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Old 03-29-2012, 06:39 PM
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Re: reasonable weight to tow with 3.6 pentastar.

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do you think the load leveling suspennsion is needed if im towing around 2500 pounds? and the trailer sway control is standard or i have to have the tow package?
The trailer sway control is standard from what i read . 2,500 is not a heavy load you will be fine without LLS .Tongue weight is not high on a 2500 lbs trailer .
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Re: reasonable weight to tow with 3.6 pentastar.

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do you think the load leveling suspennsion is needed if im towing around 2500 pounds? and the trailer sway control is standard or i have to have the tow package?
Load leveling is not going to effect you too much for a 2500 lb load. The weight that should be at the hitch is 10% of the load being pulled. So for a 2500 lb trailer your tongue weight should be 250 lbs. Thats about the same load as a 250 lb guy sitting in the back. Load leveling is not that much in your case.
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Re: reasonable weight to tow with 3.6 pentastar.

I wouldn't be too worried about getting fairly close to the 5,000lbs that the GC is rated at. The same platform and powertrain in the Durango is rated at 6,400lbs leading me to believe the limit on the GC has something to do with suspension tuning. Also, the 5-speed in V6 models was used by Benz for years behind high power engines (also used in the SRT8 GCs) and is a stout unit that has proven to be able to handle quite a bit of abuse.
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Re: reasonable weight to tow with 3.6 pentastar.

I have a 2011 Overland V6, ORII (no trans cooler). The usual trans temp when not towing in the city is about 75-76, on the Hwy 76-78 degrees Celsius.

My wife and I towed a 2500lb (dry) PUP trailer with about 400-500lbs of cargo across Canada last year from British Columbia to New Brunswick and back. We did the tow in July and the trans temp stayed around 77-78 degree variance (we saw 79 once in a while through mountains). Can't remember the other temps but I do remember they were very close to the usual temps.

Last week I test towed a 4300lb (dry) Jayco X213 trailer. I made sure I had a full tank of fuel, 2 propane tanks, a trailer battery and 3 passengers weighing just under 600lbs total. I test towed through the city and and about 30km on the Hwy. The Hwy tow consisted of a couple of steep hills, rolling hills, flat straight runs, mixed traffic with lots of big rigs. It was windy outside but not blowing hard and my speed varied between 90-110 km/hr. My trans temp varied between 78-80. The other temps raised some but from reading some other posts they were in the norm. I was using a WDH but did not have the friction sway control installed as the trailer is not mine yet and it has to be bolted on.

After lots of reading and looking at other trailers I'm going back today for one more test tow and if everything goes well I'll be signing the bottom line and bringing home a trailer
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Re: reasonable weight to tow with 3.6 pentastar.

I just want to add that tow ratings are an inexact number. Suspension, brakes, transmission, chassis, wind, temperature, warrantees, type of trailer, terrain and many other factors play into that number. For years truck manufacturers played a game with those factors in competition to get the highest number, which is why some people feel you need a 'cushion' and not tow the max. I had a Ridgeline rated for 5k lbs and I towed that all the time with trailer brakes and never had an issue at all. But Honda made a big deal out of the fact that you didn't need a cushion - 5k lbs was good to go all day. Can the V6 GC tow 5k? It depends on all the factors above.
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Re: reasonable weight to tow with 3.6 pentastar.

This is very helpful....thanks Overland-North
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Re: reasonable weight to tow with 3.6 pentastar.

I hual 4700 lb race car and trailer no problem. Will let you know if anything breaks prematurely
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Re: reasonable weight to tow with 3.6 pentastar.

Is interesting that there are really four different towing pacakages depending on whether V6 or V8 and 4x2 or 4x4. With the 4x2 you get a standard suspension, 4x4 you get the load levellers. V-8s get hd cooling and a hd alternator, V6s do not. Are only two prices though.

BTW my RV is 6300 lbs and has a 2.4 liter engine. Do have to watch the EGT though.
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Re: reasonable weight to tow with 3.6 pentastar.

Followup on my first tow since picking up my JGC. Posted for the benefit of others wondering.... Took my boat back from storage today, 22 foot 3400# dry. Add a tandem trailer, +/- 1000. Total 4500 lbs or so. Made about a 30 mile trip mostly rural, some light hills and 60mph stretches. First impression is that it handled it equal to my previous Ford Expy with the 5.4 V8. It actually seemed a little stronger off the line than the Ford did. Really pretty confident, not that I would ever forget its behind me, but I will not fret the 3.6 abilities to tow this rig a dozen times a summer. I am still intriqued by the Durango 6400 lb rating by comparison, but it must have something to do with wheelbase/suspension and handling limits, not drivetrain
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Re: reasonable weight to tow with 3.6 pentastar.

I spoke with the dealer about the Dodge Durango, the increased towing capacity has to do with the longer Wheelbase. Penzly how was the mileage towing 4500lbs? Do you have a brake controller installed or Trans cooler?
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Re: reasonable weight to tow with 3.6 pentastar.

I remember seeing on th V-6 specifications when released that the engine was tuned to enhance towing capability. Think it had something to do with the torque curve tuning, but it indicated that they wanted this engine to preform well and get better fuel economy when towning
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Re: reasonable weight to tow with 3.6 pentastar.

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Is interesting that there are really four different towing pacakages depending on whether V6 or V8 and 4x2 or 4x4. With the 4x2 you get a standard suspension, 4x4 you get the load levellers. V-8s get hd cooling and a hd alternator, V6s do not. Are only two prices though.

BTW my RV is 6300 lbs and has a 2.4 liter engine. Do have to watch the EGT though.
Do all 4x4 WK2 come with the load levellers???
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