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Dodge Dakota, Towing, Truck
#1 of 19 Dakota factory tow hitch
May 30, 2007 (3:54 pm)
I just bought a 2006 dakota with the 4.7 v8. It does not have a regular hitch reciever. The ball just goes in the bumper. It looks and is built like a hitch reciever though not just a bumper pull. It goes up to the frame rails and has eye for safety chains and such. I am trying to figure out if it is a class 2 or not. If anyone knows I would love the help. Thanks
#2 of 19 Re: Dakota factory tow hitch [markstrom]
Jun 12, 2007 (4:44 pm)
It's just a bumper hitch. My 02 is only rated for 2000 lbs and 200 lbs of tongue weight. It's usually stamped in the plastic above the license plate. There are some small eyelets under the bumper for safety chains.
If you need something bigger, you can get a Class IV from Amazon.com for a little over $100.
#3 of 19 Comments on towing a 2H trailer with Dakota?
Aug 03, 2007 (1:02 pm)
#4 of 19 Comments on towing a 2H trailer with Dakota?
Aug 01, 2007 (8:38 am)
I retired my 79F250 last year and replaced it with an 06 Dakota, 4.7L, 2WD ext.cab, tow pkg. and now am looking for a lightweight 2horse bumper pull trailer (can't afford a brenderup!). Everyone seems to think i'm nuts for thinking this truck will safely haul a horse trailer(also wear & tear on eng, brakes and tranny). I DO live in the mountains, but usually go no farther than 100mi. Am hoping someone out there has had some experience with this and/or advice! Thanks...
#5 of 19 Re: Comments on towing a 2H trailer with Dakota? [jem5]
Aug 01, 2007 (5:16 pm)
How much does a fully loaded 2H trailer weigh? The Dakota bumper isn't rated to pull very much, so I wouldn't attempt to use it. Use the receiver that came as part of the tow pkg. Also, since you are in the mountains, I would recommend that the trailer have brakes, if it is over 2000 lbs. Which axle ratio do you have, 3.55 or 3.92?
#6 of 19 Re: Comments on towing a 2H trailer with Dakota? [sunburn]
Aug 01, 2007 (7:05 pm)
The trailers i am looking at are about 2000lb.+ 1 horse at 1000lb. and infrequently 2 at that weight. And no, wouldn't use bumper, but hitch with a weight balancing hitch added and definitely trailer brakes. 3.55 ratio with tow/haul pkg. eng. and tranny cooling system. Tow weight according to stats is about 5900lb., but am figuring with live weight, no more than 2/3 that weight. Am still a bit leary, but thought i'd give it a try. Hopefully without problems! Thanks!
#7 of 19 trailer pull
Aug 02, 2007 (7:13 am)
If you drive cautiously, allowing greater distance between yourself and the vehical in front of you, allow for longer stopping distances, slower corners, ect, you should be fine. I used to pull a 2 horse trailer and two horses with a 1992 Mazda MPV!
#8 of 19 Re: Comments on towing a 2H trailer with Dakota? [jem5]
Aug 02, 2007 (3:19 pm)
Properly equiped a Dakota can tow around 7000 pounds. I know two people who tow 4000 lbs. plus fairly regularly with a Dak equiped much like yours and they do just fine.
#9 of 19 Re: Comments on towing a 2H trailer with Dakota? [jem5]
Aug 03, 2007 (1:02 pm)
Your Dakota should be fine with 3000-4000 lbs. Just be aware that going up hills in the mountains will likely mean 2nd gear at around 4000 RPM. The 4.7 has to rev a bit to make its power.
#10 of 19 RT or club cab?
Jan 03, 2008 (9:15 am)
Im confused, I bought a used Dakota Sport. The car fax listed it as dakota Sport/rt. But anyone that looks at it says its not an RT. The local Dodge dealer was no help. Im concerned because of the RT's 2000 lb towing limit. Can anyone tell me how to confirm the exact model? and also, why does the RT have such a small towing capacity?