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Old 09-29-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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I am a newbie to this forum and looking for advice in purchasing a travel trailer..

I have a 05 Chrysler Town & Country mini van 3.8L V6 w/o towing package total GVWR is 3850 lbs. I am looking at buying a 17ft Coachman Clipper that's GVWR is 3518 lbs

We are looking to do some traveling through out the country

I am looking for suggestions if this would be a wise purchase since I do not want to get of my Town & Country.

Should I add a transmission cooler?

Or am I just being ridiculous? Any comments will be welcomed.

It will only be my wife and I and the two dogs

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Old 09-29-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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Welcome to IRV2 Trans cooler is the way to go.

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Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang!

Sorry I can't help with your questions, but maybe one of the Moderators will move your post over to another area of the forum for better results.

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Howdy and wlecome. One thing to remember is that the trailer is 3518lbs. empty. Don't forget all the onboard equipment you'll be adding to that. You may want to post a question or two over in the "Travel Trailer Discussion" forum and get some response there. Good Luck and hope everything works out.
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Welcome and glad to meet you!

Not only is the trailer empty to start, but so is the car. You will be adding "stuff" to both the trailer and the wagon. The weights are so close, I'm afraid you will easily overload the wagon towing capacity, even with the transmission cooler. It's up to you but I would consider something else to tow with.
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You gave a GVWR for the van of 3850. Is that really the GVWR or is that the towing capacity? I can't imagine it's rated to tow over 3,500 pounds. You would most certainly want the trans. cooler.
However, I think you would be very disappointed towing that much weight with that vehicle. Especially when trying to cross mountains. You will likely be going very slowly uphill with rather high engine temps, especially in the summer.
Will it work? Probably. Will your van live a long happy life? No.
For a more pleasant experience I would recommend either a lighter trailer or better yet a more suitable tow vehicle.
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I have to mirror what others say, but from personal experience, sorta. I installed a tranny cooler for my sister-in-law on a minivan like yours to pull a single horse trailer. Her towing performance was very poor and her van had problem after problem. The fact is that they just are not made for that kind of service. You'd be better off buying a pickup for that size trailer. She ended up with an F-150 and has been pretty happy with that. Her trailer with the horse weighed about 2900#.

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