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Unread 02-02-2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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Can I tow my TJ with this Grand Cherokee?

I'm trying to get a definitive answer:

Can I tow with this setup? and if so, what do I need?

I just purchased a 2005 GC 5.7L V8 and want to tow my 2003 TJ.



This GC has an aftermarket hitch (class III/IV) and a brake contoller under the dash





So some of my questions are:

1. Can I tow my TJ behind this safely (on a trailer)?

2. Since the GC did not come with a "towing package", am I missing anything else besides the hitch?

3. What are the minnimum/recommended requirements for a trailer that I should look for?

4. Should I get a WD hitch? Do I NEED a WD hitch?

I appreciate any helpful info!! I didn't purchase this to tow my TJ but now that I have it, I am wondering if it is an option. I don't have any experience with towing so any knowledge would be welcomed!!

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Unread 02-02-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
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The WK with the hemi is rated for 7,500 lb when properly equipped I believe. I honestly can't say what "properly equipped means" but that might be a start for you.
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Unread 02-07-2012, 06:12 AM   #3
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I never understood how that hitch is even capable of the tongue weight for 7500 pounds.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 11:54 AM   #4
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Hey man throw a 4157 coil rite kit by firestone in the rear of that thing and call it a day.. They Will deff help with the towing!

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Unread 02-10-2012, 12:03 PM   #5
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Hey man throw a 4157 coil rite kit by firestone in the rear of that thing and call it a day.. They Will deff help with the towing!

Yeah I have a 2011 Ram 1500.. The coils sag like crazy when I tow my Jeep. I've been thinking about getting those.

Anyway, "properly equiped" when towing heavyer things usually include.

#1 - Correct class hitch
#2 - A trailer brake either hydrolic or electric
#3 - The right gearing, sometimes they will have a lower gearing to advertise better milage, but it will be able to tow less.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 12:11 PM   #6
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Ya the dodge kit is a 4190 and there a great kit.. The new dodge does ride nice but sag really bad when towing a lot of weight..

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Unread 02-10-2012, 12:33 PM   #7
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I don't know what all this stuff is on these helper springs and air bags showing up here. The maximum tongue weight for towing a Jeep on a trailer will between 450-600lb. Why would one need all this help for the equivalent of three people sitting in the back?
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Unread 02-10-2012, 12:38 PM   #8
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The coil rite systems help with the overall stability of the jeep while maintain the ride height.
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