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Old 08-01-2016, 12:08 PM   #1
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2015 Dodge Durango R/T 5.7 Hemi capable of towing this?

I do not want to proceed with a purchase without knowing if my Durango will tow a Forest River Toy Hauler 26RR. The specs are:

GVWR 7775 lbs.

Hitch Weight 775 lbs.

UVW 5030 lbs.

CCC 2745 lbs.

Exterior Length 30' 8"

Exterior Height 10' 6"

Exterior Width 97


I have the R/T with factory tow package. Max towing Capacity is 7200 lbs. I would install a WDH. Inside the D would just be my wife and our two small dogs. Inside the toy hauler will be a Harley Ultra at about 900 lbs. We would tow with minimal extra weight in the trailer, Food and water will be bought when we get to where we are going.

Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Paul
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Old 08-01-2016, 05:41 PM   #2
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More worried about #775 Hitch Weight
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:25 PM   #3
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Personally, I would not.... I have a 2011 Durango (same generation as yours) with the same limits as you. You may be able to stay under the total trailer weight by being very careful, but you are over on hitch weight, unloaded. Check to see if the hitch weight includes the weight of the propane tanks and battery, cause if not - that hitch weight will go way over the limit. And also where the stuff goes in the floor plan may also increase that hitch weight. A WDH does not change your limit.

I am comfortable towing a 25 foot hybrid with a 650 lb tongue weight and 6200 lb GVWR - (with actual loaded weight of 5200 lbs) i would not want to get any closer to the top most limits. It tows well, but I can certainly tell the difference between this camper and my old highwall popup, the engine certainly works a bit more on hills, fun to watch the rpms rev up but it does keep speed. Oh, and it does suck the gas with the taller trailer profile. I would not want to go any heavier or longer.
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I wouldn't do it either! I guess part of it depends on where your towing it too.. if your not trying to tow mountain passes and is more flat you might be able to but, get a good WD hitch..

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More worried about #775 Hitch Weight
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When loaded, it will exceed the Durango's max hitch capacity.
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Then don't do it!
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I am always amazed at the term "tow" well just about any thing will move something. But to tow some thing safely and have the power to go over hills that is another story. Interstates have their grades regulated but other highways not so much. So you could be on a state route and find yourself facing a 10-15% grade you will wish you had more power. Some times it is a total surprise .......
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No. Not safely.
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GVWR of toy hauler is 7,800 and the max tow of your TV is 7,200. That is an issue, depending on the ACTUAL weight of the loaded trailer.

Post you payload found on the yellow sticker on your door jam. That will shed some light.

Although I suspect the answer is "no, don't do it", I do think it is worthwhile to walk you through this exercise.

Yellow sticker numbers please.


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I am always amazed at the term "tow" well just about any thing will move something. But to tow some thing safely and have the power to go over hills that is another story. Interstates have their grades regulated but other highways not so much. So you could be on a state route and find yourself facing a 10-15% grade you will wish you had more power. Some times it is a total surprise .......
Then consider the idea that "tows well" is not meant to be solely the pull, but includes all aspects of towing to include the stopping ability and the power as that is what I meant. As you stated, anything can pull as proved by the tundra moving the space shuttle for a short distance ......
And that surprise on roads applies to any set up.......
I have been on some pretty steep county roads with this set up and have plenty of power, after all it is the 5.7 liter engine.... and as for stopping, it does fine. Again as with any towing set up, understanding how much distance you need to keep between you and the vehicle in front and drive for the road conditions is critical.
I really like the Durango as a tow vehicle, but as with any tow vehicle, be it truck or SUV, the safe tow is one within the limits of the vehicle.

And with the OP going over on tongue weight limits I still vote no for this TV and that rig.....
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