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Old 11-23-2019, 06:45 PM   #1
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Towing X23B

Need some opinions here: we just upgraded from a 2018 X17z to a 2019 X23b a few weeks ago and we love the new floor plan. With the X17z we towed it with my wife’s 2011 Grand Cherokee V6 tow package. With no issues at all. This pst March I upgraded my vehicle to a 2019 Ram 1500 Classic V6 which towed the X17z with no issue and when I picked up the X23b (400 mile trip) it also towed very well. Here is the Issue the Ram has some issues and the dealer might be taking back and I can get another vehicle, before I choose another ram the wife was thinking about the Durango instead because our 2 girls (4 &6) plus a 60lb dog will have more space during longer trips. How would the Durango compare in towing V6 or V8. Trying to stick with a Mopar if not maybe an Aramda?
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Old 11-26-2019, 11:53 AM   #2
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What are your future plans? You upgraded from a 2018 to a slightly larger 2019 trailer - that's fast. Any chance that might happen again? (Do you suffer from 2-footitis like most of us here?)

I towed our X19H with a Chevy Traverse for several years before buying a full size PU. The Durango has similar towing specs. The Chev towed the smaller (slightly - very similar weight specs) 19 well, but I traded early because the towing was causing some expensive maintenance issues with the Chevy.

Check the payload capacity on the Durango, and consider carefully how you will use it. Payload is fairly generous on most 3-row SUV's (after all they should be able to hold 7-8 adult passengers). However, remember that the max tow rating on the SUV is with the driver ONLY in the vehicle. As you add two (growing) children to the mix and a dog, you are quickly eating into the payload and reducing your towing capability. If you plan to keep the SUV for 10 years then those kids will be 14 and 16 (much heavier) and the trailer will probably be bigger too.

Buying an appropriately sized PU will future proof your setup. I find the back seat in my Nissan CC to be much larger than in the Chevy - kids really like it, and there is more versatility in the bed arrangement. I do still have to keep a close eye on the payload (always the limiting factor when towing RVs), but my towing capacity is about 4,000# higher now, so I have a lot more options.

If you decide to go for the Armada, I can vouch for a bulletproof drivetrain. It is the same engine/tranny (completely US made) as the Titan, and it tows very well.
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Old 11-26-2019, 12:53 PM   #3
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I would look at the tow capacity of the Durango. Last time I looked, I recall the V8 model had a tow capacity of 7000 maybe more pounds. My Dakota tows our 23B nicely, but I have to admit, I would like a bigger truck. We have towed in the mountains and in extreme heat, and I do keep an eye on the temp gauges, and have turned off the AC while pulling long grades to keep the engine cool.

Also remember kids grow, which means they weigh more, and the more space you give them the more "stuff" they will bring along, which will affect your Payload.
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