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Old 01-19-2014, 05:29 PM
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Default 2012 Durango Crew Towing Capacity

I have a 2012 dodge Durango crew with the 3.6 Pentastar engine...it does not have the tow package.


Can anyone tell me what my towing capacity is...I added a hitch and I pull my bass boat but was wondering what the towing limits are without the towing package.


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Old 01-19-2014, 05:38 PM
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:46 PM
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Should be the same since the aftermarket hitches bolt to the same points in the frame that the factory one does. If hauling long distances however, I would check with the dealer to see if a transmission cooler is part of the tow package for your year model vehicle.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:26 PM
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It will be less than the 6200 since you lack the transmission cooler and suspension. Someone will chime in with the math. 3500 or less seems reasonable.
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It will be less than the 6200 since you lack the transmission cooler and suspension. Someone will chime in with the math. 3500 or less seems reasonable.
Don't assume. I don't have the tow package but the tranny is still cooled.

And re the suspension, if the rear sags too much without it you can just move the weight back on the trailer to reduce tongue weight.
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Probably the total capacity with the tow group, divided by 2. So, about 3100 lbs.

Reason i say that is because a class iv hitch on the tow group allocates the weight over both axles. Because you only added a hitch afterwards, you are putting it all on one axle (rear). Look up the gross axle weight. That should tell you.
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Don't assume. I don't have the tow package but the tranny is still cooled.

And re the suspension, if the rear sags too much without it you can just move the weight back on the trailer to reduce tongue weight.
Tow group has heavy duty engine and transmission cooling. Also has load leveling suspension. V6 needs this. The v8 hemi has all these without the tow group. Moving weight to the back is extremely dangerous as it leads to swaying.
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Probably the total capacity with the tow group, divided by 2. So, about 3100 lbs.

Reason i say that is because a class iv hitch on the tow group allocates the weight over both axles. Because you only added a hitch afterwards, you are putting it all on one axle (rear). Look up the gross axle weight. That should tell you.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:37 PM
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Default load leveling?

YOu guys have me curious. I have a 2012 with to package. Is there an easy way to identify if it has load leveling?
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The manual has a note in there that's says without tow package it's 3500.the tow package does come with the load leveling shocks .
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Don't assume. I don't have the tow package but the tranny is still cooled.

And re the suspension, if the rear sags too much without it you can just move the weight back on the trailer to reduce tongue weight.
What a DB. Who was assuming anything.
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What a DB. Who was assuming anything.
You said "It will be less than the 6200 since you lack the transmission cooler..."

Therefore you were assuming he or she lacked the transmission cooler without visually inspecting their vehicle to verify.

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The manual has a note in there that's says without tow package it's 3500.the tow package does come with the load leveling shocks .
Eh, that's just a CYA statement since who knows what quality of aftermarket hitch people will zip-tie on.

I for one firmly believe the extras provided with the "towing package" are there to cover the full range of towing conditions (e.g. extreme heat, improperly loaded trailer, etc.) for owners who don't pay particularly close attention.

With the aftermarket Mopar hitch installed you just have to pay much closer attention to coolant, oil and tranny temps, and your rear suspension depression. If the latter is a problem, there are several good aftermarket load leveling products available (which may be even better than OEM).

After all, the basics that go into tow capacity are the engine itself, brakes, and frame strength. None of which change with the factory tow package.
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You said "It will be less than the 6200 since you lack the transmission cooler..."

Therefore you were assuming he or she lacked the transmission cooler without visually inspecting their vehicle to verify.

Glad I could help.

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Old 05-26-2014, 11:31 AM
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Well, I've used my originally non-tow packaged V6 to tow my project car from NM to Long Beach, CA (through Phoenix) and back (through Vegas) in September (hit 107+ outside temps). This was after I put on the Dodge factory option tow hitch and harness. I had a brake controller of course (~4,500 lbs trailer/car combo). I had originally planned just air spring helpers, but I also replaced my rear shocks with the self leveling rear springs. Here's the load:

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The transmission cooling was there already as well as the engine cooling listed on the Tow Package options. In terms of what is actually left missing from my Durango to match the factory tow package, it's an uprated fan and alternator. I actually have the tow group fan assembly part on hand, but it needs a different connector/harness and I haven't been able to dig into what parts I would need to wire it in (relays/harness/etc.)

Here's the thread I made about the trip and mods: http://dodgeforum.com/forum/3rd-gen-...onversion.html
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Well I just had the mopar oem hitch installed, and I'm excited to test it out. If anyone cares the hitch installed was $416.00 total (parts & labor) The r/t has everything wired up etc.. Just needs the connector.
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