This is our second season to tow the 2014 2504S with our 2013 Durango RT Hemi. Based on some of the calculations I've seen on the forum, the Durango doesn't have the wheelbase to tow a 25' camper. I think it was recommended that we top out at 21' or 22'. However, I previously towed a 21' camper with a shorter Highlander with no problems.
As you point out, the Durango has more than enough tow capacity (7,200 lbs.) for the 2504S. I have an Equalizer WDH and for the most part I tow with no problems. However, I can definitely tell that the camper is behind me. And the engine works hard on some of the larger Ozark mountains (large hills?) that we travel.
I do experience some sway but it's been pretty limited to either windy days (especially those dreaded crosswinds) or when the 18-wheelers fly by. I've felt unsafe only once on a particularly windy/stormy drive last year (we pulled over and let it pass). Also, I generally limit my speed to 60 mph. On occasion, I've drifted above 65 mph and felt some sway, so watch your speed closely. Most of our camping adventures range from 1.5-4.5 hours of travel time.
We camp frequently with another couple who usually follow us on the road. Because I can't see sway (only feel it), I've asked them to monitor the trailer to see if they notice any sway visibly. So far, they have not observed sway.
If you want to stick with an SUV there aren't too many options that get you a longer wheelbase than the Durango. The Suburban, Excursion and Navigator have versions with a longer wheelbase, and I'm sure there are a few more. But many of the SUVs that have a higher tow capacity and appear larger, actually have a shorter wheelbase. Plus, the Durango is much more affordable than most large SUVs and rated pretty well with Consumer Reports.
Bottom Line: you likely will feel some sway as I previously described, but I believe the Durango and 2504S work fine together. Your WDH will help ensure a safer, more pleasant towing experience.
Best wishes for a great towing/camping experience.
Originally Posted by TemeculaDave
We are buying a new travel trailer and the 2504S is on the top of our list of preferences. We are also purchasing a new Durango RT with a tow package so we will likely end up with the same setup that you have.
We now own a 3000 lb, 20' Jayco and a tow with a Honda Ridgeline. Our current setup tows great - I've never experienced sway in the past seven years with several thousand miles on the road.
I know the Durango can handle toe weight but I'm a little concerned about length because of the tow vehicle wheelbase / trailer length ratio. Have you experienced any problems with sway? I plan to get to get a good hitch with sway control so I hope that mitigates any issues.
Thanks for any information.