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#7 of 46 What type Dakota do I have
Jul 21, 2006 (7:09 am)
I mistakenly posted this question in the "Photo Gallery" section, so I thought I better re-post it here, where it will probably be read.
I purchased a 2000 2-door Dodge Dakota in 2003. I recently purchased a camping trailer which weights 3,200 lbs. The seller of the trailer said my truck will tow that weight with no problem since I have a 4.7 engine with a class III hitch, with 4 wheel drive. But as I look in my book there are different specs depending on whether you have a quad, club, or conv. cab. Believe it or not, I have no idea. I've looked in every piece of paper I've got on this truck, and nowhere does it tell me what I have. How do I tell? I have a back seat. Does that determine the model?
Love this site. Will really help me in the future, I'm sure. Thanks for any help on this question.
#8 of 46 Re: What type Dakota do I have [philbergin]
Jul 21, 2006 (7:34 am)
Not an expert mind you, but i would think you have what is called and "extended cab" or "club" cab. Now whether that makes any difference in towing ability, I would doubt very much..? Towing capacity is based on total wieght of the TV and trailer. so I guess what they are saying is that with a Club cab your trailer cap would be higher as opposed with a Quad cab..given that with a quad cab you would likely have 2 more persons in the truck and that would drop your towing capacity.
Is 3200 lbs the dry weight without Weight distributing/sway bars, propane, and MT inside.? With a 4.7..should be able to do it. consider loaded it would probably be around 38-4000 lbs.
Check on the drivers side door panel (near the lock), and there you should see a sticker showing your vehicles GVWR and towing capacity.
#9 of 46 Re: What type Dakota do I have [philbergin]
Jul 21, 2006 (8:49 am)
Extended (Club) Cab:
Both the regular and club cabs for 2000 have only two doors. If there is enough room behind the front seats to have two mini/jump seats back there, then you have the club cab. Very little space and no seats = regular cab. The existence of a rear side window is also a givaway of it being a club cab over a regular cab.
#10 of 46 Re: What type Dakota do I have [philbergin]
Jul 21, 2006 (4:13 pm)
With a 4.7L, even with the 3.55 gears, you should be able to tow a 3200 lb trailer. Is it a pop-up or a travel trailer?
A few of things to keep in mind: 1) Make sure you have a transmission cooler, if you have the automatic transmission; 2) Make sure you run 75W-140 synthetic gear lube in the rear differential; 3) make sure you have electric brakes on the trailer.
Your towing capacities are listed in the owner's manual. They will depend on body style, 4x2 or 4x4, engine, and gear ratio.
#11 of 46 Re: What type Dakota do I have [sunburn]
Jul 21, 2006 (4:45 pm)
Thanks for your reply. It is a regular trailer and weighs 3200 lbs, but I have to add in the sway hitch and other stuff, so it is probably closer to 4000. My book says I'm ok up to 5,000, so I guess I should be ok.
By the way, do I need to put the 75W-140 synthetic gear in the rear differential if I am running with a manual transmission, or is that just for automatics?
#12 of 46 Re: What type Dakota do I have [steak2k1]
Jul 21, 2006 (4:48 pm)
Thanks, that clarified it for me. 3200 is the dry weight, so I do need to add the extra for sway hitch and propane, water etc. But the book says I can haul 5000, so I should be ok. Thanks again. Phil
#13 of 46 Re: What type Dakota do I have [dewaltdakota]
Jul 21, 2006 (5:02 pm)
Wow, pics! Man, if I didn't understand it from the other posts, I sure get it now. Makes sense and now I know I have a Club Cab. Thanks a lot! Phil
#14 of 46 Re: What type Dakota do I have [philbergin]
Jul 22, 2006 (5:25 am)
The synthetic 75W-140 gear lube is required in the rear differential for towing, regardless of transmission type. That's buried in the owner's manual somewhere.
If you have a limited slip differential, you will also need to add the limited slip additive, if the gear lube doesn't already have it.
#15 of 46 Re: What type Dakota do I have [sunburn]
Jul 22, 2006 (10:49 am)
Thanks. I did take it to the dealer today and he recommended synthetic 75W-90, so I went ahead with what he recommended. He said 140 might be a bit too heavy. I guess it should work ok. He did do the slip additive as well.
Thanks again for your help.
#16 of 46 Re: 75X -140 Rear Diff fluid
Jul 23, 2006 (2:55 pm)
I am wondering if there is something in between the 90w and 140W for the rear diff and in synthetic. I just put Redline 10W40 synthetic in for an oil change and it seemed quite a bit lighter in texture/viscosity than std oil at 5W 30.
It might be worth it to go with the heavier lube in the rear diff even though I just changed it a while ago as well..and like Phil, they put in 75W-90 synthetic with LS additive. I did pull 4300 or so lbs thru the rockies without a problem..but i would hate to lose a rear diff up in the mountains...Especially seeing as we are going again in a week for vacation.