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post #1 of 7 Old 09-16-2020, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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2020 GC Limited Towing

New to the forum so please be kind as I can’t seem to find the answer to my question. I’m looking at a new GC Limited with V6 and towing package. My largest towing will be a 23’ Sea Ray which weighs about 6000 pounds with the trailer. I’m only going to be towing it locally and mostly just a few miles from my home to a gently sloping landing.

I’m curious if others are towing something similar and if there are any issues given it’s nearly at the vehicles towing capacity?

Does the “rear leveling” feature with the Limited towing package adequately compensate this weight?

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-17-2020, 08:39 AM
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I recently purchased my JGC with the Hemi for the purpose of towing the same weight. I occasionally tow a small backhoe on a heavy tandem trailer. You should also use a weight distribution hitch that uses torsion bars that transfer weight to the front of the tow vehicle. Also make sure you get the factory tow package.
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post #3 of 7 Old Yesterday, 08:39 AM
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If the boat and trailer already weigh 6000 you have little room for fuel, gear, ice, etc. Just thinking aloud here.
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post #4 of 7 Old Yesterday, 09:02 AM
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You should use a WDH for anything over 3000 pounds. I'm not sure, off hand, if your boat trailer accepts them. My MC trailer does not so I generally use the truck when loaded heavy. With a heavy tongue weight and the leveling shocks the weight is put on the rear axle. Perhaps overloading it, certainly affects dynamics. A WDH spreads the weight over the two axles.

But then we are talking a few miles, so take it slow and easy, avoid highways. If the Jeep squats more than you like, use a WDH. There are air bags you could put inside the coil springs to compensate, however.

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Agree with Chuckmiller and ColdCase on the WDH - perhaps consider getting the Hemi or Diesel engine to give yourself a little more wiggle room. Usually the issue when you get into the higher weights is the payload capacity, which you have to subtract the tongue weight from, so about 600 lbs in your case right at 10%. That may only leave 450 lbs for all the vehicle occupants and cargo...not much. Manufacturers love to brag about the towing capacity but payload is probably the more important variable. If I go up to my max of 7200 lbs, at a tongue weight of 720lbs (10%) I only have 330lbs remaining for occupants and cargo!
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For the couple miles to and from the boat launch the V6 will work just fine. You won’t win any races though and if you plan on towing longer distances or at freeway speeds with hills you’ll definitely want the Hemi.

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post #7 of 7 Old Today, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies. I’m not new to towing by any means I’ve just always had vehicles that towing capacity far surpassed anything I need to tow. After doing more research with the boat and trailer manufacturer we determined the total weight is roughly 5100-5200 pounds.

I pulled the trigger and picked up the GC today! Thanks again.
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