I have a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser.
In the owners manual, available here, on page 330 there's a table displaying the maximum towing amounts for the engine sizes available.
For each, this is listed as 1000 pounds with a 110 pound tongue weight.
However, on page 329, it describes that if you have the optional Towing package, your vehicle may be factory equipped to tow more than 2000 pounds.
My question is: What would I need to add to the vehicle to make up for this 'towing package' and be able to tow 2000 pounds? I've seen references mark that this vehicle can tow 2200 pounds, and I'm not sure if there's anything I need to add to it other than a trailer hitch for a load of up to 2000.
I intend to tow about 1500 or so pounds on a trailer (1250lb trailer, 250 pounds cargo) in the coming months, in a drive from Phoenix to Chicago. I'm concerned about whether or not the car will really take it, as there are the two somewhat conflicting statements in the owner's manual.
I've read that if I tow something too heavy, I could damage the engine or transmission from over-heating, and could excessively wear the brakes or not be able to stop nearly well enough.