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Unread 06-09-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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towing with my 2005 WK Rocky Mountain

Hey tomorrow I want to go pick up a wrangler. I am going to get a double axle trailer from uhaul and tow about 44 miles. My jeep is a 4.7 model and I know its tow rating is up to 6500 lbs. The wrangler is 3400lbs and the trailer is 2200. 5600 lbs is within reasonable range. Has anyone experienced a setup like the one im describing and willing to give me any heads up? thanks!

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Unread 06-09-2013, 11:30 PM   #2
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I tow about 6k lbs with my 05 limited. I have the 5.7 engine. You'll be fine with your rig. The only trouble I have is highway speeds uphill. The engine will downshift and rev high to keep speed. In town, I have zero issues. I've towed as far as Wyoming from Las Vegas with it!
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Unread 06-10-2013, 07:27 AM   #3
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Be mindful of tongue weights - and keep the trailer properly loaded (keep 60%+ weight forward of the axles) or you can encounter really unpleasant trailer sway. That said I tow a similar set up (track car and steel tandem axle trailer) frequently with my 5.7 - no problems. As afhanason72 says, you'll notice the transmission kick down on steep grades, but not an issue. Also be mindful of breaking distances as they will increase quite a bit. Although I don't, it's advisable to keep the speeds reasonable too. Good luck.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 12:53 PM   #4
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I made the trek. The jeeps braking and handling did great. Getting up hills was a little challenging. Didn't realize how important momentum was for getting up at times I was in 1st gear doing 15 mph while traffic blew by
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Unread 06-11-2013, 08:42 PM   #5
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Well that's why they made flashers!:-)
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Unread 06-11-2013, 10:43 PM   #6
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Glad to see you made it and your experience validates my purchase of a diesel CRD with 442 ft-lbs torque (got a hot tune) the only time I see 15mph is when pulling off to a fuel station ;-)

I love my CRD towing a 26 foot camper up mountain passes in the left lane passing gasses who can barely eak out 30mph while I'm doing 60mph on the same grade!
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Unread 06-12-2013, 07:42 AM   #7
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Get a set of Firestone coil rites and call it a day!

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Unread 04-21-2014, 07:21 PM   #8
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Get a set of Firestone coil rites and call it a day!
Is that the actual picture of the kit for a 2005-2010 Grand? I ordered it and the airbags are only about 5" tall. I called the distributor and they said the kit I ordered (p/n 4157) is the correct one. The bags just look too short! The picture is what they sent me.
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