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Unread 03-20-2013, 10:56 AM   #1
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Liberty Towing Questions

Hello,

I have a few questions about towing, I have moved from NY to MI in the last year and have to go pick up the rest of my stuff.

I am looking at getting the uhaul 5x9 trailor to carry my motorcycle, bed, small toolbox, plus other smaller boxes. I just want to make sure the Liberty will be able to handle this load.

I have a 2008 limited it does not have a hitch now so I would assume that it does not have the towing package.

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Unread 03-20-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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Hello,

I have a few questions about towing, I have moved from NY to MI in the last year and have to go pick up the rest of my stuff.

I am looking at getting the uhaul 5x9 trailor to carry my motorcycle, bed, small toolbox, plus other smaller boxes. I just want to make sure the Liberty will be able to handle this load.

I have a 2008 limited it does not have a hitch now so I would assume that it does not have the towing package.
Depends on the weight of the trailer plus the load you put in it. Trailer brake laws vary state to state but its usually after 3k lbs. The Liberty is supposedly capable of towing 5k lbs, (really pushing it imo) but you need a 7 pin harness and that is using a weight distributing hitch. For smaller trailers and loads you can just get the much less expensive 4 pin harness.
Try estimating the total weight of the load including the trailer. You didn't mention what kind of motorcycle, how big/heavy your toolbox is etc.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 12:36 PM   #3
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There is information on trailer towing on page 364 of the 2008 Liberty Owner Manual you can download here.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 02:11 PM   #4
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Welcome to MI! The Mopar hitch is your best bet for looks and functionality although the wiring harness for it is $$$
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Unread 03-20-2013, 03:19 PM   #5
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Depends on the weight of the trailer plus the load you put in it. Trailer brake laws vary state to state but its usually after 3k lbs. The Liberty is supposedly capable of towing 5k lbs, (really pushing it imo) but you need a 7 pin harness and that is using a weight distributing hitch. For smaller trailers and loads you can just get the much less expensive 4 pin harness.
Try estimating the total weight of the load including the trailer. You didn't mention what kind of motorcycle, how big/heavy your toolbox is etc.
The motorcycle is a sportsbike the title says 380lbs for total weight.

The toolbox is just a small rolling cart with what is left from my days of being a tech.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 04:01 PM   #6
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Welcome to MI! The Mopar hitch is your best bet for looks and functionality although the wiring harness for it is $$$
The mopar hitch will do the same job as any class 3 hitch offered by aftermarket companies.
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Unread 03-21-2013, 12:24 PM   #7
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I don't want to start a new thread about towing but do you guys think the KK will be fine to use to pull a fiberglass fishing boat. It's 17ft, single axle trailer and I can't find the spec list to get an accurate weight but I would guess not more than 2k lbs. I know the tow rating is 5K. I will be possibly pulling it up to 100 miles. I currently have a TJ and am looking for a different vehicle and want to stay in the Jeep line up. Any advice is much appreciated.
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Unread 03-21-2013, 01:15 PM   #8
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towing boat

We towed a 19' stingray all last summer. It was fine!
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Unread 03-21-2013, 01:33 PM   #9
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Towed this (once) About 60 miles. 17ft fiberglass with aftermarket Curt hitch. Cannot verify total weight but pulled it without any issue.


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Unread 03-21-2013, 03:08 PM   #10
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Thanks guys.
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Unread 03-21-2013, 03:27 PM   #11
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The mopar hitch will do the same job as any class 3 hitch offered by aftermarket companies.
True, but the Mopar hitch tucks up in the bumper for a better descent angle and also looks stock unlike aftermarket hitches that hang low
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Unread 03-21-2013, 03:50 PM   #12
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True, but the Mopar hitch tucks up in the bumper for a better descent angle and also looks stock unlike aftermarket hitches that hang low
Second that, i have/had the curt and also borrowed a mopar hitch for testing/jigging.
The mopar is much cleaner, I would have paid the extra money for it over the curt.
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Unread 03-22-2013, 07:05 AM   #13
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I'm glad I got the Mopar hitch and wiring, very simple install and as mentioned, clean looking. I still don't have a brake controller but still plan on getting one.


And towed this ATV trailer with no problems:

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Unread 03-22-2013, 08:57 AM   #14
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I don't want to start a new thread about towing but do you guys think the KK will be fine to use to pull a fiberglass fishing boat. It's 17ft, single axle trailer and I can't find the spec list to get an accurate weight but I would guess not more than 2k lbs. I know the tow rating is 5K. I will be possibly pulling it up to 100 miles. I currently have a TJ and am looking for a different vehicle and want to stay in the Jeep line up. Any advice is much appreciated.
I pull my 2,200lbs boat loaded with gear, and a full KK with luggage and 4 people 500 miles round trip to the beach twice a year. You will be fine.
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Unread 06-02-2013, 10:30 AM   #15
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Hi All... I'm new here with my first post so pls b patient with me if I make mistakes. Like WKUTJ I have a similar boat (trailer reg is 2400#s) and we've looked at 2011 / 2012 KK's but I'm concernd about towing limits and power to get boat out of the ramp. Never had a Jeep b4 & only know the 3.7L engine from a test drive but it seems powerful enough. These are lease units at a dealer and I've read other discussions about tranny coolers being standard or not???? ..... Getting the hitch installed is not a problem but does anybody know if the coolers are standard from the factory and how do you feel about the 3.7L pulling out of baot launch? We like the Liberty but I don't want issues from buying less than I need. Max distance I'd be traveling would probably be 200 miles at a time. Thanks in advance for any input.
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