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Dodge Charger Towing Capacity: Can It Tow A Trailer, Boat Or Jet Ski?

What is the maximum towing capacity of a Dodge Charger, And what kind of trailers, boats, or jet skis can it actually tow? In this article, we explain all the ins and outs of the Dodge Chargers’ towing. First, let us give you a quick answer:

A sixth-generation Dodge Charger that was produced between 2006 – 2010 has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. The seventh-generation Dodge Charger produced between 2011 – present has a towing capacity of 1,000 pounds.

However, that doesn’t tell you the whole story. In the table below, we’ll first explain the maximum towing capacity of this car based on the model year and the available engine types. After that, we also made a list of 22 different types of trailers and told you when the Charger can tow that trailer and when not.

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Maximum Towing Capacity Per Year

First of all, it’s important to discuss the maximum towing capacity of the Dodge Charger. In the table below, we’ve outlined the different model years of the Charger and how many pounds it can tow. It’s good to know that each model year only has one maximum towing capacity and that there are no differences within model years.

What we found is that there are two different categories. The sixth-generation Dodge Charger, produced between 2006 – 2010, has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. This goes for the 2.7 L V6 and the 5.8 L and 6.1 L V8.

After this first generation, Dodge changed the car’s structure, which meant that from 2011 onwards, the Charger could only tow 1,000 pounds. This goes for both the 3.6 and the 6.4 L engines. Since then, no changes have been made to the towing capacity.

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YearMaximum Towing Capacity Dodge Charger (lbs)
2021             1,000
2020             1,000
2019             1,000
2018             1,000
2017             1,000
2016             1,000
2015             1,000
2014             1,000
2013             1,000
2012             1,000
2011             1,000
2010             2,000
2009             2,000
2008             2,000
2007             2,000
2006             2,000

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Can A Dodge Charger Tow A Camper Trailer, Boat Or Jet Ski?

Besides the maximum towing capacity, it’s also essential to know what practical implications this has for you as a (future) Dodge Charge owner. Therefore, we created the table below in which we’ve identified the weight of 22 different trailers and checked if the Dodge Charger can safely pull those. In short, we found the following:

The seventh-generation Dodge Charger is capable of towing a canoe/kayak trailer. The sixth-generation Dodge Charger can also tow a jet ski trailer. All other trailers are too heavy to pull when loaded because they will quickly exceed 2,000 pounds.

However, this doesn’t tell the whole story. Below you find the table with all the necessary information. Furthermore, below this table, you’ll find extra information clarifying what can be pulled and the maximum expected weight of a certain trailer and if the Charger can pull this safely.

