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Unread 09-17-2014, 08:27 PM   #1
beetpe
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Summit and enclosed trailers?

I just took delivery of a new 2014 Summit 4WD EcoDiesel w/factory tow package and I love it. I will be taking several trips ranging from 700-1000 miles all east of the Mississippi, and I need an enclosed trailer. I'm looking at a trailer with the following specs;

Enclosed V-nose
GVW of 2340 lbs
7' x 12' (interior height of 78")
TA - 3.5k Torsion Axle w/electric brakes
15" Radial Tires

My questions/concerns are;

1) Can anyone tell me the actual GVW & GCVWR of the Summit?
2) Would the Summit handle an enclosed trailer of these dimensions, not in regards to weight but would there be sway control issues i.e., would the trailer be more like a kite?
3) Would there be problems with overheating e.g., transmission, or engine?
4) The vehicle / trailer combination can handle the weights, but would it be better to use a weight distribution hitch with a sway control bar? How about when empty, still use a WDH?
5) For the Summit to reach the 7200 lb towing capacity do you have to use a WDH?

Thanks.

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Unread 09-19-2014, 01:27 PM   #2
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This is from Edmunds:

Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.) 1,050
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.) 7,200

http://www.edmunds.com/jeep/grand-ch...st-specs2.html
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Unread 09-19-2014, 01:41 PM   #3
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1. Take it to a scale and you could get the true weight of the trailer and vehicle.
2.tow the trailer and find out. You shouldn't need it with the trailer being that small and light.
3.it shouldnt as long as you stay with in the gvcwr and don't drive like a mad man.
4.shouldn't need it the trailer is small and light enough not to need it.
5.no
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Unread 09-19-2014, 05:13 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. That's pretty much how I felt about it.

This is the 7th Jeep I've owned, and I've never had any problems towing utility trailers with any of them. I was just concerned with the height of the enclosed trailer. Does anyone know the GCVWR for the 14' Summit?
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Unread 09-22-2014, 12:29 PM   #5
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With regards to question #5, yes you do need WDH if you're going to tow the full 7200 lbs.

Most factory hitches have a label on them stating that, over 5k you need a Weigh Distribution hitch, and it will also say so in your manual.

I found this on the Jeep site, although it's from the 2013 Grand Cherokee:

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