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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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