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Dodge Grand Caravan Towing Capacity: Trailer, Boat Or Jet Ski?

What is the maximum towing capacity of a Dodge Grand Caravan? 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 Grand Caravan’s towing. First, let us give you a quick answer:

Dodge Grand Caravan’s produced from 2012 can tow between 3,000 – 3,600 pounds depending on the number of people in the car. Caravans produced between 2008 – 2011 can tow 1,800 pounds with a 3.3, 3.8, or 4.0 L engine and 3,800 pounds with the optional towing package installed.

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 Grand Caravan can tow that trailer and when not.

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Maximum Towing Capacity By Year

First of all, it’s important to look at the maximum towing capacity of the Dodge Grand Caravan. During our research, we found that many things were unclear about the towing capacity of this car.

This is because Dodge changed the towing specifications of the Dodge Grand Caravan over the last few years. Furthermore, the towing capacity also depends on the number of people sitting in the car, making it all the more confusing.

In the table below, we’ve tried to give a conclusive answer about how much the Dodge Grand Caravan can tow. We went through all owners’ manuals of all the different model years to ensure that the info provided in the table below is correct.

YearEngineMaximum Towing Capacity (lbs)Notes
2020All                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,450with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,600with 2 people and baggage
2019All                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,450with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,600with 2 people and baggage
2018All                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,450with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,600with 2 people and baggage
2017All                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,600with 2 people and baggage
2016All                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,600with 2 people and baggage
2015All                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,600with 2 people and baggage
2014All                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,600with 2 people and baggage
2013All                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,600with 2 people and baggage
2012All                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,600with 2 people and baggage
20113.6 L automatic                                      1,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        1,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        1,800with 2 people and baggage
 3.6 L automatic with towing package                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,600with 2 people and baggage
20103.3, 3.8, 4.0 L automatic                                      1,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        1,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        1,800with 2 people and baggage
 3.8 and 4.0 L automatic with towing package                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,800with 2 people and baggage
20093.3, 3.8, 4.0 L automatic                                      1,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        1,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        1,800with 2 people and baggage
 3.8 and 4.0 L automatic with towing package                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,800with 2 people and baggage
20083.3, 3.8, 4.0 L automatic                                      1,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        1,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        1,800with 2 people and baggage
 3.8 and 4.0 L automatic with towing package                                      3,000with 6-7 people and baggage
                                        3,350with 3-5 people and baggage
                                        3,800with 2 people and baggage

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Can It Tow A Trailer, Boat Or Jet Ski?

Besides knowing how much a Dodge Grand Caravan can tow, it’s also essential to know what practical implications this has for you as the car owner. Therefore, in the table below, we’ve outlined the average empty and loaded weight of 22 different trailers. For each trailer, we’ve identified whether or not the Dodge Grand Caravan can tow it or not. The short conclusion is as follows:

All Dodge Grand Caravan’s will be able to tow a kayak/canoe- or jet ski trailer. All post-2012 models or the ones with a towing package installed will be able to tow a motorcycle-, teardrop-, small utility-, a-frame-, fishing boat-, pop-up- or travel trailer with a maximum weight of 3,600 – 3,800 pounds.

However, let it be clear that this does not tell the whole story. Below the table, you’ll find extra information for each type of trailer that the Grand Caravan can carry. There, we will further elaborate on if the Grand Caravan can carry all types of trailers of that specific kind or if there are certain exceptions that you should take into account.

