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post #1 of 7 Old 01-22-2011, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Towing with the KK

Hello everyone

I have recently bought a 2010 liberty. First jeep first post! So... I am planning on buying a camper soon and would like to know what to expect when towing with the KK. Please let me know if you have any towing experience with a KK. I plan on getting a camper around 3000 lbs. It may be a pop-up or a tall travel trailer. I am interested in handling as well as power and mpg's. Thanks guys.

PS I have the factory tow package.
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-23-2011, 06:09 AM
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All I have towed is my pontoon boat which weighs a little less than 3000lb but has more frontal area than a pop-up. I had more than ample power with the trans locked out of overdrive. Handling was very sensitive; it is very easy to overcorrect to any sway due to the Jeeps quick steering input. MPG was about 14mpg at 55mph on fairly level Fla roads (I have the mpg calculator display). Unless you have the trailer towing package, I would advise getting the pop-up rather than a travel trailer due to the large frontal area of a travel trailer.

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post #3 of 7 Old 01-23-2011, 10:18 AM
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2010 liberty , my wifes .. she has towed our Bayside popup [3500] with no problems ..
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-23-2011, 02:27 PM
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i towed my other car on the car trailer, which brought it almost to the towing capacity (4700) pounds. only problem was a lil bit of swaying around 60 mph. otherwise it i didnt even feel much decrease in performance. the other time i tower 2 axle uhaul trailer full of audio hardware in upstate new york over some curvy roads with steep turns and somewhat steep angles. jeep struggled a big over some but considering the weight and lenght of the trailer it was acceptable. liberty is pretty good at hauling if you ask me, and that was pretty much one of the main reasons whey i bought it

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-23-2011, 02:28 PM
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oh an the mpg was 10-12 on the highway thats with the towing button pressed, no overdrive

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-24-2011, 01:23 PM
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I bought a 2011 TS25S Rvision camper, about 27 feet and 3600 dry. average tow it was around 4200pds with gear and I tried to weight the jeep down a bit to help.

The Liberty had no problems with power at all but the wheel base of the liberty compared to the camper was too much and created a lot of sway. I installed a Reese dual cam anti sway weight distribution hitch which just connects to the factory Jeep hitch and mods are all on the camper which helped. I had no issues until about 50 miles but then I felt like the camper was controlling the direction of the liberty too much.

My advice would be to look for a camper that is less then 23ft with hitch or spend a little money on a hensey tow system and that could help you out big time in your travels. If you plan on just traveling side roads you can get away no problems but as soon as you hit hwy it is unpleasant with a longer trailer. Wind can cause even greater issues.

As for MPG, 10 to 12.

PS they will try and sell you on a weight distro which comes with a lot of the anti sway systems but I suggest you ask them to load the camper on first and see if you require it. The Trailer I have the Jeep impressed the dealer as the sag was less then a half inch in the rear and the weight distro was not needed, i had to take it though because it was part of the anti sway system.

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-24-2011, 07:58 PM
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I have a 2008 4x4 I towed a 6x12 enclosed trailer loaded around 2500lbs. from Delaware to Kentucky twice 1st time I used the tow mode got 10-11 mpg sounded like it was real hard on the engine. 2 trip just left it in normal mode it did fine and mileage was about 12. The Liberty does fine towing just didnt think I needed to use the tow mode.
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