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robb01 05-25-2009 05:04 PM

Can a FWD Compass tow a boat?
 
I have an 08 Compass and was wondering if it is capable of towing a small boat. ANyone know?

polished_heckle 05-25-2009 05:21 PM

with the 2.4L engine, yes.

2000 lbs trailer load limit with the trailer tow prep group (mostly the oil cooler option). 225 lb tongue weight max.

without the trailer tow prep group, it's 1000 lbs.

http://jeep.ca/en/compass/ model specs.

vetbridge 05-26-2009 01:48 PM

Many years ago I had a Ford Escort Hatchback. I put a hitch on it and for 2 years towed a small fishing boat with a 9.9 motor on it. When I traded the Escort in, the salesman cracked up when he saw the hitch. He said, "so, what is the towing capacity of the Ford Escort?" and we both cracked up laughing.

nick8387 05-26-2009 02:25 PM

there is only one way to find out. and take video

Ledge 05-28-2009 09:15 PM

I am getting my Oil Cooler next week so hopefully I will be able to take the boat out the following weekend. I know that the Pat is rated to pull 2000 with the cooler but I wonder how it will handle with a 2000lb boat behind it. My boat is just over 1600lbs so I'll let you know how it goes.

vetbridge 05-29-2009 12:53 PM

I tow a kayak trailer with 4 kayaks on it. Very lightweight trailer. With my 6 cylinder Wrangler I could barely tell I was towing something. My 4 cylinder Patriot on the other hand.....does a fine job, but I can really tell I'm pulling weight.

cuemark8 06-04-2009 09:58 AM

Yes u can tow a small boat. I have an '07 Compass with hitch and the factory tow package allowing me to tow up 2000 lbs. I used a small trailer and tow kayaks and have hauled a lawn mower as well as a new washer and dryer. Being a fact that the Compass you refer is FWD it should be less strain on the engine since you dont have the added weight of a 4WD system. My Compass is FWD manual.

Ledge 06-27-2009 03:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ledge (Post 7308652)
I am getting my Oil Cooler next week so hopefully I will be able to take the boat out the following weekend. I know that the Pat is rated to pull 2000 with the cooler but I wonder how it will handle with a 2000lb boat behind it. My boat is just over 1600lbs so I'll let you know how it goes.

I finally got to take my boat on a trip with the MK. It pulls it just fine. In fact it pulls it like the boat is not even there......except going up hill in 5th gear on the highway:rolleyes:, but that is to be expected. There was no trailer sway at all. Other than an issue with the wiring harness I was very impressed.

Here is a couple of pics of the boat hooked up to my very dirty MK at the campsite. Sorry no pics of it launching or pulling from the lake due to the wiring harness issues. I'll try to get some of those on our next trip.

http://s806.photobucket.com/albums/y...itP6210138.jpg

http://s806.photobucket.com/albums/y...itP6210139.jpg

Gramps 06-27-2009 03:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ledge (Post 7485031)
I finally got to take my boat on a trip with the MK. It pulls it just fine. In fact it pulls it like the boat is not even there......except going up hill in 5th gear on the highway:rolleyes:, but that is to be expected. There was no trailer sway at all. Other than an issue with the wiring harness I was very impressed.

Here is a couple of pics of the boat hooked up to my very dirty MK at the campsite. Sorry no pics of it launching or pulling from the lake due to the wiring harness issues. I'll try to get some of those on our next trip.

http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/y...itP6210138.jpg
http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/y...itP6210139.jpg

Very nice, thanks for the feedback! That's even a little bigger boat than I had been thinking about. :thumbsup:
BTW - love your sig!

wesleyd 07-13-2009 10:37 AM

What was the total unloaded weight of the trailer and boat? Just curious I am going to be towing a 1500 lb pop up camper this weekend


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