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Unread 12-12-2014, 12:13 PM   #1
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2015 V6 towing a car cross country?

I have 2015 Limited with the V6 8 speed. I got the luxury package but not the tow package as I originally intended to do only local, light towing. I had the trailer hitch put on at a Jeep dealer.

Now I am thinking I can tow my wifes Mazda CX\5 (3,200) on a tow dolly (400) meaning at 3,600 pounds I am not concerned about weight except that I drive roughly 15 hours the first day with a good chunk being in a 70 MPH zone. Not a ton of hills on the ride although the last day of Pennsylvania and NY it gets hilly but that will only be a 4-6 hour run at that point the second day so I think that's ok.

I checked with my dealer who ran my VIN and said it has an oil cooler but not a transmission cooler and he felt it wasn't needed.

I am not a novice with the Jeeps or towing but my main concern is if this motor and transmission can get it done as I am used to a Hemi. Anyone done it or have some thoughts on it? Thanks in advance.

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Unread 12-12-2014, 04:18 PM   #2
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I don't think you'll have any issues. Even though you may not need a tranny cooler, it's cheap insurance. Also, I'd use a dolly with surge brakes.
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Unread 12-12-2014, 04:45 PM   #3
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My thoughts exactly so far. I am going surge brakes. My first bit of research was tow dollys where I learned about those plus apparently having no brakes is illegal in some states apparently. The Acme model seems to be the best out there for my needs.

Thanks for your thoughts on it.

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I don't think you'll have any issues. Even though you may not need a tranny cooler, it's cheap insurance. Also, I'd use a dolly with surge brakes.
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Unread 12-13-2014, 11:08 AM   #4
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You may have a little trouble maintaining 70. I have pulled a few vehicles with a dolly, and I have found they can get a little tail wagging if you get up over 60 or so. I prefer my car trailer, but that would probably put you overweight. Get a tranny cooler for sure. Stay in the right lane and take your time and you should be fine. Good luck!
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Unread 12-13-2014, 12:45 PM   #5
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Thanks, good to hear from someone who's done it. I expect 70-75. For me, I can't do 60 from Florida to NY. I have trailer sway damping but I think that's standard now. I got a buddy coming down for the season with a large trailer that I am going to do a test run on the highway with but it's a dual axle and maybe 2,100 pounds so not sure it's a good test. Might be a bad idea, just trying to save the shipping costs twice a year.
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Unread 12-13-2014, 12:46 PM   #6
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Side note: You're in NC? Used an Acme tow dolly? He's up there somewhere...

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You may have a little trouble maintaining 70. I have pulled a few vehicles with a dolly, and I have found they can get a little tail wagging if you get up over 60 or so. I prefer my car trailer, but that would probably put you overweight. Get a tranny cooler for sure. Stay in the right lane and take your time and you should be fine. Good luck!
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Unread 12-13-2014, 04:09 PM   #7
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I'd be wary of anything from Acme. Wile E. Coyote has always had bad luck with that company. 😊
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