Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Hmmm...don't even know what an Encore is.
The Explorer is built on a 4WD truck frame. Crawling under it, I don't see a difference between the frames on my F-150 frame & the Explorer.
Explorer: 189" long, 113 wheelbase
F150: 213" long, 125 wheelbase.
With the same size engine, the 150 is rated about 1000-2000 lbs extra towing capacity.
A horse trailer has a higher center of gravity than most loads, so it would make sense that it would haul better with a longer wheelbase. Also, the "load" has the option of moving, which would make a longer wheelbase good.
But in my case, I'd be choosing between a vehicle the manufacturer says can safely haul 7000 lbs, and a truck rated to 3600 lbs - so I'd choose the Explorer. However, I've never tried more than one horse - total weight with trailer around 3000 lbs - so I just don't know.
I'm asking, not telling, so to speak...