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Unread 08-24-2015, 11:16 AM   #1
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Tow Capacity with a 2009 Jeep Liberty

Hi everyone,

New to the forum, new to a Jeep, and new to car ownership, so bare with me here.

I've got a 2009 Jeep Liberty with 4 Wheel Drive. I have a CURT hitch installed that tells me on the back it has a 5000 lb towing capacity and a 7500 lb towing capacity with weight distribution equipment.

I'm preparing for a cross country move, MD to CA, and renting a 6' x 12' Uhaul Trailer (overview: 1T empty weight, load capacity up to 2500 lbs. With what I'm moving, I imagine it'll end up weighing about 2T. Exact specs here:

I called the dealer and confirmed via the VIN number that I have the optional transmission cooler, which according to the manual, should enable me to tow 3500 lbs, or up to 5000 lbs with a weight distributing hitch.

Here are my questions:
-Is the weight distributing equipment something in addition to the hitch? Or am I good because the hitch I have installed says it has a 5000 lb capacity without distributing equipment?
-If I do need additional equipment, where do I get that? The dealer said they don't do it. I have a call out to Uhaul to see if they know the answers or can rent it to me, or if the weight distributing equipment is part of the trailer itself, but I'm still waiting to hear back; if anyone has any specific experience with this model of Uhaul trailer that would be really helpful.
-Any other tips/tricks/info you think I should know as I get ready to do this move?

Thank you all very much, and let me know if you need additional information from me for a better answer.

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Unread 08-24-2015, 09:42 PM   #2
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I don't think you can use a weight distribution hitch on those trailers. I just towed one from WV to IL with my truck. What you need to look at it max tongue weight for your hitch and Jeep. You also need to be careful when loading the trailer. If you put too weight in front of the axles you'll have too much tongue weight which will take weight off your front tires and make it tough to steer. If you put too much behind the axles you'll have too little tongue weight which can cause it to sway.
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Unread 08-25-2015, 06:49 AM   #3
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U hauls don't have weight distribution hitches. You also don't change tow capacity of your vehicle using one, your vehicle can only tow so much weight as designed by the mfg. regardless of what your receiver says don't exceed mfg ratings.
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Unread 08-29-2015, 06:27 PM   #4
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I towed that trailer with my '04 KJ with about 500 lbs. cargo. (Which has the same engine as yours.) Towed very well, but I don't think I'd tow anywhere close to its limit. Seems like a lot of weight for just that V6 and a small SUV for that long of distance. Trailer does have surge brakes, which is a requirement so at least make sure that they work. U-hauls aren't always known for regular maintenance...

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Unread 08-30-2015, 08:27 PM   #5
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Uhaul webpage is full of useful tools for their equipment. If you tow their equipment with something other than you say your liable.
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Unread 08-30-2015, 08:35 PM   #6
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check with UHaul

no matter what you think or we say they will not rent the trailer unless your vehicle is capable
they might rent the correct hitch for your application
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