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Unread 09-16-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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Biggest trailer you would pull?

I'm thinking about buying an enclosed trailer to store my motorcycles (Harley Touring and Kawasaki Dual Sport) and double as a portable garage. I might add that I have an interesting living situation. I'm thinking a 7'x14' may be a good size, maybe a tad bigger depending on space.

My concern though is the Jeep. It sports the 4.7L w 3.73 gears and will have a Superlift and 285/70's once I get home from my deployment. It has the tow/haul button, but not sure if its actually equipped with the tow package. It has a Curtis receiver which I plan to upgrade to the OEM unit.

Considering the configuration of the Jeep, what would be the biggest trailer you'd tow? Looking for physical dimensions and weight.

Thanks for the help.

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Unread 09-16-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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Interested to see the response to this.. Been wondering how a Jeep with a 4.7 and 285s will tow.
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Unread 09-16-2012, 03:34 PM   #3
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I towed this with my 4.7(stock). Hardly could tell it was back there. 22 ft trailer and Apx 3000 pounds
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Unread 09-16-2012, 03:37 PM   #4
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I towed this with my 4.7(stock). Hardly could tell it was back there. 22 ft trailer and Apx 3000 pounds
Lol that trailers overkill for that 4 wheeler
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Unread 09-16-2012, 03:46 PM   #5
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How far do you plan on towing ? A stock WK towing long distances I wouldt go much over 66% of its capacity. Lifted , you probably already killed its tow capacity by 25%.
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Unread 09-16-2012, 04:24 PM   #6
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It would be just local most of the time. Worst case scenario, maybe 1000 miles to my old stomping grounds in CO.

So the 25% reduction brings up a new point to look into. If going by the Class IV weights for the 4.7L, 6500 lb capacity would leave for 4875 lbs left useful load. I think this may be a little generous, so going by Class III weights, 5,000 lb, would leave about 3200 lbs useful load.
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Last edited by twistedlizard72; 09-17-2012 at 10:11 AM.. Reason: correct misinformation on towing specs for 4.7L
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Unread 09-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #7
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Unread 09-16-2012, 07:36 PM   #8
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Lol that trailers overkill for that 4 wheeler
Lol we have four of them. Don't have a small trailer so this is what I used.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 01:54 AM   #9
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I plan on towing my 28' caravan - weighs in at just under 4000lbs and I wont even know its there
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Unread 09-17-2012, 04:36 AM   #10
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Here is what some of the motorcycle guys are suggesting in 7'x16' trim.



Equipped with electric drum brakes, 2,870 lb curb weight, 7000 lb GVWR.

http://www.haulmark.com/userfiles/HM...er_2011(3).pdf

A break down of the cargo content:
Harley: 920 lbs
KLR650: 475 lbs
Tools and gear: 500 lbs?
Trailer: 2870 lbs
Total trailer weight: 4765 lbs.

Too much trailer to haul with a little ole 4.7L on 33's with 4 inches of lift?

A think to note too is the lift still isn't on the Jeep yet. Its not too late to go with a lesser lift and tires. I'd really hate to give up the off-road ability though.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 04:47 PM   #11
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Get a hemi and that trailer will be perfect
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Unread 09-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #12
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The lift will be fine I think. Check out Monroe load leveling shocks and possibly try to find some airbags for the jeep. It will definitely rake making it harder to steer
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Unread 09-18-2012, 11:30 AM   #13
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I haul a 23' travel trailer with my '05 WK 4.7, with a 2" Rough County spacer lift and 255/70-18 tires. The trailer is 3500 lbs dry and maybe 4500 loaded up for a camping trip so I have a load leveling hitch, electric brakes on the trailer, brake controller...the whole bit. The Jeep pulls it pretty well, but I can definitely tell it's back there. On a long hill climb it will have to jump down to 3rd gear and 4K RPMs to get up the hill, but my last trip was 800 miles round trip and got about 11 MPG.

It's not the ideal tow vehicle, but it does seem to work for this smaller camper. I wouldn't go any bigger, just my opinion.
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Unread 09-18-2012, 07:56 PM   #14
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I am towing a 2700 dry weight pop up camper, about 3200 (guess) loaded with a wireless brake setup and it runs smooth for me. I have it lifted with a rock krawler lift. However what I am going to do to keep my sanity is upgrade the rear shocks and also throw on the air lift 1000 kit, under 100 bucks and seem worth every penny. Mine is a V6 so I am not about to talk up its power since its as good as it can be. The job gets done and I am not worrying about it either.

I also run the curtis hitch and I do not have a tow package.
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Unread 09-18-2012, 09:23 PM   #15
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I tow a 23' boat with my 5.7 hemi with super lift and 285s. My jeep alone weighs 5600 lbs since i have steel bumpers on front and back. I dont have that big a problem at all other than the fact i get about 9 mpg when towing my boat and trailer that weigh about 6k lbs all together
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