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Unread 08-08-2013, 06:39 AM   #1
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Towing Jeep GC Limited v8

I would love to know if my 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited would be able to pull a 2 horse trailer safely. I have the factory installed tow hitch. I 'think' the limit on my model is 6,500 but I am not certain. I have 1 large horse, about 1200 lbs, with equipment and tack lets say 1300. Average 2 horse trailers are about 3000. Overall I would be well under the weight limit, but with a live horse in tow would it be safe? Would towing 2 horses be pushing the limit too much? The trailer I have in mind has electric brakes. I would be trailering up and down a mountain twice a year, and then local trips to the vet.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 07:07 AM   #2
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I wouldn't. That is at the absolute limit of the 4.7L tow capacity.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 08:08 AM   #3
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I wouldn't. That is at the absolute limit of the 4.7L tow capacity.
3000 pound trailer plus 2 times 1300 = 5600 pounds. Unless I missed something, the limit is 6500 pounds.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 08:14 AM   #4
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That 6500 lb rating given by Mopar is overrated. Go on other unbiased sites that list towing capacities and it is much less.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 08:18 AM   #5
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I would say you could do it but I would not. With that kind of weight and mountain grades I would want a 1 ton.

I woundlnt try to tow more than 3k up steep grades
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Unread 08-08-2013, 08:28 AM   #6
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The class 4 towing package is 6500. Last weekend I towed my buddie 3 four wheelers on a four place trailer and it sucked. I was in over drive off the whole time rolling down the highway and most of the time driving in 2nd gear. That is the most I would ever tow and that was only like 1500 lbs at most
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Unread 08-08-2013, 08:31 AM   #7
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If you use a little common sense, you can do it. I would imagine if you are pulling horses you wouldn't be driving aggressively, so that's good. If you have a steep grade, use the shifter to drop a couple gears and tow slowly with your 4-ways on. The gears are there to multiply power without straining the engine. Use 'em. Look into a weight-distribution hitch for the Jeep. If done right, it'll spread the weight across your entire frame, not just the hitch. I have never looked into one for a Jeep but they work great on heavy loads and a pick-up. A shift kit may be worth some research. It will minimize the time the discs slip between shifts (although the shifts will get firmer even when not towing-might be no fun in daily-driving).
Over a mountain twice a year, I see no problem.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 09:28 AM   #8
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I was in over drive off the whole time rolling down the highway and most of the time driving in 2nd gear.
It's a really bad idea to tow anything in O/D. It's a good way to burn the transmission up quickly. I don't even use it when I have a lot of heavy gear in the back.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 12:40 PM   #9
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so whats the real unbiased towing capacity for a jeep with the stock towing package? I have a 4.7L HO 2wd
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Unread 08-08-2013, 01:18 PM   #10
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I've towed my XJ plus gear (maybe 4K) with my 4.7L Laredo, 4.10 differential gears, and it struggled up and down hills. On the flats, I'd say give it a try, but you will be straining the heck out of it in the mountains. The electric brakes will help on the downhill and stopping.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 03:12 PM   #11
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I towed 6,500 lbs with just my 4.0L once. I didn't go over 45 MPH and was really easy on it and didn't really have any hills to tackle. I towed 5,500 lbs at 55-65 MPH with the same 4.0L WJ nearly 1300 miles R/T tackling a couple mild grades in the Alleghenys. With the 4.0, I'd have to drop down to 2nd, build up a little speed, and go WOT to crest short 4-5% grades at 45-50 MPH or there was one 2.2 mile long 4% at 35-40 MPH. That's definitely at the vehicle's limits, and wouldn't be advisable, but hey, everything survived just fine.

Don't know how that compares to the 4.7 and steeper grades but that's as much as I've pushed my WJ. With the 4.7 I would feel comfortable with 5-6k lbs all day even on steep grades. Electronic brakes are crucial. I would say go for it.
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Unread 08-09-2013, 11:00 PM   #12
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I don't know what's up with all the naysayers here... if anything the Mopar tow ratings are UNDER-rated due to our litigious nature in the USA. The same vehicle and same equipment is rated at 7500lbs in the UK. My max that I've towed with the WJ is 4400lbs when moving - it was my 6' tall rollaway toolbox, a bunch of exercise equipment, and two big upright freezers in a 2300lb trailer. It was totally stable and had plenty of power to drive on the freeway, merge in traffic, and pull up steep hills getting to my (new) house. I also pulled my mom's 3000lb 8x16 around town with no brakes and it was fine, not even sketchy under braking.

Now don't get me wrong -a 3/4 ton or bigger will tow much better than the WJ - but the WJ should not be unstable or unsafe towing under its rated tow limit. I would, caution, however, that you should be up to date on your maintenance (especially trans/transfer case/axles/brakes) and that adding an auxiliary transmission cooler is a good idea. If your WJ is totally stock, then a weight-distributing hitch will help reduce the rear-end sag, but higher rate springs or airbags can help as well if you have high tongue weight.
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Unread 08-09-2013, 11:37 PM   #13
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I am with Billz on this one,
I have towed upto 4000lbs trailers with my 4.7, several times with NO Problem at all.
Even up steep hills, and highway speeds upto 60mph, also in winter snow covered roads.
Rear Addco swaybar and stiffer springs deff helps handling and sagg, feels much safer for sure.
For Long distance towing, i wouldnt Go above 4-5k lbs, but thats me.

Always drive with caution when towing heavy loads.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 05:17 AM   #14
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I tow an 8x16 (I think.. I've never actually measured the crappin thing) loaded down pretty heavily a couple times a week. It squats the old girl down, but she doesn't complain. If you keep OD off, drive like you have some sense, and don't flog it to death, I think you'll be fine.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 09:10 AM   #15
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I tow an 8x16 (I think.. I've never actually measured the crappin thing) loaded down pretty heavily a couple times a week. It squats the old girl down, but she doesn't complain. If you keep OD off, drive like you have some sense, and don't flog it to death, I think you'll be fine.
^^This...and as someone mentioned above, use a weight-distributing assembly on the hitch. You should be fine twice a year.
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