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Old 09-09-2015, 04:19 PM   #1
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Dodge Durango as TV---V6 or V8 for 21

Seems like the tow weight of 6200 for V6 is enough and would appreciate the thoughts of experienced escapers pulling 21s which one to go with....thanks much!
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:58 PM   #2
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If I lived in the NW and was towing in the mountains I would go with the V8 to tow the 21'
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Get the hemi with the 8 speed transmission, nice set up.
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I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a V-6 and 8 speed transmission which also has the 6200 pound towing limit. I have towed a 19 over the Sierra Nevada with no problems. I like getting 3-4 MPG better mileage all the time. We thought a lot about V-6 vs V-8 but the everyday mileage tipped the scales for us and I am not sorry.
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I live and tow in the NW of the continent and love the V8.

If you had stated you were going to stay on the relatively flat land of the I5 corridor, then I'd suggest the V6.
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Our V-8 Dodge Dakota rated to tow 7500 pounds did great towing our 21 up hills...at 20 mph and the AC off so it did not overheat...
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We just returned from Chilliwack with our 19 and 2014 durango with v6 and the tow package. Did great up and down the mountain passes, headwinds and cross winds. On this trip we covered over 2600 miles with various mtn passes and we averaged 15.5 mpg towing.

I too fretted the v6 vs v8, but opted for the v6 for the other 28 days a month we are not towing. And tow performance was just fine!

There is a little sag but not much, and we towed without wdh or sway bars.
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If there is sag then you need w/d. otherwise your headlights will be out of alignment.
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Our V-8 Dodge Dakota rated to tow 7500 pounds did great towing our 21 up hills...at 20 mph and the AC off so it did not overheat...


A great illustration of how counting cylinders says nothing useful about an engine. Depending on the year, a Dakota could have had one of three different V8's of the "Magnum" family with as little as 170 horsepower. Early Durangos were wagon-bodied Dakotas with the same engines, but there is no longer a connection; the current Dakota V8 is the 5.7L 360 horsepower "Hemi" (the one which Jim mentioned).
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We just returned from Chilliwack with our 19 and 2014 durango with v6 and the tow package. Did great up and down the mountain passes, headwinds and cross winds...

I too fretted the v6 vs v8, but opted for the v6 for the other 28 days a month we are not towing. And tow performance was just fine!
That makes sense to me - the current V6 is the 3.6L "Pentastar", which puts out more power than any V8 offered in the Dakota or early Durango.
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