How to Tow a Dodge Caravanby Justan Brandt
Dodge invented a whole new market segment with the Caravan, the minivan. First introduced in the 1980s, the Dodge Caravan has been available in a variety of trim levels and in varying sizes. Caravans have been available in front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (FWD) platforms. Either can be towed with a car carrier, a trailer that lifts all the wheels off the pavement. A tow dolly, which lifts only the front wheels off the pavement, can be used for FWD Caravans.
Connect the trailer/dolly lights, towing chains and trailer/dolly to a vehicle equipped for towing. Park the trailer/dolly and towing vehicle on a flat surface and in a straight line once they have been securely affixed to one another.
Release the front tire straps from the tie-down ratchets and situate them away from the tire platforms.
Unlock the tire platforms and allow them to lower to the pavement. When using a car carrier, the tire platforms will need to be pulled out from their storage area.
Align the front wheels of the Caravan with the tire platforms. With the assistance of a guide, slowly drive forward onto the platforms. Proceed with caution until the front wheels are against the wheel stops.
Resecure the tire platforms and lock them into position. Set the Caravan’s parking brake and shift automatic transmissions into park or manual transmission into the lowest possible forward gear.
Drape the tire straps over the center of the Caravan’s front wheels. Using the ratchets, secure the straps, leaving no give.
Locate the safety chains on the trailer/dolly and affix them to the Caravan's frame. The security chains should have a small amount of play, allowing for suspension movement. Ensure the chains do not interfere with any other part of the Caravan.
Disengage the parking brake on the Caravan if you're using a tow dolly.
Tow the Dodge Caravan and perform safety checks during the first 100 feet and five miles of travel. Complete additional safety inspections every 50 miles.
Things You'll Need
- Towing vehicle
- Car carrier or tow dolly
Justan Brandt became a journalist and writer who specializes in automotive coverage in 2009. He has been a student at Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in technology commerce.