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Old 11-28-2014, 08:12 PM   #43
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Mark... I am a big fan of towing with a Mini Van and have been researching the Dodge and T&C vans for decades. They appear to be getting larger and larger, better and better. There was a great article in one of the RV magazines on one being tested for a few years towing not a smaller trailer but a larger one. Over the long term it seemed to stand up well.
It is interesting the first Dodge magic wagon that was introduced in the 80's had 100HP and was rated for 3,500lbs. The new offering has nearly 300HP.
Based on this report one would suggest that they would be fine towing a glass egg.
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:15 PM   #44
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As Simon and Garfunkal said "A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest"
Steve so true!! I BTW still enjoy Simon and Garfunkal.
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hummm so why not feel the same about their setting of their tow ratings!

After all who knows better than the manufacture as to what components they have or have not put in the models they sell here in NA and what it will and will not stand up to & under what driving conditions
Actually in many cases, the mechanic who spends his life fixing what the manufacturer engineered wrong, or the operator who uses the product in the real world and not the "Tron" world of a computer screen.

Many OEM engineers are CADs only, having no width of experience, and no practical field experience and even worse are sheltered from feedback.
Even then, the engineers often have little or no input as to what ratings or standards are presented to the buying public.
To paraphrase the aforementioned Paul Simon...
We have squandered our resistance, for a pocket full of mumbles, such are promises... all lies and jests , still....
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:09 AM   #46
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Floyd.. what you wrote......so true.

I also read a blurb the other day about a guy I know who was at the Detroit Auto show. He was checking out the Hemi 300C sedan. One of the reps approached him, introduced himself as a Chrysler engineer, and asked if he had any questions.

The guy suggested the 300C has a lot of potential as a TV and was wondering why it was only tow rated for a very low amount.

The engineers reply was that it could be rated much higher but the 1,500lb rating was all they wanted to attach to the car.
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I forgot to mention that in 2016 VW is giving us more towing options the new VW Alltrack Golf Wagon. Rumour has it that the tow cap rating will be about 2200kgs ( 4850lbs).
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Just saying.....

tandem towing a portafold caravan - YouTube

And, yes, that is a molded folding fiberglass trailer.
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Our Ram has the 5.7 Hemi engine, but there are other options. Pulling the trailer in "tow / haul" mode, which changes shift points and cancels the cylinder cutout function will drop the MPG down to around 12 or 13. That's running at about 65 to 70. Cutting the speed back some increases the MPG slightly. Not towing MPG will be 17 to 18. No doubt this is more engine than I need, but with little time to search for a truck before heading south it was the best I could find. And it does pull the camper real nice !! Both truck and camper were bought less than a month ago.
I too had an 2009 Ram Hemi, but recently upgraded to a 2014 Ram semi with 8 speed automatic and 3:21 rear. It also has the active shutters so not towing I'm getting 18-20 with the cylinder deactivation and towing in the tow mode I'm averaging 14-15 mpg.
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I'd like to get that kind of mileage towing, Jim. Maybe I'm having too much trouble keeping my foot out of it, LOL
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Yes, drive like you have an egg between your foot and gas pedal.
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Yes, drive like you have an egg between your foot and gas pedal.
In light of the egg you have hitched to the rear, that seems oddly appropriate!

Thanks for the mpg update, it's good to know. I came really close to buying a hemi Grand Cherokee last summer, but finances made me decide to delay purchase... not sure for how long.
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looks like I've been using a hard boiled egg !
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Bob,

I don't know if this is a possibility on your vehicle, but our dash has a screen that shows instantaneous mileage per gallon. This provides good feedback to the driver, encouraging me not to break "Harley's egg". I love it when the engine switches to the '3 cylinder 50 mpg' mode.

We had a similar system on our Honda CRV and I believe this was in part responsible for our good mpgs.
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The engine deactivation is really nice for awhile, that is until a tune up is needed. then you will pay big bucks. For my Ram, it costs around $350 for 16 spark plugs, there are 2 per cylinder, each one is either full throttle or gas saving mode, thus each one has different temperature and gap settings. Very interesting set up.
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