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Old 07-14-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Hitch for towing hw296

What ball mount bar would you recommend? Reese or something else? Is the a certain class or weight I should get?
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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it would help if you posted what you're towing with or put that info in your signature line.
some vehicles may not need a WDH to tow a popup, but maybe a anti-sway bar.

your vehicle's owner's manual should have a tongue/trailer weight amount that requires a WDH at that amount and above it.
look in the manual's towing section.
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:11 PM   #3
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I will be towing with a 2005 town and country van.it looks like I will need a load equalizing hitch.
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:16 PM   #4
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Reese makes one that designed for popups and that is very popular with popup and A-frame owners.
i think it's the 350 Mini-Lite WDH.

hopefully your T&C has the factory tow package. if not, it's going to cost to duplicate it.
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Yes I do have the factory tow package.thanks for the info.
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I would also recommend an auxiliary transmission cooler just to be on the safe side. The factory tow packages from Chrysler typically do not include that.

I added one myself on my Jeep Wrangler which also had factory tow, but no aux trans cooler.
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Are you sure your T&C is up to the task? The GVW on the HW296 is nearly 4600#.

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Are you sure your T&C is up to the task? The GVW on the HW296 is nearly 4600#.

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WOW! you're right!
i had no idea a popup would weigh that much.
its bogus "dry" weight is 3135lbs., with no water, battery, propane and cargo. and may not include the weights of the microwave, awning, spare tire and a/c.

the T&C has a max towing of either 3500 or 3800lbs., if it has the factory tow package.
with a family and cargo in the van, it'll be at the max but probably over the max, when loaded for camping.
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Many years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, we used to have a Coleman Sea Pine pup, and we towed it with a '99 T&C. I believe the Sea Pine was 2500#. The tow rating on the T&C was 3500#. Never did feel comfortable towing with that T&C. I think it is a combination of being front drive, unibody (no frame), and squishy suspension.

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More to the story....
I also had a '95 Tacoma 4x4 with the 2.7L. I started towing with it and let the wife and kids just follow in the T&C. Even though the Taco weighed about a 1000# less, had a shorter wheelbase, and a smaller engine (2.7 vs 3.8), it actually towed much better. Minivans just aren't built for towing anything beyond a small U-Haul trailer or a tiny 8' box pop-up.

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