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Old 01-09-2015, 08:29 AM   #11
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Personally, I wouldn't tow either of those TT's with a TV that has a 5700# tow cap. But I'm sure others on here would do it, no problem.

Just my opinion here... But if it were me... I'd go back to the dealer you purchased the vehicle from and, in a very nice way, ask to speak to the owner and/or manager. I would kindly explain your side of the story and that you are not at all happy.
If the owner/manager is running any kind of respectful dealership, most of them will do what they can to help you out. Might have to increase your payment by $25-$50/mo, but at least you'll be towing with confidence that you're safe.




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Old 01-09-2015, 08:55 AM   #12
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I agree with KDHfan's opinion on seeing if the dealer can help you out. You made it clear that you arent in a position to get another tow vehicle and you are trying to match a trailer to the vehicle, so if you do nothing with the dealer, your situation remains the same. If you try to work something with the dealer, and he cant help you out, your situation remains the same. BUT, if the dealer can help you out, you improve your situation. Point is, approaching the dealer about your situation could improve your position, but it wont make it any worse... That might have been the long winded way of saying it doesnt hurt to try, lol
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:15 AM   #13
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I agree with KDHfan's opinion on seeing if the dealer can help you out. You made it clear that you arent in a position to get another tow vehicle and you are trying to match a trailer to the vehicle, so if you do nothing with the dealer, your situation remains the same. If you try to work something with the dealer, and he cant help you out, your situation remains the same. BUT, if the dealer can help you out, you improve your situation. Point is, approaching the dealer about your situation could improve your position, but it wont make it any worse... That might have been the long winded way of saying it doesnt hurt to try, lol
Well, we bought the SUV a year and a half ago. I agree that if we had gone in shortly after that, they may have done something about it, but at the time we had our pop-up and weren't so concerned about towing capacity as we are now. We were disappointed and felt we were misled, but like I say, it wasn't so much an issue, and we weren't very knowledgeable about the towing limitations as we are now that we have begun to look for a bigger vehicle.
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Old 01-09-2015, 02:17 PM   #14
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I would like to recommend you take a good look at the Flagstaff 21FBRS. Like yourselves, it's just the DW and I (no pets) and this unit has lots of floor space, lots of storage, all the necessities, and has a dry weight of only 3800 lbs. We pull ours with a 2013 Nissan 4x4 pickup, 4.0L engine, tow package and we're rated to pull 6100 lbs. We had 5 trips last year up and down the foothills of Missouri and our truck pulled it without any problem.
P.S: We use an Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution/Sway Control Hitch. Never towed without it, but don't want to either!
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Old 01-09-2015, 02:57 PM   #15
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+1 for the Flagstaff 21fbrs (rockwood 2109s is the same). I tow with a 4.8L Chevy and have had no problems. Even took a trip to the Smokey Mountain NP and was fine.

As far as room for dogs, we have a 60 and 49 pound dog that sleep under the overhang on the bed. Its never seems crowded to us
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I would like to recommend you take a good look at the Flagstaff 21FBRS. Like yourselves, it's just the DW and I (no pets) and this unit has lots of floor space, lots of storage, all the necessities, and has a dry weight of only 3800 lbs. We pull ours with a 2013 Nissan 4x4 pickup, 4.0L engine, tow package and we're rated to pull 6100 lbs. We had 5 trips last year up and down the foothills of Missouri and our truck pulled it without any problem.
P.S: We use an Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution/Sway Control Hitch. Never towed without it, but don't want to either!
Thanks for the recommendation. I had looked at those before, but really liked the Rockwood Mini Lite because it had a couch and a dinette. Do you miss having a dinette?
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We have a Mini-Lite, 2109S and pull it with a Toyota Tacoma; 4 liter, with a tow package. The towing capacity of the truck is 6,500 lbs and I figure that the trailer, fully loaded is aprox. 5,000 lbs. Therefore a "safety" margin of 1,500 lbs. We also have a WD hitch with sway bars. We've trailered about 20,000 miles with this package; over prairies and mountains and have never had any issues. That being said, I do wish the truck had just a tad more h.p. as well as weight. Thinking (very reluctantly), of moving up to a Toyota Tundra but don't want a bigger vehicle and also the fact that the Tundra doesn't come in a 6-speed, manual transmission, which I have now.
Judging by the specs of the truck you currently have, I would stick with a trailer like the 2109S, with it's weight and length (aprox 22 ft.). Anything bigger and I think that you're looking for problems.
The 2109S is a great small trailer for two people (and one small dog, who loves it as well).
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AWD, 4.7L V-8 w/ 3.55 rear gear ration. Towing capacity 5700 lb, GVWR 6600 lb. Is that payload capacity?
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I found this additional information. Can anyone help me make sense of what they mean?
Curb weight 5,117 lbs.
Front curb weight 2,799 lbs.
Rear curb weight 2,318 lbs.
GVWR 6,600 lbs.
Front GAWR 3,600 lbs.
Rear GAWR 3,900 lbs.
Payload 1,480 lbs.
Towing capacity 5,750 lbs.
GCWR 11,000 lbs.
where did you get these numbers? did you take your VIN to a Dodge dealer? they can use that to get some real numbers.
the Payload of 1480lbs. is payload capacity but that sounds high for your smaller v-8 Durango with AWD.

you didn't post what year it is. also, which package SLT, SXT, Limited? usually makes a difference.
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Thanks for the recommendation. I had looked at those before, but really liked the Rockwood Mini Lite because it had a couch and a dinette. Do you miss having a dinette?
Not at all. We almost always eat outside and, if the weather is bad, we sit on the couch with our TV trays in front of us and watch the news while we eat.
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where did you get these numbers? did you take your VIN to a Dodge dealer? they can use that to get some real numbers.
the Payload of 1480lbs. is payload capacity but that sounds high for your smaller v-8 Durango with AWD.
you didn't post what year it is.
I got it directly from Dodge customer assistance by putting my VIN into a web site. It's a 2005 with $125k miles. its an SLT. Those are the correct numbers provided by Dodge.
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