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Unread 02-28-2015, 06:49 AM   #1
jepardy1231
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Towing Capacity 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with V8 Hemi 4x4

I need some advice on towing trailers. My tow capacity according to the book says 7200lbs and tongue 720lbs. I hear the tongue weight doesnt matter if you get a sway bar to distribute the weight, but the towing shouldnt be over or I will ruin the transmission.
A trailer dealer told me that I could increase my tow capacity by adding a lower gear ratio.....what does that mean and how can I do that and will I ruin my transmission/engine?
Most of the trailers I want to tow are dry weights of about 6500lbs then add another 1K for stuff in the camper and I am over the weight limit! This is frustrating especially when i am looking at the xtra lite trailers. Anyhow, can someone please help me that has been through this issue? I would appreciate the advice. BTW, trading in is not an option since its a leased vehicle.

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Changing your gear ratio will not change your tow rating. Don't listen to that dealer. Power is not the issue here, its trailer length, weight, stability, control, and stopping ability.

When calculating your overall weights, don't forget to add in passenger and cargo weight and in the Jeep. That all counts towards your overall gross weight.

You are already pushing the limit and since a smaller trailer or bigger vehicle are not options, you should probably invest in a weight distributing hitch with sway control. Also remember to load the trailer properly.

Use a scale to make sure the weight is distributed evenly within the trailer!!! This can make all the difference. There are diy scales you can fab up at home to ensure your trailer tongue weight is proper before hooking it up to the Jeep. I can't stress this enough, if you are going to push the limits, load it properly!

I have another small car that I use to tow and I am always waaaaay over the limit with it. I keep a scale in the trader and load carefully. Everything has a specific place and I know the trailer weight at all times +/-75 lbs. Tows like a dream. If I rush it and just throw stuff in, tows like crap.
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