Towing an Explorer
I am going to be helping a guy move in the next month and since he can't drive all his vehicles I may be taxing my ram to pull one.
The specs on the Ram are
1998 5.2L Auto
Single Cab, Long Bed
3.55 gearing, 2wd
Class IV hitch
What can I tow or not tow with this setup?
I tow a 32' Travel trailer it's about 5K lbs with my ram van, it has the same setup as you, 5.2L 4 spd autp and 3.55 chrysler 9.25 2wd. It performs well, just make sure you turn OD off when you tow.
I had a 98 1500 with the 318 and towed everything from a 1800lb VW Beetle to a 5400lb 56 Pontiac Safari (including a 93 Grand Cherokee 5.2 which I would think is about the same weight as an Exploder) through the Poconos without issues. As mentioned, turn off the OD and make sure your brakes are up to snuff. If you use a trailer from UHaul, those have surge brakes which help some, but your truck's brakes are still doing most of the work.
Also a help with towing. Try to center the explorer weght over trailer axle's that willmore evenly ditriute over truck and make ride and conrol easer.
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