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Old 07-06-2014, 09:27 PM   #11
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NOBODY with a TT can meet a 40 sq ft frontal area. That's just a little over 6x6 ft. That's got to be a thinly veiled attempt to sell Hemi's.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:36 AM   #12
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I can't think what trailer would weight 6200 lbs and still meet that 40 sq-ft frontal area limit. Even if you allow for the usual reduction in true hauling ability, and call it (say) a 5200 lbs loaded trailer, no highwall popup weighs that much. Perhaps one of those crazy hi-low models.

I would not let that 40 sq-ft limit stop me from towing a full -height camper. But I also would not take it to the limit. A 4200 dry weight Shamrock can be kept to around 5000 lbs once loaded. That is the most I would try, but I think it's OK as long as you don't head into any serious hills.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:43 AM   #13
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A v6 might pull it on the flats ... but your going to quickly kill the vehicle and tranny and have no power and horrid mileage ... Why? Imho, Get the right tow vehicle or get a popup. My diesel pulls a 10k trailer easier than my 1/2 ton pulled a 5k trailer. I now realize the right vehicle is super important.
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:30 PM   #14
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That's cutting it close, at least for my comfort. 6000 pound gross weight to me means tow rating of no less than 8000 pounds. But there are folks who cut it this close and get along fine. In the end, it's how comfortable you feel.


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So is see this is not done very often towing more than a pop up with a V6!
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:29 AM   #16
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A v6 might pull it on the flats ... but your going to quickly kill the vehicle and tranny and have no power and horrid mileage ... Why? Imho, Get the right tow vehicle or get a popup. My diesel pulls a 10k trailer easier than my 1/2 ton pulled a 5k trailer. I now realize the right vehicle is super important.
V6 engines are putting out more grunt and power than many V8's from 10 years ago. And the 6-speed transmissions help these engines remain in the sweet spots to avoid overrevving and large rpm changes, for better protection.

No offense, but I think it's getting a bit outdated to make these blanket statements, and exclude a 295hp/260ft-lb motor, simply because it has 2 less cylinders. And a diesel is certainly not required to tow a 5000 lb loaded camper.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:44 AM   #17
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So is see this is not done very often towing more than a pop up with a V6!
No, it's not. The issue here is that I can't think of any other V6 vehicles that have greater than 6000 lbs max tow rating:
-Current gen Explorer (crossover) = 5000 max
-Previous gen V6 Explorer (truck-frame) = 5500 max
-GM Lambda platform (Traverse, Acadia, etc) = 5200 max

Until now, advising use of a V6 vehicle for a camper that could weight as much as 5000 lbs meant almost certainly exceeding your ratings by the time you put any passengers/cargo in the truck (reducing the effective tow rating). That's not the case here, with 6200 lbs tow rating.

I think the OP needs to get on a Dodge chat site and talk to people who have actually towed 4500+ lbs with a Durango V6.
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We just bought this and are looking to purchase a V6 Durango to pull this . It is about 4240 dry weight and close to 6,000 GVWR . Wondering if anyone here has experience towing with a V6 and how that goes for them.
What is the tongue weight on your camper?

What is the cargo carrying capacity on the durango?

You'll run out of ccc waaaaay before anything else and is way more critical on a short wb suv then a pickup.

Ooooh not to long ago dodge had a serious problem with rear axle failures while pulling trailers at or near capacity.
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Quick edit:
Looks to me like the v6 durango 2wd ccc is about 1300 lbs
Subtract this from that number.
All passengers excluding driver.
All gear and accessories hualed in durango.
Pets.
Wdh hitch and sway control.
Fully loaded camper hitch weight.

Example.
Adult 160
2 children 100
Gear / whatever 100
Dog 40
Wdh 100
Tt tongue weight 850 "seen 650 lbs mentioned earlier in the thread"
Added 200 lbs for loaded weight.

If my math is up to par......
1350lbs
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i tow a 23SS, similar to the 21SS in weight, with a v-8 Avalanche.
it easily weighs over 5000lbs. loaded for camping, which eliminates many v-6 tow vehicles.

the only v-6 vehicles, i would even consider towing with would be:
of course the F-150 Ecoboost, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

but the new Durango v-6 seems to be above the rest of the v-6 non-trucks.
but payload will probably eliminate it, for towing a loaded 21SS.
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