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Old 03-28-2010, 02:48 PM   #1
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Durango pulling my V lite

Just got back home from a trip to our local campground in Jax called Hanna Park, and was "forced" to pull my rig with my other Dodge Hemi- our 04 Durango limited. It does have the same drivetrain as my 06 Ram 1500, so I figured "Why not?" BOY, was I surprised at the difference between these two. The Durango, in overdrive, pulled it without any straining, BUT the tail wagging effect was very much present- even with the dual cam Reese bar setup, no matter what I set the chains at. The electric brake setup was a snap to hook up, thanks to a plug-in harness the dealer gave me when I bought the Durango. It plugged under the dash, and the 4 marked wires went to the brake controller with no problems at all.
I think in summary, with some beefier shocks, and LT tires, it may be good at pulling this rig. Randy
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:00 PM   #2
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Hey Randy

Are you sure the the rear end gearing is the same between the two? It sounds like the Durango has a lower ratio...that's why it pulls better. You can have the dealership run the VIN # to tell you the ratio for sure.

The shorter wheelbase of the Durango would be less desirable for the length of your trailer in terms of sway control.

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Old 03-29-2010, 08:46 AM   #3
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Definitely agree with Dave about the short wheel base vs. the trailer length. I used to pull a Keystone Litehouse 23ss with our 2000 Durango. Anti-sway package , weight distribution set-up also. It pulled fine and the sway was not too bad but you're adding another 7ft to the equation and additional weight as well. I know it has the power to pull your trailer but keeping it under control may present a serious challenge.
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