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Old 05-12-2016, 02:04 PM   #15
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Not the same vehicle, but I have an 05 Durango with v8 Hemi. Bought it used in around 07 with 50k. It now has 185k. Still going strong and paid for. Will it blow up one day? Probably. But until then, Im smiling every mile.
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:27 PM   #16
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I used to drive and tow with Mercedes ML500s. Since this 3rd generation Durango was designed when Mercedes owner Chrysler, it is the same platform as the Mercedes. They feel so similar, I felt at home in the Durango on my test drive.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:14 PM   #17
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1998 Durango @ 90K miles still pulling my 22' AS International

My '98 Sport SUV had a tow package w/ 5.2L 8 cylinder engine and a 3.92 axle ratio. Tow limit is 5,700 pounds and handles the trailer with ease, though the vehicle still "drives like a truck." Haven't had any major problems towing except for a cracked cylinder head climbing the Grapevine in SoCal.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:18 PM   #18
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I have an older Dakota. 4.7 V8 3.55 rear end, only 5 speed Tranny; 4 with OD off. Pulls a 25 just fine. I don't think you will have a problem with either rear end given the multi-speed Tranny.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:44 PM   #19
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Fiat/Chrysler vehicles get the worst reliability ratings from Consumer Reports and have for many years. I'd be especially wary of a 100,000 mile one.

Our '07 Tundra has 106,000 miles and what I've replaced is the oxygen sensor and most of the braking system (master cylinder, rotors, pads and front calipers). Towing eats brakes, so that doesn't seem odd. O2 sensors often go at about 100,000 miles. I will replace the serpentine belt soon because it seems like a good idea. That's about it. The truck still drives and runs like new. The Sequoia SUV is the same truck with an SUV body, softer ride if you get a 2008 or newer. Tundra went to the bigger pickup truck in 2007.

Most people with the Ford EB pickup seem happy too. I'm not sure what SUV is a Ford pickup with an SUV body.

None of these vehicles get good gas mileage. The Ford EB seems to do better than the rest except when towing.

There are two major reasons we prefer a pickup to an SUV: 1. We don't feel good about having gasoline inside an SUV rather than in the bed of a pickup—either gas cans for trips to remote places or in a generator. 2. We use a pickup to pick up big things that don't fit in an SUV. I could figure out a way to better seal gas cans, but building materials don't fit in an SUV very well.

With a tonneau cover, you can protect items in the truck bed. And the extended cab models are similar to an SUV except for the rear storage space. Big SUV's are also much more expensive generally than the comparable pickups.

