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rival178

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Hello,

We are a family of 4, 2 kids ages 11 and 7. We are looking to buy both a tow vehicle(first) and travel trailer (second).

For a travel trailer we are looking for 25 foot and under, something with a bunkhouse.

Now for my tow questions. For the <5500 lbs travel trailer we would purchase is there any reason we should not get a 2019 Duragno r/t? We live in Oklahoma so pretty flat, but would love to go to Colorado each year for a week trip.

We have also considered a Chevy Tahoe, but finding one with the max trailering package around here is very tough.

Durango:
Tow capacity is 7200
payload, this is harder to find a for sure answer.

Help me make a safe decision for my family.

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Look at the Durango cargo cap.
figure 800 lbs for trailer tongue on a 6000 trailer.
Add for wife kids, other cargo, and 100 lbs for the WDH, is the Durango up to that load? Most SUV's run out of cargo cap before tow cap.

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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

Look at the Durango cargo cap.
figure 800 lbs for trailer tongue on a 6000 trailer.
Add for wife kids, other cargo, and 100 lbs for the WDH, is the Durango up to that load? Most SUV's run out of cargo cap before tow cap.


Is it possible to keep all the extra weight in the trailer instead of the tow vehicle. I guess only keeping the absolute necessary items in the tow vehicle? or that just move the weight to the tongue weight, and keep the numbers the exact same?

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Don’t violate the rule...buy or select the trailer first. Then match a tow vehicle to it.

Make the safe decision by having more max trailer weight and payload than you need...15 to 20% IMO. Durango won’t cut it. Many RAMs will.


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I can only say that the only vehicle I have ever seen with a broken axle was a Durango. Broken front axle blocking a flat easy trail at that.

I would think popup for towing with that vehicle.


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Yes you can move cargo to the trailer to help, but the wife, kids and Weight distributing hitch will still be in the Durango. And at whatever weight your trailer ends up 12-15% of that needs to be on the tongue to maintain good towing characteristics.

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agesilaus wrote:

I can only say that the only vehicle I have ever seen with a broken axle was a Durango. Broken front axle blocking a flat easy trail at that.

I would think popup for towing with that vehicle.


I haven't seen that in a while either, but the worst USED TO BE the Isuzu Troopers. A hunting guide friend in New Brunswick used to replace at least one a year. But that was 15 years ago.

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rival178 wrote:

Hello,

We are a family of 4, 2 kids ages 11 and 7. We are looking to buy both a tow vehicle(first) and travel trailer (second).

For a travel trailer we are looking for 25 foot and under, something with a bunkhouse.

Now for my tow questions. For the <5500 lbs travel trailer we would purchase is there any reason we should not get a 2019 Duragno r/t? We live in Oklahoma so pretty flat, but would love to go to Colorado each year for a week trip.

We have also considered a Chevy Tahoe, but finding one with the max trailering package around here is very tough.

Durango:
Tow capacity is 7200
payload, this is harder to find a for sure answer.

Help me make a safe decision for my family.


You're making a mistake by looking only at towing capacity.
You need to focus on PAYLOAD capacity, before towing capacity. Most tow vehicles will run out of payload capacity WAY before getting close to towing capacity. Especially with a family of 4 and their stuff.
And DON'T go by trailer's brochure/website "dry" weight numbers, they are fictional.
With a family of 4, a crew cab truck would be a MUCH better tow vehicle, over a SUV.


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bikendan wrote:

rival178 wrote:

Hello,

We are a family of 4, 2 kids ages 11 and 7. We are looking to buy both a tow vehicle(first) and travel trailer (second).

For a travel trailer we are looking for 25 foot and under, something with a bunkhouse.

Now for my tow questions. For the <5500 lbs travel trailer we would purchase is there any reason we should not get a 2019 Duragno r/t? We live in Oklahoma so pretty flat, but would love to go to Colorado each year for a week trip.

We have also considered a Chevy Tahoe, but finding one with the max trailering package around here is very tough.

Durango:
Tow capacity is 7200
payload, this is harder to find a for sure answer.

Help me make a safe decision for my family.


You're making a mistake by looking only at towing capacity.
You need to focus on PAYLOAD capacity, before towing capacity. Most tow vehicles will run out of payload capacity WAY before getting close to towing capacity. Especially with a family of 4 and their stuff.
And DON'T go by trailer's brochure/website "dry" weight numbers, they are fictional.
With a family of 4, a crew cab truck would be a MUCH better tow vehicle, over a SUV.


I did mention payload capacity. For the Durango it's a harder number to find. The sticker shows 1200 lbs no matter if it's v6 or v8 and all axel's show same. Using the formula it has closer to 1700 lbs which works be plenty for us (I think).

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agesilaus wrote:

I can only say that the only vehicle I have ever seen with a broken axle was a Durango. Broken front axle blocking a flat easy trail at that.

I would think popup for towing with that vehicle.


Roflmao at the broken axle thing!
And OP, do t listen to this guy. There’s a reason it’s rated to tow 7200lbs. It’s a darn near (probably considered) full size rig with 400hp and an 8 speed.
It’s absolutely 100% safe and very capable of towing a small/med size TT. No question.

I personally would find greater value in a 1500 series truck with the same drivetrain with a topper on a short bed if you want the dry cargo carrying ability of a suv.
It will be the same cost or less, very similar fuel mileage, only slightly larger in stature and a good deal more capable than a Durango as a tow vehicle.


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