Last post on Feb 25, 2010 at 10:04 AM
You are in the Dodge Dakota-2010 and older
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Dodge Dakota, Towing, Truck
#13 of 19 Re: Dakota Sport or RT? [cfont]
Jan 11, 2008 (9:06 pm)
As for confirming, look under the hood at the emissions sticker. It should show a 5.9L or about a 354 cid engine. Only the RT's came with that engine. As for the towing capacity of only 2000 lbs, it is because the RT has lowered springs and different shocks then the standard Dakotas. While the brakes and frame are the same, due to the lowered stance, it can not tow as much.
Also the tire size is a big difference. The regular Dakotas have 15 or 16 inch wheels and 70 or 75 series tires or they also could have off road tires. The RTs I think have 17s inch wheels and 50 series or lower profile tires.
Look at the tires. Should be a big giveaway. If you have to practically step down to get out of the truck, it isnt an RT. If you have to step down to get into the truck, it could be and RT.
#14 of 19 Trailer Fuses.... where are they?
Jan 24, 2008 (10:28 pm)
I own an 01 STL c/cab. It has a factory installed tow bar and 7 pole connector. I use a 4 wire adaptor for the lights on my boat trailer. The ground wire (wht) is attached to the trailer. I recently rewired the trailer and checked all connections, they were fine. However in the dark I (tryed to) hooked up the 4 wire adaptor backwards (dopey me!) witnessed a small flash in my tail lights and since that time I no longer have running lights on the trailer. The stop and turn signals work OK. I have removed and checked all fuses in the two fuse blocks (underhood and dash side panel) described in the O/M. All fuses check OK w/ a meter. Can anyone tell me if there is a in-line fuseable link or another fuse block that services the factory trailer connection. I checked the wiring under the truck and cannot detect any breaks or shorts. Any solutions or other suggestions?
#15 of 19 Re: Dakota 00 Towing with a 3000 lb travel trailer [ffloyd]
Jan 27, 2008 (9:51 am)
my wife and i have dakotas similar to yours. the preparation we did was..... coil-over rear shocks by monroe, dot4 brake fluid through all four brakes, weight-distribution hitch, 75w140 synthetic gear oil in rear diff. ours are automatic, but we wish we had a 3.92 ratio -- you'll have an easier fix by using 4th gear. oh yeah, the factory tires on both our trucks were too soft -- we changed to 6-ply LT tires. they tow just fine - we tow a 6000 pound Jayco camper.
#16 of 19 towing Dodge Dakota
Sep 20, 2009 (4:42 pm)
I just purchased a 2009 dodge dakota 4x4 and plan to tow 4 wheels down behind my motorhome. the owner's manual says to disconnect the battery which of course will preclude towing as then brake lights, turn signals etc. wouldn't work.
Does anyone know what happens if anything if one leaves the battery hooked up?
#17 of 19 Re: towing Dodge Dakota [moel]
Sep 21, 2009 (4:34 am)
Which vehicle are you being told to remove the battery in - the Dakota that's being towed? So, don't you need a way to power the truck's taillights, stop lights, etc from the motor home?
What you don't want to do, in general, is have two batteries connected together in parallel. This is why I think you're being told to remove the battery.
#18 of 19 Re: towing Dodge Dakota [srs_49]
Sep 21, 2009 (8:43 am)
Yes the Dakota operator's manual advises to remove negative terminal on the Dakota while being towed; I have towed a 2003 Dakota with the battery connected with no problem. One needs the battery to ensure the lights are operational and that your "brake buddy" is powered. So trying to find out if any "damage" caused by leaving battery live.
Feb 25, 2010 (10:04 am)
can I front wheel dolly tow my 2006 dakota 4x4 automatic with the neutral switch without removing my rear drive shaft?