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Old 05-12-2016, 04:42 PM   #20
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My 2004 Durango limited with a Hemi, 2 wheel drive and 200k miles on the clock is the best vehicle I've ever owned. I've towed large twin engine boats, loaded U-haul trailers, camping trailers and trailered vehicles over Western mountains and deserts with absolutely no problem. Power to spare, great braking and never overheating. Without a trailer it gets 13 MPG around town and 20+ on the open road. This vintage Durango has body on frame construction and even with a rooftop tent mounted on top it handles winding roads with aplomb. Honestly I think it's a better tow vehicle and my old Ford F-350 dually crew cab and GMC 3500 long-wheelbase Savana van.
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:19 PM   #21
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Fiat/Chrysler vehicles get the worst reliability ratings from Consumer Reports and have for many years.
Yes, but with the exception of the Durango, which they have chosen as one of their recommended vehicles.
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:26 PM   #22
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Fiat/Chrysler vehicles get the worst reliability ratings from Consumer Reports and have for many years. I'd be especially wary of a 100,000 mile one. . . .Gene
Interesting, one of the fellows who tests vehicles for Consumer Reports tows his Airstream with his Durango.
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:33 PM   #23
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My 2004 Durango limited with a Hemi, 2 wheel drive and 200k miles on the clock is the best vehicle I've ever owned. I've towed
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........This vintage Durango has body on frame construction and even with a rooftop tent mounted on top it handles winding roads with aplomb.
..... ...that's because it's body on frame.....
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:52 PM   #24
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IAMGLG nailed it. We've got a 04 Yukon with the 5.3. It works just fine and is very comfortable.
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Old 05-12-2016, 11:00 PM   #25
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IAMGLG, welcome to the Forum. It is the best source of Airstream and RV operating info I have run across. Sometimes the answer seems obvious when in fact the opposite may be true. The reason the larger Airstreams need a hefty 3/4 ton pickup is because the combination tow vehicle (TV) and travel trailer(TT) will not take the prolong abuse the roads in the US, including Alaska, and Canada deliver over the life of the vehicle combination. Several years ago another couple, me, and my wife, with two Airstreams, went to Fairbanks, AK, on a three month trip touring the entire northwest American Continent. Our intention was to go all the way to Prudhoe Bay. On the way, in the Canadian Rockies, my friend broke down a hundred miles North West of Fort Nelson. We had been climbing long grades, but after a rest stop, he could not get his 1/2 truck to start. Five days later, the new part arrived with a much improved heat shield on the tranny shift cable. The original plastic part had melted from high engine heat in the mountains. On, to Alaska. One day, before we headed on to Prudhoe Bay a Doctor coming the other way from the Bay stopped to talk with us. He has been to the Bay and was returning. He was driving a 3/4 ton vehicle and pulling a 30' Airstream. When he saw my friend's 1/2 truck and 28 footer he immediately said don't take that rig to Prudhoe Bay you will never make it over the rough road and back. He then look at my rig, a 3/4 ton pulling our 34' slide, and said no problem your rig will make it. My wife and I decided not to go alone. Think, "Ice Road Truckers." When we got back I decided a trip to Airstream Factory Service was in order to check and repair known and unknown damage. The stove top, bathroom counter top, and mirrors on the wall behind rear slide, had pulled loose from the walls holding them. Service fixed and made their mounts stronger. Then I had them Sealtec (pressurize) the trailer for leaks. Only one rivet had sheared off on the rear of the slide frame. I almost forgot to mention the $1,000 damage to the left rear wheel well due to a blowout South of Denver at the beginning of the trip. I lost three more tires on the trip due to tread separation, but caught them by visual inspection or dropping tire pressure on the ProPressure Monitor. All new Carlisles, but the way. The all new replacement Maxxis tires lasted two and a half years. I now own all Michelin on the truck and trailer (12 tire counting spares). Discount was easy to deal with on the Carlisle's because I had all the en-route replacement receipts. They replaced 7 for $390. I was most impressed.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:29 AM   #26
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What can I say? I have traveled the Dalton Highway, and The Cassiar Highway, been on the "Top of the World" highway, all of these twice in Alaska. Been on most all the paved roads in Alaska and a lot of unpaved ones too. Been with folks who have lost receivers and wheels there. Have seen tow vehicle failures but none were because of undersized equipment. Worst stuff though was in Vermont, those hills and climbs are nasty. Both of my "1500's" have the "wrong" rear ends in them, are 4 speeds, but have factory transmission coolers with temp gauges and neither has ever showed excessive heat. Check that, once coming out of the east side of Yellowstone National Park I thought for sure the whole rig would give up the ghost but she made it. My transmission oil is cherry red and has always been so. One sidebar, when we first took our "brand new" CCD 28 to Alaska when we got home there was a registered letter awaiting us saying that no grease was put in our bearings. Opened up the bearings and sure enough no grease was in them. Bearings were fine, put some grease in them and all OK. Love Maxxis 8008 trailer tires, run thousands of miles on them, no tread separation, Carlisles are OK, Marathons are junk. I have Pressure Pros on to be sure. I have been on this forum years ago but recently rejoined again. Again, I know of no engine or transmission failures because of their being overloaded. I have a Reese top of the line equalizing hitch. I do not run 75 down the highway, I stay within the speed ratings of the tires which is 60. 75 mph is too dangerous to be hauling any trailer regardless of tow vehicle.
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Old 05-14-2016, 09:42 AM   #27
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Toyota makes good "stuff". They win all the awards. I had two and they were really good.

High speed v/s low speed rear ends. I like the high speed ones. When pulling your trailer the transmission finds the right gear and when not pulling your trailer you get better millage.

I am sure that a well taken care of Toyota is good for over 200,000 miles.
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We had 3.55 axle gears on our last Ram truck and I thought there would be less downshifting, hunting for gears, or skipping gears on downshift causing sudden rev of the engine, with lower gears. Also we had been on a couple of real steep hill descents where I think we could have had more effective engine compression braking with lower gears. So we got lower 3.92 gears on the new truck.

I don't think these ratio numbers cross directly from a Ram to a Durango because the Durango probably has smaller diameter tires, which has the effect of lower gear ratio.
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