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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 08-07-2018, 09:25 AM
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After I saw the 1500 lb rating I tried asking "Chrysler Cares" and they never answered. The salesman insists that they confirmed that it was rated for 3600 lbs. Which I swear is what the Mopar site said when I first signed up. It doesn't now though.
I also am annoyed about the misleading tow rating. At my dealer I even signed a separate piece of paper that states if I tow more then 3600 lbs I will void the warranty. However, I do not have a factory tow package. I would have happily bought one with the tow package, but none were available at my trim level.

If you read around on this forum you will find many people, including myself, who tow above 1500 lbs without the factory tow package. You will need to install a 7 pin adapter and brake controller to tow anything above 1500 lbs, but that can be easily done.

As for the wheelchair, if it is indeed 225 lbs, as long as you stay under 300 lbs when according for the weight of the hitch carrier you should be fine. You will likely see some rear suspension sag at that weight, and you will need to be careful about how much additional cargo you carry.
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post #32 of 35 (permalink) Old 08-07-2018, 10:44 AM
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Completely agree with your post Matt, just one caveat:

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If you read around on this forum you will find many people, including myself, who tow above 1500 lbs without the factory tow package. You will need to install a 7 pin adapter and brake controller to tow anything above 1500 lbs, but that can be easily done.
That's not necessarily true, it all depends on the braking system of the trailer. My 3,500-lb boat has hydraulic surge brakes, which require no electrical input from the van at all. No reason to upgrade beyond a 4-pin connector unless you need to power the reverse circuit to disengage the trailer brakes, which I don't think is usually necessary unless you have drum brakes.



I have a 7-pin adapter for the reverse circuit, as well as to power brakes on my ATV trailer.



At this point I have more towing miles than empty on my Pacifica, and it's done a fantastic job. The boat is 3,500 lbs, and the Pioneer is 2,700 lbs on the trailer. I've never seen coolant go above 232*, or the transmission hit 200*. I'm very comfortable with those temps, and missing the factory towing package hasn't been a problem for me at all.
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Completely agree with your post Matt, just one caveat:



At this point I have more towing miles than empty on my Pacifica, and it's done a fantastic job. The boat is 3,500 lbs, and the Pioneer is 2,700 lbs on the trailer. I've never seen coolant go above 232*, or the transmission hit 200*. I'm very comfortable with those temps, and missing the factory towing package hasn't been a problem for me at all.
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Have you towed at altitude or steep grades with those weights? I recently rented a Pacifica and traveled though the Rockies, no trailer but it was at capacity or slightly above with interior cargo. The pacifica handled the mtns and altitude just fine at highway speeds, but very poorly at low speeds (sub 25 mph in national parks). The transmission simply did not know what to do.
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Have you towed at altitude or steep grades with those weights? I recently rented a Pacifica and traveled though the Rockies, no trailer but it was at capacity or slightly above with interior cargo. The pacifica handled the mtns and altitude just fine at highway speeds, but very poorly at low speeds (sub 25 mph in national parks). The transmission simply did not know what to do.
Very interesting. I've had some steep grades in the 8-9% range, but none of them are very long. I'm located in MN, so we don't have the mountains that you have to live with. Likewise, our roads are relatively high speed, and the overwhelming majority of my miles are 55-70 MPH.

I've always thought the transmission was programmed quite well. Almost too well for my tastes, this thing does not want to upshift after it's forced to downshift. I'm kind of anal about fuel economy, so I like to be in the highest gear possible. I'm certain it's better for transmission life with less gear hunting, so I can't complain about it.

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post #35 of 35 (permalink) Old 08-14-2018, 05:19 AM
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@WolfsLady sorry you're in a frustrating situation. Does your van have the tow package? It should state that on your window sticker. If yes, it is rated at 3600lbs from the factory.

If no, there are aftermarket hitches made for our vans that are rated to 3500-4000lbs (here's one from Curt: https://www.curtmfg.com/part/13383). The tow package from factory is welded directly to the beefy metal bumper so it looks to be stronger than one you'd add in later (in my opinion), however, I've used Curt aftermarket hitches before and they are a good brand. Hard to tell whether Chrysler is downplaying aftermarket hitches by saying they can only do 1500lbs because the mounting location on the van is less strong than factory OR they just want to push their factory option. After inspecting the factory tow hitch just now, I'm impressed with the structure so it may in fact be a stronger (safer) way to tow 3600lbs. While there are other features that come with the factory tow package, the most important is how the hitch attaches to the vehicle which gives it strength. You'd be best to consult with a reputable aftermarket hitch shop and see what they say about the strength of an aftermarket hitch rated for 3500lbs (like the link I enclosed above) - that shop may stand behind their assessment and installation based on how it is mounted on the van.

As for what salesmen/women tell you, that's no different from one dealer to the next (across ALL car companies, no need to single out Chrysler, though some dealers may be less slimy than others) - it sounds bad, but you have to assume sales people DON'T KNOW ANYTHING about the vehicles they sell and instead do your own research. READ the published sales literature, even read this forum. I've witnessed many sales people lie - not always maliciously, just out of ignorance.

On a side note, if your van's been in the shop so long, maybe that dealer's the problem? might not hurt to get it somewhere else for a fresh set of eyes or perhaps they have more experience
Whenever I looked up the specs for the Chrysler Pacifica it always said that it was rated for the higher tow weight. One dealership out of all the ones we visited said something about a lower tow weight, so I made sure to ask after that. And when we decided that this was the one that we were most interested in purchasing we insisted that they be 100% sure of the tow weight limit.

I don't know what the original sticker said because we purchased it used from a Chrysler Dealership. Biggest mistake ever.

It has already been in 2 different dealerships for repairs, since we purchased it. 1 in Florida and 1 here in Texas. Both dealerships got a Star Team involved after multiple failed attempts to repair it. The one here in Texas had another specialist from Chrysler who they worked with. I think they said a "Factory Service Specialist." I'm exhausted right now so I might have the name wrong. They had our Chrysler Pacifica for over 6 weeks while they worked with them. - put at least 400 miles on my van test driving it, gave it back finally fixed. Yeah, NO! 2 days later the check engine light came back on. That was almost a month ago, It's in the shop now. "Waiting on the specialist" because the dealership said that they have no clue what else to try. The specialist must be very busy because it takes him weeks to get back to them. But maybe they have just decided not to continue trying repair our van? Fine with us being stuck, or weeks on end, in something that we despise?

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