View Full Version : Trailer pulling.

04-07-2002, 02:09 PM
I am fixing to buy a new 14' X 7' trailer to pull (2) exmark lazer hp and the rest of my equip. I was wondering if my little Dodge Dakota would pull it. It only has the V6.

04-07-2002, 02:26 PM
I would not recommend it. Time to step up to bigger truck.

04-07-2002, 02:42 PM
While not dealing with a Dakota, a similar question was asked a little while ago, take a look at this thread:


04-07-2002, 07:40 PM
my dad pulled a 16' with 2 garden tractors on it with his 88 dakota 3.9 leter 5 speed it hauld it fine its not the best vehical for the job but it works

04-07-2002, 08:28 PM
It might not get you there fast, but it should be ok. I pulled a 6.5x14 trailer full of lawn equipment with a 4 cylinder Toyota pickup for a couple of years. Stopping that rig will be a bigger problem. Make sure you have brakes on that trailer.:)

04-07-2002, 10:13 PM
Take a look in the owners manual. It should list the max towing capacity for your truck.

04-08-2002, 12:49 AM
My Dakota is rated for a towing capaity of 8000 lbs. I think all I'll need is brakes on the trailer.

04-08-2002, 01:55 AM
The owners manual is full of useful information isn't it? :)
Looks like you don't have to step up to a bigger truck after all.

04-10-2002, 12:40 AM
My Sonoma did ok, but it was obvious that it was putting some serious wear on the truck. I did the smart thing and bought a 2000 Ford F-250 super duty. I saved that little trucks life and now I use it for bidding and as a backup. Your Dakota might do a little better as its a mid size truck (Dodge states). I think its time for a full size with a V8.

04-11-2002, 01:13 AM
My Dakota is rated for a towing capaity of 8000 lbs. I think all I'll need is brakes on the trailer. \

Not to be smart or anything, but i really don't think that your Dakota is rated to tow 8,000 lbs. My parent's 5.3 V8 Silverado with a 3.42 rear end is rated at around 7,500 lbs. My Silverado 4x4 with the 4.3 V6 5 speed and 3.73 is rated at 4,500 lbs. I'm thinking that maybe you confused the V8 Dakota for your truck with the V6 when you were looking at the owner's manual. I really don't see your truck being rated for much over what my Silverado is. Again, please don't take what i said the wrong way. Best of luck to you.


04-11-2002, 01:50 AM
I could have made a mistake on the towing weight. Anywat muy business partner is going to pull one trailer. We now have (2) 6' X 10' trailers. Thanks for tha advis I was planning on buying a new trunk in the future anyway.

Lawn Man 5
04-14-2002, 10:46 PM
I Have a 94 Dodge Dakota With a 318 V8 with a 3.55 Gear ratio and is only rated a 5000 lbs. If it had the 3.73 it would be 6500lbs. I Would say you'd be safe around 3500 4000 Max

04-15-2002, 02:45 PM
I guessing the total weight of the trailer will be only about 2500 lbs. max. I'm pretty sure I will not have a problem with my Dakota Sport pulling it it pulls my boat with no problem at all and with good accellation.

04-23-2002, 10:51 PM
pulled a 14' foot with my 87 S-10 2.8 V-6 had 22500 miles on it still runs but stepping up to a big truck sure felt good:D