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    Towing with a 2005 town and country

    I am trying to decide how much I can safely tow with my 2005 T&C. Any thoughts about this?
    Thanks in advance.
    Dain

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    Should be in owner's manual.

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    go here, download the owners manual and turn to page 341 (and read for yourself)..

    Quote Originally Posted by '05 OM
    TRAILER TOWING
    In this section you will find safety tips and information
    on limits to the type of towing you can reasonably do
    with your vehicle. Before towing a trailer carefully re-
    view this information to tow your load as efficiently and
    safely as possible.
    To maintain warranty coverage, follow the requirements
    and recommendations in this manual concerning ve-
    hicles used for trailer towing.
    Perform maintenance services as prescribed in the main-
    tenance schedules manual. When your vehicle is used for
    trailer towing, never exceed the gross axle weight rating
    (GAWR) by the addition of:
    • The tongue weight of the trailer.
    • The weight of any other type of cargo or equipment
    put in or on your vehicle.
    • Remember that everything put in or on the trailer adds
    to the load on your vehicle.
    Tongue weight must be equal to at least 10% of Gross
    Trailer Weight (GTW), but no more than 15% of GTW.
    • The maximum frontal area of the trailer cannot exceed
    40 square feet (3.72 square meters).
    • The trailer tongue load must be considered as part of
    the combined weight of occupants and cargo, and
    should never exceed the weight referenced on the Tire
    and Loading Information placard. Refer to the Tire–
    Safety Information Section in this manual.
    • The “D” range can be selected when towing. However,
    if frequent shifting occurs while in this range, the “3”
    range must be selected.
    NOTE: Using the “3” range while operating the vehicle
    under heavy operating conditions will improve perfor-
    mance and extend transaxle life by reducing excessive
    shifting and heat build up.
    Connecting trailer brakes to your vehicle’s hydraulic
    brake lines can overload your brake system and cause
    it to fail. You might not have brakes when you need
    them and could have an accident.
    • Do not attempt to tow a trailer while using a compact
    spare tire.
    • Whenever you pull a trailer, regardless of the trailer
    size, stop lights and turn signals on the trailer are
    recommended for motoring safety.
    • The automatic transaxle fluid and filter should be
    changed if you REGULARLY tow a trailer for more
    than 45 minutes of continuous operation. See Schedule
    “B” in section 8 of this manual for transaxle fluid
    change intervals.
    NOTE: Check the automatic transaxle fluid level before
    towing
    TRAVEL CONDITION MAXIMUM TRAILER WEIGHT (TRAILER FRONTAL AREA NOT TO
    EXCEED 40 SQ. FT.)
    3.3L,& 3.8L ENGINES 3.3L & 3.8L ENGINES WITH
    HEAVY DUTY TRAILER TOW
    PACKAGE
    MAX. COMBINED WEIGHT OF
    VEHICLE AND TRAILER NOT TO
    EXCEED 6,600 lbs (2993 kg)
    MAX. COMBINED WEIGHT OF
    VEHICLE AND TRAILER NOT TO
    EXCEED 8,600 lbs (3900 kg)
    UP TO 2 PERSONS & LUGGAGE 1,800 lbs (816 kg ) 3,800 lbs (1723 kg) *
    3 TO 5 PERSONS & LUGGAGE 1,350 lbs (612 kg) 3,350 lbs (1519 kg) *
    6 TO 7 PERSONS & LUGGAGE 1,000 lbs (454 kg) 3,000 lbs (1360 kg) *
    * For vehicles equipped with store in the floor seating, the gross trailer weight must be reduced by 100 lbs (45
    kg).
    A load equalizing hitch is recommended for loaded
    trailer weights above 1,000 lbs (454 kg) and required for
    weights above 2,000 lbs (907 kg).
    CAUTION!
    If the trailer weighs more than 1,000 lbs (454 kg)
    loaded, it should have its own brakes and they
    should be of adequate capacity. Failure to do this
    could lead to accelerated brake lining wear, higher
    brake pedal effort, and longer stopping distances.
    WARNING!
    Connecting trailer brakes to your vehicle’s hydraulic
    brake lines can overload your brake system and
    cause it to fail. You might not have brakes when you
    need them and could have an accident.
    relevant vehicle: '05 -=C=- T&C Ltd @~110K

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    ^^^ That's scary. Do my eyes deceive me? "Replace Trans Fluid & Filter Every 45 minutes of towing"?



    • The automatic transaxle fluid and filter should be
    changed if you REGULARLY tow a trailer for more
    than 45 minutes of continuous operation. See Schedule
    “B” in section 8 of this manual for transaxle fluid
    change intervals.
    Atwell "Buff" Haines
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbuff2 View Post
    ^^^ That's scary. Do my eyes deceive me? "Replace Trans Fluid & Filter Every 45 minutes of towing"?

    Nope. If yo tow for more than 45 minutes, you are under schedule B for maintenance and should change the fluid. Normally in 4th gens, they considered the fluid lifetime, or at least 100k miles. I think B calls for fluid every 30k miles.
    Candy the van. '98 Sport 3.8L 132,200 miles. Used trans at ~96k. Great piece of my life and a fine van.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyg View Post
    Nope. If yo tow for more than 45 minutes, you are under schedule B for maintenance and should change the fluid. Normally in 4th gens, they considered the fluid lifetime, or at least 100k miles. I think B calls for fluid every 30k miles.
    Schedule B is every 60,000 miles. Which in my opinion, everybody should change their van's transmission fluid at least that often.
    Jeff
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    2007 Grand Caravan/3.8L V6/103K mi/original 41TE
    2006 300C/5.7L HEMI V8/128/K mi/original W5A580
    2002 PT Cruiser/2.4L I4/139K mi/original 40TE
    1992 S-10/4.3L V6/249K mi/original 4L60E
    Previous minivans:
    1997 Grand Voyager SE/traded@192K mi/3.3L V6/original 41TE
    2003 Grand Caravan Sport/3.8L V6/traded@124K mi/original 41TE
    2007 T&C/3.8L V6/traded@44K mi/ original 41TE
    2010 T&C Touring/3.8L V6/the ex's@72K mi/original 62TE

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    So, what that statement REALLY means is that since you tow, you should follow the SEVERE service schedule?


    That makes more sense....imagine taking a cross-country trip and having to stop every 45 minutes to have your trans fluid replaced! The trip would take FOREVER...

    Atwell "Buff" Haines
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