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By Alex (ccrider) on Monday, March 02, 2009 - 8:32 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
anyone tow with a durango or dakota(quad cab) Looking at getting one but they seem a little small to tow a v drive around. Any help would be great
By Bu Coo (brett564) on Monday, March 02, 2009 - 10:49 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I'm sure they will do it. You would just have to make sure your vehicle is rated for the trailer and boat combined.

If a small sized pickup is all you can afford, then that's what you should get. But you wont be setting any land speed records going up the slightest of grades. And I'm sure you would have to pay attention to ramp grades. Having a small sized pick up would restrict how steep of a launch ramp you were willing to test.

I'm not sure Dodge vs. Toyota vs. etc. is a big deal. Its about your size of engine AND BRAKES!!!

By Razzman (razzman) on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 5:51 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I would also guess the later model Durango would be better equipped for it as well. I believe it has a bigger chassis than the Dakota and is available with the Hemi.
By Nacho (denverd1) on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 8:04 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
How much does the vehicle weigh?
By trey mclendon (tdiggity) on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 8:25 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
what year dakota/durango you looking at? if its a firt generation 98-03 stay as far away from them as you can. I own a 2000 with the 4.7l and it is the biggest piece of crap ive ever owned, they have tons of inherent problems just getting from point a to point b let alone having a boat behind them. Google consumer affairs on them and youll see exactly what im talking about. heres a little taste of what can go wrong , ive owned mine for two years and of those two years its been in the shop 10 months, ive replaced two radiators, ball joints, 4wd linkage, two power window motors , my IAC and TPS , and this thing only has 101,000 miles on it. Of all the people ive talked to my problems are on the minor side they are known to have catastrophic oil pump failures , bad roblems with engine sludge building up , ball joints failing and the tire and assembly coming completely off etc. my advice to anyone would be to stay away from these trucks!!!!! But dont take my word for it

By John (nutjob) on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 8:32 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
The newer quad cab Dakotas, when properly equipped (V8 with HD tow pkg), are rated for 7050lbs. I regularly tow ~4000 with mine (06 Quad V8 4x4 with HD tow) and I don't have any problems. As for affordability, when equipped to tow the heavy weight, you will pay just as much as a full sized truck. I know when I bought mine, I could have gotten a similarly equipped Ram for about the same price (I may of had to give up the leather though). I went with the Dakota over a full sized because it fit in my garage better and I didn't really need a 'big' truck. Sure, the bed is smaller than a full sized, but I can still fit what I need in there.

The 08 and newer have about 70 more hp out of the same block... so I would assume they handle the load even better.

I get decent mileage... If I stay out of the throttle I get 18-20 with mostly highway. It drops to 16-18 with a lot of stop and go.

Towing 200 miles one way... I get 14-16 if I watch the cruise control in the hills (accelerate early so the cruise doesn't wait and then floor it causing a crazy downshift).

By Cory McLean (kikitlo) on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 8:44 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I personally have a Dodge Durango (2007) and love it. Granted I only have ~25,000 miles so only time will tell if the problems with previous models will show up. I can say that it tows our Malibu 23 LSV with no problems. I tow it up into the foothills all the time and made a trip to lake shasta last summer again with no problems. Braking and excelleration was good. So to answer your question yes it tows fine. I don't know about the older models. We do have the Hemi.

By Andy G. (ottog1979) on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 10:31 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
By Tommy G (tommyg) on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 6:45 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Huge difference depending on year. Agree with Trey on the 98-02. We had an '01 with the 4.7 liter, and it was a dog. Took the boat to Tahoe every year and would literally have to speed up to 75 mph on the downhill portions of highway 80 to build up enough speed to make it up the hills. Otherwise I would literally get passed by semi trucks even with my foot to the floor. We upgraded to an '07 Denali which is night and day.

That being said, a newer model with a hemi will pull a boat without any issues whatsoever.

By Alex (ccrider) on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 2:17 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
thanks for the info, for now Im going to pull with the bronco I have and wait till I can get a full size truck.
By Jared Power (power_rider) on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 6:17 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
If you get the Dakota with the V8 you will be fine with towing cause thats what we have
By C. R. (crushing76) on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 6:49 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I had a 99 with 4X4 and the 5.9 liter V8... It would get the job done, but did not inspire confidence in me... I was towing an 07 Supra 21v and could not see in ANY of my rearview mirrors.

If you have hills, fugettaboudit.

By Tim Green (timsown) on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 9:15 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I owned a 2001 Quadcab Dakota 2wd with a factory tow package, limited slip differential and 4.7L engine. I was very happy with the way it towed. I never had any problems with the truck. I traded it for a 2001 Durango 4x4 with the 4.7L engine. Very nice to drive around and very good in the snow, but the towing was crap. I felt like the boat owned me when pulling and hills were definitely a problem. The fan clutch didn't last long neither did me owning in. I think the wheel base difference between the two was a factor in how it handled while towing.
By Bill K (bill_airjunky) on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 10:19 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I used a 98 Dakota 4x4 with the 5.2 liter & AT to tow a 1994 MC 205 on a tandem axle trailer (about 4000 lbs). Never had a problem in the 7 yrs I had the two. I will say that goin over a mountain pass was a little slow goin but we never made that trip till I moved east.



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