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Unread 11-13-2012, 11:04 PM   #1
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Guidance with towing with Grand Cherokee

Hello,

I'm curious about towing with my parents 05 Grand Cherokee.

I'm taking my 00 mustang to the track next weekend and my dad wants to go watch. So we figured we'd tow it with his jeep. I've seen that the curb weight of my Mustang is a little <3800 but I will try to weigh it at a scale to be sure. The trailer I want to use is the auto transport here

http://www.uhaul.com/Reservations/Eq....aspx?model=AT

The site shows the empty weight is 2,210 lbs. which would put the combined weight at 6,010 correct?

My Dad's Jeep is 5.7 limited and according to the manual the towing capacity is 7,200.

This should be sufficient correct? Please let me know if there additional info you need. Thanks in advance for taking the time to read/reply.

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Unread 11-14-2012, 08:13 PM   #2
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The UHaul you linked to has surge brakes, so you should be ok.

The other thing you should check is the rating on your hitch - that can be different than the Jeep's towing capacity.

Edit: Does your Jeep's manual say anything about using Weight Distribution or Sway Control over a certain weight?
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Unread 11-15-2012, 11:33 AM   #3
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Hello,

I'm curious about towing with my parents 05 Grand Cherokee.

I'm taking my 00 mustang to the track next weekend and my dad wants to go watch. So we figured we'd tow it with his jeep. I've seen that the curb weight of my Mustang is a little <3800 but I will try to weigh it at a scale to be sure. The trailer I want to use is the auto transport here

http://www.uhaul.com/Reservations/Eq....aspx?model=AT

The site shows the empty weight is 2,210 lbs. which would put the combined weight at 6,010 correct?

My Dad's Jeep is 5.7 limited and according to the manual the towing capacity is 7,200.
This should be sufficient correct? Please let me know if there additional info you need. Thanks in advance for taking the time to read/reply.
If it has the factory tow package as opposed to just adding a hitch. It may also say something like when properly equipped or with additional equipment which may mean you need to use an equalizer or weight distributing hitch. It may also mention using some sort of sway control device.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 06:56 PM   #4
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From the manual

"Always load a trailer with 60% of the cargo weight in the front of the trailer. This places approximately 10% to 15% of the GTW on the tow hitch of your vehicle. This portion of the GTW becomes the tongue weight.

Trailer sway control and equalizing hitch are required for tongue weights above 350 lbs (159 kg)., i.e., trailer weights heavier than 3,500 lbs (1 587kg)."


The hitch looks to be factory there's no marking except for 2090382AB on the back side of it. The harness on the hitch also has the Chrysler emblem on it.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 09:51 PM   #5
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...Trailer sway control and equalizing hitch are required for tongue weights above 350 lbs (159 kg)., i.e., trailer weights heavier than 3,500 lbs (1 587kg)."...
That's the key right there... Your manual is stating that you need to use both sway control and a Weight Distributing Hitch since the the Mustang and Trailer combined will be 6,000+ lbs, well over the 3,500 lb limit.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 10:06 PM   #6
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Yeah I'm gonna have to figure something else out. I can't justify spending that much for something that'll only get used once. Thanks for both your input!
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Unread 11-18-2012, 09:14 AM   #7
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You could always use a tow dolly. Just remember to remove the drive shaft from the pony and you will be good to go. Because you are able to move the tow car back and forth in the trailer thereby adjusting the tongue weight. No different than sliding the rear wheels off an 18 wheeler trailer to adjust the tongue weight. Of course permitting you have enough room on the trailer to adjust.

Or tow dolly. Way easier.

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Unread 11-18-2012, 06:49 PM   #8
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I tow my 3100 pound nova on my 2090 pound trailer all the time, does fine, load properly, make sure your brakes on trailer are working and take your time.


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Unread 11-19-2012, 12:54 PM   #9
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I tow my 3100 pound nova on my 2090 pound trailer all the time, does fine, load properly, make sure your brakes on trailer are working and take your time.


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Unread 11-20-2012, 10:48 PM   #10
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I recently towed a complete parts WJ close to 200 miles back to my house with my wife's bone stock 2003 WJ Laredo 4.0 4x4, class III hitch and a U-Haul car hauler, and we managed ok. Accelerating, stopping and handling were no problem, I'm just glad it was flat terrain, because the trailer tongue was uncomfortably close to the ground. The rear suspension squatted a little bit but not bad, it's just a really beefy trailer. I think if you use common sense and take it easy, you'll be ok.
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Unread 12-29-2012, 01:11 AM   #11
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I'm taking my 00 mustang to the track next weekend and my dad wants to go watch. So we figured we'd tow it with his jeep. I've seen that the curb weight of my Mustang is a little <3800 but I will try to weigh it at a scale to be sure.
I have an '01 Mustang GT that weighed only 3180lbs with NO weight reduction. So you're easily under the limit.
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If you need help with load leveling, you can use air bags in the rear coils, many WD hitches don't work with surge brakes, there are some that do, but most do not, because the chains restrict the ability of the coupler to move to apply and release the brakes. The WK stock suspension is very soft so you need some way of coping with the tongue weight which in that case can be from 500-600 lbs which will cause a lot of sag.
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