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Old 11-18-2015, 02:23 PM   #11
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Is there any way you could use a half ton quad or crew cab pick up? I ask because I towed our 23ikss hybrid about 10 miles with my wife's 2008 Durango 4.7 l and I didn't really enjoy the experience. The 08 is a stouter tow vehicle than the current generation due to it having a frame but the shorter wheelbase and lower horsepower made it less than desirable to me . I normally pull with a 2013 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 hemi and it's great with our 5000 lb dry camper. It's my daily driver also but mileage isn't too bad. 15 in town, low 20s hiway.10 towing. Room for 3 in back plus the bed for wood, bikes, whatever. Anyway, something to consider if the family will fit .
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Old 11-21-2015, 07:42 PM   #12
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Is there any way you could use a half ton quad or crew cab pick up? I ask because I towed our 23ikss hybrid about 10 miles with my wife's 2008 Durango 4.7 l and I didn't really enjoy the experience. The 08 is a stouter tow vehicle than the current generation due to it having a frame but the shorter wheelbase and lower horsepower made it less than desirable to me . I normally pull with a 2013 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 hemi and it's great with our 5000 lb dry camper. It's my daily driver also but mileage isn't too bad. 15 in town, low 20s hiway.10 towing. Room for 3 in back plus the bed for wood, bikes, whatever. Anyway, something to consider if the family will fit .
Nope 2 kids and a large dog, so it needs to be an SUV.
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Old 11-21-2015, 07:54 PM   #13
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We have a 2014 Durango V6 towing a Rockwood 2109s. So far we have had no problems although I have not been anywhere with overly steep grades. I especially enjoy the 27mpg on the highway when I am not towing!
You are the type of people I am looking to hear from. Not the anything but a pick-up sucks crowd.
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:20 AM   #14
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It appears you have the validation you wanted with dratcliff's reply. However the ratio of 6 no to 1 yes would concern me. Overcautious? Maybe, but when I am towing with the wife and 2 grandaughters in the vehicle, I want a big margin of safety, not living on the edge. Too many idiots on the road with cellphones to their ears or thumbs to have it otherwise.
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:09 AM   #15
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What about a Toyota Sequoia? The new ones a crazy expensive, but the (roughly) 2005 - 2010 models are very affordable. They have plenty of power from the V8, yet the economy is pretty good because it's only a 4.7L. My wife had one for a while and we used it for towing duties several times for our prior pop-up.


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Old 11-22-2015, 09:54 AM   #16
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Jalopy Jockey, there are a few things you need to consider in deciding how much tow vehicle you need.

Even more so than a 1/2 ton, the #1 problem with the Durango will be payload capacity. With you, your wife and growing kids, you may have very little payload left before hooking up the trailer. Certainly with everyone on board and hooked up to the trailer and fully loaded ready for camping you'll be significantly over the Durango's GVWR.

Manufacturer's towing ratings are notoriously optimistic for RVers. They may be able to tow their rated weight on a flatbed trailer but when you're pulling a TT with a large flat front wall it's an entirely different story. The drag of that front wall is considerable at highway speeds.

How long will you keep this trailer before upgrading? If you go with the Durango, you'll have to upgrade before getting bigger.

The cost of a 1/2 ton will be a lot less if you can find a good used one. I buy my vehicles 3 years old with around 40,000 miles (60,000 km) on the odometer.
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Old 11-22-2015, 10:16 AM   #17
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You are the type of people I am looking to hear from. Not the anything but a pick-up sucks crowd.

Jalopy Jockey. It sounds like this is the response you're looking for;

"By all means tow the 23RL with the Durango and do not concern yourself with safety, weights, limitations, specs, nor any of that frontal area foolishness. Maybe you should skip the 23RL altogether and go for a XLR Nitro 39DKS5?"

When someone says "So far we have had no problems" that is all the confirmation you need that it is the perfect tow vehicle. All of the other stuff is nothing.

You've already determined you're good to go with the Durango. So why ask?
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Jalopy,

While my set-up is the 5.7L V8, Here is my latest tow, which may help you. This past week DW & I went from Goodyear, AZ to San Diego, Ca. with my Durango pulling my Rockwood 2304KS Mini Lite. Specs on my vehicle "sticker" show 7100lbs GVWR and 1340lbs payload. My trailer sticker shows weighs of 5023lbs and has a 716lb payload capacity. So I'm very close to maximum.

I had cross winds both ways, and my MPH was between 10 & 11. My RPMs on the flats was less than 2000, and going through the mountains (4000+ FT. elevations) did not go above 3500RPMs.

While I first looked at the V6, I felt the specs would not work in my situation.

Hope this helps.


If you want further info go to the Dodge Durango Forum and ask there.
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Bailer6334, have you ever taken your setup to a set of scales? The caution that many of us are giving is about payload capacity. The V8 engine is more than adequate.

With a max. payload of 1340#, putting 4 people in the truck (like Jalopy is doing) and gear alone will have you eating up a lot of that payload capacity and I'd be very surprised if, once the TT tongue weight is added, you're not well over your GVWR. The 5.7L V8 can pull the load but the tires, suspension, brakes and frame on the truck are likely more than maxed out.

I towed my 5200# (loaded) Roo with a V6 Toyota Tacoma rated to pull 6500# and it was borderline for pulling the Roo but well over its GVWR, so I had to up grade to my current F150. Even with the F150, I decided to add an extra set of leaf springs because of the tongue weight. The 5.4L V8 pulls great but even 1/2 tons are still not great for payload numbers. I'm not saying you or Jalopy have to get a 1/2 ton TV, I'm just strongly recommending you take your setups to the scales and have them weighed so you know the true numbers. Then you can decide if you're OK with what you have.
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I think you could be missing something if the jeep Cherokee had the old 3.7 V6 with 210 hp the Durango having the Pentastar 3.6 is a completely different V6 more HP and more torque.
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