My owner's manual states that to get the full 3600 lb tow capacity you MUST have a weight-distributing hitch system and tow package. Here's some more info from my manual:If I plan on towing a heavier load but not carrying it inside the van, is this still required?
3.6 auto without tow pack: max GCW is 7000 lbs, trailer frontal area not to exceed 22 square feet, passenger and driver max tongue weight 180 lbs (trailer total weight 1800 lbs)
WITH tow pack: max GCW is 8750 lbs, trailer frontal area not to exceed 40 square feet, passenger and drive max tongue weight 360 lbs (trailer total weight 3600 lbs)
Manual also states that any trailer over 1000 lbs should be equipped with its own braking system.
My personal opinion is YES. On my '11 Crew, even just loaded with 7 people the rear end sags quite noticeably. I plan on checking if I can add the "load leveling" suspension to mine. I believe it consists of the Nivomat shocks like the older generations could come with.So is the load leveling suspension worth finding?
That's my understanding of what I've read, and what I've checked up on with the parts manager at my local dealer. Everyone gets the "heavy duty" cooling.So it sounds like the 2011+ vans have the trailer tow pack of the 2008-10 vans, only minus the actual hitch/harness/load levelling suspension?