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Chrysler Town and Country Towing Capacity: Can It Tow a Trailer, Boat, or Jet Ski?

Chrysler Town and Country Towing Capacity: Can It Tow a Trailer, Boat, or Jet Ski?

Chrysler Town and Country is not a muscular-looking minivan, but still, it is known to have a decent towing capacity. In this article, we’ll find out the exact towing capacity of this car and discuss what it can tow with this power.

Chrysler Town and Country’s made between 2010 – 2016 have an official towing capacity of 3600 pounds. Between 2001 – 2009, this car was offered in different engine variations with varying towing capacities varying between 3500 to 3800 pounds.

Now that we have identified this car’s official towing capacity, let’s discuss it in more detail. We’ll start by looking at the evolution of towing capabilities of this car over the past few years. Then we’ll take a look at several trailer types and find out if this car can tow them or not. Lastly, we’ll look at its competition and analyze its performance.

Also read: Chrysler Town and Country Transmission: Overview, Problems, Fluids

Maximum Towing Capacity By Year

The following table mentions the towing capacities of different variants of this car spread over several generations. Remember that this table contains official figures provided by Chrysler.

It is essential to know if your car has official towing figures or is obtained from market research. This is because the figures provided by manufacturers are considered safe and reliable for towing purposes. You can test these limits without damaging your car. In the case of unofficial figures, pushing the limits may not damage your car but will terminate its warranty.

Furthermore, please note that Chrysler states in the owners’ manuals that you should always load a trailer with 60% to 65% of the weight in the front of the trailer.

YearEngineTowing Capacity (lbs)
2016All3,600
2015All3,600
2014All3,600
2013All3,600
2012All3,600
2011All3,600
2010All3,600
20093.3L3,600
 3.8L3,600
 4.0L3,600
20083.3L3,600
20073.3L3,600
 3.8L3,800
20063.3L3,600
 3.8L3,800
20053.3L, 3.8L3,800
20043.3L3,800
20033.3L3,800
20023.3L3,800
 3.8L3,500
20013.3L3,500

Can It Tow a Trailer, Boat, or Jet Ski?

Trailers come in a lot of shapes and sizes. Most importantly, their weights are what the critical figures are for towing purposes. Therefore, we have done extensive research to identify the weighing limits of different types of trailers. We have then matched these weight limits against the towing capacity of the Chrysler Town and Country.

All generations of Chrysler Town and Country can tow small and medium-sized trailers with a maximum weight limit of 3,600 pounds. It can tow empty and loaded trailers, including Canoe/Kayak, Jet Ski, Teardrop, Small Open Utility, and Motorcycle Trailers. You can also tow a few large-sized trailers when they are NOT loaded. 

