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Old 04-08-2016, 01:49 PM   #1
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Is my TV enough to handle TT?

Sorry to bring this up but my sister just bought a TT and is having an issue with her towing capacity being maxed out. **** dealer sold her a TT that is too heavy for her TV. Now I am wondering if I am ok? She towed her TT home yesterday and had a horrible experience on the highway. Said she felt like her front wheels had no control over the TT and felt like she was drifting and swaying. She is towing a 2013 PT Avenger 26bh with her 2015 Durango V6. I also feel the same feeling when I am towing and I have a 2001 Tundra v8 towing a Jayfeather 22Y. Can someone please confirm I have plenty of towing ability with my TV. Yikes now she has me thinking. I am so confused with all the different added weights like unloaded, hitch weight, etc. It's all so overwhelming and I am not experienced enough to go to a weight station.

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Old 04-08-2016, 02:14 PM   #2
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Here's another good place to start, by looking up the general towing capacity of your TV.

Trailer Towing Guides | Trailer Life Magazine

There's a lot more to it than just the towing capacity, and there are excellent articles here covering the whole gamut of issues surrounding towing and towing capacity. Good luck!




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Old 04-08-2016, 02:21 PM   #3
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Is my TV enough to handle TT?

I think she's probably fine on weights, although she should check a scale ASAP, but it sounds like the WDH is set up completely wrong.

She does have a WDH, right?

Drift, sway, and no steering feel are all symptoms of being far to light on the front axle. The Durango is a great tow vehicle set up correctly, but the springs are pretty soft and it will get you into trouble fast if you don't shift that weight back to the front.
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Old 04-08-2016, 02:22 PM   #4
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Go here: RV Itch - Resources

Download the tow capacity worksheet. Fill it out, be honest about the weights and if you don't understand something ask.

You'll know soon enough how close to capacity (or over) you are.
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Old 04-08-2016, 02:30 PM   #5
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Looking at the specs for your trailer and truck you are ok. Your truck is rated at 7100#, that trailer empty is 5800#, so you just have to watch what you put in it, it adds up fast. Your sisters trailer is listed at 5088# empty, and her Durango is rated to pull only 6200#, so she also has some room. You both need a weight distribution hitch to get some weight back on the front end. And as others said check the door sticker to see what your payload is and deduct the tongue weight which yours is about 600# from the total and that will tell you what can safely go into the truck. Online shows payload on your truck between 1400-1800#, so that would give you 800-1200# weight in the truck to not be overloaded.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:35 PM   #6
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Many people on the forum have Durangos and I have heard nothing but praise about them. When we bought our 23B I called Dodge and had a good conversation about the towing capacity and learned alot. I would recommend calling them with the Vin number. Then I would pull the numbers for the tt. Remember they pull best with 12 to 15 percent tongue weight.

Key is to have a good wdh, ideally with an integrated sway control. Then having it set up correctly. You can check the setup by taking a few.measurements with and without the tt connected. If the wdh is a chain system reducing a link one at a time will transfer more weight to the front wheels. If the wdh is like my equalizer then it as a bit more work to make adjustments.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:42 PM   #7
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I agree with all that's been said. Weight distribution and sway control setup is vital to a good towing experience. when the weight is not solid on your front wheels your steering becomes very unstable and feels like you have no control. you need to also make sure you wdh hitch is adequate for the tongue weight of your trailer
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I think you both need to spend the money on better hitch systems. You both are near the limit of what your vehicles can handle. I would recommend at the minimum you get something with built-in sway control like the the Reese dual-cam, Equal-i-zer with 4 point sway control or Blue Ox Sway-Pro. Then you both need to get real friendly with the operator and setup manual! Then you need to load up and visit a CAT scale.

If you want absolutely NO sway then look at a Hensley or ProPride 3P like I have.

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Old 04-08-2016, 06:23 PM   #9
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I have no idea what any of this means.....ha ha

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Lets break down the information on your sticker. GVWR stands for gross vehicle weight rating, yours is 6010 LBS. This means that the weight of your vehicle when on the scales can not exceed this number. This weight includes the empty weight of your truck plus passengers, fuel, and anything else that is in the truck and the tongue weight of your trailer. GAWR stands for gross axle weight rating. In your case your front axle is 3130 LBS and your rear axle rating is 3960 LBS. These are also known as steer axle and drive axle. Again when on the scale you can not exceed these numbers. There should be another sticker on the door frame that will tell you the payload of your truck. The payload weight is the weight of the passengers and anything in the truck and your trailer tongue weight.

There is a lot of information on hitching and towing in this forum. I have use this information myself to get properly set up. The CAT scales are your friend don't be afraid to use them.

I have a 2010 GMC 1500 and a 2005 Jay Feather 25z. My 25z is similar in weight and length to your 22y. My GMC has a gross vehicle weight rating of 6800 LBS. I carry 3 adults in the cab and have a cab high shell on the back and a few things in the back and I am right at my limits with my truck weight.

I can't stress enough the importance of a good WDH and sway control and having it set up properly.

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