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Towing Capacity and Components for 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

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Do you really need to install a larger alternator and radiator when towing a 3000 pound trailer?

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According to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica owners manual, the model without the tow package that includes the larger alternator and higher grade radiator is restricted to 1500 lbs with 150 lb tongue weight. The model that has the tow package is rated for a trailer with a 3,600 lb maximum and a 360 lb tongue weight.

Adding the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 76046 will give you a hitch receiver that is independently rated higher than your vehicle so you won't be further limited when towing or carrying a bike rack or cargo carrier.

I also recommend adding the wiring harness, but the options are based on the trim model, so I've linked the page to help. In the eyes of the manufacturer you adding the larger alternator and radiator won't increase the towing capacity of your van because it wasn't part of the original setup.

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