Generally speaking, the limits are put in place not for what a vehicle can pull, but rather what a vehicle can safely stop. I am an avid RV guy and believe it or not most travel trailers are pulled overloaded. Do your research, but the two main weights are your total pull weight and your bumper weight. Your weight can be made safer through using swaybars and a stabilized load and also using electric brakes. But there is no excuse in exceeding the weights. Also, take your time. After determining that all is safe and your equipment is working properly, then take a short pull and check hubs and brakes for excessive heating and operation. Nothing worse than seeing a guy's rig burning to the ground on the side of the interstate (I have).
Yes, that is what took so long to find a TT that can be safely pulled. The one I'm getting is 2500 lbs so we are good to go! It was a trick to find what we wanted in a TT, the price and weight all in one.
Just on the process of hauling a 4' by 8' uhaul from Utah to Ontario Canada. The trailer is pretty loaded and probably at it's weight limit. The jeep pulls fine and stops fine even in the mountains. The issue I'm having is with the variable pull on the jeep as we take bumps and road surface dips, the speed sensors on the transmission are getting confused. The ESC and traction control are shutting themselves off and all of the 4WD lights are on (the jeep is still running 2WD). Stopped early the first day and a mechanic said it was sapped sensors but didn't have any. Next morning a different mechanic said it was moisture in the transfer case and cleaned it out. Lights all good until the last 70 miles of the day. The next morning the lights all off but back on about 30 miles into drive. Next morning lights alternating between off and on for a while then on for several hundred miles. One more day of driving to go then only short (3 hour) hauls for a few days then no real hauling. Hoping that the sensors stop behaving this way once the jeep isn't under such a load (seems to be the case as I took a couple of drives without the trailer during this trip). Interestingly I have. 2006 Toyota highlander hybrid that has made this trip 6 times now (totaling over 12,000 miles) with a larger, heavier trailer and has not had a single issue.
Hi TJ! I got an Avenger 16ft. It is from Forest River called, Prime-time. Check it out. We are going to make the bed permanent, and then there is still space to sit on the bench seats to sit. It's perfect for us two and pets.
mswebb, how do you know it fixed itself? My sister has a newer jeep that wont start always. The Jeep place cannot find anything wrong with it. It really makes you nervous if you will get broke down somewhere. I hope your's is fixed now!
Just finishing at the dealership now. Had the daytime running lights turned on and they programmed the computer to realize there is a towing package installed. The towing program should keep the systems from freaking out with the variable pulls and sways from the trailer.