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Old 04-11-2015, 10:43 PM   #1
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towing with 3rd gen durango

We have a 14 durango R/T and I have done my research and have my eye on a couple units that I think works for us. Just curious what others with this suv is towing.
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Old 04-12-2015, 12:50 AM   #2
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You're not saying anything about what you're towing which is the biggest factor in trying to answer. The listed max towing is listed at 7400 for RWD and 7200 for AWD. I don't know what the payload capacity but SUV's aren't known for having a large amount of payload...you'd have to check the doorpost sticker. The short wheelbase of 120" isn't very favorable if towing a long trailer. The 1/2 Ram would be much more capable.


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yep, payload will be the weakness in your vehicle, not towing capacity.

you need to post what the payload amount is from the door sticker.
and also post what trailer models you're thinking about.

aren't many here towing with such a new vehicle and it being a Durango.
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I have a 2012 durango with AWD and 5.7. Payload is 1200 pounds. Mine toes my 23ss no problem


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Old 04-12-2015, 05:54 PM   #5
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That's what I was looking for. Like I said I've done my research, just curious what others with durango's are towing. I know it's not a 3/4 ton or bigger and that's not what I was asking......thanks though
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Just make sure that the tires are pumped up to what the tires say is max psi and a good WDH. Happy camping


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Old 04-13-2015, 03:34 PM   #7
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I also have a Durango R/T, 2013 model. My mini light 2504s should be coming off the assembly line tomorrow. Like you I also researched it and did not find a lot k f people using the Durango for towing. My camper comes in at 5000 pounds and living in the mountains of VA I really don't want to go any heavier. I will post about the towing when I pick it up but that might be a month away. Their is one person on the forum towing the same camper with a Durango. Maybe he will chime in and give us more feed back...
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:03 PM   #8
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You can see my rig in the sig line. 7000 lbs max tow rating, truck frame. My 27' hybrid is about 5200 lbs loaded.
If my Mountaineer got totaled, the replacement would likely be a recent gen unibody Durango with V8 and HD towing package. I can't think of anything else that would be a direct replacement (mid-sized SUV, fits in garage, 7000+ rating, isn't an expensive luxury brand).

And yes, around 5000 lbs loaded is about as much as you want to tow with around 7000 lbs max tow rating. You need to leave some capacity for passengers & cargo in the truck.
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I have a 2013 Durango R/T and will be towing a Cherokee 28A across Kansas and just into the rockies next month, about 650 miles. I'll will let you know how it goes. to date, I've only towed locally with it so far and seemed to do fine, this will be a true test.

I have the standard tranny cooler, of course the dealer service guy said it "should" be fine, but I have a Derale Series 8000 Cooler that I was thinking about installing. Any opinions on that?


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Cherokee 28A = 5340 lbs dry weight. Should be well over 6000 lbs loaded to go. Certainly doable by the numbers, as long as you aren't over TW limit, and you have a good WDH. But pack light, especially going into the Rockies!
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