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 Post subject: Re: Tow vehicle and DD
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:13 am 
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kbrew8991 wrote:
"just fine" crossing the Appalacians might not be "just fine" crossing the Rockies fwiw - terrain does vary :)

That is true... but for up and down the east coast it has no issues. Living out west and dealing with altitude a diesel would probably be in order.

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 Post subject: Re: Tow vehicle and DD
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:11 pm 
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I've been towing a 22 foot enclosed trailer with my 1/2 ton suburban for years. Its got enough power and the soft suspension is adequate with a load leveling hitch. When not towing the 1/2 ton is much more comfy than the 3/4. The extra wheelbase of the suburban over the tahoe makes a big difference in stability. It wont cruise at 85 like some 3/4 ton diesel trucks, but you shouldnt tow at those speeds anyway! :lol: Its towed a full trailer from Miami to San Fran and back to Houston, just gotta take your time.

I would recommend ensuring your tow vehicle can pull an enclosed trailer. I know you're not thinking you'll have one soon...but you never know. Dont paint yourself into a corner :D

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 Post subject: Re: Tow vehicle and DD
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:54 pm 
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Toureg TDI makes a very nice DD, and is rated to tow 7,700lbs. I tow a small enclosed trailer (with a 944 Spec car in it) with my Audi Q7 (mechanical twin to the T-Reg), and it does well, though I wish they had the diesel when I bought mine. Big brakes are also nice. My Q7 shares brakes with a 911, so I can order Hawk Blues and DTC pads for it from the Tire Rack, were I crazy enough.

I did custom order my enclosed trailer to keep it light, and within my tow rating. A 'burban, or other 3/4 down truck does give you more options for trailers w/o going overweight...

They tow great, but can you keep it running for more than 2-weeks at a time?


Just avoid the '04's...

I just turned 70K on the way home from Hallet yesterday with no mechanical issues, and only one electrical one so far. 13 hour tow from Hallet to Chicago area. On the way there went through some nasty winds - you know you're in trouble when you pass storm chaser vehicles pulled over on the side of the road. :shock: No stability issues, or sway, without any helper devices, but then it helps I'm only towing 18 feet of enclosed trailer. I ran it for over an hour wide open in 5th (6 speed trans) to keep up 60 into a brutal headwind - temps stayed good. MPG dropped from 12 to 8.3 :?

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 Post subject: Re: Tow vehicle and DD
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:38 am 
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Looks like a 2011 Durango will tow 7,200 and make the wife happy. I can only do one of those two things.

Now time to start looking for a race car!

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 Post subject: Re: Tow vehicle and DD
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Stick with a basic open trailer and you'll be ok with that. If they have a tow package option that adds meaningful things like a transmission cooler, pre-wiring for brake controller, etc, I'd recommend it.

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 Post subject: Re: Tow vehicle and DD
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:36 am 
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kbrew8991 wrote:
Stick with a basic open trailer and you'll be ok with that. If they have a tow package option that adds meaningful things like a transmission cooler, pre-wiring for brake controller, etc, I'd recommend it.


Got tow and the 5.7L V8.

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 Post subject: Re: Tow vehicle and DD
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ken o wrote:
kbrew8991 wrote:
Stick with a basic open trailer and you'll be ok with that. If they have a tow package option that adds meaningful things like a transmission cooler, pre-wiring for brake controller, etc, I'd recommend it.


Got tow and the 5.7L V8.


nice, it is so much easier than driving to the events..

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 Post subject: Re: Tow vehicle and DD
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New Durango is built on the new Grand Cherokee chassis... looks like a nice vehicle, but I've never seen one in person. Only downside to that vs. a truck or larger SUV would be wheelbase, but a good weight distribution hitch with sway control will tkae care of that for you.

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 Post subject: Re: Tow vehicle and DD
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:44 pm 
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Wife did not like the Durango, too big.

What about a Grand Cherokee? What about 4x4 and towing?

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 Post subject: Re: Tow vehicle and DD
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ken o wrote:
Wife did not like the Durango, too big.

What about a Grand Cherokee? What about 4x4 and towing?

It's my understanding that the Durango shares the same chassis with the new Grand Cherokee.

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