Trailer Tow Prep Package for Grand Caravan?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Jeff Wieland, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. Jeff Wieland

    Jeff Wieland Guest

    We're planning to buy a new Grand Caravan SXT very soon, and we were
    wondering if it would be a good idea to get the trailer towing
    package. We don't plan on pulling a trailer, but I like the idea of
    having the engine oil cooler, transmission oil cooler, and heavy-duty
    cooling. The bigger battery is nice, too. The package also includes
    load-leveling suspension -- is this a needless complexity that will
    cause us headaches later on, or is it a good idea too?

    BTW, it's been very interesting to compare the GC SXT with the T&C
    Touring. Comparibly equipped, the T&C costs about $360 more, but
    lacks the fog lights. That seems like a no brainer...

    In addition to the Trailer Tow package, we're looking at getting the

    Supplemental Side Curtain Air Bags
    Power Liftgate (required by the side air bags)
    Power Adjustable Pedals
    Removable Center Front Seat Console

    Please remove the "nospam" from my address if responding via email.
    Jeff Wieland, Jan 18, 2005
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    jdoe Guest

    Prep group is a great idea. Think twice about side bags unless whoever will
    ride in the van is very short. I"m 6'1 about 200 lbs and I cannot fit in the
    passenger seat (front) and forget the outer parts of the rears.
    jdoe, Jan 18, 2005
  3. Jeff Wieland

    Jeff Wieland Guest

    We test drove a T&C with the side bags yesterday and I didn't have
    any trouble. I'm 6'2" (and about 225 lbs :-(). The fromt seats don't
    fit me real well -- there's a sort of pad in the seat back that comes
    across the middle of my back in a an oddly unconfortable place. The
    middle Stow 'N' Go seats actually seem more comfortable.

    If my '98 Neon R/T had had side air bags, I wouldn't have been knocked
    out when it was totaled:

    I do have them on my 2001 Neon R/T.
    Jeff Wieland, Jan 18, 2005
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    Richard Guest

    There are side bags built into the seat back. This year there are also side
    head bags built into the rail area along the top on the side. I recommend
    both highly. Just sided a semi coming at me with both of us running at 60
    mph. The seat side bag blew, and I had not a scratch. $8,000.00 later my
    2004 Limited is now good as new. A no brainier! The blown bag sure does
    smell funny.

    Richard, Jan 18, 2005
  5. Jeff Wieland

    Jeff Wieland Guest

    Do you have any headroom issues with the side bags?
    Jeff Wieland, Jan 18, 2005
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    Scott Ehardt Guest

    Based on the '92 model we kept for 10 years, the trailer towing packages
    seems to have been a good idea. Driving around in Houston summers, the fans
    got a workout, but the van's temp would never go above the "warmed up" temp,
    even when idiling with the A/C on in 99 degree humid weather for over 30
    min. The only possible drawback is the van seemed to go through batteries
    quickly, possibly because the larger alternator was charging them too fast.
    With experience from a '98 model and an '02 model, the load leveling has
    never given any trouble and seems to be useful. A fully-loaded van will
    give the typical 'back-heavy' look until you drive for a few minutes. Once
    leveled, nobody would even know you have all the stuff/people inside.
    Have on the '02 model... useful for setting in heavy loads, but had to be
    repaired once under warranty.
    HTH - Scott
    Scott Ehardt, Jan 18, 2005
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    Richard Guest

    My 2004 just has the side bags, the head bags were added with the new fold
    away seats for 2005.

    Richard, Jan 18, 2005
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