I'm looking to upgrade my tow vehicle soon from a 2004 V6 Grand Cherokee as my trailer is proving to be a bit much for it even though we are within all the numbers. but she is OLD. She tows fin on the flats (up to low 60s) and mild hills. Only up steep grades or higher speeds as the frontal area is significant. I wouldn't want to go through the mountains with this set-up though.
I currently have a mini lite 23RL with a dry weight of 3890.
The stats on the V6 Durango are as follows
Tongue wt 516
Now with 400 lbs for my wife and I. bumping my kids up to 150 lbs each, which is several years away and a 60 lb dog. also subtracting the tongue weight of the trailer and adding 150 lbs of bikes on the roof of the tow vehicle I see the following margins.
GCVWR 2044 lbs
GVW 318 lbs -
Trailer weight 2230 - this is more than the CCC of my trailer
The Hemi would add 1,000 to trailer weight and 1500 to GCVWR.
Now I know I did not add any payload into those numbers, but with a CCC of only 749 in the trailer it appears that I will overload my trailer before the V6 Durango.
The only thing that on paper concerns me about the V6 is the frontal area but at what speed will it become problematic?
Sure the V8 Durango would tow better, but daily fuel economy and up front costs are greater. Am I missing something? A Tahoe or better yet a Suburban would tow the crap out of the trailer but costs 15-20K more.
Does anyone have a newer V6 Durango and tow a full size TT that can provide input?
I know more is always better when it comes to TV but where do you draw the line. Is this one enough?
2016 Sierra 3500 Denali HD: Heavy-Duty Pickup Truck
I live in lower Michigan so fairly flat for most trips but we will take occasional trips into hillier or even mountainous terrain.
If this was a dedicated TV the choice is clear but we have young kids so this will be the daily driver and be replace before we become full time campers.