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post #1 of 9 Old 11-10-2012, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Does anybodys tow with a cherokee

I bought a xj looking to hunt in it but I also need it to tow a camper does anyone else tow with there's long distances

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-10-2012, 09:21 PM
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it doesn't pull a car trailer and a nissan 240sx very well! lol had to tow my friend back from a town like 2 hours away. couldn't go past 55 without it feeling VERY unstable, and running pretty hot. if your camper is anywhere around 5000+lbs, the don't do it. If it's below that, should do fine.
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-10-2012, 09:29 PM
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I had a 01 grand and a 3k camper. I dumped the grand within the year, it sucked as a tow vehicle for my camper. Before that I pulled a cargo trailer loaded with about 2500 lbs about 1800 miles (it didn't stick above the jeep) and the grand did fine.

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post #4 of 9 Old 11-13-2012, 09:47 AM
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I got an 04 wj and I typically tow 2 jetskis everywhere with the only issue is getting a small bounce from the short wheel base. Towing is fine but not always comfortable
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-16-2012, 12:03 AM
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Ive flat towed m samurai, wasnt fun. Towed a douple pop up campers, no problems. Ho4.7 with tow package.

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post #6 of 9 Old 11-18-2012, 03:18 PM
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Ive flat towed m samurai, wasnt fun. Towed a douple pop up campers, no problems. Ho4.7 with tow package.
Unless you did a motor swap, that was a grand cherokee

I would not tow anything over 2k with an XJ.

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 08:45 AM
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Ya 2004 gc so worthless info to the op . There is a big difference in the amount of noise you get from the hitch with a framed truck vs the unibody. It took some getting used to.

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post #8 of 9 Old 11-24-2012, 03:51 AM
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A Cherokee (XJ) with the 4.0L IL6 and a full tow package including electric brake kit, trans cooler, HD cooling and the appropriate hitch is rated to tow 5000# IIRC. I would however NOT tow 5000# with mine, but I do tow a camping trailer that loaded is rated at around 2700#. It tows it like a champ, stops great and never breaks a sweat.

I say 3500# is a comfortable maximum. It can pull a lot more, but stopping becomes an issue as well as sway. I would NOT tow anything over 1500-2000# without electric brakes that work well. Oh and the tongue weight I believe is limited to 300#, but that is a lot for an XJ.

Proper loading is key, as is suspension setup. Towing 2000# with an XJ with the trailer improperly loaded on stock suspension will be a handful to say the least. If you are hauling a trailer for camping, and it falls within those guidelines, you should be GTG. As always, make sure your XJ is up to the task...

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post #9 of 9 Old 11-28-2012, 10:07 PM
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I tow a 12 foot pop up with mine. It's not terrible


Camper weighs about 2k pounds
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