Hi All! Thinking of purchasing a new R-Pod with yellow sticker weight of 2750 lbs. won't carry much etc weight in trailer so with in 3500 lb limit. Have seen mixed review on Jeep towing capabilities. I have a 2012 automatic 4DR - Altitude edition. Any thoughts or experience from anyone? Thanks Craig
My brother tows a popup around Colorado with a similar V6 crossover and he says it pretty much blows on passes (45 mph up hills). I would think that heavy of a trailer, plus considering people and everything else you'll carry in both the Jeep and trailer seems like a tough time. But as long as the trailer has brakes that will certainly help.
P.S. Personally I've towed a U-haul over the Rockies with my wife's KJ and that was heavy enough at 1500# (the KJ is rated for a laughable 5,000).
We just returned from the maiden voyage with our 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara and an R Pod 178. We traveled over 1800 miles in and across Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado. Although we were a bit apprehensive after researching the R Pod and Jeep Forums, we actually were very pleased at the performance of the Jeep and the handling of the R Pod. Can't say much for the gas mileage (12.5 to 15) but we made it generally traveling at 60 to 65 MPH and sometimes faster when we didn't have a lot of headwind or side wind conditions. Long steep uphill climbs generally dropped us to 4th gear and 50 MPH but not all that often. Mountain passes in Colorado kept us at 45, but that is the speed limit anyway on most of the 2 lane mountain roads. I have towed equipment trailers with up to 55,000 pounds over mountain passes and I was thrilled at 30 MPH then, so no big deal.
So here is the verdict. The 2560 pound (dry weight) R Pod pulled and handled very well even with plenty of gear, 2 bikes on the back, generator and tools, etc. We were likely pushing the 3500 pound capacity with 2 people and loaded trailer and Jeep. With the 6 speed manual I spent a bit of time shifting, but it was relatively effective. Using a brake controller and equalizer/sway hitch the R Pod tracked straight and without concern for the ability to stop quickly. I may consider a Super Charger in the future if we plan to do more cross country travels, but It was acceptable as it is with a 3.73 gearing and stock everything.