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Old 01-08-2015, 03:54 PM   #1
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Appropriate Mini lite for TV?

Hi,
I realize that this is probably a question that will elicit variable advice, but I am trying to figure out what would be the appropriate Mini Lite for our tow vehicle. Because we failed to do our homework, and because we listened to the used car salesman, we bought a Durango 4.7L with a tow capacity of only 5700 lb. I regret this every day. But we can't afford another vehicle, so this is what we have to tow with. It does have the tow pkg with (I think it is called) transmission cooler and a class lll hitch. We live in the flat midwest, but I would like the option of going west through mountainous areas. We're willing to add anti-sway bars, electric brakes, or whatever else we can after market to increase our tow safety.

The two trailers I am looking at are the Mini Lite 2503S with a dry weight of 4433 lb and the 2304KS with a dry weight of 4,098. It's just the two of us plus 3(!!) dogs. Floor space is a premium, hence the slide out requirement.

What do you think about these for our TV? Are we giving ourselves enough of a safety margin? I realize the more the better, but would be very interested in anyone who has any real world comparable experience.
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you need to tell us what the Durango's payload capacity is.
it's listed on the driver's side door sticker.

says something about "weight of passengers and cargo should not exceed ****lbs."

generally that will be more limiting than your towing capacity.

not sure where you got the weight numbers but they don't match those on the Minilite webpage. and the 2503S' GVWR is WAAAY over your towing max.
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We like having a small TT. Rockwood 1905 with Murphy bed. We have bunk also. We love it. 3200# no slide though. Works for us

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Like Bikendan indicated you are looking at dry weights and need to be considering the GVWR rates. I have the 2504 that has about the same GVWR as the 2503 but my tow rating is 9800lbs. on a F150 with the V6. 3.5L Eco. My small emgine V6 pulls just fine but you are looking at 4000 lbs. less on tow rating. I agree with Bikendan that your payload capacity may further restrict what you can tow.
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My Silverado's good for 7500 lbs and I've been looking at the 2503S, which with a GVWR of 6538 lbs would leave me about 1000 lbs margin. But I'm still a bit leary.

I'd never do it with your rig.
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Looks like your "Tow Rating" is not far off from mine. Your vehicle is a bit larger, so it may handle better, but you want to go short, especially if you are new to it.
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you need to tell us what the Durango's payload capacity is.
it's listed on the driver's side door sticker.

says something about "weight of passengers and cargo should not exceed ****lbs."

generally that will be more limiting than your towing capacity.

not sure where you got the weight numbers but they don't match those on the Minilite webpage. and the 2503S' GVWR is WAAAY over your towing max.
I got the dry weights of the TT from the dealer. I thought they were weighed before they left the factory and the dealer had the most accurate info? If I check the Mini Lite site, I see 4274 lb for the 2503S, lower than what I quoted.

Yeah, the scumbag used car salesman actually had the sticker removed from the door of the Durango before we took delivery. I got these numbers directly from Dodge.

AWD, 4.7L V-8 w/ 3.55 rear gear ration. Towing capacity 5700 lb, GVWR 6600 lb. Is that payload capacity?
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.
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With strong language like "scumbag" you are going to give used car salesman a bad name! But seriously I don't think you are way off on the size of trailer you can tow. I'm sure a helpful number-cruncher from this forum will tell you exactly how much you can tow and the type of hitch best suited for you application
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just wanted to give some info with what I used my aspen to tow. I towed a rockwood roo 233s. had a dry weight of 4452 lbs. the aspen towed it really well. but I have the 5.7 hemi and full tow package with 7250 lb tow rating. I think length wise either trailer will be ok, I would be concerned about how hard the 4.7 will work. I had the same engine in an 02 durango and there is no comparison between it and the hemi. either trailer get your self a good weight distribution hitch. I ended upgrading the tires on the aspen as well to an xl tire. couldn't find an lt tire in the size I needed for the 20" rims.
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