicle we're adding about 34 inches. Our closest point is going to be on this raised shank here, at about 5 1/2 inches away. With our Explorer we do have a dual exhaust, comes out of the passenger and driver side. Although it's lower than the carrier, it still comes out about 15 1/2 inches, so you may want to be careful carrying any heat sensitive materials on your carrier.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test fit of the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 cargo carrier. It's designed to work with two inch hitches and has a 500 pound weight capacity, and the part number for that is CC-100. Now we already have our carrier on our vehicle. First thing we're going to do is take a few measurements. Our ground clearance here is going to be about 13 inches. Overall to the Explorer we're adding about 29 and a half inches, and our closes point is going to be about 5 and three-quarter inches away.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer we're doing a test it of a Let's Go Aero GearCage. Part number, HCR222. The dimensions for this are 48x32 and it has a 300 pound weight capacity. Now we already have this on our vehicle, we're first going to take a few measurements. Our first one's going to be our ground clearance. It's actually right up under the back of our carrier and we're at about a 13 and 3/4 inches.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Curt 20X60 Folding Cargo Carrier. That part number is C18151. It has a 500-pound weight capacity, and it's designed to work with 2-inch hitches. The first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements here. Our ground clearance is first. We have about 15-1/4 inches of clearance.



Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Curt 24x60 Folding Cargo Carrier. That part number is C18153. It has a 500 pound weight capacity and it's designed to work with 2 inch hitches. The first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements. Ground clearance is going to be about 18 inches. Overall to the vehicle, we're adding about 40 1/2 inches. Our closest point is going to be about 15 inches away there.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test fit of the curt 20 by 60 cargo carrier, part number c18150. Now it's designed to work with two inch hitches and has a 500 pound weight capacity. The first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements here. Our ground clearance is first, we have about 17.5 inches. Overall to the vehicle we're adding about 28 inches. Our closest point is going to be about 7 inches away there.



Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today, on our 2015 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test fit of the Rhino Rack Vortex Aero Roofing System. The cross bar number will be RRVA137B-2 and the SX series legs will be RRSX005. Now we have the first one already on, as you can see. Now, we have the second one we're going to install. Like I said, we have our crossbar here, we have our two legs that fit to our crossbar, we have our two ends and we have the Rhino tool that has been included with the legs themselves. Now, the measurement wires, we just want to show you how to put them on. Like I said, the foot slides into the little T-slot, make sure that's pretty much straight.



Rhino Rack Road Warrior Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we are doing a test fit of the Rhino Rack Road Warrior Rooftop Bike Carrier. Part number is RBC036. Now, we already have a bike on our rack, so I am just going to show you a few features on it. This is a fort mounted bike rack, you can see our skewers here. It has a lock for anti-theft. To the back all we have is strap over our back wheel, sitting in our wheel cradle.



Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer, we're doing a test bit of the Rhino-Rack MountainTrail Bike Carrier. Part number is RBC035. Now, we have the bike on our rack already. Show you a few things here. This is a fork mounted bike. See there, we have our skewer here, and it has a lock on here for you. Anti-theft.



Thule Roof Rack Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we're doing a test fit of the Thule Aero blade Cross row Arrow roof racking system. The part numbers for the cross bars are THARB60, and for our foot pack TH450R. Now we have the first one already on our vehicle. Let me show you how we install this, it's pretty easy. All righty, we have our aero blade here, we have our foot pack, one is already on, going to show you how to put the other one. We have our tape measure to take our measurements.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer, we're going to do a test fit on the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 Cargo Carrier. This has been designed for use in 2 inch hitches and it's made for up to 500 pounds. Part number on it is CC-100. You can see we've got the nice large open holes here on our floor. This is going to give us plenty of room for any of the water and dirt debris to fall right down and out. It's kind of an expanded steel. It's got a nice raised edge, it's going to go all the way around the outside.



