300M Trailer questions, What is the answer?!?

Discussion in 'Chrysler 300' started by Steve, May 16, 2005.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest


    So I know what trailer I want to pull with my 300m, it weighs 1400LBS.

    In the 300m manual it say's I can pull up to 2000LBS.

    I called Chrysler Canada and the woman who answered was not a tech but she
    said from what she can tell I can pull up to 2000LBS, what is stated in the

    I went to a Chrysler dealership to see about getting the hitch installed.
    Basically I was told they would not do it, because the car is not meant to
    pull trailers and it could damage the car. I asked why it stated I could
    pull 2000LBS in the manual and the reply is that it's a book and not the
    real world.

    I then went to a second "5 star" dealership (much larger). I was told NO
    PROBLEM. The sales rep even showed me the 300M hitch in the parts book and
    told me that what Chrysler says you can pull you can pull.

    So now I don't know what to do. I really want the trailer, but I don't want
    to damage my car. I was going to use it a lot, probably thousands of KM's
    of towing in total.

    Does anyone have any experience towing with the 300M or any other cars with
    the same body like the LHS, Concorde, Intrepid?

    What do you think?

    Steve, May 16, 2005
  2. Steve

    Guest Guest

    No experience with that model, but ask the dealer about an auxiliary
    transmission oil cooler. Heat is the enemy, and towing creats more
    You will want to change trans fluid annually if towing close to the
    limit, and definitely change the oil frequently. Not a bad idea to run
    Synthetic oil either, as heat and regular oil could result in "coking"
    on that car.
    Also, except for on very level terrain you will not want to be in
    overdrive, and you will want to limit your towing speed to less than
    100Kph (62 MPH). You will also want trailer brakes installed, and an
    anti-sway bar on the hitch makes life a whole lot more pleasant.
    Properly loaded, a weight distribution (torsion bar) hitch should not
    be required.
    Guest, May 16, 2005
  3. Steve

    Steve Guest


    I use synthetic oil and the trailer does have electric brakes. It seems to
    be more of a question of the car frame bending out of shape. The first
    Chrysler service tech I talked to told me something about 4 bolts holding
    the frame to the car and it's to weak for towing. He owns a Concorde and
    would never do it.

    It's really frustrating that they all have different opinions on the matter.
    I just can't see how the manual would state 2000LBS and every website states
    2000LBS but for it to be an over exaggeration, What would be the point of

    Steve, May 16, 2005
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    Bill Putney Guest

    Steve - This is your third thread askingabout towing with your M. I
    posted to one of the other threads with the following advice - perhaps
    you didn't see it:

    "Notwithstanding worhtwhile advice you might get here, you might
    consider posting to the 300M Enthusiasts Club forums
    (http://300mclub.100megs42.com/forums/index.php). I know at least one
    avid poster there (sdmike300M) has a hitch on his M. Not sure if it's
    removable, but certainly he can add insight to your questions on brakes,
    tranny cooler (it already has one from the factory, but does it need
    more?), and towing capacity.

    "I'm thinking, trailer or no trailer, that the LH cars aren't the most
    trouble-free as far as brakes (vibration - possibly warp-induced), so I
    would consider brakes on the trailer no matter what. Get Performance
    Friction Z-Ratedâ„¢ pads for the M - they are exceptional and cost no more
    than run-of-the-mill pads. Don't worry too much about the rear brakes -
    focus on the fronts - that's where the heat and problems are.

    "Might also consider replacing cooling fan assembly with police package
    replacement (which, believe it or not is actually cheaper than
    non-police - go figure!). Your fans are only good for about 100k miles
    anyway - so if the "opportunity" comes up for replacing them..."

    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    adddress with the letter 'x')
    Bill Putney, May 16, 2005
  5. Steve

    Bill Putney Guest

    Bill Putney, May 17, 2005
  6. Steve

    Steve Guest


    I saw your post and I joined the 300M club last week but the password the
    president sent me does not work. I email him about it. I have also seen the
    photos of the hitch installed on the 300M but that person only showed it
    being used for a bicycle. I emailed him to ask if he used it for anything

    The frustrating thing is there is no definitive answer coming from Chrysler.
    I don't want to mess my car up over a trailer.


    Steve, May 17, 2005
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    JR Guest

    I have used my 3.5 300M to pull my trailer for some time now. I have a
    removable hitch which is great because it really looks ugly with the hitch
    mounted :-D

    Not that heavy loads though, only about 5-600 kg firewood.

    JR, May 17, 2005
  8. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Steve wrote:

    Well, I don't have any direct experience with towing with an LH car- but
    then I wouldn't want to. Personally, I think any FWD vehicle is a very
    poor choice for towing, both from a durability point of view AND from a
    vehicle dynamics point of view. Engine braking with a FWD/trailer
    combination is like balancing a pencil on its tip- just not a great
    situation. FWD cars do 90% of their braking with the front wheels, and
    if you've ever looked at the rotor/caliper size on the rear wheels
    you'll see that they're just not going to be much help in stopping the
    trailer. I'd definitely look into trailer brakes, even though 1400 lbs
    is WAY below where you really need trailer brakes for a RWD car, truck
    or SUV tow vehicle. Trailer tongue weight tends to take weight OFF the
    driving wheels of an FWD, whereas it ADDS weight to the driving wheels
    of an RWD vehicle.

    That said, I don't necessarily think that the owners manual grossly
    overstates the capabilities of the car- its not going to immediately
    kill it to tow 1400 lbs (by the way, that better be your LOADED trailer
    weight, or else you're not going to have much payload and stay below the
    2000 lb limit.) Its certainly OK for flat-land towing- I wouldn't
    venture into the mountains with it. But a rear-drive car, truck, or SUV
    would be a better choice all-around.
    Steve, May 17, 2005
  9. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I hear you and agree with what you have said. The trailer does have electric
    brakes. It's 1450LBS with nothing in it. In the manual it says I can have
    850LBS in the car, so I can put almost everything I need in the car and not
    add additional weight to the trailer. I would keep the water tank empty and
    the propane tank weighs about 40LBS full.

    In an ideal world I would have a tow vehicle but that is a additional
    expense I don't need right now.

    Steve, May 17, 2005
  10. I would install the recommended hitch and tow. Chrysler is the one backing the
    warranty. If they say it is safe to tow, trust them.
    Alex Rodriguez, May 18, 2005
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    mic canic Guest

    i have put hitches a few of these cars and have not seen any issues with that
    just make sure yu don't tow in overdrive
    mic canic, May 20, 2005
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