Trailer TypeAverage Empty Weight (lbs.)Average Total Loaded Weight (lbs.)Can A Chrysler Town and Country Tow It?
Canoe / Kayak Trailer200400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Jet Ski Trailer3001,800Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Motorcycle Trailer5002,400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Teardrop Trailer1,7002,400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Small Open Utility Trailer7002,500Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
A-Frame Camper1,7002,900Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Small Enclosed Utility Trailer1,0003,200Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Fishing Boat Trailer6003,300Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Pop Up Camper2,3003,400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Small Travel Trailer2,8003,600Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Tow Dolly6004,000It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Large Enclosed Utility Trailer2,7007,100It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Small Horse Trailer2,9007,200It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Large Travel Trailer6,7008,300No.
Car Trailer1,9009,000It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Large Flatbed Trailer3,00010,400It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Large Boat Trailer2,20013,600It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Dump Trailer4,50016,900No.
Toy Hauler7,60017,900No.
Large Livestock Trailer7,30018,700No.
5th Wheel Camper12,70018,700No.
Gooseneck Flatbed Trailer7,20023,200No.
  • Kayak: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow a kayak trailer. On average, an empty kayak trailer will weigh 200 pounds. A loaded kayak trailer will weigh an average of 400 pounds with a maximum of 800 pounds which is well within the range of the Chrysler Town and Country.
  • Jet Ski Trailer: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow a jet ski trailer. On average, an empty jet ski trailer will weigh 300 pounds. A loaded jet ski trailer will weigh an average of 1,800 pounds with a maximum of 3,000 pounds which is within the range of the Chrysler Town and Country.
  • Motorcycle Trailer: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow a motorcycle trailer. On average, an empty motorcycle trailer will weigh 500 pounds. A loaded motorcycle trailer will weigh an average of 2,400 pounds with a maximum of 3,500 which is within the range of the Chrysler Town and Country.
  • Teardrop Trailer: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow a teardrop trailer. On average, an empty teardrop trailer will weigh 1,700 pounds. A loaded teardrop trailer will weigh an average of 2,400 pounds which is within the range of the  Chrysler Town and Country. Some teardrop trailers will weigh a maximum of 6,000 pounds, outside of the limits of the  Chrysler Town and Country.
  • Small Open Utility Trailer: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow a small open utility trailer. On average, an empty small open utility trailer will weigh 700 pounds. A loaded small open utility trailer will weigh an average of 2,500 pounds with a maximum of 3,000 pounds which is within the range of the Chrysler Town and Country.
  • A-Frame Camper: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow an A-frame camper. On average, an empty a-frame camper weighs 1,700 pounds. A loaded a-frame camper will weigh an average of 2,900 pounds with a maximum of 3,600 pounds which is within the range of the Chrysler Town and Country.
  • Small Enclosed Utility Trailer: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow an empty small enclosed utility trailer. On average, an empty small enclosed utility trailer weighs 1,000 pounds. A loaded small enclosed utility trailer will weigh an average of 3,200 pounds with a maximum of 7,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Chrysler Town and Country.
  • Fishing Boat Trailer: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow an empty fishing boat trailer. On average, an empty fishing boat trailer weighs 600 pounds. A loaded fishing boat trailer will weigh an average of 3,300 pounds with a maximum of 6,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Chrysler Town and Country.
  • Pop-Up Camper: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow an empty pop-up camper. On average, an empty pop-up camper weighs 2,300 pounds. A loaded pop-up camper will weigh an average of 3,400 pounds with a maximum of 4,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Chrysler Town and Country.
  • Small Travel Trailer: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow an empty small travel trailer. On average, an empty small travel trailer weighs 2,800 pounds. A loaded small travel trailer will weigh an average of 3,600 pounds with a maximum of 4,500 pounds, outside of the range of the  Chrysler Town and Country.
  • Tow Dolly: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow an empty tow dolly. On average, an empty tow dolly weighs 600 pounds. A loaded tow dolly will weigh an average of 4,000 pounds with a maximum of 5,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Chrysler Town and Country.
  • Large Enclosed Utility Trailer: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow an empty large enclosed utility trailer. On average, an empty large enclosed utility trailer weighs 2,700 pounds. A loaded large enclosed utility trailer weighs an average of 7,100 pounds with a maximum of 10,000 pounds, outside of the range of the  Chrysler Town and Country.
  • Small Horse Trailer: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow an empty small horse trailer. On average, an empty small horse trailer weighs 2,900 pounds. A loaded small horse trailer weighs an average of 7,200 pounds with a maximum of 8,000 pounds, outside of the range of the  Chrysler Town and Country.
  • Car Trailer: All Chrysler Town and Country models will be able to tow an empty car trailer. On average, an empty car trailer weighs 1,900 pounds. A loaded car trailer weighs an average of 9,000 pounds with a maximum of 15,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Chrysler Town and Country.

Can You Install A Hitch On A Chrysler Town And Country?

Chrysler Town And Country’s didn’t come with a trailer hitch from the factory. However, it’s possible to install an aftermarket trailer hitch for around $150 – $200. In the case of this Chrysler, we’re talking about a Class 3 hitch capable of towing up to 4,500 pounds. However, remember that most units of this car are only rated for towing up to 3,600 pounds.

How Well Can It Tow Compared to its Competitors?

The following table mentions the towing capacities of several cars that compete in the same category as the Chrysler Town and Country. Looking at the table, we realize there’s not much difference between the competition; almost all cars provide an average of 3500 pounds towing capacity. Take a look at the maximum towing capacities of the following cars.

Year / Make / ModelMax. Towing Capacity (lbs.)
2016 Dodge Grand Caravan3,600
2016 Toyota Sienna3,500
2016 Nissan Quest3,500
2016 Kia Sedona3,500
2016 Honda Odyssey3,500

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