Go Back   DodgeForum.com > Dodge Vans & CUVs > Dodge Caravan
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


Dodge Caravan The Dodge Caravan is the best selling mini van from Dodge. How many Dodge Caravan owners here at DodgeForum.com would agree? Discuss it now!

towing with 2012 Grand Caravan

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 09-17-2012, 06:31 PM
happy camper happy camper is offline
Registered User
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1
Default towing with 2012 Grand Caravan

I'm looking for an 11 or 12 Grand Caravan with tow package, and auto trader turned one up on a nearby used car lot. They claimed it was an SE with tow package, but when building a van at dodge.ca I can't get a tow package on the SE - only on SXT and above. The salesman was not knowledgeable, but suggested I take the VIN and check with the dealer. Entering the VIN at dodge.com we find there is no tow package, but the following possibly relevant features:
16" Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Electronic Stability Program
Power Rack-and-Pinion Steering
Touring Suspension
Heavy Duty Transmission Oil Cooler
Heavy Duty Engine Cooling
Heavy Duty Radiator
730-Amp Maintenance-Free Battery
160-Amp Alternator.
So, how close is that to a tow package? I phoned the dealer and he said he could add a hitch and brake control and that would do it. But I'm skeptical - what about the suspension?
Is there someone who has a 2011 or 12 tow package and can tell me authoritatively what it actually includes?
Thanks in advance for any help.
This ad is not displayed to registered and logged-in members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Dodge Forums!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-17-2012, 11:43 PM
kingofwylietx kingofwylietx is offline
Professional
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 230
Default

The towing package is only factory available on Crew and R/T models. It includes the class 2 hitch receiver, Load leveling and height control suspension, and The trailer tow wiring harness.

The load leveling and height control suspension consists of a special shock that will auto adjust the height (rear sag) once you start driving. It uses the forces acting on the suspension to 'pump' itself up....hence the height control. There are aftermarket companies that offer similar products, or you can buy the factory ones.

***it is most likely that the previous owner just added the hitch and wiring harness.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-18-2012, 09:38 AM
b1lk1 b1lk1 is offline
Professional
2002 Dodge Grand Caravan
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport
Location: Ontario
Posts: 186
Default

http://www.etrailer.com/Vehicle-Susp...id=20121065384

I would use those over any sort of self pumping shock absorber any day of the week. In my 2002, I had to use an airbag system and I got one with an onboard compressor as well. My kit was way more expensive but suited my needs better. Look around for the exact kit that suits your needs.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-19-2012, 12:56 AM
throckalo throckalo is offline
New Member
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 11
Default

A "factory" tow package also include oversize heavy-duty front brakes.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-19-2012, 07:44 AM
b1lk1 b1lk1 is offline
Professional
2002 Dodge Grand Caravan
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport
Location: Ontario
Posts: 186
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by throckalo View Post
A "factory" tow package also include oversize heavy-duty front brakes.
Not sure where you heard this, but there are no differences in the front brakes on any Caravans no matter how they are equipped.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-19-2012, 12:56 PM
throckalo throckalo is offline
New Member
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 11
Default

While I wasn't expecting to see any difference, I personally observed the larger calipers and rotors when I tried to put standard Caravan winter wheels on a 2012 R/T with the tow package - they wouldn't fit. The size difference in brake components was very obvious when viewed side by side to a Caravan without the tow package.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-19-2012, 07:06 PM
99Sport33L 99Sport33L is offline
Rookie
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 91
Default

If there is a difference in brakes and other stuff then Chrysler / Dodge should list that in their web page "Build a minivan" quote. Because usually their tow package is not worth it when they just add a class 2 hitch [which sucks, it should be a class 3] and trailer wiring. You can get the load leveling in other packages that are worth it.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-19-2012, 10:18 PM
kingofwylietx kingofwylietx is offline
Professional
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 230
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by throckalo View Post
While I wasn't expecting to see any difference, I personally observed the larger calipers and rotors when I tried to put standard Caravan winter wheels on a 2012 R/T with the tow package - they wouldn't fit. The size difference in brake components was very obvious when viewed side by side to a Caravan without the tow package.
You have made an honest mistake, but it is a mistake. The 2012 R/T is the only Caravan model to get 4 wheel Heavy Duty disc brakes. It has nothing to do with the towing package, it is part of the R/T package. Same with the Durango, the R/T gets the larger brakes....
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-20-2012, 11:30 AM
throckalo throckalo is offline
New Member
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 11
Default

No problem. I was told that the big brakes were associated with the tow package at the time.

It appears that H/D brakes come standard with the 17" wheel option and not with the R/T or tow package.

Sorry to hijack post with bad info. (However, I would like to add that the heavy duty brakes work really well on the 2-ton van.)
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-26-2012, 09:57 PM
2012TurdBoxOwner 2012TurdBoxOwner is offline
Registered User
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1
Default

You'll be fine with an SE with the hitch. I was in the same situation in the spring when buying our new 12 Caravan. The crazy price jump to a Crew model just to get the tow package didn't make any sense. Remember, all models are rated to 3600lbs towing. All models also have the trans cooler. Depending on what you're towing, it may be worth it to upgrade the brakes and suspension but that's going to be thousands less than splurging on the crew model + paying for the factory tow package.
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2012, 09:57 PM
 
 
 
Reply




Tags
2012, dodge, grand caravan, towing

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Join DodgeForum
Advertising

Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory
Our Sponsors
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:11 AM.

Internet Brands, Inc.


Contact Details & Emails