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Old 09-12-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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Question Towing with Dodge Dakota

I have a 27 ft International with gross weight of 6200 lbs.
Will a 2006 Dodge Dakota 4.7L V8, 5 speed auto trans with tow package handle it?
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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Is the Dakota even a half ton rated truck? I would say no unless you are just towing for a short distance on flat ground. That would be like me trying to pull my 31 footer with my Ranger.

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Old 09-12-2012, 02:36 PM   #3
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Here is a link to the Dodge towing guide. Watch how you load and get a good weight distributing/anti-sway hitch and you should be fine.

Dodge Towing Guide - By Vehicle
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:02 PM   #4
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Aw forget all of the maufacturer's weight and towing guides, and take that thing to Can-Am in London, ON, Canada and they can fix it up so it will tow a 34 footer 100 miles an hour thru the slalom course, no problem. ;-)
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This type of post draws many reactions. It would be nice to receive actual experiences from Dakota users. I suspect your mileage will go south when towing. But when doesn't that happen?

We've had a significant number of Toyota Tacoma owners actually report that they've been very happy towing mid-sized newer Airstreams (ie, they've gotten heavier over the years). Some of these are from the Pacific Northwest with mountain passes and all.

Edmunds says it has a 7000# tow capacity and 1720# payload. I probably was the first on AIRForums to own a Nissan Titan and it only had a 1342# payload. I'm still listening to your proposal...
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I tow my 21 Globetrotter with a 99 Dakota extra cab, 4X4, 5.2 V8 Automatic, with 3.93 Gears (I think ) at least 3.9?. Great on the flats, lacks power in the Rocky Mtns, and steep hills even at the lower elevations. I believe my 21' trailer is about maximum with the Dakota. Next truck will have more power. I will be taking it up to South Park this weekend to try to take the elusive Wapiti with an arrow.
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The V8 should have plenty of power. With a properly set up hitch and brake controller you should be fine. Don't listen to the people who say you have to have a 1ton to tow an airstream. The trailer stops its self, that's why it has its own brakes.

I tow with a Tundra 4.6L V8. Most people don't consider that a "real" half ton, but it has lots of power, and it's a very stable and reliable tow vehicle.
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Joking aside, I had a full size Dodge pickup with the 4.7L engine, auto transmission, and pulled a 23', 1975 trailer with it (much lighter and smaller than your 27'), and I was dissatisfied with the truck. Felt it did not have enough power, down shifted too much, and slowed down too much on grades.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:44 PM   #9
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similar truck:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...ml#post1027117
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Joking aside, I had a full size Dodge pickup with the 4.7L engine, auto transmission, and pulled a 23', 1975 trailer with it (much lighter and smaller than your 27'), and I was dissatisfied with the truck. Felt it did not have enough power, down shifted too much, and slowed down too much on grades.
In contrast our 3.5 V6 car has power to spare towing our 23' Airstream. Another forum member has been towing a 27' for years with his 2.5 5cyl Volvo. Works fine. Every case is different. Aerodynamics, vehicle weight, connection quality/set up, are all factors that determine performance.

Also realize Airstreams are a very easy trailer to tow compared to shoe box designed trailers.
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By the book rule of thumb is try to be at 80% of the tow vehicles ability and if you have a close to stock 27 then it's about 4260 lbs. With that in mind adding 600 lbs of stuff you are within the rule. I towed a 22 Argosy with a Toyota FJ Cruiser, handled great and got 15 mpg up through Pennsylvania hills. It worked out as an 80% of towing capability rig. I love the Reese dual cam setup for stability.
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In contrast our 3.5 V6 car has power to spare towing our 23' Airstream. Another forum member has been towing a 27' for years with his 2.5 5cyl Volvo. Works fine. Every case is different. Aerodynamics, vehicle weight, connection quality/set up, are all factors that determine performance.

Also realize Airstreams are a very easy trailer to tow compared to shoe box designed trailers.
I would probably have been satisfied with my little Dodge also in Ontario where the speed limit is like 55 and nothing greater than a 1% grade.
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It is not 6200 lbs

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I have a 27 ft International with gross weight of 6200 lbs.
"Gross weight" or GVW is not the weight of your Airstream. GVW is Airstream's recommend maximum combined trailer+cargo+fluids weight.

You 27' International weighs 4230 lbs dry with a 490lb tongue weight. Start with these numbers and add a few hundred pounds for what you might carry.

Also note that you can increase the towing capacity of the truck with lower ratio rear axle and upgraded tires and suspension.
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I would probably have been satisfied with my little Dodge also in Ontario where the speed limit is like 55
The speed limit up here is actually 100!
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