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TrailerLife praises Durango

by Bill Cawthon on

TrailerLife magazine checked out the new Dodge Durango Citadel paired up with the 32-foot Cruiser RV Shadow Cruiser S-280QBS travel trailer and found a lot to like.

Even though towing a larger trailer with a shorter tow vehicle can cause handling problems, TrailerLife found the Durango did a good job, saying, “The Durango’s integrated trailer-sway damping does a nice job of straightening things out by applying the vehicle brakes when it senses sway…”

Commenting on the Durango, TrailerLife editor Kristopher Bunker wrote: “Our time behind the wheel was primarily spent admiring the quiet muscle of the Durango’s HEMI. Shifting was seamless and worry-free thanks to the tow/haul mode. The Durango never lacked the muscle needed to tow the Shadow Cruiser; lane changes, grade ascension and acceleration were all hassle-free. The Durango’s 23.6 mpg solo represents one of the rare instances where our test mpg exceeds that of the manufacturer’s (which is 20 mpg).”

The review also had good things to say about the Durango’s comfortable interior, including the vented seats, electronics and rear DVD entertainment system.

Check out the article in TrailerLife online.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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