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Old 04-07-2019, 08:03 PM   #1
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We have a 2013 V8 Dodge Durango (HEMI) and I would like to know if anyone has tow experience with a 28' Airstream (we have International SS). We typically pull with a 2500 Chevrolet Suburban but we are moving from Alaska to Colorado and would like to take the Durango (and sell Suburban).

The Durango (with HEMI) is said to pull 7400 lbs. The listed GVWR for the unit is 7600 lbs.

I will be moving the family and want to make sure it is safe - and we can make our destination! It seems a little crazy to me (I like the idea of a heavier tow vehicle which is why I went with the 3/4 ton Suburban) but if there has been good experience, it would be much more convenient!

Thank you in advance for any and all thoughts!

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Old 04-07-2019, 11:51 PM   #2
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I also have a Durango with the v8 and wonder if I can tow our new 25fb with it. I have three large diesel duallies that obviously tow no problem, but they're large. If we do go with the Durango, I'll do the whole weight distributing thing and get a good trailer brake controller. For your 28' however, I'd recommend something that can tow more, probably f150. It's about the stopping power not if it can pull.
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Old 04-08-2019, 12:29 AM   #3
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Hi, I don't know what your future plans are, but I would keep the Suburban and sell the Dodge. The Dodge isn't rated enough for your trailer.
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:10 AM   #4
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We have a 2013 V8 Dodge Durango (HEMI) and I would like to know if anyone has tow experience with a 28' Airstream (we have International SS). We typically pull with a 2500 Chevrolet Suburban but we are moving from Alaska to Colorado and would like to take the Durango (and sell Suburban).

The Durango (with HEMI) is said to pull 7400 lbs. The listed GVWR for the unit is 7600 lbs.

I will be moving the family and want to make sure it is safe - and we can make our destination! It seems a little crazy to me (I like the idea of a heavier tow vehicle which is why I went with the 3/4 ton Suburban) but if there has been good experience, it would be much more convenient!

Thank you in advance for any and all thoughts!

Chris.
Tow with the Suburban and sell the Durango. You can buy one in Colorado that has much less salt corrosion when you get there.
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Old 04-08-2019, 05:28 AM   #5
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It depends what your actual trailer weight is when it's loaded fro traveling.

My Durango is rated to tow 7200 and the max weight for my 25' is 7300. BUT fully loaded to travel our trailer weighs 6600. We tow from NY State to Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, BC every year with no complaints.
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:52 AM   #6
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I started towing my Serenity 28 with s 2016 Expedition EcoBoost. It was OK, but not great. Lots of power, but not enough payload. It quickly became an F250 Diesel.
I suspect your Durango will run out of payload especially when loaded with passengers.
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Old 04-08-2019, 09:11 AM   #7
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Those specs are too close to the edge. Use the Suburban.



The Durango will work, but you never know when you will hit a particularly steep hill or a muddy campground. At that point you will need just a bit extra and the Durango won't have it.
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The 28 foot AS has a particularly high tongue weight, and would be tough with your Durango, or any half ton, we have the same trailer. I live in Colorado and found my F150 with an Ecoboost, could do it, but I was near the limit on passes with transmission and engine overheating. Downhill was the worst, constant trailer braking and stressed out over keeping control, until we got the F250SD, the truck is the boss. Since you are moving to Colorado, I would definitely stick withe 3/4 ton and sell the Durango.
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The weight of the trailer is not the issue, it is the tongue weight. Your trailers TW could easily approach 1000 lbs, which I am sure, exceeds the weight limits of your hitch and possibly your rear axle ratings. And DO NOT go by the published weights in the trailer brochures. In most cases they are not even close. For this you need a hitch scale or you need to hitch up and hit the public weigh scales. Once you load up the Durango and the trailer, I suspect you may also exceed the Durango's GVW. Again, you need to hit the scales to know where you are at.
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We have and 2018 25 FT FBT International serenity. We pull ours with a 2014 Dodge Durango citadel Hemi . It pulls like a dream. 14 miles to the gallon. We know others that pull their 28 FT an Are very happy. I love the fact of having all the luxury in this SUV and our fantastic Airstream.
You were in for a fabulous adventure. Enjoy!
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We have and 2018 25 FT FBT International serenity. We pull ours with a 2014 Dodge Durango citadel Hemi . It pulls like a dream. 14 miles to the gallon. We know others that pull their 28 FT an Are very happy. I love the fact of having all the luxury in this SUV and our fantastic Airstream.
You were in for a fabulous adventure. Enjoy!
Not to rain on anyone's parade but "...pulls like a dream...", is pretty subjective. Pulls like a dream compared to what?, pulls like a dream under what circumstances, normal flat freeway driving, climbing or descending steep hills, emergency braking and emergency lane changes? 14 mpg is no measure for the capabilities of a tow vehicle. It is not what it does in the best of circumstances it is what it is capable of when things don't go as planned. Engineered weight ratings of the various components of your vehicle are there for a reason, not the least of which is the safety of the vehicles occupants and all other drivers on the road.
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I pull a 25 with my 03 Dakota with 4.7 V8
Marginalon steep grades but the Hemi would do it hands down. My Dakota is rated for 5000 lbs Hitch set up by CanAm
Your Durango is a much newer version of the original which was based on the Dakota 4WD.
Why not try it before you move. Tow capacity is not likely a big deal but Tongue wt. might be.
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Here's my take. If you asked about transporting the trailer to it's new home as a one time deal, I'd say, "Yeah, but take it easy."
But you're MOVING to Colorado (lucky you) so you want the Dodge to be the tow vehicle in Colorado? Yes?
I'd say it's marginal at best, and probably overloaded going down hill. (and there's a lot of those in Co.)
The advertised hitch weight of the 28' international is 950#. Can the Durango manage a thousand pounds on the hitch?
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Can the Durango manage a thousand pounds on the hitch?
But it won't have a thousand pounds on the hitch with weight distribution, right? Or am I wrong?
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