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2011 Ford Expedition Towing


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This SUV has been towing our 2005 23LSV with no problems on our flat Texas roads for the past several years. As we've been thinking about a boat upgrade, it has me concerned about the ability of this vehicle to tow these heavier new boats. We mostly tow less than 5 miles to the local ramp but will do a couple of 3-4 hour trips each year as well...mostly on flat-ish roads.

So what are your thoughts around towing a new 2018/2019 Malibu 23LSV with this vehicle? I believe the Expedition it is rated at a max of 6,000 pounds, and the new LSV dry is 5K. Then you add a full tank of gas and you're already up to 5,400 plus gear which seems to be pushing it's limits.

Time for a truck or think this SUV can get it done for what are mostly shorter trips?

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24 minutes ago, oldjeep said:

Maybe 5k not including the trailer.  Id bet that you are at 7k on a tandem

Yep, not including trailer.  So sounds like this will be a tough chore my current rig?


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I think all the upper trim levels came with the tow package.  Is the receiver and 7 pin socket stock from Ford?  If so odds are it has the tow package.  


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Thanks for the feedback.  It does have both the 7 pin and 4 pin.  I was reading last night that the 7 pin was an indicator that it had the upgraded tow package.  So I guess we will give it a go.  Thank you!

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I don't think the tow package has a choice they are all HD if ordered. You ether get it or not. The only thing that may have any difference would be the rear end ratio. But I am not even sure on that as I think they only  had two choices.  What year and engine?

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One suggestion that made a world of difference towing with my 12' was putting LT load range D tires on it.  The 5.4 will make a lot of noise but eventually get the job done.

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