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Dodge Powerwagon towing capacities
« on: February 13, 2008, 07:48:24 PM »
Does anyone have information on the towing capacity of a 1977 Dodge Powerwagon w200 (440, automatic).???

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Steve
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Re: Dodge Powerwagon towing capacities
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2008, 07:26:38 PM »
Older towing specs are tough to find. You could take specs from a later model using the same engine/tranny/rear end combo to come close. Deadweight and equalizer rating will be different. If you are running a high GVW truck (8k and above) and have a lower gear ration (4:10/4:11/3:73)and 16in. wheels, I would say 10-12k of trailer weight would be a consevative rating as long as the trailer was set up right. I often times pulled boats in excess of 10k with my small block, 435/203 equipped W200 with little problem other than not 'enuf horses. I did, one time only, pull a flatbed with a JD backhoe/loader on it about 12 miles. :o Like I said, one time only!!! The return trip was done with a 1 ton dually. ::) 
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Re: Dodge Powerwagon towing capacities
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2008, 08:55:15 PM »
I think webbcraft's estimates are very safe.  I don't believe that the factory published recommended towing capacities during those years.  If you plan to tow heavy, make sure you have the appropriate trailer brake controller and a trailer with brakes.  Also an auxiliary cooler for the 727 is  a must.  Also watch your rear axle weight rating. 

I have towed 7-8k lbs for several thousands of miles (total) with my '75 W200.  It towed the loads with great stability and control.  I would say that it was actually very similar to towing the same load with my '98 2500 CTD. 

My grandfather used his bone stock '77 W200 (360/727) to tow a large 5th wheel travel trailer, and would occasionally tow his 19' inboard boat behind the travel trailer.  The truck did a great job doing that.  His truck was set up with good trailer wiring, a good brake controller, and factory overload springs.
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Re: Dodge Powerwagon towing capacities
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2008, 11:05:49 PM »
Thanks for the useful info guys!!   ;D  I am anxious to give my v10 a rest (before my tranny goes out). I will be towing around 7,500lbs...should be an interesting comparison between the capibilities of my two trucks. The 440 is faster, however, it does not have the torque of the v10 (duh). I'll post an up-date after I tow my trailer this weekend.

Steve 
1977 Dodge 440 Power Wagon 4x4
1999 Dodge 2500 SLT V-10 4x4
1991 JeepCherokee 4.0 4x4
1993 FordEscort (have to save money somewhere!)
2003 Suzuki z400 quad
2004 Suzuki ltz 80 quad (daughter's ride)