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Hi:

I'll try to answer a few of your questions.

1. I believe that this trailer will be way too much for your Explorer. I had an Explorer Sport Trac with my previous trailer (that weighed in at 3800lb ready for camping), and it was all I would want to pull with that. The Sport Trac had a 5000lb tow rating. The trailer tow package on these vehicles isn't as good as you might think.

The 2002 25RSS probably weighs in at around 5300lb dry(meaning nothing but trailer...no 'stuff ' inside).

http://www.keystonerv.com/previous-years?brand=Outback&year=2002

The 2007 Explorer had a max tow rating of around 7300lb, if properly equipped.

http://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/ford/general/pdf/towingguides/07RVTTguideApr08.pdf

2. You will need a brake controller and the proper wiring for the brakes on the trailer. See your local RV dealer for more info on this, as it's a little too much to type about.

3. A friend has one of that age and likes it.

4. Trouble spot... Delamination of anything on the outside. It looks like the outside panels have big bubbles in them. Also, any water spots inside that might hide water damage from a leaky roof, and possible rot in the sidewalls. Also, any discolored floor tiles, or soft spots in the floor. Lots of other things too, but water damage is the major problem.

Good luck.

Chris
 

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Too bad it sold, but maybe for the best this time.

Just remember that dry weight is the weight of the trailer only, sometimes without the weight of the awning, AC and propane tanks added in, just to name some stuff. Then add in your things like food, bedding and clothes, pot and pans, coffee pot(and whatever else you bring), and it can get to 1000 lbs over dry weight real quick. That does not include any water or sewage you might carry in your tanks(at 8.3 lbs/gallon).

My current trailer, weighed last summer on a truck scale, weighed 5300 lbs ready for 2 weeks of camping, with dry tanks. Dry weight of my trailer is 4400 lbs...

I did tow my current trailer with my Explorer Sport Trac, rated at 5000lb capacity a couple of times before I sold the Sport Trac. It was more than my Explorer could handle, and I knew that when I bought the current trailer, so I was looking for a new tow vehicle when I bought the trailer. I now pull it with a F-150 rated at 9200 lbs.

Good luck in your search. BTY: A good time to buy a new one is at the winter RV shows. Prices are, many times, about as low as you will get all year.

And... welcome to this site! There's a lot of good info here, and a friendly bunch of people too. :gathering:
 
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