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delwhjr

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Posted: 06/27/20 08:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2006 Durango and used it for a tow vehicle for many years(still have it for daily driving). Its cargo sticker is 1910 and served us well. We were looking for a new tow vehicle starting in 2018 and went straight to a Durango because we really liked the ride and dependability. Unfortunately they changed the Durango and every one we looked at had a cargo sticker of 1500 or less. We upgraded to a F250 with a cargo of 3120 which will serve us very well currently and any possible upgrades in what we like to tow.


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Suppose you look at a bunkhouse TT under 4500 lb dry (advertised dry weight) it will probably wind up weighing closer to 5000 lb dry with real world options plus LP tanks and battery. Then add your cargo and maybe a little bit of water (not much!), and you're around 5500 lbs, maybe more. That's about 600-700 lbs on the hitch, if it's all balanced correctly. Then add almost 100 lbs of the weight distributing hitch with some sway control. Nope, not enough payload.

There are a few super-light TTs that could work, but those tend to be single axle, small, low cargo capacity units. For example, KZ Sportsmen Classic 180BH. You might wind up with a real world hitch weight of 500 lbs or less.


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And now we’re into 3/4ton Suburban and Cummins diesels and F250s for a 5500lb trailer......
Some of you are just plain insufferable!


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Posted: 06/28/20 07:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Payload, payload, payload. You're gonna run out of it quickly. Your kids are going to keep growing, get a bigger truck.
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This will be my wife's daily driver. A truck is not an option.

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Then a bunkhouse traditional trailer is not an option for you either.


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spoon059 wrote:

Payload, payload, payload. You're gonna run out of it quickly. Your kids are going to keep growing, get a bigger truck.
rival178 wrote:

This will be my wife's daily driver. A truck is not an option.

Matt

Then a bunkhouse traditional trailer is not an option for you either.


You can get a bunkhouse trailer around 3k pounds. Tow capacity and payload both under spec...

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You will need to add better shocks, higher load rated tires and a GOOD sway control hitch. But nothing will ever change that the wheelbase on the Durango is too short for a 25' plus trailer.

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agesilaus wrote:


I would think popup for towing with that vehicle.


Sorry, that's just a crazy statement. Just is.

I towed a 3877# GVWR TT Wolf Pup 16BHS (normally maxed out) with a 5225# rated 4.0L V6 Explorer. A bit weak on power but towed it fine.

I concur with most that stickered Payload is THE major consideration on using a Durango with a given TT.
BUT, choosing a TT that is listed at 3/4 your towing rating is a reasonable choice to maximize the size of TT while maintaining a comfortable towing experience.
There are many single axle bunkhouses that are in that range.
However, I recommend using the TT GVWR and never the dry weight for estimating towing values. It's really easy to load up a TT, especially if you don't want it in the TV because of payload limits.


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Much depends on how much use the TT will see. These ultra light TT get that way by giving up sturdy construction. They are flimsy. But if you will be using the TT a couple of weeks a year only on good roads then they may work until you outgrow the RV. On the other hand taking one of those down a rough backcountry road is contraindicated. Or on a 9000 mile cross country expedition.

The OP has fixated on the Durango before he ever posted this and was just looking for affirmation of his fabulous decision. He is not receptive to criticism and will not change his mind, period. This is common behavior.


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agesilaus wrote:

Much depends on how much use the TT will see. These ultra light TT get that way by giving up sturdy construction. They are flimsy. But if you will be using the TT a couple of weeks a year only on good roads then they may work until you outgrow the RV. On the other hand taking one of those down a rough backcountry road is contraindicated. Or on a 9000 mile cross country expedition.

The OP has fixated on the Durango before he ever posted this and was just looking for affirmation of his fabulous decision. He is not receptive to criticism and will not change his mind, period. This is common behavior.


Actually, we believe we have moved on from the Durango thanks to the this thread. Still has to be an SUV, but looking at Tahoe and QX80 now.

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^ You've moved on to vehicles with only slightly larger "ratings" and only slightly longer wheelbases. Yes they will theoretically tow slightly better from a stability point of view, but not significantly.
Best of luck car shopping. Anything you pick in your considerations will tug a 6klb trailer smartly.

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