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Posted By: tedontario on 09/05/05 08:05pm

Does anyone tow a lite travle trailer with a town & country minivan with tow package???


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Posted By: Rico334 on 09/05/05 08:22pm

I'm not being sarcastic here, but your first posting on this same question garnered some honest answers. A small popup is about all your TV is going to handle. Anything more will be more tongue weight than your minivan is designed to carry, plus the mentioning of transmission failure will occur sooner than you want it to.


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Posted By: DavidG on 09/05/05 08:52pm

As Rico pointed out, you got some good answers in your other post on this same subject less than an hour ago (shame on you for double-posting the same question).

The most your van can tow is 3500#...that's it!!! The biggest problem all the mini-vans have is the lack of tongue weight capacity. A 3500# trailer would have a tongue weight max of around 500#, and that's probably all the receiver is rated for anyway.

You can keep asking the same question over and over again, and I'm sure that eventually some numb-skull will give you the answer you're looking for, but you really don't want to even try pulling more than 3500# with your van.


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Posted By: MrRV on 09/07/05 09:19pm

Well my Award trailer was pulled with a Chevy Astro van for 11 years... no problems.


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Posted By: OOSLVR on 09/07/05 07:33pm

tedontario,
Check the manual for the actual towing capacities for your Town & Country,
then do the calculations. In addition to the GVWR and towing capacity for
your vehicle, you also need to take into consideration your shorter wheel
base. A pop-up will be your only safe option, and there is nothing wrong
with a pop-up!

BTW - I am awed and amazed at how roomy inside those Town and Country mini vans are! Nice ride!


J Boyd OOSLVR



Posted By: stev in niagara on 09/07/05 08:16pm

There is only one brand of Travel Trailer that can be towed successfully with a Chrysler, GM or Ford minivan or SUV having a V6 engine.

*** Sorry, Chrysler 3.0L engines are not able to tow these. Too weak of an engine and weak transmission.





Model 2619 -- sleeps 6, unloaded-dry weight 2673lbs. Towing length 19ft, rear bed slide out length overall TT length 26ft.

A 2619 towed by a GM Astro ...


The 2720 is a little longer, but is only 100lbs more in weight.

Their web site:
http://www.trailmanor.com

These are very much like Hi-LO's, but without the extra heavy weight.

* This post was edited 11/09/05 04:15pm by stev in niagara *


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Posted By: rhondavid on 02/02/06 08:24am

Personally I have never thought of front wheel drive vehicles being good for towing. Even if you have a weight distribution hitch, I think with the additional weight on the rear you will find when you hit dips in the road etc you will be light on the front and therefore light on the drive wheels. Not a good idea IMHO.

Think you will be very very disappointed with the towing performance of your mini-van - they just are not built for towing. You have gotten some good advice in previous post. You need to stick with a Pop-up until you have a better TV. You are only asking for mechical failure and possible safety concerns.


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Posted By: dnbsvc on 02/02/06 10:33am

There is always the Aliner, Chalet or Casita. These are smaller lite weight trailers.


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Posted By: eightballsidepocket on 02/01/06 09:17pm

stev in niagara wrote:

There is only one brand of Travel Trailer that can be towed successfully with a Chrysler, GM or Ford minivan or SUV having a V6 engine.

*** Sorry, Chrysler 3.0L engines are not able to tow these. Too weak of an engine and weak transmission.





Model 2619 -- sleeps 6, unloaded-dry weight 2673lbs. Towing length 19ft, rear bed slide out length overall TT length 26ft.

A 2619 towed by a GM Astro ...


The 2720 is a little longer, but is only 100lbs more in weight.

Their web site:
http://www.trailmanor.com

These are very much like Hi-LO's, but without the extra heavy weight.


Actually the new 06 Kia Sedonna Mini van has 244 H.P. and has a tow rating of 3,500 lbs.


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Posted By: Debian Dog on 02/02/06 08:06am

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Actually the new 06 Kia Sedonna Mini van has 244 H.P. and has a tow rating of 3,500 lbs.


It is quite impressive. Kia is going to be like Honda. Owning a Honda 30 years ago was a joke or "the poor mans car" now you have to pay a bit more to drive a Honda. I see Kia going the same route.

I just picked up a Nissan Quest 240HP and it has a #3500 tow rating. I am also seriously considering the TrailManor 2720SL. I am taking the DW to the dealer this weekend

If we don't decide on that we will probably go pop-up.


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Posted By: Debian Dog on 02/02/06 08:37am

Well both a 12' pop-up and the mid sized TrailManor have a UVW of 2800# so what are you gonna do.

Looking on the Train Manor Forums I see there are many folks towing with less than ideal rigs.

Here is one person that has been towing a TM with a Kia for 2 years Not having a lot of drag is helpful


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