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Old 09-02-2014, 01:30 PM   #1
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Durango V6 Towing

I did a little search and can't find much. I am looking for peoples experience in towing about 5000 pounds with a Durango v 6 3.6. Any details would be great

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Old 09-02-2014, 02:05 PM   #2
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I did a little search and can't find much. I am looking for peoples experience in towing about 5000 pounds with a Durango v 6 3.6. Any details would be great
HardBarns; people who tow with that engine might say different, but I suspect it would be tough pull with very little reserve. I thought about the same vehicle for towing a trailer of that weight some years ago, and settled for a 4.8L V8 GMC. Even now, I wish I had gotten one of the bigger engines. Like the old saying "you can never be too rich, or too good looking" you can never have enough pull power.

You can, of course, have too much of anything, but I really do wish that when I bought my tow vehicle originally, I have gone for a 2500 or 3500 over the 1500 I did choose, and with a decent size engine....

Good luck on your deliberations!

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Old 09-02-2014, 04:12 PM   #3
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Not sure if this would help but a very good friend of mine had a Jayco featherlite travel trailer. 29' I believe. He has a V8 powered Durango with weight distribution hitch. He towed it twice locally to different RV dealers and that was it (one trip was to try and get the hitch dialed in). He said the Durango was scary to drive towing the trailer. I believe his weighed around 6K LBS. He used an F150 before on that trailer and it was very secure driving. He sold the travel trailer a few weeks ago because he did not want to tow it with the Durango. Before he sold the travel trailer he was going to break his lease early (2 years early and they hate the Durango) to get an Expedition instead but since their kids are heavy in sports right now they decided to get rid of the travel trailer.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:17 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input guys. Anymore V6 Experience would be great. Any Ram 1500 V6 towing experience would be great as well.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:26 PM   #5
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You have to use caution with the Ram 1500 as well , quad cab in particular.
It is possible to over load those trucks , with just passengers.
If you have a family , there will be virtually nothing left, in GVWR or RAWR, for hitch weight.
1500 Mega Cab , runs on 3/4 ton axles to prevent the overloading, but you won't get a V-6.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:23 PM   #6
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the wheel base for this suv I would expect to impact the tow,..,. my first trailer I had a 26 ft TT with a ford explorer . weight of tow was in range for SUV.. had all the hitch and stuff... and it was horrible. SUVs have characteristics that behave poor as a tow ... good luck.
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HardBarns, I own a '14 Dodge Durango SXTPlus with factory tow package. It is the V6 290hp 240 (mabe 245) torque/8 spd auto. I pull a CruiseLite 185RB that is 19'10" hitch to bumper that weighs in loaded at about 3800lbs. My wife and I are the only 2 in the vehicle when towing. Additional items in TV probably amounts to 200-250lbs of junk. The WDH I use is a Fastway E2. This summer we towed from Liberty MO to Hungry Horse MT and back without any real issues. Most driving was interstate but there were some long steady climbs up grade. Ran between 55-62mph pretty much entire trip. Slowest was 45mph up some pretty steep grades. Best mileage was 14 per/worst was 10 per. I had no issues with this setup and will continue going west with it. We were out 21 days on this particular trip. Just my experiencs but hope this helps.
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I tow with a 2003 Durango v8 4.7 pulling a 21 foot prowler hybrid
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I did a little search and can't find much. I am looking for peoples experience in towing about 5000 pounds with a Durango v 6 3.6.
Dodge says the tow rating of a late-model Durango V6 is up to 6,200 pounds, so the V6 Durango with nothing in it but a skinny driver should be able to pull a 5,000-pound TT with no big problem.

But the tow rating is not your problem. GVWR of 7,100 pounds is your problem. Dodge says you should NEVER exceed the GVWR of your Durango. You can either tow a 5,000 pound trailer with average hitch weight of 625 pounds, or haul a family and gear, but not both at the same time without being overloaded. The engine and drivetrain can pull the trailer, but the hitch weight results in the weight capacity of the suspension and brakes to be exceeded.

So load the SUV with family and gear, fill up with gas, then weigh the wet and loaded Durango. If you don't include the head of your weight-distributing hitch, then add 50 pounds to your weight. Subtract the weight of the wet and loaded SUV from the GVWR of the SUV. If you don't have at least 625 pounds of payload capacity left for hitch weight, then you'll probably be overloaded when on the road towing that trailer.

Ignore the truck drivers that claim it's okay to exceed the GVWR of your tow vehicle. You're not driving a truck, you're hauling your family, and you want them to be safe.

Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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