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Old 03-17-2016, 03:55 PM   #1
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Towing 233s, Dodge Durango

Could I please get some thoughts on towing a 233s with a 14' or newer V8 Durango. I would like to go to the 233 but I might feel more comfortable towing the 19. I know the 233 loaded will be about 77% of max towing of durango, under the max tounge weight. All the numbers work, but would you take a 10 hour trip with this set up. Does anyone have personally experience? Not Buying A Truck
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Old 03-17-2016, 04:37 PM   #2
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Old 03-17-2016, 06:21 PM   #3
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The Durango will have no problem towing the 233s at all, as long as you have the towing package, it has a v8 hemi engine with TONS of horsepower. It will tow that camper just fine, I would spend 3-4 weeks traveling with that package. I am just a retired Porsche/Audi Technician so what do I know, LOL Go for it!
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Old 03-17-2016, 06:33 PM   #4
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What's your payload? Yellow sticker in the drivers side door, to me this is the most important thing!!!!!


How many people will you have in the truck? You will be using a WDH, correct?


Isn't torque more important then horsepower when towing?
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Old 03-17-2016, 06:35 PM   #5
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Don't have personal experience with your potential setup. I pull an ikss with a Ram1500 and would not tow with anything less. I tried pulling it 5 miles across town with my wife's 2008 Durango and didn't like the experience. Less power, less brake, shorter wheelbase. Won't do it again.
As far as your rig, a 233 is lighter than an ikss so it just may be possible. Looking at the numbers, the payload will be the limiting factor. Total payload is 1400-1600 lbs. Dry tongue weight is 660 per brochure. Add min 100 for camping ready trailer. Only leaves 600 or so for occupants and cargo. Hopefully you don't have high school tackles in your family. Good luck.
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Old 03-17-2016, 08:03 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your replies. As I mentioned without typing to much the weights work out ok, what I would like to hear is more personal experience. As an example. My last setup was a 4000lb trailer fully loaded pulling with a jeep grand Cherokee with tow package rated at 5000lb. Thats 80% of max. I would not recommend that setup to anyone.
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Old 03-17-2016, 08:10 PM   #7
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Just to clarify, there's the 233 AND the 233S.
FR dropped the 233 model only a year or two ago.
So the 233 would be much lighter, than the 233S.
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I am using a WD hitch and I ask about the 2014 our later durango because of the 8 speed transmission.
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:47 PM   #9
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I don't know the weights of the 233, but we don't even have the hemi in our durango and have no problems with towing our 195bh. We have the tow package and use a WDH.
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My experience is that with passengers and Cargo in the Durango you will be over gross weight. Plenty of power but if I have anybody in the back seat I am over the weight rating for the tow vehicle but under the gross combined weight.
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