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post #11 of 38 Old 03-06-2011, 02:30 PM
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OMG, you gotta pick Excel and I up to go hacking in that trailer this spring :))
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post #12 of 38 Old 03-06-2011, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Ok! :)
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post #13 of 38 Old 03-06-2011, 10:32 PM
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Looks like the 4.7 liter V8 2006 Durango maxes out at 8950, so you should be okay if that's the engine you're looking at. I'm about to get off work or else I'd have more helpful input. Maybe tomorrow!

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I have been looking at a Dodge Dakota, have wanted one for years. I have been driving the local horse and truck people nuts with all my questions, the basic one being.. Can this truck (which is a midsize, and similar in size to the Durango) pull a loaded 2 horse trailer?
I have not had a single horse person tell me what I wanted to hear.
They all say I should really invest in a proper, full sized truck, and preferably a 4x4 at that.
As for the non horsey truck people, they said as far as weight goes, you really don't want to be consistently towing at the truck's rated capacity, and that you should generally stay below 75% on a regular basis.
Then you have to take into consideration that it is a live load that can shift.
So I would pass on the same advice that has been given to me.
Can it pull it? I guess so. Should you pull with it? Probably not.
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post #15 of 38 Old 03-07-2011, 07:47 AM
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Btw, I used to know someone who pulled their trailer with a (chevy?) Suburban, but they are larger than the Durangos. Even then, she only did it when in a pinch, and when the pick up truck was not available.
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Thanks for all the info!! I'm looking at trucks AND SUV's (found a Chevy Avalanche for sale I'm interesting in now...4X4 with 5.7L V8 engine, 7,900 lb towing capacity)

The Durangos I'm looking at are all V8's and 4X4 (whether I end up with a truck or SUV, I want a 4X4 option). And yes MyBoyPuck it's the 4.7L. Although I think it's only rated for 6,500 lbs which is cutting it a little close (reason for this thread, I'm a little on the fence!)

The horse trailer I'm looking at is about 3,000 lbs empty -- add to that another 1,000 lbs of my horse and avg. 1,400 of someone else's and you have the tow weight now up to 5,400 which is at 83% capacity - that 75% rule mentioned above it a pretty cool rule of thumb by the way!

So I don't know, the more that I think about it, the more I'm leaning towards a nice Dodge Ram or that Avalanche! ;)

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HITS, I'm not sure if I would pull a trailer with a Durango or not. The Chevy Avalanche would do it and so would a Suburban. I'm not so sure on Dodge trucks. Every one I've came across has something wrong with the transmission, but it could just be me. You're gonna have problems with every vehicle anyway! Just make sure whatever you get has a built in towing package so that it has a fan to cool down the transmission :]

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post #18 of 38 Old 03-07-2011, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I do need that! What does a tow package cost to install after the fact?
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Keep in mind that it's not just a tow hitch that makes a tow package - it's a transmission oil cooler, a larger radiator, suspension, etc.

I used to haul one horse (using a stock trailer) with an Envoy but only short distances. I just traded up to an Expedition with the 5.4 and the HD tow package. That is the very minimum I would use to tow two horses and a trailer. The Durango, if I'm correct, is only the size of the Envoy and it is too small to comfortably tow the trailer and horses for any distance - and especially at highway speeds.

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I think one costed my dad about $300 (if I can remember right), but it was just the hitch. It was pretty hard on his truck without the cooler and everything so we couldn't go far. It's a miracle his truck isn't messed up from it actually! I just bought an F150 with the package in it and I can barely tell my trailer is back there.

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