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    Using 2005 Grand Cravan SXT for towing.

    I have a 2005 Grand Caravan SXT that I was hoping to use to tow a pop-up camper (~2200 lbs.). This vehicle does not have the towing package installed on it. I've already installed a 2" hitch and wiring harness on it. What else would I need to upgrade on this vehicle in order to be able to pull such a load? Do I need to upgrade to the load leveling shocks etc? I'm hoping the answer is no because I really don't want to stick that kind of money into the vehicle if I don't need to. Adding a larger tranny cooler etc. isn't a big deal - just don't know what I all need to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated - thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sideswipe View Post
    I have a 2005 Grand Caravan SXT that I was hoping to use to tow a pop-up camper (~2200 lbs.). This vehicle does not have the towing package installed on it. I've already installed a 2" hitch and wiring harness on it. What else would I need to upgrade on this vehicle in order to be able to pull such a load? Do I need to upgrade to the load leveling shocks etc? I'm hoping the answer is no because I really don't want to stick that kind of money into the vehicle if I don't need to. Adding a larger tranny cooler etc. isn't a big deal - just don't know what I all need to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated - thanks.
    I know that others will chime in here on this subject, however, I believe that the short answer is, "You cannot legally upgrade your van to tow over its existing rating (the one that it came with from the factory), which I'm quite sure is less than 2,200 lbs." Period, full stop, the end.

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    You need to look into the legality on your own. Don't tow more than its rated for etc...

    That said...proceeding at your own risk....

    Assuming your going to tow with it, I would suggest you consider a transmission coolor if not already equipped.

    3.3 or 3.8L ?

    4 wheel disk ?

    Trailer has brakes ?

    I towed a small pop-up trailer (8ft) and a small boat (16ft) with my '97 (3L) and '05 SXT (3.3L) short wheelbase vans without any issues. Both vans had tranny coolers on them, and a premium quality battery. Standard Class II hitch. Both of those vans had front disk, rear drum.

    What size is your pop-up 10ft, 12ft?

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    The van has a 3.8 liter engine with 4-wheel disc brakes - haven't added an after market tranny cooler yet. As far the pop-up camper I haven't purchased one yet. The particular one that I was referring to is for sale by me locally. I just wanted to see what I could do since it is technically above the 2000 rating (i.e. trailer ~ 2200lbs).

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    It is more than JUST the weight of the trailer. There is GVW to consider. you mom, kids all the junk they bring and so on.
    That 2k rating is under IDEAL circumstances. read that empty vehicle. The more you add to the vehicle (and or the trailer) the less it becomes.
    So do yourself a favor get a real tow vehicle or really rethink what you plan to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by underthehood View Post
    It is more than JUST the weight of the trailer. There is GVW to consider. you mom, kids all the junk they bring and so on.
    That 2k rating is under IDEAL circumstances. read that empty vehicle. The more you add to the vehicle (and or the trailer) the less it becomes.
    So do yourself a favor get a real tow vehicle or really rethink what you plan to do
    If you consider the CA desert pulling a 9% grade for 6 miles at 55mph ideal.

    Yes, the tow rating has braking taken into account but it is mostly an issue of cooling. Get the appropriate coolers on your van. As far as I know the brakes are not upgraded for the tow package but if you 2,000+ camper has brakes this is not so much of an issues either. If your camper does not have brakes - Add them.

    Stay under the GCVWR and you will be fine. This too is conservative to make sure that the van performs in all situations.

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    All of these comments are very close in nature, and all are accurate. In summary, there are some things that you can do that will make your van more capable to tow the load, but nothing will legally enable you to tow it.

    Check out your owner's manual. It has a good section on towing, weights involved, etc.
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    I guess I'll have to chime in, we have an 05 DGC SXT that we tow a 12' pop up camper. I know we don't go over the GVW with it, but we put helper springs on the back to haul the extra load, which seems odd to me because our 00 DGC Sport didn't need those. But our 05 has the 3.8l, 4 wheel disk, but we didn't get the tow package on it, but it does have a Class II hitch. the van pulls the weight without breaking a sweat.
    Im 25 and my parents own a 2014 Grand Caravan R/T (3.6l, 1000 miles) 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT (1.8l 78k miles 5spd), a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser ((which is mine) 2.4l 116k miles 41TE), and a 2000 Ford Mustang base (3.8l, 4 spd auto 27k miles)

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