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Old 07-03-2014, 11:47 PM   #1
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Forest River Shamrock 21ss and a V6

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.
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:56 PM   #2
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What year Durango?
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:59 PM   #3
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2011 w tow package rated at 6,200
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Old 07-04-2014, 03:51 AM   #4
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Although by the numbers it would pull ok..you may run out of payload when everything is packed. I'm sure someone else may chime in. If you're not towing in mountains, it will probably work ok. My small v8 in Silverado with 6500 lb capacity struggles in hilly area. But Chrysler v6 are powerful for their size. Definitely use sway control and weight distribution if you choose this combination.
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Thank you for your reply rrickem63. Would love to hear if others have experience pulling w something similar . We do live in MI so pretty flat but do want to pull in hills too.
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:45 AM   #6
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I'm pulling my 26' that has a dry weight of 4900 with a V6 4.0L Tacoma with tow package. The hardest thing I've pulled is the Saluda Grade which is 5% for about 3 miles. I can maintain 45 mph pretty easily which is faster than most the semi's. But I think that's about as much as I would push my current TV. The convenience of having a smaller truck is worth it to me for daily driving. Now, when I retire, I plan on having the biggest, loudest, most obnoxious diesel TV on the road
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We have a 2011 Chevy Traverse V6 and pull a hybrid weighing 3154 dry. It is rated to pull 5200.
Our Traverse does fine in flatter areas and in the smaller mountain canyons where hill grade is not too steep. Going up some of the bigger climbs here in Colorado like Vail Pass or the Eisenhower Tunnel it is a bit of a slow go, but manages it fine. I just keep it a bit slower than most of the other traffic as not to put too much stress on the TV.
The weight and drag of the trailer has the TV pulling around in 4th gear most of the time and sometimes 5th, but usually can't hold 5th for long.
I get 9-11 mpg towing.
We like our set up and works great for our family.
I think you will be fine just with the set up you propose, just be realistic that you and I are not towing with a truck.
I hope this helps, good luck and happy camping!
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Thank you for your reply rrickem63. Would love to hear if others have experience pulling w something similar . We do live in MI so pretty flat but do want to pull in hills too.
I have a 2010 xterra pulling a 21dk. Around town and flats it's fine. In WV mountains at 70 mph it struggles a bit but never been too slow or chugging up a hill. I however am not afraid to run 5000 rpm for a mile up a hill. ... no wonder I get 7.4 mpg. Ahhh.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:42 AM   #9
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We have a 2011 Chevy Traverse V6 and pull a hybrid weighing 3154 dry. It is rated to pull 5200.
Our Traverse does fine in flatter areas and in the smaller mountain canyons where hill grade is not too steep. Going up some of the bigger climbs here in Colorado like Vail Pass or the Eisenhower Tunnel it is a bit of a slow go, but manages it fine. I just keep it a bit slower than most of the other traffic as not to put too much stress on the TV.
The weight and drag of the trailer has the TV pulling around in 4th gear most of the time and sometimes 5th, but usually can't hold 5th for long.
I get 9-11 mpg towing.
We like our set up and works great for our family.
I think you will be fine just with the set up you propose, just be realistic that you and I are not towing with a truck.
I hope this helps, good luck and happy camping!
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I pulled my Roo 19 with a 2011 Traverse for one season (dry 3383lbs, GVWR 4770lbs, but probably not actually over 4000 lbs). Just the DW and myself. I was NOT happy running in 4th all the time (~3100rpm at 60mph) on flat and level. Any little incline dropped it into 3rd. And I was just tooling around the mid-west, so I wasn't looking forward to any real hills. As mentioned above, it's not the weight, it's the drag. I'm on the Traverseforum.com and a lot folks there pull even more and don't seem to mind, but not me.

So I got a 2009 Silverado and I'm a LOT happier.
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The manual for the Durango tells you the max tongue weight is 620lbs for the six cylinder as well as a s40 sq foot frontal area. The hemi has a 740 tongue weight max and a 60 sq foot frontal area.
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