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|2012 Ford Expedition Limited towing 2013 PrimeTime Tracer||Mark||1-7-13|
|In August 2012 we purchased a new 2012 Ford Expedition Limited with the Heavy Duty Tow Package to tow a new 2013 Prime Time Tracer 3150bhd. We spent a couple of weekends learing more about towing it as well as local weekend get-aways. The furthest I towed it was about a 2.5 hour drive in September. That's when I learned more about the swaying that occurs when driving on expressways going 55 mph.|
We're looking to make the trip to Orlando from Detroit in the next couple of months (end of March/early April). We figure it will take us about 2.5 days to get there traveling down I75 going through the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee.
I'm looking for any, and all, advice from the veterans who have made trips like this. Going through the hills and dealing with the sway.
|Re: 2012 Ford Expedition Limited towing 2013 PrimeTime Tracer||BUBBA THE BUS TECH||1-8-13|
|Lets start with some facts.|
If you have one of the rare max capacity 2 wheel drive Expedition with the 5.4 liter V8 you you are 500 pounds overloaded for the trucks maximum capacity for towing. If yours is 4 wheel drive or does not have the max capacity options it is 1000 to 3000 overloaded.
Next the truck is naturally pushed around by the trailer. Overloading will make this much much worse.
So we need to make sure we are at least 500 pounds light on the trailer, so cary no water and make sure too load the weght in the centre of the trailer as much as possible.
You NEED a minimum 800 pound equalizer and I would push hard to get you into a 1000 pound. You have a rated hitch weight of 701 pounds, extra batteries, full LPG tanks and trailer loading could easily push it up several hundred pounds.
Hitch set up and use are also absolutely critical. Get it right!
Truck and trailer tire pressures should be set as high as possible, most trucks have a recomended heavy load recomendation, use that pressure or if no loaded recomendation is made tire side wall maximum might help. Trailer tires must be set to to a minumum of the manufacturers recomendation. Imbalance will make things worse
Sway controls are available, I like the "DualCam" system, but any will help a little, but dont expect a whole bunch, the isue is the trailer is to large for the truck.
But in an ideal world you would buy another truck that was only loaded to 80% ish capacity rather than 105% to 125% to tame your trailer.
Finally as you are pushing the limits check you unit carefully at every stop, soft tires, hot bearings, a hitch that is not performing correct can lead to disaster.