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Old 07-09-2013, 04:07 PM   #1
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Chrysler Aspen Pulling 26DBH Grey Wolf ??

I hope you do not mind me jumping in here I have a similiar question for you campers! We have just purchased a 2007 Chrysler Aspen (purchased, serviced and traded at the same Chrysler dealership-one owner , garage kept, brand new inside & out!) We would LOVE to buy a travel trailer that can fit 8 so we can spend time with our sons before they leave for college. We have 4 sons -the older two teenagers 6"2 ...we need room. Really like the Grey Wolf 26DBH 2014 Travel Trailer...but I do not know if this is too much trailer for the suv? Please Help I confess our total ignorance up front...(my husband is prior military) and even he had no idea how much is taken into consideration for the tts!
Here is what we know is on our car ("supposedly" we have the tow package on this car..by what the Chyrsler dealership said--but there is no hitch and I do not see "tow package " on any paperwork?)
Chrysler Aspen V8 5.7 Hemi (335 horsepower/370lbs torque)4x4-with 2 speed transfer-both transfers feature 48/52 torque split b/w front & rear axles when AWD mode is selected: Electronic Stability Program(ESP) standard w/ trailer sway control & Electronic Roll Mitigation: Has Tow/Haul on Tranmission lever?: Does have on paperwork-Skid Plate Group-Tow hooks, Fuel tank skid Plates shields, Transfer Case Skid Plate Shields. It has a towing capacity of 8950lbs and rear suspension supports 6700lbs GVWR & the wheelbase is 119.2 (3027).

The 26DBH Grey Wolf Travel Trailer has an unloaded weight of 5750 lbs and a GVWR of 7,740 lbs and a dry hitch weight of 740lbs.The exterior length is 31.7 I am "assuming this is a 26ft trailer?

Plus, we will have 1050 lbs of people in the suv

Mainly traveling 2 hrs to the beach

(1)What exactly do we need to add to this car to tow--after looking at these forums it sounds like a lot- hitch, stability, sway bars, etc??? Where is the best place to have this purchased and installed properly?

(2)Can the Aspen tow this tt safely and not harm or overwork the Aspen?

Thank You to All and again I apologize for the ignorance!
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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Thanks Chap!
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:48 PM   #3
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The Chrysler Aspen fits 7 adults & 7 seat belts! The rear 3rd row seat is not for kids but adults. It is very large and roomy and why we purchased it- always have at least one of the boy's friends with us!
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:50 PM   #4
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I had a similar set up several years ago with a 2004 Dodge Durango with a 28BH. The HEMI power wasn't the problem, but the short wheel base of the tow vehicle made it very challenging on windy days. I had several "white knuckle" experiences on 25+MPH windy days. I think the Aspen will pull the TT fine, but you will want a very very good hitch set up and brake controller.

Best of luck and happy camping.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:53 PM   #5
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The problem is with that amount of passengers and some gear that the payload capacity of the Aspen is all but used up before you've hooked up the camper. If you look on the door pillar there should be a maximum payload number (on the tire and pressures sticker) for the Aspen assuming full fuel and one, 150 lb driver. Everyone and thing you load into it reduces this number.

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Many Thanks...any suggestions on the set-up?
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:00 PM   #7
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Many Thanks...any suggestions on the set-up?
Mose people on this site like the Reese.

As for your payload, Dave is right. You will need to keep a close eye on that as it will be very easy to go over that number.
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Thanks- I just took a quick look- I hope I got the right figure. ..max 7 passengers and weight 1317 lbs of passenger weight.
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The problem is with that amount of passengers and some gear that the payload capacity of the Aspen is all but used up before you've hooked up the camper. If you look on the door pillar there should be a maximum payload number (on the tire and pressures sticker) for it Aspen assuming full fuel and one, 150 lb driver. Everyone and thing you load into it reduces this number.

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This being said though, doesn't mean you couldn't take two vehicles.

I would definitely suggest air bags for the rear end so you can level the SUV to the load of the camper as well as this will help stable the vehicle in the event of any cross wind. A good equalizer hitch with sway control built in is what I would suggest. The dealer where I am at suggested the Fastway E2 round bar setup for ours when we bought the 26dbh... It was a great fit and had no issues with it! Still using it for our newer longer and heavier trailer. I would also say you NEED a brake controller.

Any camper dealer should be able to install any/all of these for you... You will pay a higher amount going through the dealer of course but if you are unable to do these yourself definitely worth having someone install all of them while knowing what you plan on doing in the end...

I feel the aspen will pull the camper just fine! It will be a thirsty combination, but will do it all day for you! I would definitely watch how many people you put in it though to limit the weight... Considering you are wanting 8 people to go along a second vehicle would be a smart idea...
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Many Thanks...any suggestions on the set-up?
Before you get to set up I'd do as dave says and look at cargo capacity on your tire sticker on doot jamb or drivers door.
As he said you may have used up your cargo capacity before you even hookup the trailer.
Can u see what that number is and report back?

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