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Old 02-10-2016, 06:09 PM   #1
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2014 Dodge Grand Caravan as a Tow Vehicle?

Does anyone out there use a Dodge Grand Caravan as a tow vehicle? We are looking at a 2014 Grand Caravan as a TV. Any pros and cons about this vehicle. We will be towing a 13 ft. Scamp with front bath. We plan to do some extensive cross country traveling. Thank you for any input. Karen and Don.
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Old 02-11-2016, 08:43 AM   #2
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We towed a 17 foot Casita with a 2005 3.8L GC for 5 years with no problems.
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Old 02-11-2016, 10:09 AM   #3
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The problems of a few years ago may have been corrected however the company I worked for used these as company vehicles and the failure rate for transmissions was very high...even after replacement there were failures.
Chyrsler mechanics said off the record that if the weight maximums were met by repeated heavy loads they would fail...transmissions could not handle heavy loads as designed.....again this defect may have been corrected in later models.
Check Consumers Reports to see if they have any info on this model.
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We tow with a Bigfoot 17', a 1986 Dodge Journey 2013 with 3.6-liter V6, 6 speed, 3500 pounds capacity.
Last year was the first year with it, we did about 3000 km without any problems.
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We have towed our 2011 17' Casita with our 2012 Dodge Caravan for over a year now. We have been over the Rocky's and many times over the continental divide with no problems. Way more than enough power and a six speed transmission that has performed flawlessly.
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Old 02-11-2016, 11:48 AM   #6
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According to all we have read so far, Dodge now puts a transmission cooler into all of its vans. I assume that this was their fix for the previous transmission problems.
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Old 02-11-2016, 02:27 PM   #7
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I was towing my 16ft 'Scamp with a 2010 Dodge Caravan for four years with no problems. I am now towing my 2012 16ft. Scamp with a 2014 Dodge Caravan. I keep up with my regular maintenance on both vehicles and have had no problems.
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According to all we have read so far, Dodge now puts a transmission cooler into all of its vans. I assume that this was their fix for the previous transmission problems.
What I know is that Dodge before 2002, if you wanted to attach a trailer, it was necessary to add a cooler for transmission, that many other brands still have to add today, if they want to attach a trailer .
Since 2003 Dodge systematically laying the cooler for transmission, which takes away a hassle when we want to use it to attach a trailer.
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Old 02-11-2016, 03:06 PM   #9
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HI Gilles . I was woundering if you went out west last summer . you look familiar is all ..
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HI Gilles . I was woundering if you went out west last summer . you look familiar is all ..
As I understand it, You ask me if I went west last summer?
If that's the question, I went out and bought our Bigfoot in Smith Falls, Ontario in June last year ...

I see you have a Trillium Jubilee 79, We replaced our Trillium Jubilee 80 with a Bigfoot 86. More space but nearly 500 pounds of my weight limit ....

I live near Montreal and last summer with Bigfoot, we went to Prince Edouard Island and then go around the Gaspesia, plus other short trips of 2 to 5 hours drive from home.

Did I understand the question?
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We have a Dodge Grand Caravan 2014, and will be pulling a 16' amerigo with it; we were told by the dealer that it could handle 3500 pounds MAX but could do a little more with a weight distribution hitch setup. We declined to go heavier than manufacturer's max. Had never heard of the transmission troubles, we've only towed the trailer a few hundred miles. But a 13' scamp, even with a bathroom, ought to be lighter than an amerigo. In fact, we'll have it weighed as soon as we can drag it to a scale (floor needs to be in so the bolts can go through the plywood into the frame). No "real life weights" in the "real life weights" thread for any amerigos, not as of the last time I looked, but lots of scamps.

Check that thread out, "Real Life Weights" for how much your scamp will weigh. My guess
is even fully loaded, it'll be only about half of what your (our) Dodge can handle. Tongue weight counts, but is correlated with the overall weight (often about 1/10)
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Old 02-11-2016, 04:12 PM   #12
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I can't speak directly regarding the GC, but I will say, based on experience with a 2000 Toyota Sienna, that minivans make excellent tow vehicles for small egg trailers.

Except for needing a higher clearance vehicle for my work, I would probably still be driving a minivan.
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Here are some videos of a T&C towing Airstreams.

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Old 02-11-2016, 05:19 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone for your input. Don has always liked minivans, (and they work better for our very large dog) and I think you've helped him decide.
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