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Unread 06-23-2002, 09:12 PM   #1
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Grand Cherokee and Towing

Thinking about getting a bigger boat, and would tow primarily with our Grand Cherokee. I don't have any problem with the weight of the boat, but the length of the trailer gives me some concern.

Have any of you used a cherokee to tow a 23+ foot boat. I tow a lot of boats at work, and I know if the distance from the trailer wheels to the hitch is too long compared to the wheel base of the towing vehicle, the boat can push the vehicle around pretty good.

Anyway, your thoughts on the subject are much appreciated.

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Unread 06-24-2002, 02:25 AM   #2
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You might think about a stabilizing tow hitch or equalizer bars. They will help prevent the side to side swaying you can get on longer trailers.

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Unread 06-24-2002, 10:14 AM   #3
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The length isn't such a big deal in my experience. Weight, speed and towing equipment are the important factors, along with great tires and shocks.

Make sure the boat and trailer combination aren't heavier than the rated towing capacity. Make sure you have really good, firm shocks that keep the vehicle in good control. Make sure you use a weight-distributing hitch -- it transfers some of the weight to the front tires for better distribution. Air up the tires to closer to the maximum listed on the sidewall; stay a few PSI short of maximum, though, since they'll gain some pressure as the tire temperature goes up.

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Unread 06-26-2002, 09:51 AM   #4
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Besides shocks and other considerations already mentioned...

Toughen up your Grand by installing Addco (or equivelant) anti-sway bars, front and rear. Stock bars are fine for most driving conditions, but an upgrade would help stability. You'll also like the improvement when not towing the boat.
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