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Unread 09-25-2011, 05:19 PM   #1
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Towing

The wife and I just purchased the overland summit with 4x4 hemi. We have been looking for something to tow a travel trailer (which we are in the market for) and are wondering if any folks are out towing etc. I know it is rated at 7200 lbs, but i dont want to stress the car out.
Thanks for the input!

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Unread 09-25-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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I tow our approx. 6300lb (boat, trailer, and stuff) and you barely notice it there even without a weight distributing hitch. The trailer has brakes which is important for something that heavy. I've also seen a WK2 pulling a pretty large AirStream looking travel trailer, made the Jeep look tiny. There's some threads on towing if you search.

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Unread 09-25-2011, 07:53 PM   #3
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I tow our approx. 6300lb (boat, trailer, and stuff) and you barely notice it there even without a weight distributing hitch. The trailer has brakes which is important for something that heavy. I've also seen a WK2 pulling a pretty large AirStream looking travel trailer, made the Jeep look tiny. There's some threads on towing if you search.

Thanks for getting back to me. Would you recommend a brake kit ?
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Unread 09-27-2011, 02:39 PM   #4
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Brake kit is always recommended.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 09:05 AM   #5
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I tow a 4,500 lb (fully loaded...3,600 lb empty w/no gas & water) 21' TT with a Hemi WK. Frankly, I think that the 7,000 lb rating stuff is marketing fluff. If you want people and pets to ride with you in the Jeep when you tow the camper, you will find the that the biggest limiter is the tongue weight that the vehicle can take. I think you should be looking at a TT under 20-23' long tounge to bumper that weighs under 5,000 lb full up. Your Jeep should be pre-wired for a brake controller. All you have to do is install it.

7,000 is too much weight for anything that Jeep has ever produced. 7,000 lb+ really wants a 3/4 ton truck.
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Unread 09-29-2011, 04:46 AM   #6
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Our trailer has 4 wheel disc hydraulic surge brakes, not electronic brakes, and they work great.
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Unread 09-30-2011, 10:00 PM   #7
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'11 GC Overland, Hemi, HD Tow Package

I tow my '00 XJ. Fully dressed I would estimate my load at or less than 6500 lbs. The trailer has electric brakes on both axles (brake controller in cab), and I use a weight distribution hitch. I'm at about 2,000 miles this year with towing.

I do the majority of my towing at 65 MPH so I can minimize fuel consumption. However, I have towed faster than that, and have always felt secure. The electric trailer brakes are awesome, and I don't feel that the brakes on the Grand are stressed because of this. The QL and Auto-Leveling suspension do a great job at keeping everything balanced. The anti-sway control that the Grand is equipped with also makes for easy towing.

The trans cooler is sufficient, but in very mountainous driving it will warm up a bit, so a bigger cooler is in my future (probably Summer '12). I use Tow Mode regularly when hauling and have found that doing so does keep everything cooler, and keeps the trans from finding gears.

I have found the Hemi to definitely have enough power, and can hold 65-70 mph on steep climbs without the motor screaming.

If I haul conservatively I can do 12 mpg, and if not I'll average 11 mpg.



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Unread 10-01-2011, 08:16 AM   #8
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I have a 97 XJ and do some hard core trailriding with it. I love it. I have a 2012 Overland that will tow the XJ for sure. Nice looking trail rig!
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Unread 10-02-2011, 11:07 AM   #9
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Unread 10-02-2011, 01:35 PM   #10
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Thx for posting the info. I feel better about pulling a 6k lb trailer now. There was a fella that posted earlier that said 7200 lbs was fake.
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Unread 05-04-2012, 09:37 PM   #11
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It all depends on your gcwr (gross combined weight rating).

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gross...eight_rating#_

Even though it says you can tow 7200lbs you still can not exceed the gcwr of the vehicle. Most manufactures determine the towing capacity with the curb weight of the vehicle Plus the driver nothing more. So if you add a 200 lb passenger and 400 lbs of luggage to the vehicle you lowered your towing capacity by 600 lbs, so don't exceed your gcwr even though it says you can tow 7200lbs more times than less you cant.

Maximum Trailer Weight = GCWR - Curb Wt. - 150 lbs. (allowance for driver) and must be decreased by the weight of optional equipment, trailer hitch, cargo and passengers. Maximum trailer weights shown are rounded to the nearest 50 lbs. Tongue weight should be 10-15 percent of loaded trailer weight, but may not cause vehicle to exceed GVWR or GAWR. Load equalizing hitch recommended for trailers over 2,000 lbs.

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Unread 05-24-2012, 10:48 AM   #12
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We've towed our 26 ft travel trailer (6200 lbs when loaded) and car hauler w an '87 S10 blazer on board (6500 lbs approx) with no problems whatsover
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Unread 05-24-2012, 03:53 PM   #13
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Towing is outstanding! 2 1/2 tons of corn to the ranch, then my dads 84 full-size blazer, separate trips with a double axle car trailer with hydraulic tongue brakes. No sweat. Eats up the fuel, but that's what it takes to make the power!
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Unread 05-24-2012, 11:36 PM   #14
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No problems towing about 6300lbs. Plenty of power and feels stable even with the crappy uhaul trailer

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Unread 05-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #15
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i manage to tow this 4500ish lb rig with the V6. No issues at all. Extra distance, and extra time is the key to towing most anything.
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