The ability to tow a trailer with your Chrysler Town & Country significantly adds to the versatility of your vehicle. Whether you're towing a small utility trailer, a boat or a camper, you'll need to take extra care the trailer is hooked up properly. You'll also need to make sure the trailer is loaded evenly, as a trailer that is heavy to one side can cause instability when towing and can cause the trailer to tip or weave in traffic.
Pay attention to the engine temperature gauge, especially when driving in hot weather or up steep inclines. Chrysler says the engine temperature gauge may indicate a higher temperature than usual. This is because the engine and transmission are working harder due to the increased weight the vehicle is pulling. If the needle exceeds the upper range of the normal operating temperature and goes into the hot zone, pull over and turn your vehicle off. Driving with an overheated engine or transmission can cause serious damage.
Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. The extra weight behind you from the trailer means it will take longer for you to stop. Avoid slamming on your brakes, as this can cause your Town & Country and trailer to jackknife and cause an accident. Leaving an increased distance will also allow you to gradually slow down and reduce the chance your brakes will overheat and fail.
Firmly grip the steering wheel and drive in a steady line and avoid swerving in and out of traffic. Sudden changes in steering can cause excess sway in the trailer and can cause you to lose control of your Town & Country.
Take your time getting wherever you're going. Increased speed not only significantly reduce your fuel efficiency when towing a trailer, but it can also increase trailer sway.
Tips & Warnings
- The maximum towing capacity of your vehicle varies greatly based the number of occupants in the vehicle and whether or not it is equipped with a tow package. A standard-equipped Town & Country can tow 1,800 pounds if there are two passengers, 1,350 pounds if there are three to five passengers, and 1,000 pounds if there are six or seven passengers. A tow package increases the towing capacity by 2,000 pounds in each scenario.
- Chrysler suggest you load 60-65 percent of the weight toward the front of the trailer. This will put the required 10-15 percent of the weight on the Town & Country's hitch.
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