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1990 m26S Reese hitch question

Postby mikeh53 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:26 pm

Hi group... thanks in advance for your input

After 25 years plus since W had a lil 21 foot venture in Ca.... we just purchased a 1990 Mac26S

We are purchasing from a charity in Wisconsin about 8 HRs north of us.... and are scheduled for us to pick up the Mistic Rose next Tuesday afternoon... my consign is with our Ford Explorer (Toe vehicle). While I have no doubts about the explorer.... I am a little worried about our current Reese hitch package that is on the explorer..

It has the smaller version of reciever like 1.5 x1.5 instead of the larger (3x3). I have a 16 foot utility trailer and have hauled some heavy loads of fire wood with this rig... but

Will this smaller reciever hitch haul a 26S? Under normal conditions?
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Re: 1990 m26S Reese hitch question

Postby Tomfoolery » Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:06 pm

That depends on whether it's a Class I (2000 lb) or a Class II (3500 lb) hitch - both use a 1-1/4" square receiver. Class III has a 2" square receiver opening, and are rated up to something like 6000 lb (10kip if weight-distributing), but that's obviously not what you have.

The rating and/or class should be stamped right into the metal somewhere. I wouldn't hesitate to tow with a Class II hitch and appropriately rated ball mount and 2" ball (watch shank diameter and OD and rating), but not a chance with the Class I.

Specs say it's got a displacement of 2850 lb including 1200 lb of ballast water, so empty it's supposed to be 1650 lb. Add some for sails, extra rigging, 'stuff' in general, and a small OB, and call it 2000 lb. My OEM steel trailer (for an X, but the Classic has a similar trailer) is advertised at 710 lb, so that totals less than 3000 lb. Not a lot of headroom, but certainly not more than the hitch is rated for. And make sure the ball mount has the right amount of rise or drop to tow the trailer frame rails parallel with the road (level on level ground).
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Re: 1990 m26S Reese hitch question

Postby Hamin' X » Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:44 am

Firstly, what model year is your Explorer and is it 2WD, or 4WD? Do you have the owner's manual? if not, look up your vehicle here:

You will find that the Explorer has rated towing capacity between 2,000 and 5,000 Lbs, depending upon configuration.

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Re: 1990 m26S Reese hitch question

Postby Stevenhigbee » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:13 am

I haul mine with a little Chevy S-10. That was one of the main selling points, that it can be hauled by a normal car without any special towing capabilities.
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