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Unread 10-19-2013, 12:33 PM   #1
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Towing with Grand Cherokee vs Ram

I am debating on buying a Grand Cherokee vs a Ram 1500 both v8 Hemi. I will be towing my wrangler =4040lbs and my trailer (7000 tow capability) = 1500lbs. I was wondering people's opinion on the subject.

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Unread 10-19-2013, 03:19 PM   #2
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As a general rule the tie vehicle should out weight the load by 1000 lbs.
But I would think the grand should tow it. The ram mire suited for it
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Unread 10-20-2013, 01:37 AM   #3
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Towing with a frame is imo much nicer than towing without one.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 05:02 AM   #4
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A GC is a car. The suspension on a car is well designed for the comfort of the human passengers, even at the expense of stability under adverse conditions.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 08:06 AM   #5
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The GC with the tow package says it can tow 7400 so wouldn't that mean it can handle it in the suspension?
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Unread 10-20-2013, 10:50 AM   #6
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I'd buy a 2500 diesel. Bigger brakes, better motor for towing.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 11:12 AM   #7
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Yea went and test drive one yesterday the things are massive. For what I'm using it for I just don't need something that big.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 03:27 PM   #8
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Ok not getting GC thanks for all your help
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Unread 10-22-2013, 07:45 PM   #9
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I would go with the Ram over the GC for towing. I tow with and 05 Durango with the Hemi. Tow capacity is 7200#s. I tow a 4300# camper. Loaded Im probably around 5200#s and you know its back there. The truck has a real frame like a real truck should but a coil spring suspension in the rear thats made for comfort and not work. Does it handle it? Yes. Am I getting rid of it to buy a 2500 series truck made to work? Yes as soon as possible.

Where on the island are you? What dealer did you test drive at?
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Unread 10-23-2013, 09:53 PM   #10
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I thought I responded to you guess I forgot to hit send. I test drove the 2500 diesel and it was too long for me. I test drove that at Merrick dodge and I also went to Westbury location to get more Info. They have great service there they even called me during sandy and I don't even own a vehicle from them I got my wrangler serviced there once. So big fan of Westbury.
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Unread 10-23-2013, 09:55 PM   #11
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Oh haven't test dove the new 1500 hemi yet I just sold my 03 1500 hemi but the new one is totally different especially the with the hood and the view from inside the cab.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 07:50 AM   #12
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I went back the other day to check out a Ram and now im conseidering the Grand Cherokee again. instead of getting a ram as my 3rd vehicle (i have a 2010 nissan altima and 97 wrangler already) i could sell the Nissan and get the grand cherokee as my daily driver and for the 12-15 times a year that i tow the GC might suffice. my issue now is i dont know how it actualy feels to tow with a GC. i know the limited with a V8 hemi and tow package can tow up to 10,000 but just because it can doesnt mean it will be comfortable. i cant test drive it while towing because they dont stock them and rental companies dont have the v8 hemi. if anyone has the GC with the hemi and tow package can you shed some light on how it handles.
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Unread 10-29-2013, 03:30 PM   #13
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As a general rule the tie vehicle should out weight the load by 1000 lbs.
But I would think the grand should tow it. The ram mire suited for it
I have a question if both a ram 1500 (10,000 tow capability) and a Grand Cherokee (7,400) both weigh about 5,000. if the rule is the tow vehicle should weigh 1000 more how is this even possible?
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Unread 10-29-2013, 07:58 PM   #14
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There is no rule. How a vehicle is designed determines its tow rating not its gross weight, frame, enforcement, brakes, transmission cooling, wheel base etc etc and lastly engine power all go together to determine what a vehicle can safely control.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 06:49 AM   #15
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There is no rule. How a vehicle is designed determines its tow rating not its gross weight, frame, enforcement, brakes, transmission cooling, wheel base etc etc and lastly engine power all go together to determine what a vehicle can safely control.
You forgot the most important criteria: what the advertising agency says it wants to sell, what the dealers' association wants to see, and what the lawyers say is the threshold for not getting the manufacturer sued.

No one with a bit of common sense would tow 7400 with a GC.
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