WJ Towing Question - JeepForum.com
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
01Limited45324
Registered User
 
01Limited45324's Avatar
2001 WJ 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 464
WJ Towing Question

I'll be moving to Texas sometime this summer and wanted to tow my BMW behind me, weighing (without trailer) 3500-3800 lbs.

I just want to make sure the factory tow package is up to snuff and if there was anything I needed to know/be advised of before beginning the 1500 mile trip. Also, anyone know off the top of their head the hitch rating on the WJs?

On the U-Haul website, it shows the car trailer being 2,200lbs. That would put the total weight at about 6,000 lbs (give or take a little). Every time I input my Jeep as the tow vehicle it keeps kicking back saying "not recommended" on all trailers.

Long story short: is a 2001 WJ (135,000 miles @ time of move most likely) with the 4.7L capable enough to tow a 6,000 lb trailer 1,500 miles?

Thanks


-Tom

2001 Grand Cherokee Limited
2002 BMW 530i
01Limited45324 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 02:10 PM
sullivanpunk
Registered User
2000 WJ 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 208
Didn't have time to look through it but you should be able to find your answer here

http://www.wjjeeps.com/trailer.htm

2000 Grand Cherokee Laredo, V8 4.7, Quadratrac 2 TC, 255/70/16 Uniroyal Liberator AT tires with stock height, Flowmaster Super 40 muffler
sullivanpunk is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 02:12 PM
volvite
Registered User
1999 WJ 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Aviano Air Base
Posts: 1,925
Tow rating for a WJ with the 4.7L is 6500lbs. I towed a 04 Mazda 6 with the 3.0 V6 from Del Rio TX to Mountain Home ID last November. I used a tow dolly from Uhaul and my jeep did just fine. I was still able to maintain 70mph.

Here is info from wjjeeps on towing data. http://www.wjjeeps.com/trailer.htm

Also I towed a 7200 camping trailer about 500 miles for hunting this past October so I think you'll do just fine.

His 99 WJ Limited 4.7
Hers 15 Overland EcoDiesel, ORAII
volvite is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
01Limited45324
Registered User
 
01Limited45324's Avatar
2001 WJ 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 464
Awesome, thanks. Any suggestions on renting trailers besides U-Haul? I'll need a true trailer (vs a car dolly) since the car is RWD

-Tom

2001 Grand Cherokee Limited
2002 BMW 530i
01Limited45324 is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 02:43 PM
ruggedscotsman
Registered User
2007 WK 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Outaouais
Posts: 721
You should be fine with the 4.7 and the tow pkg. Just make sure the tongue weight doesn't exceed about 700 lbs, and leave lots of room for braking. The brakes on the Uhaul trailers are surge brakes, meaning they are automatic, but only engage when the trailer shifts forward due to the tow vehicle braking... Take it slow, leave lots of space in front and you should be fine.

I've towed a 1976 Merc 300D with mine and had no problems at all, and your BMW is only a little heavier.
ruggedscotsman is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 02:45 PM
MStaffin
Registered User
 
MStaffin's Avatar
1997 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Kendall Park
Posts: 2,148
Yea man its a v8 it can. I have towed about 5k with my zj
MStaffin is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 03:27 PM
92rslt1
Registered User
2002 WJ 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: ny
Posts: 360
try to avoid using OD with a load that big it is likely to increase the tranny temps. I have seen people pull cars 1500 miles with wjs with no issues.

02 overland, bone stock
92rslt1 is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 04:50 PM
Double E
Web Wheeler
 
Double E's Avatar
2004 WJ 
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 6,622
Ditto the info here. If you want to get a positive response back from U-Haul to tow a car, set the car to be towed to a 2002 Cougar and then physically load on what you plan to tow at your discretion.

I've towed my '69 Cougar 600 miles across the Blue Ridge Mountains and foot hills with one of those dollys easily enough. Towed my 6000lb Formula from TX to NC and the 5800lb Cobalt to Ft Lauderdale & back. Of course, I have upgraded a couple of things as noted in my sig.

As noted, take it easy, leave overdrive locked out and don't worry about the fuel mileage. Check the load and your gauges often (each hour or so) and maybe get a new air filter for the trip.

Keep in mind that your brakes will be utilized beyond normal, your tire pressures should be set at 38-40 and you'll want to brake early.

If you get to about 60mph and the back of the Jeep starts "wagging" you, let off the gas and keep the speed below whatever point the wagging started. You won't have much ability to adjust tongue weight with that car hauler, so be aware of the "wag" speed limit.

"We have it totally under control. Itís one person coming in from China. We have it under control. Itís going to be just fine." ~D. Trump, Jan 22, 2020.
Double E is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 06:43 PM
volvite
Registered User
1999 WJ 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Aviano Air Base
Posts: 1,925
Do you have trailer brakes? That makes stopping alot easier. I had them when I towed a 1931 Ford Model A on a flat bed from WA to UT. It was 750 miles. It pulled it like easier.

His 99 WJ Limited 4.7
Hers 15 Overland EcoDiesel, ORAII
volvite is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 01-19-2011, 10:54 AM
ruggedscotsman
Registered User
2007 WK 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Outaouais
Posts: 721
Quote:
Originally Posted by Double E View Post
You won't have much ability to adjust tongue weight with that car hauler, so be aware of the "wag" speed limit.
I've seen folks load cars backwards to keep the engine weight away from the tongue... I can see how it would make a difference, but I'm not sure about recommending the practice. Anyone have an idea?
ruggedscotsman is offline  
post #11 of 11 Old 01-19-2011, 11:31 AM
Double E
Web Wheeler
 
Double E's Avatar
2004 WJ 
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 6,622
Actually, too little weight on the tongue will create the wag issue. Load it up like normal.

"We have it totally under control. Itís one person coming in from China. We have it under control. Itís going to be just fine." ~D. Trump, Jan 22, 2020.
Double E is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
Towing with GC 2004 elduck WJ Grand Cherokee Forum 45 08-05-2010 12:34 AM
WJ Towing Capasity Question MSBXCJ WJ Grand Cherokee Forum 13 07-24-2010 09:50 AM
V8 towing question jeepmanalex WJ Grand Cherokee Forum 4 05-31-2010 02:32 PM
99 GC limited towing ??? mike481 WJ Grand Cherokee Forum 4 08-04-2007 12:22 AM
Towing a Grand Ross WJ Grand Cherokee Forum 2 10-15-2003 09:13 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome