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kearlms

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Posted: 07/11/18 04:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So the wife picked up the vehicle listen in the title. I was curious and looked up Trailer Life's Towing Guide and it states that in the configuration we have it can tow 8650 lbs. Now.my question is, how realistic is this? I have my doubts.

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That number seems really optimistic! For a travel trailer I would think something in the 5-6,000 lb range

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8500 is alot for a short SUVee. But my old boss a while back had a Duran go Hemi same as yours and a 5.3 Avalanche and he pulled a 5000ish lb boat and said the Hemi whipped the 5.3 hands down in power and actually handled the boat as good or better than the Avy. So they're pretty decent tow rigs.


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Until the transmissions give out. Durango's are noted for tranny issues and I know 2 people who toasted theirs.


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Posted: 07/11/18 08:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMO stay at 6000 or under.


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Posted: 07/12/18 05:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That may be the max tow spec, but bet it doesn't have 1,000 lbs. payload for the tongue weight a trailer that heavy would put on the hitch.

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We had a 2005 Durango with hemi. It was fine towing a 26ft TT that was under 6000lbs. We later upgraded to a bit longer and heavier trailer and towing was not as good. Sorry, we never weighed the combinations.

Didn't have problem keeping the speed up in the mountains. But to do that you have to rev high in 2nd gear.

Another thing to check is that most Durango's, even with the hemi, did not come equipped to allow the max towing number. I think there was some heavy duty towing package required and when we bought ours most dealers did not have a Durango with that package.

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Posted: 07/13/18 07:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for all the good info. I think the most this will tow is May small 17 foot TT or a small utility trailer with a wheeler. I don't plan on towing my 23 foot TT, although it's Max weight is 6000. I still would not feel comfy towing it behind the Durango.

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