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Old 01-04-2018, 06:11 AM   #1
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OEM Trailer Hitch

I have a 2015 Ford Explorer XLT w/Sport Package. It didn't come with a tow package. I want to install the OEM trailer package. I found a video on how to install the OEM trailer hitch and I've found a few fairly inexpensive OEM hitches online. Will a 2016 OEM trailer hitch fit a 2015?

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Old 01-06-2018, 05:57 AM   #2
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I would call a RV center that installs the hitches they can tell you that, or look up on line at reese hitches. They have three classes of trailer hitches . You need to know which one you have. I hope this helps you.
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I would call a RV center that installs the hitches they can tell you that, or look up on line at reese hitches. They have three classes of trailer hitches . You need to know which one you have. I hope this helps you.
I ended up calling a dealer. According to the dealer, they read me the part numbers are the same from 15-17.
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:45 PM   #4
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KlawC, are you aware the factory-installed tow package includes other things to allow your Explorer to handle towing, such as a transmission cooler? If you just add a hitch, you are probably OK hooking up a very light trailer, a bike rack, etc. but I would not try to tow a heavier trailer - too much chance of major damage occurring.
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KlawC, are you aware the factory-installed tow package includes other things to allow your Explorer to handle towing, such as a transmission cooler? If you just add a hitch, you are probably OK hooking up a very light trailer, a bike rack, etc. but I would not try to tow a heavier trailer - too much chance of major damage occurring.
It is the factory tow package, yes. I'm not towing anything bigger than a 5 x 8 enclosed trailer with a little bit of furniture and my bike. Less than 2,000lbs.
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The oem hitch is a class I hitch typically rated to 2,000 lbs.
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The oem hitch is a class I hitch typically rated to 2,000 lbs.
Only on the FWD Ecoboost 2.0 and "maybe" the 2.3L models.

The factory hitch that comes with the tow package on 3.5L equipped Explorers is a class III with a 2" receiver, making the tow capacity slightly over 5,000lbs.

Ford does make an aftermarket class I hitch that can be put on vehicles that didn't come with the towing package. They also started offering a class II factory hitch for 2.3L models but I don't know what year that started, maybe with the start of the 2.3L but I know it's been available for at least a couple model years. At that point a class I hitch was no longer a factory option. The class II towing package does not include an oil cooler like the class III.
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