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Old 05-27-2012, 07:27 PM   #1
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Dodge Caravan Towing a Rockwood 2280???

We just purchased a pop-up Rockwood 2280. The Forest River site claims the weight is around 3000 pounds. We have a Dodge Caravan and are getting a hitch installed and, I assume, an engine cooler (our Mechanic is awesome, reliable and honest ). I am hoping the mechanic says it will work or we are in the market for a truck. Mechanic is going to hook it up to another Caravan on his lot tomorrow and take it for a spin to see "how it does" and we will go from there.

Does anyone have any experience towing this model of trailer with a Dodge Caravan (2004)?

Here are the specs for the Rockwood 2280 from the Forest River site in case you want the specs in order to answer this thread:



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Model 2280

Dry Hitch Weight 331 lb. (150 kg )
Dry Axle Weight 1,719 lb. (780 kg )
Unloaded Vehicle Weight 2,050 lb. (930 kg )
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 3,081 lb. (1,398 kg )
Cargo Carrying Capacity 966 lb. (438 kg )
Box Size 12 ft. (3.7 m)
Exterior Length - Open 23 ft. 10 in. (7.3 m)
Exterior Length - Closed 17 ft. 2 in. (5.2 m)
Exterior Height - Closed 4 ft. 9 in. (1.4 m)
Exterior Width 85 in. (2.2 m)
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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As a very minimum you will need a weight distribution hitch and a brake controller. It may be doable with your van as long as you do not have much in the van. If you have a family of 4 with all there stuff you will be over weight.
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As a very minimum you will need a weight distribution hitch and a brake controller. It may be doable with your van as long as you do not have much in the van. If you have a family of 4 with all there stuff you will be over weight.
The trailer itself has brakes. We bought it in NY state and it is law there that the trailer has to have brakes. So, yes, we will have a brake controller installed.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:48 PM   #4
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How about a weight distribution hitch. I tow with a mini van as well and with the tongue weight of the popup you will need a WD hitch. A big problem towing with a mini van is the soft rear suspension.
The dry tongue weight does not include the battery and propane tanks so your tongue weight could be well over 400 lbs loaded for camping.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:45 PM   #5
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since you're having a receiver and tranny cooler installed, your Dodge obviously doesn't have the factory tow package.
you need to duplicate everything in the factory tow package, to tow the 3500lbs. tow capacity. otherwise, you probably will be limited to 2000lbs.

there's more to the package than just a receiver and cooler.

and you have to subtract the weights of anyone and anything in the Dodge, other than a 150lb. driver, from the tow capacity amount.

and yes, you'll need a 600lbs/6000lbs. WDH, since the tongue weight of the trailer will require it. should show that in the owner's manual.
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http://www.trailerlife.com/wp-conten...Guide-2004.pdf

Here is the correct year tow guide.
BikenDan's numbers are correct as always.
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Well, it's looking like we are getting:

- a weight distribution hitch
- new, heavy duty shocks
- a brake controller
- a transmission cooler
- and some other hitch thing that I can't remember what it is called

Mechanic seems to think it can be done with the above modifications. I am not a car person and got it all third hand from my husband but I think the stuff above is what he said.
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I towed a 10' Flagstaff fully loaded with 2 kids, 2 adults, a dog, 4 bikes on the rack and a canoe on the roof and the Grand Caravan did fine...except....make sure your tires can handle the weight. I had a blowout last summer and the tow alone was 200 bucks off the highway and 2 miles to get new tires. The WDH is amazing..Once it's setup the rear of the Caravan raised about 3-4 inches....Only thing to keep in mind is that Caravan transmissions are troublesome without the extra strain of towing. Keep up with the oil changes and fluid changes and you should be fine...
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Only thing to keep in mind is that Caravan transmissions are troublesome without the extra strain of towing. Keep up with the oil changes and fluid changes and you should be fine...
This is what I think of every time I see someone towing anything with a front wheel drive vehicle, be it minivan, sedan, or whatever. CAN you put a hitch on your (insert inappropriate towing vehicle here) and make it work? Yes. SHOULD you do this? No, not IMHO. You'll be at your mechanic a year down the road wondering why your transmission (or other expensive to repair driveline component) failed. Buy a truck. 1/2 tons for what you need to do are a dime a dozen. Go shopping, its a good weekend to do it! Good luck.
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Well, it's looking like we are getting:

- a weight distribution hitch
- new, heavy duty shocks
- a brake controller
- a transmission cooler
- and some other hitch thing that I can't remember what it is called

Mechanic seems to think it can be done with the above modifications. I am not a car person and got it all third hand from my husband but I think the stuff above is what he said.
the mechanic will also have to set up wiring harness for the trailer, which would be part of a factory tow package.
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