How to Tow a Dodge Caravan

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Dodge invented a whole new market segment with the Caravan, the minivan. First introduced in the 1980s, the Dodge Caravan has been available in a variety of trim levels and in varying sizes. Caravans have been available in front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (FWD) platforms. Either can be towed with a car carrier, a trailer that lifts all the wheels off the pavement. A tow dolly, which lifts only the front wheels off the pavement, can be used for FWD Caravans.

Things You'll Need

  • Towing vehicle
  • Car carrier or tow dolly
  • Connect the trailer/dolly lights, towing chains and trailer/dolly to a vehicle equipped for towing. Park the trailer/dolly and towing vehicle on a flat surface and in a straight line once they have been securely affixed to one another.

  • Release the front tire straps from the tie-down ratchets and situate them away from the tire platforms.

  • Unlock the tire platforms and allow them to lower to the pavement. When using a car carrier, the tire platforms will need to be pulled out from their storage area.

  • Align the front wheels of the Caravan with the tire platforms. With the assistance of a guide, slowly drive forward onto the platforms. Proceed with caution until the front wheels are against the wheel stops.

  • Resecure the tire platforms and lock them into position. Set the Caravan’s parking brake and shift automatic transmissions into park or manual transmission into the lowest possible forward gear.

  • Drape the tire straps over the center of the Caravan’s front wheels. Using the ratchets, secure the straps, leaving no give.

  • Locate the safety chains on the trailer/dolly and affix them to the Caravan's frame. The security chains should have a small amount of play, allowing for suspension movement. Ensure the chains do not interfere with any other part of the Caravan.

  • Disengage the parking brake on the Caravan if you're using a tow dolly.

  • Tow the Dodge Caravan and perform safety checks during the first 100 feet and five miles of travel. Complete additional safety inspections every 50 miles.

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