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Actual Towing Capacity of 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan without Tow Package


I have a 12 Grand Caravan that didnt come with any tow package. I now want to buy a 2012 Jayco pop up tent trailer2005lbs dry/ GVWR 2950lbs..doing research before actually purchasing anything i came up with conflicting #s. My owners manual says i can pull to a max of 3600lbsthis is with 2 occupants and luggage in the van or to a min of 3000lbs5-7 occupants w/luggage. Then on the internet it says a high of 3600lbs and a low of 1600lbs. My question is.. Is the van capable of pulling the trailer i want.? If so, what hitch set-up should i go with?

asked by: Steve

Expert Reply:

From what I have read online, the 3600 lb towing capacity is listed as the max for vehicles that have been properly equipped. What Dodge means by properly equipped is not entirely clear. It could simply mean that it has been equipped with a hitch and wiring, or it could mean that the vehicle has a transmission cooler, special gearing, heavy duty transmission, etc. What a tow package consists of varies greatly from manufacturer to manufacture, and can even vary across their product line.

Your Dodge dealer would be your best resource to obtain a definitive towing capacity for your particular vehicle. If you provide them with your VIN, they should be able to discern your towing capacity.

If you determine that your Grand Caravan is capable of towing the camper you are interested in, I would recommend the Draw-Tite Class III receiver, part # 87451.

You will also need a trailer wiring harness, part # 118534 to provide a 4-pole trailer connector. If the camper uses a 7-way connector and has electric trailer brakes, you would also need a brake controller to actuate them.

Although we have many controllers to choose from, the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 would be my recommendation due to how easy it is to use. To install the controller, you would need our Brake Controller Install Kit, part # ETBC7.

Finally, you will need a ball mount, # 2753 and the appropriately sized trailer ball. For a 1-7/8 inch ball, use part # 19261 or # 19247 for a 2 inch ball.

I have linked you to some FAQ articles, installation details and install videos that you might find helpful.

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