Expedition - Impressed (tow capacity)

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  1. Perfectmax

    Perfectmax New Member

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    I towed a boat this week with my 2018 Expedition and was thoroughly impressed. Boat was 10,500 lbs with a 1300 lbs trailer. This exceeded the tow capacity of the truck (only an in-town tow) but my expectations were exceeded. Not much bouncing, the engine and transmission could have handled much more it seemed. Only limiting factor is the weight on the rear suspension (and I would imagine the brakes too although they were fine for the short tow plus the trailer had brakes as well).

    Figured I’d share, again, very impressed with this trucks capabilities!

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    I’m more impressed with the Scout. Well built center councils and very nice choice in hull color, love the blue. Also makes your truck look like a little potato, too much boat for an Expedition too stop. For safety I wouldn’t bring that on the highway or any state roads. Over GVWR can get us into trouble if anything were to happen we are liable for our vehicle and load.
     
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    Wow, that’s a LOT of weight and a lot more over the max for my comfort zone but very impressive none the less. What was the tongue weight? I didn’t see a weight distribution hitch either so you probably thoroughly tested and exceeded all the weight maxes lol
     
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    Boat trailers put most of the weight over their axles and toward the stern. The thickest part of the hull along with the engine weight is also concentrated at the stern.
     
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    Ah, I see... makes sense now that I think about it.
     
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    The engine is capable but as you said, the brakes, tongue weight, wheelbase get you in trouble. Be careful when exceeding the trailer and GCWR.
     
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    I tow my 248 Edgewater up and down the east coast with my 2018 Max, and I think there are really only 2 major shortcomings with this towing platform:
    1. The rear suspension is far too soft, even with a tongue weight of less than the 600 lb WDH recommendation
    2. The fuel tank is way, way too small for a tow vehicle. It is a solid 5 gallons under my previous Yukon XL, and that really screws up the logistics of a long trip... especially when you have to get around the DC area.

    Other than that, the power delivery is perfect for towing, and I have found the brakes to be extremely capable even for highway towing.
     
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    The EcoBoost is amazing. I wish they would have put airbags with the CCD shocks on the rear. Just to level the legal load. WDH are awesome, but I shouldn’t need one with a 7K boat with 500lbs tongue weight. But I need something to control the squat. Love the boat. Looks like a ship next to the Expy.


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    I get rear suspension sag like you do. Really wish the Expy had rear load leveling suspension. But I am happy with the engine and it's towing capabilities.

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    I think it actually looks better squatted down a bit like that. I hate the ugly wheel gap the American manufacturers can't figure out how to eliminate.
     

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