Trailer TypeAverage Empty
Weight (lbs.)
Average Total
Loaded Weight (lbs.)
Can A Dodge Charger  Tow It?
Canoe / Kayak Trailer200                                                 400Yes
Jet Ski Trailer300                                              1,800Yes, only first generation
Motorcycle Trailer500                                              2,400Yes, only empty
Teardrop Trailer1,700                                              2,400Yes, only first-generation and empty
Small Open Utility Trailer700                                              2,500Yes, only empty
A-Frame Camper1,700                                              2,900Yes, only first-generation and empty
Small Enclosed Utility Trailer1,000                                              3,200Yes, only empty
Fishing Boat Trailer600                                              3,300Yes, only empty
Pop Up Camper2,300                                              3,400No
Small Travel Trailer2,800                                              3,600No
Tow Dolly600                                              4,000Yes, only empty
Large Enclosed Utility Trailer2,700                                              7,100No
Small Horse Trailer2,900                                              7,200No
Large Travel Trailer6,700                                              8,300No
Car Trailer1,900                                              9,000Yes, only empty and the first generation
Large Flatbed Trailer3,000                                            10,400No
Large Boat Trailer2,200                                            13,600No
Dump Trailer4,500                                            16,900No
Toy Hauler7,600                                            17,900No
Large Livestock Trailer7,300                                            18,700No
5th Wheel Camper12,700                                            18,700No
Gooseneck Flatbed Trailer7,200                                            23,200No
  • Kayak: All Dodge Chargers 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 pound with a maximum of 800 pounds which is well within the range of the Dodge Charger.
  • Jet Ski Trailer: the 2006 – 2010 Dodge Charger 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 which is within the range of the first-generation Dodge Charger. Some jet ski trailers will weigh 3,000 pounds and will be to heavy.
  • Motorcycle Trailer: A Dodge Charger will be able to tow an empty 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 too heavy for the Dodge Charger.
  • Teardrop Trailer: the 2006 – 2010 Dodge Charger will be able to tow an empty 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 with a maximum of 6,000 pounds which is too heavy for the Dodge Charger.
  • Small Open Utility Trailer: A Dodge Charger will be able to tow an empty 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 which is too heavy for the Dodge Charger.
  • A-Frame Camper: the 2006 – 2010 Dodge Charger will be able to tow an empty a-frame camper. On average an empty a-frame camper will weigh 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 too heavy for the Dodge Charger.
  • Small Enclosed Utility Trailer: A Dodge Charger will be able to tow an empty small enclosed utility trailer. On average an empty small enclosed utility trailer will weigh 1,000 pounds. A loaded small enclosed utility trailer will weigh an average of 3,200 pounds with a maximum of 7,000 which is too heavy for the Dodge Charger.
  • Fishing Boat Trailer: A Dodge Charger will be able to tow an empty fishing boat trailer. On average an empty fishing boat trailer will weigh 600 pounds. A loaded fishing boat trailer will weigh an average of 3,300 pounds with a maximum of 6,000 which is too heavy for the Dodge Charger.
  • Tow Dolly: A Dodge Charger will be able to tow an empty tow dolly. On average an empty tow dolly will weigh 600 pounds. A loaded tow dolly will weigh an average of 4,000 pounds with a maximum of 5,000 which is too heavy for the Dodge Charger.
  • Car Trailer: the 2006 – 2010 Dodge Charger will be able to tow an car trailer. On average an empty car trailer will weigh 1,900 pounds. A loaded car trailer will weigh an average of 9,000 pounds with a maximum of 15,000 pounds which is too heavy for the Dodge Charger.

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How Well Can A Dodge Charger Tow Compared To Its Competitors?

To know whether or not a Dodge Charger is actually a good or bad car when it comes to how much it can tow, we must compare it to its competitors. Below we’ve outlined the minimum and maximum towing capacity of four of its main competitors.

We found that the low towing capacity of one of the most recent Dodge Chargers is certainly not strange. Actually, the 1,000-pound maximum seems to be the norm for this kind of car. This indicates that car manufacturers are not focused on maximum towing capacity for these cars.

Year / Make / ModelMin. Towing Capacity (lbs.)Max. Towing Capacity (lbs.)
2020 Dodge Charger                               1,000                                1,000
2020 Ford Taurus                               1,000                                1,000
2020 Chrylser 300                               1,000                                1,000
2019 Buick LaCrosse                               1,000                                1,000
2020 Chevrolet Impala                               1,000                                1,000

Why Can The Dodge Charger Tow So Little?

Many people wonder why a Dodge Charger that’s able to produce 292 hp at the bare minimum is only capable of towing 1,000 pounds. The reason for this is quite simple: towing means much more than just having a high number of horsepower or torque.

In the case of the Dodge Charger, both the frame and the drivetrain aren’t made for towing heavier loads. If you tow a load that’s heavier than advised, this may bend or break the frame of your car. It could also put too much strain on the brakes (because the car needs to stop more weight) or damage the transmission (which also needs to handle more weight).

It could still be that the Dodge Charger can tow more without damage, but this does mean you’ll take on extra risk. If something breaks, Dodge will identify that you towed more than advised, which means the repair costs are all yours.