Ford Explorer Trailer Hitches

Planning to carry some heavy loads on your Ford Explorer? A trailer hitch will make this easy for you. There are plenty of Ford Explorer trailer hitches available at CARiD. If you have never towed a trailer, then there are a few things to keep in mind. When loading the trailer it is not recommended to just throw everything in a heap and then pull it. The weight needs to be evenly distributed throughout the entire trailer with the heavier items at the front. While doing this though, remember the tongue would need to have only 10-15 percent of the entire trailer weight on it. Make sure to secure any load no matter how big or small. This can be done with some tie downs. When the trailer hitch is properly installed but the trailer weight is off, then there is the risk of trailer swaying precariously. This means the trailer will be going from side to side which makes it almost impossible for you to control the vehicle.

Instead of pushing on the gas like normal and straining your Ford Explorer trailer hitch, you want to pull away slowly and gradually increase the speed. If the trailer starts swaying, stop immediately and rearrange the load. An important factor to remember is: when pulling a load, the length of your vehicle is now longer. There is also added weight so when going up the hill or even getting ready to overtake someone on the highway; it is going to take a little longer to hit the desired speed. You never want to slam on the brakes in hopes of stopping. It will take longer to come to a complete stop so allow some extra time. More room is also going to be required while taking a turn or the trailer will end up hitting items on the way. So swing wider on your turns to allow enough room.

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    • CURT® Trailer Hitch
      (155 reviews)
      # 663
      Trailer Hitch by CURT®. These receiver hitches allow you to add a hitch receiver to replace the factory bumper ball mount. This means the hitch ball and its ball mount can be removed and stowed when not trailering. It also allows...
      $56.14 - $266.00
    • CURT® Towing Wiring Harness
      (28 reviews)
      # 7830
      Towing Wiring Harness by CURT®. This provides all you need to connect a trailer to the tow vehicle. Generous length allows plenty of wire. Female end is for tow vehicle, male end for trailer. You can cut it to appropriate length to...
      $9.43 - $223.24
    • Pro Series® Trailer Hitch
      (23 reviews)
      # 932
      Trailer Hitch by Pro Series®. A sturdy hitch from Pro Series is engineered and built from the ground up to fit your vehicle perfectly, and allow you to tow safely and easily.
      $41.34 - $151.38
    • CURT® Front Trailer Hitch
      (5 reviews)
      # 664
      Front Trailer Hitch by CURT®. These receiver hitches allow you to add a hitch receiver to replace the factory bumper ball mount. This means the hitch ball and its ball mount can be removed and stowed when not trailering. It also...
      $21.96 - $226.03
    • Tow Ready® T-One Connector Assembly
      (16 reviews)
      # 935
      T-One Connector Assembly by Tow Ready®. T-One Connectors require no splicing of wires. Simply locate your vehicles wiring harness connector, unplug the connection and insert the T-Connector into the vehicle's harness. No special...
      $11.29 - $80.40
    • Hidden Hitch® Trailer Hitch
      (102 reviews)
      # 929
      Trailer Hitch by Hidden Hitch®. Hidded Hitch is the premium trailer hitch manufacturer in the towing field. A sturdy hitch from Hidded Hitch is engineered and built from the ground up to fit your vehicle perfectly, and allow you to...
      $37.22 - $212.56
    • Draw-Tite® Trailer Hitch
      (101 reviews)
      # 923
      Trailer Hitch by Draw-Tite®. A sturdy hitch from Draw-Tite is engineered and built from the ground up to fit your vehicle perfectly, and allow you to tow safely and easily.
      $37.22 - $284.59
    • Reese® Trailer Hitch
      (12 reviews)
      # 930
      Trailer Hitch by Reese®. Install a trailer hitch between the frame rails of your truck, whether it's a stake truck, service body, pickup or motorhome. These are custom installations, and may require welding, additional parts like...
      $41.34 - $665.14
    • Westin® Trailer Hitches
      (1 reviews)
      # 5049
      Westin's Receiver Hitches feature a round tube design, with some applications featuring a square tube design based on specific allowances or limitations. All feature a Westin quality textured black powder coat finish to match...
      $89.28 - $170.35
    • Tow Ready® Replacement OEM Harness
      (8 reviews)
      # 936
      Replacement OEM Harness by Tow Ready®. Wire up your tow vehicle and trailer with whatever it takes to get your trailer lights on, the electric brakes slowing down, and the trailer battery charging. From simple wiring connectors, to...
      $11.29 - $52.58
    • Draw-Tite® Front Trailer Hitch
      (2 reviews)
      # 7154
      Front Trailer Hitch by Draw-Tite®. Add a hitch receiver to the front of your truck. The receiver is handy for all sorts of accessories, from steps to winches to license plates and more.
      $107.53 - $219.53
    • Hopkins® Impulse™ Digital Brake Control
      (1 reviews)
      # 2863
      Impulse™ Digital Brake Control by Hopkins®. Designed for ultimate convenience and safety, the brake control solves the problem of inconvenient mounting, out of reach controls and difficult to see displays of traditional brake...
    • CARR® HD Universal Hitch Step
      (16 reviews)
      # 1244
      HD Universal Hitch Step by CARR®. Give your truck a distinctive custom touch and get complete and easy cargo access with this heavy-duty step. Specially designed non-slip tread pattern ensures safe and effective use, while unique...
    • Hopkins® Towing Wiring Harnesses
      (6 reviews)
      # 2849
      Towing Wiring Harnesses by Hopkins®. Unplug your vehicle's factory wiring harness and plug in a Hopkins vehicle wiring harness. That's how easy trailer wiring is with a Plug-In-Simple! wiring kit, featuring Exact OEM Fit connectors...
      $13.16 - $95.40
    • CARR® Mega Hitch Step
      (0 reviews)
      # 6356
      Mega Hitch Step by CARR®. It's not that easy to reach certain areas on trucks or SUVs, but not with this heavy-duty step. It ensures safe and easy access to the vehicle, and is designed to fit all 2'' and 2-1/2'' trailer hitches....

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    Ford Explorer Trailer Hitches Reviews
    Average rating: 4.5 4.7 - 8 reviews
    2011 Ford Explorer | Posted by Jeff | (Mather, PA)

    Simple to install. Looks great on the vehicle.

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