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#6 of 14 Do you tow a travel trailer? I need your help!
Oct 07, 2007 (4:57 pm)
I am looking to buy a travel trailer, but I can not seem to get a straight answer on how much my 2003 Durango can tow. I have a 4.7 liter engine and 2WD. It is the SLT model. I have called the manufactuer and they say that with a class IV towing hitch, I can tow about 7,500 lbs. This is also what the owners manual says. The trailer dealer seems to think that my vehicle can only pull about 4500 lbs. The Dodge dealer says the same thing. I have gone to other trailer dealers though and they think I can do the 7,500 lbs. I am going nuts! The trailer I want weighs 6080 lbs. Is there anyone out there that is using their 4.7, 2WD SLT to pull a travel trailer? If so, how much are you able to haul safely? Please help me sort this one out.
#7 of 14 Re: Do you tow a travel trailer? I need your help! [rob7734]
Aug 10, 2008 (10:31 am)
I tow a 25' travel trailer with a 2003 Dodge Durango w/a 355 gear ratio, 4.7 magnum engine with a factory tow package. The trailer weighs 4300 lbs curb weight. Whenever I'm towing, I am towing about 5,000 lbs. I have no problems with the engine overheating, I have a little problem going up long steep grades (downshifts into low range, but it is still very capable.) I average 9 mpg when towing. I found 4300 lb towing capacity from the internet, but all dealers say 6,000 to 6,500 lbs. At the trailer business they say 6,000 lbs with no problems. Additionally I use an equalizing hitch plus sway control. It's all good. Happy towing.
#8 of 14 Towing and wind resistance
Jul 17, 2010 (5:52 am)
I have a 2003 dodge durango 4.7 liter. I pulled a pop-up camper weighing 3800lbs. i felt very litle drag on my vehicle. I could easily cruise hwy at 70 mph. So i decided to move up to a 4300 lb hybrid lightweight camper. Well to my surprise tne towing is very different. First of all when towing weight is mentioned, resistance is not applied. because im no longer pulling a low profile camper but now a large surface, my experience has changed. My first trip got me 7.5 mi per gal. could only pull at 55 to keep engine from overheating . It was a hot day but never had overheating before when pulling pop-up. So the wind resistence makes vehicle feel like its pulling 9000 lbs. Can anyone give me ideas on how to keep engine cooler and how to maybe deflect some of this head wind. I cant get a different vehicle. thank you
#9 of 14 Re: Towing and wind resistance [bruceg3]
Jul 17, 2010 (2:09 pm)
You may want to consider an aftermarket radiator with more capacity, and actually after 7-8 years your factory radiator may have diminished capacity due to scale build up in it. I assume you have the factory heavy duty towing package with the larger radiator, if not, you probably have the single row radiator. Also, I've noticed that on my 2000 a lot of debris builds up between the trans cooler and a/c condenser, I have to blow it out with the hose from time to time. It blocks the airflow through those plus the bottom of the radiator.
You can't do much about the wind resistance. I guess that's why a lot of people like fifth wheel trailers, their more aerodynamic and much easier to manuever
#10 of 14 towing capacity
Aug 07, 2010 (12:49 pm)
Is ther any way to find out what my durango will tow considering not all durangos are not made equal.
#11 of 14 2003 Durango 4x4 SXT tow question
Nov 13, 2010 (5:53 pm)
I'm considering purchasing a 2003 Durango 4x4 SXT. I have to tow an 8' utility Haulmark trailer with my household items to Alaska. Anyone out there on this forum that could help me decide if this is the vehicle that would get me to my home in Alaska without overheating or breaking down?
#12 of 14 Re: 2003 Durango 4x4 SXT tow question [judyh2]
Nov 14, 2010 (11:44 am)
HOW BIG IS YOUR ENGINE- DO YOU HAVE A TOE PACKAGE ON YOUR TRUCK. DO YOU KNOW YOUR GEAR RATION IN REAR END. HOW MUCH WEIGHT ARE YOU PULLING. HOW TALL IS THE TRAILER. WIND RESISTANCE IS A BIG FACTOR. ARE YOU GOING TO BE TRAVELING IN HILLY AREAS. I might be able to clue you in better with these answered.
#13 of 14 Re: 2003 Durango 4x4 SXT tow question [judyh2]
Nov 14, 2010 (5:44 pm)
Also,with a nearly 8 year old vehicle, the mileage and condition, along with some idea how well it has been maintained would help. I doubt if any Durango would have trouble towing the trailer you describe, but more info is needed. How far are from Alaska now?
#14 of 14 Re: Do you tow a travel trailer? I need your help! [suzieq2]
Aug 04, 2011 (9:34 pm)
Hi, i have a 2000 durango with a 5.9 magnum, oif towing push the end of the shifter knob on the steering column, this will put it in trailer mode. Try it and see if it works better.