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Unread 09-29-2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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2013 Jeep GC tow rig?

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We recently purchased a new 2013 Jeep GC loaded V8 5.7L HEMI. This vehicle also has the Overland with tow package and trailer sway stabilization:

http://www.jeep.com/en/2012/grand_ch...bility/towing/

My question is, is this vehicle capable/safe to tow my 2004 Rubicon? I think I will upgrade to electronic brakes as well. I continue to research opposing opinions on this topic but they are usually referring to older Jeep GC's that does not include this new towing technology. Can anyone shed some light on this?



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Unread 09-29-2013, 02:34 PM   #2
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Literally just read this. Awesome write up

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309/...rokee-1395503/
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It will probably be fine. My 04 did a decent job but etowing with a unibody is kind of sucky compared to a framed vehicle imo.
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Since you mentioned upgrading to electric brakes, I'm guessing you're planning to use a trailer (as opposed to flat-towing).

The combined weight of he TJ & trailer will likely put you over the limit for the Grand Cherokee that requires you to use a weight distribution hitch, which is 5000 lbs. Even if you're jut under that, I'd still recommend a good WDH & a sway control device.
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Unread 10-01-2013, 07:22 PM   #5
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Since you mentioned upgrading to electric brakes, I'm guessing you're planning to use a trailer (as opposed to flat-towing). The combined weight of he TJ & trailer will likely put you over the limit for the Grand Cherokee that requires you to use a weight distribution hitch, which is 5000 lbs. Even if you're jut under that, I'd still recommend a good WDH & a sway control device.
Thanks for your response. Just beginning to get confusing as I keep reading 50/50 conflicting opinions. Mostly positive ones from people who have actually done it.
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Unread 10-01-2013, 08:15 PM   #6
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Everyone is proud of what they have done successfully. That doesn't mean its a good idea.

The starting point is that no car, which is what a GC is, will ever be a good tow rig. And, towing a rig that weighs as much as your towing vehicle, is never going to be fun. Cap that off with the wheelbase of your GC being all of what, less than 10 feet, when your trailer is twice that length and no one will be able to say that you have hit upon a good idea. Will you and your new GC survive the experience? Sure. But, it is just not a happy combination.
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