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Capacity of a Dodge Dakota

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Old 09-01-2012, 10:17:01 AM
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Default Capacity of a Dodge Dakota

Hi: recently I was in need of a mode of transportation and I happened upon an 02 2 wheel drive v6 dakota. Does any one have experience with these? Are they big enough to pull a small trailer? My dad had a 96 Dakota and it seems like it had a higher tow rating than a Ford 150, Just wondering what is posible with out over taxing the unit.
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Default Re: Capacity of a Dodge Dakota

I have towed about 3K pounds on a 16' trailer with the V8 dakota. Given the choice I would not do it again. Felt like the engine was shaking, and braking left a bit to be desired. A small trailer would probably be fine though.
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I have a 2007 V6 Dakota. I pull a 17' house vehicle (1500 lbs) with no problem - not in sixth gear though. Gas mileage of course is significantly lower with the trailer.

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Default Re: Capacity of a Dodge Dakota

I have a 91 ranger v6 that i've pulled and hauled all kinds of stuff and never had a problem.

A lot is dependent on how well your trailer is balanced, and if it weighs much you really need trailer brakes. Engine size isn't a factor-that only tells you how fast you can go fast enough to get hurt

It would be a good plan to make sure you trucks brakes, tires, suspension, transmission are in good shape.

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