How to increase towing capacity (02, Grand Car, AWD)

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by PT_Sean, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. PT_Sean

    PT_Sean Guest

    2002 , Grand Caravan ES, AWD. Specs say 2000 (less the 300 pound drive
    shaft, give or take).

    Looking at a 2500-3000 pound trailer. Obviously a transmission oil cooler
    would be one way to increase the towing amount, but by how much?

    Also, perhaps a second fan for the rad?

    The rear shocks are self height adjusting, I do have the full spare, I am
    more interested in what else I can do to cool the fluids to bring the tow
    rating up about 1,000 pounds.


    PT_Sean, Apr 5, 2004
  2. PT_Sean

    Steve Guest

    Not to be flippant, but buy a Durango instead. Minivans are wretched tow
    vehicles, and the recommended trailer weight is low for a reason. Its
    one thing to push 300 pounds past the recommendation, but pushing a full
    50% past the recommendation is just asking for trouble, ESPECIALLY
    with the AWD driveline.

    But in truth, I don't think driveline stress is the biggest problem-
    towing an over-weight trailer with a FWD vehicle (and the AWD version
    still gets the bulk of its drive from the FRONT wheels) is dangerous.
    The vehicle dynamics are terrible.
    Steve, Apr 5, 2004
  3. PT_Sean

    Will Halina Guest

    I don't know about the 2002 models but my 99 T&C LTD AWD is rated at 3500lb
    towing capacity (It does have the trailer tow pkg). The extra pkg was $295
    CAN at the time so it probably just amounts to more cooling capacity (and a
    trailer wiring harness) . The hitch was not included.
    Will Halina, Apr 6, 2004
  4. PT_Sean

    Dan Gates Guest


    That is easy.

    Just convert the front-wheel-drive, uni-body chassis to a
    rear-wheel-drive, body-on-frame design and you should be OK. Or else
    buy one of the big truck-based SUVs.

    Dan Gates, Apr 7, 2004
  5. PT_Sean

    Kevin Guest

    The main reason towing capacity is low is the AWD driveline and the rear
    axle is not designed for the weight. You could tow more safely with a non
    AWD caravan.
    Kevin, Apr 12, 2004
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