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Old March 29th, 2006, 07:35 AM   #1
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can I tow with my dodge?

I just recently swapped for a 84 Dodge 1/2ton 4x4. It has a 318 2brl, auto (727 I believe) and 3:73 gears. The truck only has 69,000 miles. My question is will it be o.k. to use this for short distance trips pulling my car hauler and Jeep? The car hauler is an 18' dovetail, I'm thinking around 2,000lbs and the jeep is a 97 TJ around 4000-5000lbs I'm guessing. The truck is set up with trailer brakes and hitch. I thought I would come to the experts. thanks in advance
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Old March 29th, 2006, 07:52 AM   #2
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You can, sure. It won't be terribly powerful with the 318 and the 3.73 gears. If its a 727 then you don't have overdrive, so should be fine in 3rd gear.

When I landscaped for a living, the foremens trucks were 3/4 tons, with 318s (fuel injected, though, but only throttle body injection). I towed a smaller trailer, about 2000 lbs, most every day(my carpentry rig)... On occasion, I towed a bobcat on a fairly heavy steel deck construction tilt trailer, probably over 5000 lbs combined load. Not a speed demon, but you can do it.

Plenty have towed with 302s in fords.

I'd think that combo is the max you'd want to run, but it should be able to do it. I'd do a test drive, see how it works. Decide if you need a weight distributing hitch then(it would be automatically recommended for towing a half ton).
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Old March 29th, 2006, 08:59 AM   #3
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thanks, I thought so but wanted to get a second opinion. It's not going to be any speed demon but should get the job done.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 01:09 PM   #4
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Yes, you can tow with it shouldn't be a problem

lotta people tow with older rigs. Good luck. If you have trailer brakes and know how to load a trailer you'll be fine.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 03:49 PM   #5
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it'll tow fine my 88 had 3.23s and 31s and would still get up to 75 or so with a 1/2 on the trailer
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Old May 5th, 2006, 11:37 AM   #6
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My 1975 Grand Ville convertible weighs 5000 pounds - I don't think your TJ weighs in at that. My 21' trailer with dual axles is only 1800 lbs and it has a lot of extra steel on the front in the form of mesh-enclosed utility bins. I'm thinking that your 18' trailer is lighter than 2000 lbs. I agree with Jesus that you should be fine, but it won't fly down the road.
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