How to Tow Cargo with the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan
Posted on December 16, 2020
What the Caravan Can Do
Here at CarHub, we know that you likely don’t need to be told that why the Dodge Grand Caravan 2020 is the smart buy and the vehicle to beat when it comes to storage, power, comfort and value. It consistently wins out as Canada’s favourite family carrier and has built a well-deserved reputation as an all-purpose workhorse that can handle whatever task it’s put to.
Chances are if you’re interested in a Dodge Grand Caravan, you’re no stranger to the need for storage space, and, as a hearty Canadian, you may have some towing aspirations in your future. Nothing says freedom like an open road with the family and a toy-in-tow attached to the van, be it a camper, a boat or just a trailer to free up storage space in the vehicle on your way to the cottage.
We know, you thought the Dodge Grand Caravan offered more than enough storage space with its award-winning Stow N’ Go seats. Tough to imagine a need for more, right? That’s very fair but with seven humans comfortably seated within the interior of the Dodge Grand Caravan, you may want to kick your storage space up a notch with a trailer package to give you the ultimate minivan-powered hauling experience.
With the CarHub Dodge Grand Caravan Blowout Sale on now, there’s never been a better time to dig into the nitty gritty of what the Caravan has to offer. Let’s get into it!
What’s under the Hood?
The Dodge Grand Caravan may be just about the most approachable looking vehicle out there but beneath that friendly exterior, the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan has enough growl to get ‘er done when it comes to pulling weight.
The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan sports an engine that was crafted for performance. It may not be glossy but it’s a solid, reliable, beast of burden that could be the game-changer on your next road trip with the fam.
A peek under the hood will reveal an award-winning 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 Flex Fuel engine. Rev that V6 up and you can watch this house-cat become a lion that can flex on the highway with up to 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
If you had any concerns about the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan’s ability to get your trailer from A to B, you can cast them aside. This van can heavy-duty haul.
Sure, it has the towing capacity to get your payload to its final destination but we all know that your most precious cargo is inside the van. That’s why, above all, safety should be the number one consideration when it comes to hitting the road.
When road conditions are dicey, murky or even icy, controlling your sway could be the key to staying safe. Have no fear, when you’re behind the wheel of the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan, you’re powering a vehicle that comes with all-speed traction.
How does it work? Brake pressure is applied through the all-speed traction whenever the Grand Caravan senses that a wheel is spinning. This will allow your van to maintain stability and traction.
The Grand Caravan also comes equipped with Trailer Sway Control - an essential feature for maintaining stability on your road trip when you’re hauling a heavy load. The 2020 Grand Caravan comes equipped with sensors that detect when your trailer is swaying like a flag in the breeze and applies the brakes and reduces power to the vehicle to help you regain control and retain your rightful place as master of the van.
So even when the worst happens, the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan gives you the power to get your van under control before that sway ruins your day.
How Tow Can You Go?
The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan has the goods to get your trailer hauled but some considerations should be accounted for. Not all trailers are crafted equally. They vary tremendously in terms of features, construction type, dimensions and materials, all of which can affect the weight and therefore haul-ability of your trailer with the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan.
Sure the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan is an excellent tow vehicle with a maximum two capacity of 3600 pounds. Even with that massive number in mind though, some loads are too great for the Grand Caravan’s max weight.
Choosing the right trailer for the towing is essential for ensuring that your Grand Caravan holiday towing plans come off without a hitch (of course, you will need a hitch!).
The first point of discussion: the trailer builds.
Trailers come with two basic builds. Fibreglass built trailers feature an aluminum metal structure. They’re significantly lighter than their wooden cousins, the stick-built trailer. These trailers are built with wooden materials and often weigh around 900 pounds more than fibreglass examples.
This added weight is worth taking into consideration when hitching onto the Grand Caravan. There’s no need to add to the sway if you can help it, especially since you’ll likely be loading your trailer up with liquids and supplies, which will only add to its mass.
The Bottom Line
From the highest trim to the base model Grand Caravan CVP, the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan offers 3600 pounds of hauling heaven.
If you add a weight-distribution hitch to its all-purpose frame and a tow package that includes safety sensors to keep your trailer on the straight and narrow, the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan becomes a prize pony to bet on.
If you’re looking for maximum value and efficiency in a family vehicle, towing torque to get your trailer to the campground and back safely and suburban style that will be the envy of the neighbours, the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan is sure to get you into tow mode in the new year.