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Old 06-23-2014, 11:56 AM   #11
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I agree that this is a close scenario on weight, and certainly not good from wind standpoint. But when it comes to the standard line of "MAX rating only available with empty minivan and only a driver"....that is NOT correct for most minivans.

Most trucks have such a strong frame, that the MAX rating is based on the powertrain. This is why going from a V6 to a V8 increases the tow rating on most trucks. The frame of a V6 pickup can handle more weight, but is limited by the powertrain.

It's the opposite for most minivans and many crossovers. The V6 powertrains in these vehicles can now handle much more than their tow ratings. But the unibody construction is the limiting factor. If you run the numbers on a modern minivan, you will find that there is enough GCVWR to be at MAX 3500 lb trailer weight, and still have 500 lbs or more available in the van.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:07 PM   #12
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I'd have to "believe" that a mini van is the worst for cargo carrying capacity.
Much like our trucks the limiting factor is solely "ccc"
So to the o.p.
What is the cargo carrying capacity of your mini van?
On the tire sticker on the door jamb.

Weight this weight will include.
Tongue weight of trailer.
Actual hitch.
We system.
Sway control system.
Anybody and anything in the van excluding driver which will include.
Passengers.
Dogs/cats
And anything stored in the back.
Suit cases coolers duffle bags etc etc.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:24 AM   #14
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Sticker would be best, for info on this particular vehicle. But Dodge website shows 4510lbs base curb weight, and 6050lbs GVWR. Since that 4510 is shown for all models, I'm assuming that the absolute lightest Grand Caravan available, with no added packages nor options. So the difference (CCC) of 1540 lbs is certainly on the high side.

My '97 and '00 Chrysler vans had 8300 lbs GCVWR. mid-2000 went up to 8600, and I believe the most recent generations are at:
9000 lbs GCVWR
3600 lbs MAX tow rating

Put a 3600 lbs trailer behind this vehicle, and you have 5400 lbs available for the loaded van. That's 900 lbs over curb weight. Add however much you want for options and the driver, and you'll still have some left over.
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