I am trying to add the mopar hitch and am getting a no from the dealer. I do not tow we use a rack for a motorized wheel chair, or when we go to Yosemite we take our 5 bike carrier. niether one of these would exceed the 1500 but they are saying no to adding it on the 2018 hybrid limited we have. Any suggestions? I need it done before June.Also don't forget that 3500lbs. is only with the factory installed tow package. Any aftermarket or factory hitch added afterward, the vehicle is only rated for 1500lbs. towing capacity. This is due to the factory tow package also includes a heavy duty radiator, higher amperage battery, and computer software upgrade that helps stabilize the vehicle when towing.
Not sure of all the details, but the Hybrid is not rated to tow anything and thus the dealer's reluctance to add a hitch. It was one of my considerations when I opted for gas rather than hybrid. One issue may be the gross vehicle weight rating which is only about 1300 lbs above the curb weight. That doesn't leave a lot of room once you add passengers and luggage.I am trying to add the mopar hitch and am getting a no from the dealer. I do not tow we use a rack for a motorized wheel chair, or when we go to Yosemite we take our 5 bike carrier. niether one of these would exceed the 1500 but they are saying no to adding it on the 2018 hybrid limited we have. Any suggestions? I need it done before June.
I don't know if the pacifica has a higher temp tolerance, but I doubt it's different than the industry acceptable range of 175. 175-200 isn't too bad, but once you approach 220-240, I assume the dash will alert/complain. You should slow things down if you start passing 220. Generally, you don't want your tranny to pass 240 degrees. It's interesting the tow package adds nothing to cool the tranny, so I suspect it's not a likely risk unless you're really pushing the engine and are loaded near/past capacity. And in that case, your engine temps aren't going to be happy.
I do not know the acceptable range, but I just rented a Pacifica out west in 100 degree temps at grade. My transmission, oil, etc temps were consistently higher then what I get towing where I live on the East Coast. Now I have yet to tow at grade, but I was getting up to 230 oil temp in the rental. Highest I have ever seen towing is 220.
From the info in this thread, I take it that the Pacifica Limited (gas) with Factory Tow Package will not safely tow an Airstream Sport...
@wisejd, I say the gas pacifica would tow a 2900lb trailer just fine. Even if loaded to 3100-3600lb. I've towed 3600+lb through the rockies and the brakes were the weakest piece. So as long as you have surge brakes or 7-pin electrics, the pacifica will tow it. Would something rated for 5000+lb be better? Sure.