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Old 11-22-2012, 09:46 PM
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Default 2007 Dakota CAN tow car trailer....w/exceptions

I was told a Dakota shouldn't haul a dual axle across country (FL to NV). Which includes any car trailer or U-Haul moving trailer. Attempted tow dolly, but 350Z cannot have drive shaft removed. Rental company manager said they would get the lighter weight auto transport.
Added tow hitch designed for Dakota (5,000lbs although car and trailer were 5200lbs). In order to haul dual axle, Dakota would need "spacers" to proportion the weight across bumper. I didn't. And hook-up for tow brakes. I didn't only because trailer had 'inertion' brakes (like a boat).
I had LT tires on the rear and TOW on (overdrive off). Read alot of forums that overdrive would save gas at the expense of the transmission. Expecting 10mpg, gas mileage got up to 14MPG. Battery died half way there (don't know if related). Pre-trip inspection didn't tell me spark plugs were BAD.
Going up a steep hill DROPPED TO 20MPH! Avoided driving through Flagstaff and circled around to stay away from the mountains.
Overall, good for flat distances, if you're moving to higher elevations GOOD LUCK!
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Hmm... This is interesting. I pull a dual axle trailer with my 05 all the time. It does great! I am going to be hooking up a brake controller soon so I can utilize the trailer brakes. I don't know that I would pull another truck on a trailer, but I don't have issues pulling cars.
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a lot of people dont think you should tow anything with a mid-size truck but i have never had any problems towing with my 05 dakota.i think it tows better then some half-tons
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Thumbs up Towing with a 2005 Dakota 3.7L Quad 4 X 4

2005 Dakota Quad Cab 3.7L and 4 x 4 with 175,000 miles on it !
Pulled a single axle light trailer loaded with a 1,500 lb John Deere 8A backhoe and sub- frame 175 miles in August 2012 ; did not use OD and did not have any issues.
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:39 AM
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i have a 2010 dakota 4.7 litre. ive rented dual axle uhaul auto transport trailer several times to tow my 83 bmw 633csi several times and thats with some good hilll climbs not to mention im running 33" tires. and i have never had any problems.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:49 AM
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side note- i was looking into building a 6 series. good looking cars. way to many other projects right now but hopefully soon.
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There is nothing wrong with towing a dual axle. What is the drawback? My 2000 Dak 2wd w/ 3.9 V 6 worked just fine with our 5th wheel 18.5 ft RV trailer. I could not race uphill at 50mph but took it gently. I like dual axles because of the extra braking ability.

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1) Your towing capacity as stated in the vehicle manual, and ensure that the trailer conforms to that. If you are in an accident, you will be judged "at fault"
2) Never use passenger tires on the truck or trailer - "at fault" Use LT on the truck and ST on the trailer.
3) I added a vacuum gauge to watch my throttle vacuum and I gained or learned to drive economically. Dont use OV ever!, Put the truck in neutral at stop lights, dont let the engine lug, pull down into 2nd if need be - vac gauge will show the advantage. The $20 I paid for the gauge paid for itself with the first tankful. 375 km (234 mi) improved to 500 km (310 mi) truck only.
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we've towed dual axle travel trailers for thousands of miles with our 2008 v6 quad cab
only real issue was the crappy factory installed hitch that wraps around the bumper support and bolts to bumper. its rated for 6000 lb or something like that, but we bent it, actually twisted it around the bumper support
I replaced it with a real hitch that bolts on to the frame using the bumper support bolts
I added a brake controller and the 7 pin electrical connector


our only other issue is lack of engine power, not much I can do there!
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i have a 07 Dakota 4.7 magnum flex fuel
, made my own fifth wheel hitch hauls a twin axle freezer trailer does great, we installed k&n system, throttle spacer, flow master, hypertec programmer and some performance spark plugs running premium fuel with the heavy pulls i add octane booster, haul seafood from Mississippi to Michigan add on parts fixed hp problem, wish we had electric fan though could squeeze a little more hp in the mountains
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General, that looks like a load. Probably all the truck wanted.
My 07 Club Cab with 3.7 and Automatic has a 2" hitch receiver but I can't see any label or markings on it. It is made of bent pipe or tube and does not look very strong to me. Is that a factory installed hitch? My truck also has 7-pin and 4-pin connectors that look factory. But no brake controller. From what I gathered elsewhere my truck has a 9000 GCWR. Curb weight of 4500 and GVWR of 6010. That leaves 4500 for passengers, cargo and trailer. That seems like a lot for the 3.7 to haul / tow.
(Sorry to hijack this thread.)

I just saw that the original post was made in 2012... Still, hopefully someone will see it and respond with some info about my hitch or truck capabilities that I can use. Thanks.
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