- Sep 16, 2020
Good morning. Is anyone using a 3rd Generation (2014+) Dodge Durango, AWD, V6, with factory Tow Package to pull their Mac 26? Mine is a 1990 D.
Great advice.....hopefully your sailboat trailer has surge or electric brakes because without them your tow vehicle braking capacity will be challenging, especially on hills and long slippery boat ramps...........If the boat feels a little squirrely while towing, check the tongue weight. You may need to shift some gear forward to get more weight on the tongue. Also, if you don't already have brakes on the trailer, consider adding some..........
Did you pass on the Toyota Tacoma 4 cyl truck? Tow capacity reportedly 5000 lbs per this link: 2014 Dodge Durango Specs, Towing Capacity, Payload Capacity & Colors | Cars.com . If you are buying a new or used tow vehicle suggest buying a 150/1500, 250/2500 or 350/3500 truck? I started out towing a 21 ft ski boat with a tandem trailer with a Ford Explorer and it did not have the towing/braking capacity and suspension to tow it safely. So traded it in for a full size Bronco. My current tow vehicle is a Ford F350 DRW that has towing and braking capacity and suspension for most anything I need to tow.
You might these threads on newer Durango V6 AWD tow capacity interesting:
Towing Capacity for 2015 Dodge Durango AWD without Factory Tow Package | etrailer.com
V6 w/o tow package - capacity and potential upgrades | Dodge Durango Forum
Yes, I have the factory tow package. But with the V6 3.6 liter, I think that puts me at 6200 lbs.My wife just reminded me about the towing package. Do you have the factory towing? Factory towing in a Durango is 7k while aftermarket is closer to 2.5k. Factory comes with larger tranny cooler and a few other things.
Everything I have read about electric breaks and salt water has been bad. Also, the electric breaks only activate if you have your foot on th break peddle. Surge breaks will "tap" anytime the boat tries to speed up on your tow vehicle. So if you coast and the momentum of your boat drives it forward, the breaks on the trailer will activate. I tow in the mountains so this is big for me. I will down shift on a long grade and I can feel the boat pumping the breaks... it really helps keep the boat behind the truck. Of course you can do that with electric by pumping your breaks.... and electric breaks are a lot less expensive... unless you have to replace them often due to salt ...On our pontoon it has surge brakes. I don't know how well electric brakes and water will hold up.