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Old 08-28-2016, 08:00 AM   #15
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Our 2006 Dodge Sprinter van has been a fine tow vehicle for our 1991 Bigfoot 17'. The trailer is pushing 4k#, with added leaves and the axle upgraded to 5200# from original 3500#. No weight-distributing hitch required. The Sprinter has pulled it over Atigun Pass in Alaska (12% grade, 1st gear), Route du Nord in Quebec (400km unpaved), and the Trans-Labrador Highway in Labrador (much unpaved and rough). At six feet tall I can stand up in the Sprinter. Fuel economy is good (15-18 mpg pulling the trailer, 20-25 without). Ground clearance is excellent. I wish it had underdrive or posi-traction as we have been stuck a few times in sand and mud (Travel with shovel, jacks, and expanded metal). Needed to upgrade factory anti-sway bar to deal with strong crosswind. Being a commercial delivery van the ride is noisier and rougher than a typical pickup or mini van. Parts are not as ubiquitous as Ford. Nor are knowledgeable mechanics.
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Old 09-02-2016, 07:15 AM   #16
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Once again, thanks for all the responses. I am now the owner of a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, inspected and checked out by my auto repair guys, who I know and trust, It is a 6cyl. with tow package rated at 7000lbs. New tires all 'round, stow and go seats and a couple of other odds and ends.
It should tow the Trillium 4500 or the Bigfoot B17 comfortably.
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:45 AM   #17
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Just throwing in my $.02, I traded a Toyota Highlander in on a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 ecodiesel. It's a full size half-ton truck that gets 25-29 mpg on my daily commute, and recently got 20 mpg towing my 16' scamp from central Maryland to the finger lakes region of New York, over the mountains in pa. I have over 30k miles on it now and it's just over a year old. Absolutely love it! And it's rated to tow about twice the weight of my scamp. Lots of margin! .
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+1 on over rating! We have a 19' 5th wheel BigFoot and have traded in our v8 Jeep Grand Cherokee (nice and plush, late model) for a '92 Dodge Cummins12v (beastly, spartan, but 4wd and GRUNT). Used to worry about climbing grades in the Sierra, now no worries, and better gas milage! Plus it looks better towing our '88 trailer
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:47 AM   #18
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Once again, thanks for all the responses. I am now the owner of a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, inspected and checked out by my auto repair guys, who I know and trust, It is a 6cyl. with tow package rated at 7000lbs. New tires all 'round, stow and go seats and a couple of other odds and ends.
It should tow the Trillium 4500 or the Bigfoot B17 comfortably.
Good choice! Lots of room for gear, too!
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:50 AM   #19
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Hi Scouter Dave--I'm interested in more info about your Dodge Caravan. I have a 2006 without tow package and am looking to upgrade. I thought the max towing with the tow package is 3600 lbs. How did you find one with a 7,000 lb capacity? Thanks for your help.


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Old 09-04-2016, 11:50 AM   #20
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Answered my own question with a little Google! Didn't know that some years of the Grand Caravan were rated for 7,000 lbs with the tow package.

Thanks Scouter Dave, think I have the right search for my new tow vehicle!


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Old 09-04-2016, 07:07 PM   #21
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Once again, thanks for all the responses. I am now the owner of a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, inspected and checked out by my auto repair guys, who I know and trust, It is a 6cyl. with tow package rated at 7000lbs. New tires all 'round, stow and go seats and a couple of other odds and ends.
It should tow the Trillium 4500 or the Bigfoot B17 comfortably.
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Answered my own question with a little Google! Didn't know that some years of the Grand Caravan were rated for 7,000 lbs with the tow package...
Not sure where the 7000 pound figure is coming from…

The owner's manual for a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan indicates a maximum trailer weight of 3800 pounds and a maximum frontal area of 40 sq. ft. (less if more than two passengers in the vehicle). That's with the 3.8L or 4.0L and factory tow package.

From the horse's mouth (p. 393 of the owner's manual):
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With an older Bigfoot, you're probably okay on gross trailer weight and tongue weight, but over a bit on frontal area.
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:11 PM   #22
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Hey bud! I have been towing my 17' 1986 Bigfoot around all summer, up and down Vancouver Island, up steep logging road grades, all kinds of places. I am using a 2.7L four cylinder Tacoma with a 5 speed Tranny. It is a 4x4 so I usually run in 4 low when on the small logging roads. I have found that 1st gear high range is too much to attempt the steeper grades towing the Bigfoot.

My normal empty mileage with the Tacoma is between 23 and 26 MPG (imperial) and 16 MPG when towing the Bigfoot. This is the same every time I travel with it.

I can maintain the speed limit when traveling on the highway on everything except the steepest grades.

I will admit that a little more power would be nice if I could afford I new 6 cyl Tacoma I would do it.
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