Originally Posted by ronjenx
That doesn't make sense to me.
Why would the allowable gross weight of the towed vehicle be a factor rather than the actual weight of the towed vehicle?
That's like saying the JKU can't tow an empty trailer that weighs 800 lbs just because the trailer's allowable gross weight is 4500 lbs.
The post above explains it. GVWR is gross vehicle weight rating. The maximum weight the vehicle is designed to carry on its own axles. It is usually a combination of maximum weight allowed per axle.
GCWR is what truckers go by. It is the maximum weight the vehicle and towed vehicles can be in combination. Per specs. with the max tow package, a 2012 to 2013 JKU may tow up to 3,500 lbs in any state. The caveat here is your 3500 lbs is dependent on how much you are packing in your jeep. For every 100 lbs you put IN your jeep (passengers, luggage, belongings) to have to take that away from your trailer weight, or you'll exceed the GCWR.
Say your trailer is 3500 lbs which is max GCWR with an empty jeep. You bring two Bubba and Bocephus along and they are 300 lbs each....you lose 600 lbs on your trailer max....so now you can tow 2900 lbs.
Lastly is the max hitch weight, which I think on our jeeps is 500 lbs. That means the tongue of the towed vehicle cannot put more than 500 lbs directly on the hitch.
Go take your vehicle combo to a truck scale at a truck stop, pay a few bucks and get an accurate weight. You should be fine if you keep your "inside" payload down.
Don't concern yourself with the weight rating of the towed vehicle....it is not a factor. As long as you don't pack stuff in it.
I worked as a commercial enforcement officer for many years. The only legal concern is what is sitting on the road, not potential weight. It only comes in to play for licensing and registration of vehicles.
Oh yeah....make sure your tags are current on your trailer vehicle, that it has working break-away brakes, lights and turn signals work and your local laws for having trailer brakes functional. My state is 3000 lbs and above for trailer brakes.