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Old 07-30-2014, 06:27 PM   #1
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Towable with my minivan?

Hello everyone,

I have a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan and I want to tow a 16' scamp that weighs 2000 pounds dry. The Caravan has a max gtw. of 3250 pounds. Thoughts?
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:44 PM   #2
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I'll be towing our Scamp 16 with a Honda Odyssey, a similar tow vehicle. I had a transmission cooler added. Our Scamp weighs about 2500 lbs laded for extended travel.
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:48 PM   #3
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Did you have a brake controller installed? What is the odyssey's gtw?
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Luks,

I'm taking the brake controller from our Honda CRV, a Tekonsha Prodigy 2. The Odyssey, like many of the more recent mini vans, is rated for 3500 lbs and 350 tongue weight.

Many people use them for towing fair sized Airstreams. It has Honda's V-6 with plenty of horsepower and torque. The more recent Odysseys are 6 speeds with a manual cutout switch reducing it to 4 speed on hills. Honda requires the addition of their optional transmission cooler. it's pretty large.

We previously towed with a 4 cylinder, manual transmission 2004 Honda CRV, sold it after 10 years and 225,000 miles.

I recall that Can-AM RV has used Grand Caravans to tow Airstreams.
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Have you gone on any trips yet with the odyssey?
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:11 PM   #6
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I just picked up Saturday but typically tow 240 days a year. I have no doubts about it's ability. If you like I can find some links about it for you.
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Luke, If your read thru this thread you'll see at least one person who tows with an Odyssey.

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Luke, You might find the following link interesting, Dan-AM talks about towing with mini-vans

Can-Am RV :: HH 38-1

Andy Thompson of Can-am RV has additional comments about towing with Odyssey like vehicles on the web, at the Can-AM site and in the Airstream forum.
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Thanks I will check it out!
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Luke, go for it. Your van should be plenty capable. Keep the hitch weight under 350 lb. You can probably weigh the trailer tongue with a bathroom scale before you set out.
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Will do! Does anyone else have experience towing with a minivan?
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Luke, welcome to FGRV!

You should be fine. We towed Homelet 1840# for 5 years with a 2000# rated 2000 Subaru Outback.

We now have a 2014 Subaru Outback with a 2700# rating. It doesn't seem to be all that much better...
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Will do! Does anyone else have experience towing with a minivan?
Good day Luke. We have owned 3 Mini Vans in the last 20 years. I have nothing but good things to say about them especially when used as a TV.

In these parts it is common to see Mini Vans towing dual axle travel trailer. Our local RV Dealer "Rustins" had a demo combo set up. It was a Ford Freestar with a WDH towing a good sized TrailLite. As Norm pointed out we also have a towing specialist in Ontario who has set up a 1,000 or so M-Vans for towing.

Generally speaking they seem to stand up well. Work great for so many folks.

Based on what we have seen and my experience towing your small lightweight is a fair and reasonable proposal. Setting it up correctly is important.

I have a lot of info on this subject. Ask away if you want or need anymore info.

We towed with a Nissan for many years.... http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v213/CF105/airr.jpg
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