Dodge Charger: TRAILER TOWING / Towing Requirements

Dodge Charger 2011-2022 Owner's Manual / STARTING AND OPERATING / TRAILER TOWING / Towing Requirements

To promote proper break-in of your new vehicle drivetrain components, the following guidelines are recommended.

WARNING!

  • Make certain that the load is secured in the trailer and will not shift during travel. When trailering cargo that is not fully secured, dynamic load shifts can occur that may be diffi- cult for the driver to control. You could lose control of your vehicle and have a collision.
  • When hauling cargo or towing a trailer, do not overload your vehicle or trailer. Over- loading can cause a loss of control, poor performance or damage to brakes, axle, engine, transmission, steering, suspension, chassis structure or tires.
  • Safety chains must always be used between your vehicle and trailer. Always connect the chains to the hook retainers of the vehicle hitch. Cross the chains under the trailer tongue and allow enough slack for turning corners.
  • Vehicles with trailers should not be parked on a grade. When parking, apply the parking brake on the tow vehicle. Put the tow vehicle transmission in PARK. Always, block or "chock" the trailer wheels.
  • GCWR must not be exceeded.
  • Total weight must be distributed between the tow vehicle and the trailer such that the following four ratings are not exceeded:
    • Max loading as defined on the “Tire and Loading Information” placard.
    • GTW
    • GAWR
    • Tongue weight rating for the trailer hitch utilized.

Perform the maintenance listed in the “Scheduled Servicing” for the proper maintenance intervals. When towing a trailer, never exceed the GAWR or GCWR ratings.

CAUTION!

  • Do not tow a trailer at all during the first 500 miles (805 km) the new vehicle is driven. The engine, axle or other parts could be damaged.
  • Then, during the first 500 miles (805 km) that a trailer is towed, do not drive over 50 mph (80 km/h) and do not make starts at full throttle. This helps the engine and other parts of the vehicle wear in at the heavier loads.

Trailer And Tongue Weight

Never exceed the maximum tongue weight stamped on your fascia/bumper or trailer hitch. CAUTION! Always load a trailer with 60% of the weight in the front of the trailer...

Towing Requirements — Tires

Do not attempt to tow a trailer while using a compact spare tire. Do not drive more than 50 mph (80 km/h) when towing while using a full size spare tire...

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