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Old 07-18-2011, 10:44 AM   #1
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Durango Tow Capabilities

I was reading the towing question thread by bagged123. I didn't want to hijack his thread. Some of the response has me concerned. At least I haven't signed any paperwork or given anyone any money yet.

I am looking into getting a durango with the 5.7 hemi with the 3.92 rear axle.

Would it pull the Rockwood 2702ss?

Just short of 32' with a GVWR of 6600
Am I leaving out some thing in my figures?

8800lbs tow capacity - 10% safety margin = 7920lbs - estimated 900 loaded hitch weight = 7000 lbs - 600 for people and gear in the vehicle leaving me with 6400 lbs of towing capacity.

Now I know thats 200lbs under the GVWR of the camper but I doubt I would have the camper maxed out in weight.

Would the durango pull it?

Pickup truck is not really an option for us. If not I will pursue a smaller floor plan or a hybrid like the 23ss which has a GVWR around 200 lbs less and is 7 feet shorter.

Don't want to be stung by the dealers "Yes it will pull that" would prefer to know from those not trying to make a buck.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:53 AM   #2
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Part of the equation is weight, and you can make the numbers work. The other part is tow vehicle wheel base. The Durango is a little short on wheel base for that length of trailer, but that is my opinion, others will have theirs. The magic formula floating around on here is trailer length in feet multiplied by 5 equals the minimum inches for wheel base for a tow vehicle. Now 32 x 5 equals 160. So 160 inch wheel base minimum. Durango is not that long.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:08 AM   #3
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I was reading the towing question thread by bagged123. I didn't want to hijack his thread. Some of the response has me concerned. At least I haven't signed any paperwork or given anyone any money yet.

I am looking into getting a durango with the 5.7 hemi with the 3.92 rear axle.

Would it pull the Rockwood 2702ss?

Just short of 32' with a GVWR of 6600
Am I leaving out some thing in my figures?

8800lbs tow capacity - 10% safety margin = 7920lbs - estimated 900 loaded hitch weight = 7000 lbs - 600 for people and gear in the vehicle leaving me with 6400 lbs of towing capacity.

Now I know thats 200lbs under the GVWR of the camper but I doubt I would have the camper maxed out in weight.

Would the durango pull it?

Pickup truck is not really an option for us. If not I will pursue a smaller floor plan or a hybrid like the 23ss which has a GVWR around 200 lbs less and is 7 feet shorter.

Don't want to be stung by the dealers "Yes it will pull that" would prefer to know from those not trying to make a buck.
The GVWR for the trailer is the total weight of the trailer including hitch weight, so you do not to subtract the hitch weight in addition the trailer weight from your towing capacity.

You need to include hitch weight with passengers and cargo in the Durango towards the Durango's GVWR.

On paper you have enough power to pull the trailer. The problem is the length of the trailer in respect to the Durango's wheelbase. You may have a difficult time controlling it. If you are going to pull a trailer that size with a Durango (I would not recommend it), I think you should seriously consider a Hensley hitch system. They are expensive, but I think it would be out of the league I would be comfortable towing with an Equalizer or Reese Strait Line. Just my .02 Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:14 AM   #4
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people fool themselves all the time using te paper method. Real world is far differennt. If you want the trailer then ou need a suurban as a minimum. With the durango, stick to a max 20/22 foot trailer. And the lighter the better.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:17 AM   #5
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after just being there, walk away, the durango isn't going to pull it no matter what the book and dealer tell ya. Get a HD, though I will say I just traded in my durango ad bought a 1500 and towed my 27BHS with no issues, didn't even know it was back there and I was a little over 7k with it loaded for the weekend trip. I went through the mountains of NJ, PA and back in CT with no issues, the tranny hit around 205 or so with the outside temp of 93 when I was heading home in CT though I was going uphill for about 20 miles.

Don't even bother with the durango, though nice truck, but can't pull much. Even before I bought the 1500 I hooked it up to my camper and did about a 20 mile test pull and it was loaded for our weekend trip already, and it pulled it so i bought it. And I live in the NW Hills of CT, so I'm going up and down hills both ways.
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Well thanks for the replies. My thoughts were that it may be a bit to small for the larger TT. Unfortunately, a pickup is not in my immediate future. The wife is not a camper by any definition of the word and is dead set against a pickup. Shes ok with an SUV though. To get her to go I know I am going to need something that provides modern conveniences with some space. I'm thinking a hybrid may be my best option.
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the biggest thing that I've learned over the past month or so, is make sure the SUV/truck has the towing package installed from the factory. That way you know it'll tow what it says, that's the 'proper equiped' statement meaning in the books.

However, even though a 'properly equiped' durango states it can go up to 9000lbs, don't hold your breathe.
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Buy a crewcab pick up with 4 doors and add a cap. Tell your wife its a long SUV
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Well thanks for the replies. My thoughts were that it may be a bit to small for the larger TT. Unfortunately, a pickup is not in my immediate future. The wife is not a camper by any definition of the word and is dead set against a pickup. Shes ok with an SUV though. To get her to go I know I am going to need something that provides modern conveniences with some space. I'm thinking a hybrid may be my best option.
We were in the same situation a few years ago. We were not in a position to be able to buy a Travel Trailer and a replacement tow vehicle at the same time. We had (still have) a 1G 2001 Durango. At the time a HTT offered the most space/features within the towing capabilities of our D and our budget. The combination served us well for 3 years. We still have the D, but it has been retired from towing duties. The HTT is gone and we now have our Power Wagon and a fifth wheel. I think a HTT would be a good choice.

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I was reading the towing question thread by bagged123. I didn't want to hijack his thread. Some of the response has me concerned. At least I haven't signed any paperwork or given anyone any money yet.

I am looking into getting a durango with the 5.7 hemi with the 3.92 rear axle.

Would it pull the Rockwood 2702ss?

Just short of 32' with a GVWR of 6600
Am I leaving out some thing in my figures?

8800lbs tow capacity - 10% safety margin = 7920lbs - estimated 900 loaded hitch weight = 7000 lbs - 600 for people and gear in the vehicle leaving me with 6400 lbs of towing capacity.

Now I know thats 200lbs under the GVWR of the camper but I doubt I would have the camper maxed out in weight.

Would the durango pull it?

Pickup truck is not really an option for us. If not I will pursue a smaller floor plan or a hybrid like the 23ss which has a GVWR around 200 lbs less and is 7 feet shorter.

Don't want to be stung by the dealers "Yes it will pull that" would prefer to know from those not trying to make a buck.

As a former 5.7 HEMI Durango owner, you will have all the power to pull that camper just fine. I could set the cruise pulling my 28 foot camper at 65 and would pull fine. The problem is the short wheel base. On a windy day you would be blown all over the road. I learned the hard way on Memorial Day driving home. It was pretty hairy trying to control that vehicle. I was upset that I put my kids and wife in that situation.
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