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Old 11-03-2017, 09:21 AM   #1
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2017 Grand Carvan and RPod 171

I are very close to moving from a Sunseeker 3100SS to the RPod 171. I have never towed before, have concerns and am doing some research.

We will have a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan with Class III hitch. Towing capacity is 3600 pounds. I believe the dry weight of the 171 is 2342# (?). Does anyone have this set up? How does the Caravan do? Is tongue weight OK with a WDH? Any other concerns other than to not overload the the vehicles.

I realize these are general questions but appreciate any input.

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Old 11-03-2017, 12:13 PM   #2
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Does the Caravan have the factory tow package, not just the class III receiver?
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Looking at it now, I don't believe it does.
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I have a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country with the factory tow package and a 3600 lb limit. I towed a Fleetwood pop up for several. The trailer had a dry wt of 1700 lbs. I never had it weighed but it had to be close to 2600 the best I could figure. This included every storage crammed full with heavy items, water, propane, battery, etc. The T&C pulled great. Never knew the trailer was back there.
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Looking at it now, I don't believe it does.
Well, you must have an aftermarket receiver.
You need to duplicate the factory tow package.
Otherwise you don't have the 3600lbs tow capacity.

You'll need a 7-pin connector, brake controller, wiring for it and a trans cooler.
The Rpod has electric brakes.
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And ignore dry weights - they're for suckers.

Looking at the FR site, your UVW is 2342 lbs, but your CCC is 900 lbs, so your GVWR is going to be 3242 lbs. That means your tongue weight will be 12-15% of that. At 12%, that's 389 lbs. If you use a WD hitch (you should), add another 75-100 lbs, so say 464 lbs tongue weight.

Check your drivers door frame for your payload limit. You're probably going to be OK there, I suspect, unless you're going to fill all the seats.
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I have a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country with the factory tow package and a 3600 lb limit. I towed a Fleetwood pop up for several. The trailer had a dry wt of 1700 lbs. I never had it weighed but it had to be close to 2600 the best I could figure. This included every storage crammed full with heavy items, water, propane, battery, etc. The T&C pulled great. Never knew the trailer was back there.
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What kind of average gas mileage (mpg's) did you get with 2007 mini van when towing that fully loaded pop up? I used to have a Jayco 1206 pop up years ago, and pulled it with a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica SUV/crossover before they discontinued it, but never really watched the gas mileage. All I remember is that it pulled it very well. Did not even notice it was behind me.
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I pull a 2012 Mini Lite 2104 (dry weight ~3200#) with a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, 3.6L V6, oil cooler, after-market receiver, WDH. I have pulled this trailer for 5 years and never had a problem. Did one 10 week, 7000+ mile, 13 state trip from Oregon to Indiana (via Texas) and back.

Like I said, never any problems. I don't try to speed when towing - - 55mph or close to it. Handled the Rockies very well but, as expected, was going pretty slow by the time I hit the top of some inclines. We never carry water and also dump the black tank after every campground or park stop-over. Carry only a few days food at a time and just three or four changes of clothes to keep weight down. Couple of folding chairs in the back of the Dodge and that's about it. Averaged 12 point something mpg on that multi-state trip from start to finish. Have weighed in at 5-6 different weigh stations and have never been over the limit yet.

Just remember to go slow, maintain spacing (to avoid emergency stops/slowdowns), watch your cargo weights, keep an eye on brake wear and you will be fine. Be aware that if you tow a lot the Caravan will wear out faster, but that's to be expected for any rig when you are towing near capacity.
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I would move up in Tow Vehicle. Too close to the limit. If you are over and are involved in a accident a lawer somewhere may try to hold you liable.
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Dan,
What kind of average gas mileage (mpg's) did you get with 2007 mini van when towing that fully loaded pop up? I used to have a Jayco 1206 pop up years ago, and pulled it with a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica SUV/crossover before they discontinued it, but never really watched the gas mileage. All I remember is that it pulled it very well. Did not even notice it was behind me.
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I ended up getting about 20 mpg with the van.
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