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Title: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: Bobbyg on February 03, 2018, 09:58:51 PM
We are thinking of purchasing a Dodge Durango Limited 6 cylinder SUV.  The recommendation has been to look for GVWR of 7200 lbs. for our trailer.  The Durango seems to meet those needs.  Any thoughts from the group would be appreciated? 6 cylinders enough, or should we go for an 8 cylinder?  We plan on some lengthy trips around the country.
Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: donn on February 03, 2018, 10:01:25 PM
Get the V8.  The y simply will not move the load at any reasonably comfortable speeds
Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: 2kGeorgieBoy on February 03, 2018, 11:16:18 PM
Just remember to look here for advice, as you have done. Don't rely/trust the dealer to give you the straight story.  Their mission in life is to sell cars/trucks. PERIOD!
Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: Arch Hoagland on February 03, 2018, 11:29:45 PM
What kind of trailer do you have, how big is it and how much does it weigh?

Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: Bobbyg on February 04, 2018, 07:31:20 AM
Our trailer is a Coachmen Apex 215RBK.  It is 25 ft long and the GVWR is 6500 lbs.  The actual trailer weight is 4325 lbs. An earlier forum recommendation was for a tow rating on the tow vehicle of 7200 lbs as a minimum. 
Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: steveblonde on February 04, 2018, 08:57:11 AM
I would look at a Yukon or Tahoe or even a Suburban new or used sorry but the Durango does not have the greatest of reputations
Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on February 04, 2018, 09:15:22 AM
Yeah, I would say that a 7200 lb tow capacity was the minimum for towing that trailer, and that assumes a modest size (weight) family in the SUV.

A Durango with the V6 won't be rated that high - Dodge towing charts show that it maxes out at 6200. You need the 5.7L V8 models to  get to 7200 or the 6,4L for 8700 lbs. Typically, SUVs are noticeably stressed in ride & handling when loaded to their max limits.

Dodge Towing (from their website):
https://www.dodge.com/en/towing_payload/2016/ (https://www.dodge.com/en/towing_payload/2016/)
Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: chaosfamily on February 04, 2018, 07:11:01 PM
We had a 2002 Durango.  It served us well, but even with the 4.7 V8, itís towing ability was modest.  If you keep vehicles, I will say look at most 10yesr old Durangoís around.  They all have the same rust patterns on the tail gates, front fenders and doors.
Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: mn blue skies II on February 05, 2018, 09:09:39 AM
We had a 2008 durango with the small v-8 pulling a 21 foot North Trail.  Was adequate here in the flat Midwest but struggled on long hills,  Might have been ok with the hemi but I do not know for sure.  Upgraded to Ram 1500   
hemi before our trip to Yellowstone and it handled to grades with out any problems.  Other things matter other than engine size. frame, transmission, gear ratio are also important.  Unless you need the third seat I would look at a pickup,  as nice an interior not much bigger and with a cap looks as nice. 
Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: steelmooch on February 09, 2018, 08:54:38 AM
We found ourselves in a similar situation...not sure about your experiences or feelings about used vehicles, but the $70K+ stickers on new Suburbans and the like turned us toward other options pretty quickly. 

We ended up with a full-size van...V8..."passenger" version so it's nice for touring and travel...8500 lb tow rating...has held its own during PA winters with sensible driving and decent snow tires on it...for 1/2 the price of the 4x4 SUVs...new. 

Might be worth checking out.  Now that we've taken the van on a 3,000 mile travel trailer trip, I really can't see us taking such a trip in any other type of vehicle. 

Good luck! 
Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: Bobbyg on February 09, 2018, 08:12:43 PM
Thanks for all the advice.  I have started looking at trucks.  A van had not occurred to me.  I will definitely check that option out. This is a real shift in my vehicle outlook.  We are definitely looking used.  Many are fleet vehicles.  Good or bad?  I am thinking good because it would have been well cared for.  But bad also because the operators may have beaten it up.  Any thoughts on that?
Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: RedandSilver on February 10, 2018, 08:06:22 AM
I would pass on fleet vehicles.
Not only do you not know how they were driven (as with any used vehicle) but I think most
have been abused because so many different drivers have used it.  Many have a different mindset
when it isn't theirs and they are paying to drive it.

Then there is the issue that fleet vehicles often are different from ones sent to dealers.
Some is they are not loaded with as many options to keep costs down but unseen things are also
not the same - maybe less insulation or other electronics are deleted to reduce costs.  Some don't
include a jack - things like that.  There are little differences that most wouldn't notice especially when buying one.


Find someone that is upgrading to a bigger truck because they now have a 5th wheel.

Take your time - there's one out there for you it just takes time to find it.
Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: steveblonde on February 10, 2018, 10:27:40 AM
If looking at Fleet vehicles look at the higher trim levels ie Chev LTZ execs often lease fleet vehicles and look after them the base model units are often used and abused by the grunts lol - my buddy leases high end trucks and they most often come back prestine the base models not so much
Title: Re: Tow vehicle decisions
Post by: Kemo on February 12, 2018, 04:22:30 AM
Ok after reading this thread I'm thinking I made the right choice to go with my F350 SuperDuty to pull my Montana FW.  Good stuff on the forum.