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Old 01-28-2016, 08:21 PM   #1
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2011 Dodge Durango ->16XRB

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New to the forum! 32 years old, married, two boys (5)(2), & living in the Midwest

I just purchased a 2011 Dodge Durango with the Penstar V6 Engine. It also has the Trailer Tow Group IV that includes: Heavy-duty engine cooling, Class IV receiver hitch, 4- and 7-pin wiring harness, rear load leveling suspension, & full-size spare tire. It said it is rated to tow 6200 lbs and has a GVWR of 6500.

I am interested in the Jayco Jay Feather 16XRB: 2016 Jay Feather 7 16XRB | Jayco, Inc.

It has a dry weight of: 2845 lbs with a GVWR of 3500 lbs

Three questions:

1) Has anyone had experience towing with the 3rd Gen V6 Dodge Durango with tow package?
2) Based on what the Dodge Durango can tow, do you think the 16XRB would be more than suitable?
3) If I wanted to go up to the next sized trailer 19XUD, could I?: 2016 Jay Feather 7 19XUD | Jayco, Inc.

It has a dry weight of: 3530 lbs with a GVWR of 4250

I don't want to push it, but would like to get feedback from those that have experience with similar vehicles.

I appreciate any help.

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Old 01-29-2016, 08:47 PM   #2
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Good for you trying to match the tv to an appropriately sized trailer. What does your yellow payload sticker say on the driver door jam? This is the weight that can be carried in the vehicle (all the family, luggage, etc). You must also add in the tongue weight of the vehicle. Figure around 13-15% of the trailer gvwr.
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Welcome to the forum and happy trailer shopping.

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Good for you trying to match the tv to an appropriately sized trailer. What does your yellow payload sticker say on the driver door jam? This is the weight that can be carried in the vehicle (all the family, luggage, etc). You must also add in the tongue weight of the vehicle. Figure around 13-15% of the trailer gvwr.
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The TV payload is often overlooked and is often the limiting factor.
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Good for you trying to match the tv to an appropriately sized trailer. What does your yellow payload sticker say on the driver door jam? This is the weight that can be carried in the vehicle (all the family, luggage, etc). You must also add in the tongue weight of the vehicle. Figure around 13-15% of the trailer gvwr.
The load capacity of the Dodge Durango is 1,200 lbs. The tongue weight max is 620 on the Durango. Thank you for your help!
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Load the family up in the Durango and go weigh it at a cat scale. Whatever it reads, subtract that from the durango gross vehicle rating. That number is your leftover payload...compare that to the estimated tongue weight of your camper...take 15% of 3500 = 525lbs on the smaller trailer...do same for other one and see where u are at. Good luck!
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Load the family up in the Durango and go weigh it at a cat scale. Whatever it reads, subtract that from the durango gross vehicle rating. That number is your leftover payload...compare that to the estimated tongue weight of your camper...take 15% of 3500 = 525lbs on the smaller trailer...do same for other one and see where u are at. Good luck!
I did an estimation on weight of the Durango per vehicles tested weight on Edmunds. I added families weight plus added an additional 150 lbs for whatever we might haul with us. My number came to 5,536. The gross weight is 6500 - 5,536=964. They say the tongue weight on the small camper is 350. I am not sure I understand what numbers I need to crunch with the given info above? By the way, I do plan on going to the CAT scale. I am trying to do some ballpark estimations to see if I am in the realm of being able to tow a TT. Thank you again for your help.
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Sounds like you should be good to go. Get a good wd hitch and spend the time to set it up and have fun!
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Sounds like you should be good to go. Get a good wd hitch and spend the time to set it up and have fun!
Great! I will keep you all posted.
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We, as a group, tend to overdo the numbers here on the forums. From what I see, your numbers look a lot better than others. A couple of other things to take into consideration along the way: (1) Terrain - flatlands or mountain towing? Your tow rig will feel the difference and so will you. (2) The sail factor - TT's cut a big swath through the air and a 5k TT pulls a lot different than a 5k contstruction trailer load of bricks. Respect the numbers but don't get obsessed with wringing every last pound out of your calculations. Shop smart and enjoy.
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