** I posted this in general discussion initially, but realised afterward this is probably the better place to post. Admins I apologize for the double posting **
I'm looking at buying a 2015 5.7L Durango, primarily because I'd need the additional towing capacity. With that said, I was of the opinion that it would be logical to focus my search down to finding one that has the Trailer Tow Group IV package.
The problem I am finding, is that the information available from dealerships isn't always reliable. I read that the information should be available from a VIN decoding and as such I have been doing my searches, then cross referencing the VINs through http://***************/forum/vindecoder.php
(official dodge forum vin decoder).
The dodge website says the Trailer Tow Group IV package includes the following:
INCLUDED FEATURES (5):
4- and 7-pin wiring harness
Class IV hitch receiver
Full-size spare tire
Heavy-duty engine cooling
Rear load-levelling suspension
However, from cross referencing vehicles which I am sure do, and do not have the trailer tow group, I can't find these feature specifically listed as above. What I have been using to identify a vehicle with or without a tow group package has been the inclusion of the following:
- Gas-Pressurized Front Shock Absorbers and Nivomat Brand Name Rear Shock Absorbers
- Rear Auto-Leveling Suspension
I guess what I am asking is two-fold:
1) Is it even necessary to worry about the inclusion of the Trailer Tow Group IV?
2) If it is necessary/recommended/quality of life improvement, am I correct in my assumptions above for the proper means of identifying whether or not the vehicle does have the tow group and/or is there a better way?
Thank you in advance.
P.S. I am looking to tow a trailer in a dry weight class of 5500 lbs, combined with full propane / water tank / cargo / etc I should be in the realm of 6200-6500 lbs, which leaves me with some leeway going with the HEMI which has a 7200 lb rating.