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Trailer TypeAverage Empty
Weight (lbs.)
Average Total
Loaded Weight (lbs.)
Can A Dodge Grand Caravan Tow It?
Canoe / Kayak Trailer200                                                 400Yes
Jet Ski Trailer300                                              1,800Yes
Motorcycle Trailer500                                              2,400Yes, models with towing package or post-2012
Teardrop Trailer1,700                                              2,400Yes, models with towing package or post-2012
Small Open Utility Trailer700                                              2,500Yes, models with towing package or post-2012
A-Frame Camper1,700                                              2,900Yes, models with towing package or post-2012
Small Enclosed Utility Trailer1,000                                              3,200Yes, models with towing package or post-2012
Fishing Boat Trailer600                                              3,300Yes, models with towing package or post-2012
Pop Up Camper2,300                                              3,400Yes, models with towing package or post-2012
Small Travel Trailer2,800                                              3,600Yes, models with towing package or post-2012
Tow Dolly600                                              4,000Yes, only empty
Large Enclosed Utility Trailer2,700                                              7,100Yes, only empty and models with towing package or post-2012
Small Horse Trailer2,900                                              7,200Yes, only empty and models with towing package or post-2012
Large Travel Trailer6,700                                              8,300No
Car Trailer1,900                                              9,000Yes, only empty and models with towing package or post-2012
Large Flatbed Trailer3,000                                            10,400Yes, only empty and models with towing package or post-2012
Large Boat Trailer2,200                                            13,600Yes, only empty and models with towing package or post-2012
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
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  • Kayak: All Dodge Grand Caravan 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 pound with a maximum of 800 pounds which is well within the range of the Grand Caravan.
  • Jet Ski Trailer: All Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan.
  • Motorcycle Trailer: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package 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 Grand Caravan.
  • Teardrop Trailer: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package 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 Grand Caravan. Some teardrop trailers will weigh a maximum of 6,000 pounds which is outside of the limits of the Grand Caravan.
  • Small Open Utility Trailer: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package will be able to tow a small open utility trailer. On average an empty small open utility trailer er 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 Grand Caravan.
  • A-Frame Camper: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package 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 withing the range of the Grand Caravan.
  • Small Enclosed Utility Trailer: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package will be able to tow a 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 which is within the range of the Grand Caravan.
  • Fishing Boat Trailer: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package will be able to tow a 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 which is within the range of the Grand Caravan.
  • Pop-Up Camper: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package will be able to tow a 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 which is within the range of the Grand Caravan.
  • Small Travel Trailer: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package will be able to tow a 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 which is within the range of the Grand Caravan.
  • Tow Dolly: All Dodge Grand Caravan 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 which is outside of the range of the Grand Caravan.
  • Large Enclosed Utility Trailer: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package 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 which is outside the range of the Grand Caravan.
  • Small Horse Trailer: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package 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 which is outside the range of the Grand Caravan.
  • Car Trailer: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package 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 which is outside the range of the Grand Caravan.
  • Large Flatbed Trailer: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package will be able to tow an empty large flatbed trailer. On average an empty large flatbed trailer weighs 3,000 pounds. A loaded large flatbed trailer weighs an average of 10,400 pounds with a maximum of 26,000 pounds which is outside the range of the Grand Caravan.
  • Large Boat Trailer: Post-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models or the ones that have a towing package will be able to tow an empty large boat trailer. On average an empty large boat trailer weighs 2,200 pounds. A loaded large boat trailer weighs an average of 13,600 pounds with a maximum of 34,000 pounds which is outside the range of the Grand Caravan.

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How Well Can It Tow Compared To Its Competitors

Finally, it’s also important to compare the Grand Caravan to its competitors. This information is essential if you’re in the market for a minivan and when towing is one of your bigger priorities. For this, we compared the Dodge to its four main competitors.

What we found is that all the minivans are very close together. The 3,600 pounds of the Grand Caravan is right on par with the Chrysler Pacifica. All the other minivans have a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds which, honestly, isn’t that far away from the Grand Caravan or the Pacifica.

Therefore, the Dodge Grand Caravan does seem to be a strong buy when you compare it to its competitors.

Year / Make / ModelMin. Towing Capacity (lbs.)Max. Towing Capacity (lbs.)
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan                               3,600                                3,600
2020 Chrysler Pacifica                               3,600                                3,600
2020 Honda Odyssey                               3,500                                3,500
2020 Kia Sedona                               3,500                                3,500
2020 Toyota Sienna                               3,500                                3,500

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