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Unread 03-10-2012, 11:30 AM   #1
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Compass towing

I'm about to start building a teardrop trailer. The trailer will be about 13 feet long and weigh about 800 lbs when loaded. I have a 2009 Compass Sport (which I love!). Think I will have any issues with towing the teardrop with it? Anything special I should maybe do to it? Oh, I have the CVT in it. Oh, and before I forget to mention it, all you guys rock!

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Unread 03-10-2012, 12:55 PM   #2
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Owners manual lists towing capacities I think.
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Unread 03-11-2012, 10:55 AM   #3
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Yea, I have the owners manual and it should be ok, just wondering if anyone else had done any light towing with the Compass (or Patriot) with the CVT.
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Unread 03-11-2012, 11:37 AM   #4
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There are some links in here that will help answer you question.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f98/q...5/#post7067041
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Unread 03-12-2012, 08:18 AM   #5
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while it's still under the 1,000 rated tow capacity, i would recommend getting the engine cooler from mopar. can never be too safe.
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while it's still under the 1,000 rated tow capacity, i would recommend getting the engine cooler from mopar. can never be too safe.
I agree. You never know what you might end up putting in the trailer because it fits not thinking about the the weight.
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Unread 03-23-2012, 07:58 PM   #7
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while it's still under the 1,000 rated tow capacity, i would recommend getting the engine cooler from mopar. can never be too safe.
Given how the CVT is a bit odd about transmission fluid, I wasn't sure if there was an additional cooling system for towing. Your post answers that question.

I have a question about whether or not it's worth it for me to get one. I'm looking to move apartments in the near future, and am considering getting a hitch installed to my Compass and using a U-Haul trailer. The distance won't be far - somewhere in the range of 30-40 miles. I may have another move in a few years, and the distance then would be 100-200 miles, most likely. I don't have too much stuff; the last time I did this move I think I went with the medium-sized U-Haul trailer, although I borrowed my father's Liberty (which has the towing package) to do the move.

Given that the distances are relatively short, and given that I'm not going to be doing much towing, is it really worth it to get the cooling system installed? I'll have to price it out with a local dealership, but I presume it's not a cheap add-on. Do I risk damaging the engine with these short distances and relatively light loads?
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I would just rent a large Uhaul truck for like $40 in town move, fit it all in one run, pay the mileage and call it a day. Wouldnt be over $80 I bet
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Given how the CVT is a bit odd about transmission fluid, I wasn't sure if there was an additional cooling system for towing. Your post answers that question.

I have a question about whether or not it's worth it for me to get one. I'm looking to move apartments in the near future, and am considering getting a hitch installed to my Compass and using a U-Haul trailer. The distance won't be far - somewhere in the range of 30-40 miles. I may have another move in a few years, and the distance then would be 100-200 miles, most likely. I don't have too much stuff; the last time I did this move I think I went with the medium-sized U-Haul trailer, although I borrowed my father's Liberty (which has the towing package) to do the move.

Given that the distances are relatively short, and given that I'm not going to be doing much towing, is it really worth it to get the cooling system installed? I'll have to price it out with a local dealership, but I presume it's not a cheap add-on. Do I risk damaging the engine with these short distances and relatively light loads?
actually, it doesn't the cooler is an engine cooler, not a transmission cooler. it piggybacks off of the engine coolant and runs a line down to the oil filter to cool the oil off, keeping the engine cooler than normal. doubles the tow capacity from 1k to 2k lbs.
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