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Old 05-08-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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Durango for pulling

After pulling our 21 ft shamrock last year with our toyota van, we decided that we needed something stronger for heading for the mountains for the summer.

We just purchased a 2000 dodge Durango SLT with a V8 motor.
I am hoping this one will do the trick.
Our trailer is only 1500 pounds unloaded, and our van had a capacity of 3500 pounds towing capacity fully loaded and so we squeaked by last year, but stayed on flat roads.

Has anyone pulled a trailer with a Durango? How does it do? Anything we should know?
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Old 05-08-2010, 10:10 AM   #2
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YES, I have, and the news is not too good. I have a 2006 Ram 1500 hemi shortbed quad cab automatic that I normally always pull with, but thanks to my son, my truck happened to be in the shop getting repaired from an accident, so I figured I would pull my rig with my 04 Durango! Same engine, same transmission, and even the same rear end, and it is equipped with the towing package, which includes the trans. cooler, power steering cooler, HD. radiator, etc. By the way, I had a 2001 Coleman/Fleetwood Utah pop up before this, and the Durango woud sway side to side pretty badly beyond 55 with that, so I got a friction sway bar brake that is sort of a disc brake type apparatus that you use to control sway. This wasn't needed on the Ram- 75 mph, no problem) but I figured the Durango with the Reese dual cam setup that I use on the truck would be fine, and besides, the park we were going to wasn't too far away, about 20 miles.
BOY, what a scary pull! The trailer swayed no matter what beyond 55, and I even re- adjsted the chains on the Reese, but it still swayed. A couple of things that it could be; One, I put LT tires on the truck, which helped tremendously, and 2, the Durango is a narrower platform from the start; remember it's built on a Dakota frame. AND, to make matters worse, the axle is a lot farther back towards the hitch. GOOD LUCK, and MAYBE with some modifications to the Durango, HD shocks, LT tires, helper springs possibly, you might get it to work. Randy
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MAYBE with some modifications to the Durango, HD shocks, LT tires, helper springs possibly, you might get it to work. Randy
X2. Most SUVs are equipped for a soft road ride not pulling trailers. To that end the spring rates and shock valving is different than a 1/2-ton truck and they usually come with "car" tires instead of LT "light truck" tires for a smoother ride which makes towing scary. You need the stiffer sidewalls of an LT tire.
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After pulling our 21 ft shamrock last year with our toyota van, we decided that we needed something stronger for heading for the mountains for the summer.

We just purchased a 2000 dodge Durango SLT with a V8 motor.
I am hoping this one will do the trick.
Our trailer is only 1500 pounds unloaded, and our van had a capacity of 3500 pounds towing capacity fully loaded and so we squeaked by last year, but stayed on flat roads.

Has anyone pulled a trailer with a Durango? How does it do? Anything we should know?
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We towed a Keystone Litehouse 23ss, similar design as your Shamrock, with our 2000 Durango. It was heavier than your trailer and 2 feet longer. We didn't have any problems with it. We had a weight distribution set up. A longer trailer will present problems due to the shorter wheel base on the Durango but I didn't have any issues towing a 23 footer. We had a tranny cooler as well.
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I don't want to rain on anybody's parade, have been accused of doing that lately, but I have to wonder, why ask about the tow capabilities of the Durango after you have already purchased it? Shouldn't you have considered the tow capabilities of any vehicle before you purchased? The Durango is a short wheel base, and not the best tow vehicle, but it may be adequate for your use. You definitely got a vehicle with more power, which means you can go faster and pull hills better, and if that's all you wanted then I hope it works. Remember going faster may cause problems unseen before. The previous post say both ways, good an bad., so it seems that you will have to be the judge if it will work for you. Just be careful, because it will be different from towing with the van.
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Curious to you Durango owners what kind of gas mileage you got pulling with them. My sister has an older one, and she's always complaining how bad the mileage is and she doesn't even tow anything.
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Curious to you Durango owners what kind of gas mileage you got pulling with them. My sister has an older one, and she's always complaining how bad the mileage is and she doesn't even tow anything.
Friend at work said the same thing of his, horrible mileage and not towing a thing. He got rid of it for his first FR 5er and an F150, now has 2nd FR 5er and an F350 diesel. RV bug bit them bad...
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My 04 5.7 hemi automatic with 3:54 rear and 17's gets 23 at best highway mpg, which I think is great; and when I pulled my camper, it wasn't all that far, but I could only go 55, and I was scared to death from the swaying, and really not paying attention to mileage! I do however think it did better than my Ram, but it's hard to tell with the circumstances encountered. Randy
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I don't want to rain on anybody's parade, have been accused of doing that lately, but I have to wonder, why ask about the tow capabilities of the Durango after you have already purchased it? Shouldn't you have considered the tow capabilities of any vehicle before you purchased? The Durango is a short wheel base, and not the best tow vehicle, but it may be adequate for your use. You definitely got a vehicle with more power, which means you can go faster and pull hills better, and if that's all you wanted then I hope it works. Remember going faster may cause problems unseen before. The previous post say both ways, good an bad., so it seems that you will have to be the judge if it will work for you. Just be careful, because it will be different from towing with the van.

i have to agree. i know you were told, by many here, that you would not be happy with the minivan as a tow vehicle.

after that advice coming true, i would have thought you would ask this question before replacing the minivan as a tow vehicle.
IMHO, the Durango will be adequate. by the way, i think your 1500lbs. number is incorrect. Popups weigh more than that.
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i think your 1500lbs. number is incorrect. Popups weigh more than that.
Forest Rivers own web site lists between 3189-3946 lbs for the 21' Shamrock depending on model. That's dry weight! No wonder a van with only 3500lbs capacity wasn't working well, you were probably overloaded the whole time.
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