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Posted: 07/09/19 06:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get to know the guys at the transmission shop now.

The T&C is a people hauler that was basically at its max pulling the popup. As others have said, the WD hitch and the true tongue weight of the TT you're contemplating will put you well over the limit. And the WD hitch might bend the unibody.


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If you are going to do this, get a cell phone app that works with a BlueTooth OBD-II dongle and monitor engine coolant and transmission fluid temperature.

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Wait, until you get the larger vehicle. Only 3 months of summer left, be patient and do it right.

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My son tried to tow a large pop up with his town and country. After his first pull he traded for a Durango once he had the gas pedal smashed to the floor and was still slowing down on his way to mount rushmore. He then traded the Durango for an Expedition when he went up to a TT. The wieght of the hybrid will hurt the situation, but the wind resistance alone. He wouldnt listen to me, but he is wiser now. I personally would not pull the hybrid with a minivan.


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midnightsadie wrote:

I see a tranny in your future .


+1. Mopar transaxles aren't built for towing. Wenie transmission.


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We towed a fairly large popup with our Sienna and it did fine. Of course two factors involved: no frontal area to deal with and most towing was done in and around Florida where our highest point is only 345' above sea level. Minivans can be very good tow vehicles when towing within their capabilities. Our popup was about 3300 lbs and we averaged about 15.8 MPG towing. We traded that van at 254K miles having never had a serious repair and no transmission or engine issues. All that being said, I personally would not tow a full-height trailer with one unless it was super light like in the 2k weight range and I don't know if such a beast even exists.

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midnightsadie wrote:

I see a tranny in your future .

Near Future, Plus! Our neighbors did that with a large pop-up, then bought a truck after they killed their mini van. It's an expensive way to make a trade-up!

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So how many kids ar you going to load up into that mini van? My inlaws pulled a small starcraft TT with a similar van. Went on 5 short range trips and got rid of it. At least, check the door jamb sticker and post the number after this statement: Total weight of cargo and occupants not to exceed xxxx lbs.


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#1, get an auxiliary transmission cooler before you do anything else. As for the rest follow the advice here. We pulled a 17ft hybrid with a Pontiac Montana for one season. I knew what I was getting into, lots of reading and research. It actually worked just fine. But I was just below all the capacity ratings. I was stable and felt safe. We did not kill the van. But the towing experience was not stellar either. We only had one kid, who was a teenager at the time. So set it up right and you'll be fine.

That said if you buy this trailer you'll love it. And I predict a new tow vehicle in your future.


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SidecarFlip wrote:

midnightsadie wrote:

I see a tranny in your future .


+1. Mopar transaxles aren't built for towing. Wenie transmission.


Yeah he should totally get like a 97 F350 Powdersmoke for his little camper. Then it wouldn’t have a wenie transmission.


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