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August 15, 2017
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Peg
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Hi,

I just purchased the 2018 177SE and I truly love it.  I have a Dodge Grand Caravan, 3.6 vortec engine with a towing capacity of 3400 to 3600 lbs.  My hitch has the sway bars and the weight distribution thing-a-ma-jigger. I brought it home today and it felt as if my engine was really working.  The temp never went up but, I am concerned about pulling with it.  I love my car as well! As a 67 year old woman I want to be sure to be safe and not blow out my engine.  Has anyone else build the 177SE with a 6 cylinder?  Thank You.

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August 16, 2017
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Towing is a very broad subject. That said, a lot of people tow Retro’s with a V6 engine. Heat is your tow vehicles’ worst enemy. Not just in the radiator (coolant temp), but your transmission. Do you know if your van is equipped with a transmission cooler? They are usually mounted in front of the radiator so air will pass through them. The second thing with towing is your gas mileage. In my case, when towing I lose at least 3-5 mpg, not counting headwinds and mountain towing. The latter has produced 6 mpg in Utah pulling some 10,000 ft. elevation passes. When fueling I have to remind myself, “it’s a truck” and it is what it is!! Also, the time of year you are towing. Summer is harder than spring and fall. So, long story short, make sure that your rig will stay as cool as it can. Good luck…

August 16, 2017
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Thank You. I stopped by my Dodge place and he said the same however, he stated it is at the top of my tow range so the mountains next fall will be a struggle.  Without the trailer I get 25 mpg on open highway.  The 53 miles I traveled with it I got 17.9.  I may look into the Dodge Durango fv6 that is suppose to tow 6000 lbs.  I am enjoying getting acquainted with the retro.

Again THANK YOU!

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August 16, 2017
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There are lots of numbers out there regarding the 177. One of these days I will take it to the public scales when it’s loaded to travel. You may very well be at the upper limit of your towing abilities. Just remember we all have a tendency to pack more than we need or can use. If we are out for 2-3 weeks we only pack clothes for a week and do laundry, shop on the road for food, ect… Also depends what kind of rv’ing you do. Not filling your fresh water tank saves a lot of weight, however dry camping means hauling water, extra supplies, ect. So, there are lots of decisions to make regarding style and needs, and a bigger truck is not a bad thing!!

August 24, 2017
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Towing one of these with a mini van does seem a bit scary. Its not so much the power of the v6 but the weight of the trailer throwing you van around. Vans are made for a smooth comfortable ride and those rear springs might not be stiff enough, and the weight of the trailer can make for a rough ride.  We tow with a Nissan pathfinder which has a 7500 pound tow rating I still wish I had a truck to pull it. I even have air bags in my rear springs to stiffen everything up. 

August 24, 2017
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So, I tow my se177 with a v6. I bought my Colorado with the tow package which I love. I hope it has the transmission cooler but I really don’t know about that. I’m pulling in hilly New England, but no mountain climbing yet. Mileage drops from 24 might to about 12mpg. It’s a very stable ride.

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