We are looking for some advice regarding an overheating Ford Explorer when towing a Bigfoot
We bought a 1992 17ft Bigfoot
and took it out for our first trip last weekend but we found our Ford Explorer was overheating whenever we reached over 70kms on the highway or if there was any sized hill to deal with.
We have a 2000 Ford Explorer, 2DR, 4.0L, 6 cylinder Sport model which, doing the research, should be easily capable of towing the Bigfoot
according to the stats. The vehicle has an automatic transmission with the intergrated transmission cooler/radiator set up along with the best axle
ratio for towing so the vehicle should be able to cope with up to 4750 lbs.
We have done all the usual checks on the vehichle and found nothing wrong and the vehicle drives perfectly when not towing. I think we need to make some upgrades but I'd like some help in deciding which to go for. In order of preference, I suspect that adding an additional transmission cooler, an engine oil cooler or maybe an electric fan would rectify the problem. Does anyone out there have experience with the problem and any success in finding a solution.
While out, we did have the trailer weighed and with all our "stuff" in it, it weighed in at 2750 pounds - well within the vehicles towing capacity.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!