Save 50% Off of Campsites with Passport America


What Do I Need To Do To My 2001 Dodge Durango RT To Set It Up To Tow A Travel Trailer?

by Jennifer Alger
(Everett Wa)

How to Setup a Pickup Truck to Tow a Travel Trailer

How to Setup a Pickup Truck to Tow a Travel Trailer

I need to find out what I need to do to my Dodge Durango 2001 RT so it can pull a Wildwood Trailer.

ANSWER: Hi Jennifer your year and model Durango R/T has a Maximum Towing Capacity of 7,350 lbs. That means that the Travel Trailer you buy must have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating less than 7,350 lbs. If this information is confusing to you please read this: Trailer and RV Weight Demystified.

If your Dodge Durango is equipped with the factory towing package then it is ready to tow a Travel Trailer. If you don't have the tow package read the recommendations below.


Trailer Brake Controller

Minimum Recommendations: Hitch Receiver, Hitch Receiver Ball Mount, Tow Ball, Tow Vehicle Wiring, higher output Alternator, Trailer Brake Controller (pictured above) and Towing Mirrors.

Recommended Setup: In addition to the items mentioned above you should get a higher capacity radiator, engine oil cooler and transmission cooler. Depending on the weight of the Travel Trailer upgraded suspension to include Air Bags or Air Shocks should be installed.

I hope that this helps.

Do you have any suggestions or comments on this topic? You can add them to this page by clicking on the "Click Here To Post Comments" link located near the bottom of this page.

Happy RVing

RVing Al

Comments for What Do I Need To Do To My 2001 Dodge Durango RT To Set It Up To Tow A Travel Trailer?

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
shifting
by: Anonymous

yes, if your truck is shifting allot you need to drive with your overdrive off!! you will burn up your trans if you allow it to shift up and down allot. you will use more fuel with the overdrive off but you will have more towing power and you will save the cost of replacing your trans.

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Durango & Travel Trailer
by: Anonymous

Don't go cheap on a brake controller...You get what you pay for....I use a Tekonsha....Not all controllers are equal...I also recommend a good quality tires with strong sidewalls...Cheap tires sidewalls will roll with you on small paved roads going into curves....it's not a good feeling and it pays to be safe....Only the best shocks to handle the bucking..

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Trailer sway
by: Anonymous

Anti sway bar and weight distribution hitch is helpful to control sway.

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
over drive
by: Anonymous

yea i own a 2001 dodge durango..i just bought a travel trailer weight it 3,130lbs. do i have to drive with over drive off or on ?? it seems to sift alot going down the road and real bad up hills..with it on ??? its a 5.9 liter engine and is all wheel drive..4x4..please help...( thank you

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask An RV Question.




Suggested Reading




Passport America, Save 50% on Campsites

Good Sam ESP

Good Sam Roadside Assistance

Passport America, Save 50% on Campsites

Good Sam Travel Assist

Good Sam Club

Click Here


Untitled Page