Pro Series 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we're going to do a test fit on the Pro Series 24 by 60 cargo carrier. Now this is designed for use with 2" hitches and it's going to offer a 500 pound weight capacity. Part number on it is 63153. Now you can see we're going to have nice expanded steel floor here. That's to allow any dirt or debris or moisture to fall down and out and not build up on top of the carrier. Also going to have a nice raised edge.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer, we've got the Maxxtow 21 by 48 cargo carrier rack. We'll see how it fits with the Ford Explorer. Now this carrier has been designed for use in 2-inch hitches. Thanks to the nice full length steel shaft that we have here, it's going to maintain a 500-pound weight capacity. The big deal about this carrier, full aluminum construction with the exception of that shank, nice and light weight. If weight is an issue for you, this would be an excellent choice for a carrier, easy to get it on, easy to get it off of the car. Now, you can see here we've got the slots that are going to run the full length of the carrier.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today in our 2015 Ford Explorer, we've got the Let's Go Aero GearCage out. We're going to fit it up to to the vehicle and see what kind of dimentions we've got in measurements as far as clearance and stuff like that goes. Now this carrier is 32 inches by 48 inches. It's going to offer a 300 pound weight capacity, and it's been designed for use with two inch hitches. A couple things I really like about the carrier; First of all you notice how nice and sturdy that is. It's going to come with an anti-rattle bolt and a clip.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer, we're test fitting the Curt 20 by 60 cargo carrier. This has been designed for use in 2-inch hitches and it offers a 500-pound weight capacity. Part number on it is C18150. You see the platform or the floor in the carrier is going to be that expanded mesh or expanded steel. That's going to allow us to put dirty, wet items like that on it and all that moisture, that dirt and debris will fall on down through. It's got a raised edge.



Best 2014 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the three most popular hitches we have available for you here at Etrailer. The one on top is the CURT, part number C13100. This is a class three so it's going to offer the 2" by 2" opening. We've got our Hidden Hitch, part number 87720. This is also a class three. Lastly at the bottom, the Draw-Tite.



Best 2015 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at the three most popular hitches we have available for you here at etrailer. The one on top is the CURT part number C13100. This is a class 3, so it's going to offer the two inch by two inch opening. We've got our Hidden Hitch, part number 87720. This is also a class 3. Lastly, at the bottom, the Draw-Tite.



SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Braking System Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford explorer, we're going to show you how to install the SMI Stay-In-Play Duo. This is a proportional supplemental braking system. Its part number is SM99251. The duo is an automatic proportional braking system that never has to be removed, replaced, or reset. It activates when your RV's brake lights go on. The inertia sensor in the towed car detects any deceleration properly applying the brakes. Now we are going to start getting our operating unit in place.





Ford Explorer Questions

  • 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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  • We have everything you need to flat tow your new 2013 Ford Explorer with your 2009 Winnebago Chalet. Before we get into the parts that you will need, I recommend checking your owners manual for any restrictions or limitations for flat towing your Explorer. I did some research on your vehicle and the Explorer can be flat towed, but Ford may have specific procedures and restrictions for flat towing that will be listed in your owners manual. There are 5 items that you will need...
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  • 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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  • Both the Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit # 4427-3A and the XL Base Plate Kit # 4427-1A will work with the 2014 Ford Explorer both with or without adaptive cruise control. Both base plates are also compatible with your Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520. If you don't already have safety cables, cables like # RM-643 are required when flat towing. Other components needed to flat tow are a wiring harness for the towed vehicle, like # 154-792-118158, and a supplemental braking...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Depending on which motor your 1996 Ford Explorer is equipped with will depend on how many and which catalytic converters you will need. If you have the V6 4.0 liter motor, you will need to replace the the front and rear converter. For this we have the MagnaFlow Stainless Steel Catalytic Converter, part # MF23313, (49 state approved) which is a direct fit replacement. If you have the V8 5.0 liter motor, you will need to replace a total of 4 catalytic converters. For the driver...
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  • Your 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer could have either a 1-1/4 inch hitch or a 2 inch hitch. You will need to measure the size of the receiver opening on the hitch to make sure what size you have. You might also see if there is a label on your hitch that will list the Gross Towing Weight and the Tongue Weight for your hitch. This will let you know the maximum weight that your hitch is rated for, which will help you choose what cargo carrier or trailer you should use. The towing...
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  • I did some checking and it looks like the oil filter threads on your 2013 Ford Explorer with a 3.5 liter engine are M22x1.5 mm, so you are going to need an oil cooler that is compatible with this. I would recommend you get the Derale Stacked-Plate Engine Oil Cooler Kit part # D15602. This kit comes with a compatible oil filter sandwich adapter so that it will work for you. This cooler is a stacked plate cooler, which of all the different styles of coolers this is the most efficient. Here...
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  • I would go with the Thule Apex # TH9027 for several reasons. First, it is a newer design than the SwingDaddy so it is more advanced overall. The arms are arced for the most ground clearance and clearance between bikes. The cradles are new Hold Fast cradles and feature road-dampening technology which reduce shock and vibration. The arms can tilt down on both racks which is nice for storage. Both racks feature integrated cable locks and anti-sway cradles. The arms are about 2...
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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 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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  • The hitches we offer for your Explorer, the Curt Class III, part # C13100 and the Draw-Tite # 75710 and the Hidden Hitch # 87720 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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