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Epacer78

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I have a Jayco 28DSBH TT with an empty weight of 5,800 lbs. Thinking about getting a 2012 Durango with 5.7L Hemi with tow package. Looking for some input on this vehicle pulling a 30' camper.

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Never use the "dry weight" of a TT to calculate payload and tow ratings. Use the GVWR as that is much more of a real world rating.

You'll hit your payload limit quickly on the Durango since the tongue weight for that thing will be at least 700-800lbs. A 30 foot trailer being towed by a mid-sized SUV sounds like a bad idea to me. IMHO of course.


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I agree with others that payload will be your biggest concern. Since you won't be towing an empty trailer around (I assume) then the dry (empty) weight is not of much help. You may have as much as 15% of the trailers ACTUAL weight on the tongue and your available payload still has to be able to handle passengers and cargo in the tow vehicle on top of the tongue weight. You will probably be OK as long as you watch the total weight of what you take with you.
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Durango's payload is only about 1,300 lbs. Does not leave much weight for the family.


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sheltonlp wrote:

Guys on this site will tell you you need a 3/4 ton to pull everything...might want to ask this question on a Dodge Durango site where they have experience pulling with that vehicle.

I have pulled a lot with a 4runner and definitely felt the short wheel base but the Durango has a much wider stance...


So you're saying he should keep on asking people until he gets the answer he's looking for?

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Guys on this site will tell you you need a 3/4 ton to pull everything...might want to ask this question on a Dodge Durango site where they have experience pulling with that vehicle.

I have pulled a lot with a 4runner and definitely felt the short wheel base but the Durango has a much wider stance...


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5800 dry is 7000+ lbs. in reality - too much for a Durango IMHO.


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Yikes... I guess I'm one of the guys that would rather err on the side of caution. Granted I'm not even close to a lot of the guys on here as far as my knowledge of towing, I'd say I'm actually towtarded honestly. But my big fear would be that the durango wouldn't have enough weight it that big trailer starts to try and get out of control.

I personally tow a 26' with a gasser Excursion and while I wish I had more power for climbing hills and what not, I NEVER worry about that camper pushing me around. I never have problems with big rigs going by or high winds because my truck weighs in around 4 tons. It just tells that TT, hey I'm going this way, lets go...

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Epacer78 wrote:

passport2590bh wrote:

Durango's payload is only about 1,300 lbs. Does not leave much weight for the family.


Wouldn't the weight distribution hitch help with the payload?


No. It just transfers some of the weight from the back of your TV to the front.

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passport2590bh wrote:

Durango's payload is only about 1,300 lbs. Does not leave much weight for the family.


Wouldn't the weight distribution hitch help with the payload?

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