i will be towing a bayliner 192 cuddy with 4.3.using 2011 explorer with tow package going to florida.any advice?
1. Carry a complete spare hub and two sets of bearings; have the right lug wrench, wheel bearing grease etc. Imagine you fry a bearing miles from nowhere or at night....you need to be self-sufficient.
2. Carry a jack that can lift your trailer. many car jacks aren't tall enough.
3. Spare tire.
4. Be careful, but don't worry.
I tow an '08 192 Discovery 4.3 with an '08 Explorer with 4.0 L motor and towing package. No problems except for long uphill pulls. Then I usually pull the transmission into a lower gear to stop the trans from constantly shifting up and down.
HINT: turn off the OD on the transmission and you will see an increase in mileage of about 2 MPG. Keeping the transmission in 4th stops lugging the engine.
John C in PA
Kevins' got great info for 1. If you have all real tow package you will be good. If it seems to still lug then 'yes' turn off O/D (5th) still allows tcc operation but you will lose a little more than 2 mpg's tho, after you complete your 'over the hill' portion I would reengage O/D. The best thing to do is leave it in O/D until it seems to struggle or cycle (change) in and out of gear alot then cancel O/D. Even though you have a 5 spd auto it really is only lower in 1st gear, not really in O/D.
Gotta disagree with you Bonediver. To be clear, except when towing hilly areas, I keep my transmission out of overdrive and my mileage has gone UP from 12 to 14 mpg. This is how I tow (typically 55-65 mph) and YMMV.
Gary, I have a similar setup and the advice given here is good. I have gone one step further and added ‘bearing buddies’ to the hubs and carry a tube of quality bearing lube in a grease gun. I have made several long tows and at each rest stop taken the time to give each a top up. I have yet to use the spare bearings and hub thankfully. This also forces me to take the (should be) mandatory thorough walk around inspection. Safe trip and enjoy...