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Re: Factory Tow Package vs Aftermarket Towing Equipment

Thanks for the information Racer-Excerols. Very good to know about what's in and what's out of the factory rating. I plan on loading as much as possible of the heavy items in the Jeep (without overloading it).

Thanks for the info on the OEM hitch Jim. This is why I had an OEM hitch installed by the dealer.

Today I am going to pursue having a transmission cooler installed.
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Re: Factory Tow Package vs Aftermarket Towing Equipment

Dirt', keep in mind that what you put "in" the Jeep still counts relative to your maximum load, including affecting tongue weight. The latter is very much helped with a WDH for both tongue weight and overall stability, but the weight of the passengers and gear still are very much a factor.
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Re: Factory Tow Package vs Aftermarket Towing Equipment

I understand you there Jim. However, within weight limits I believe the more the tow vehicle weighs and the less the trailer weighs the more control the tow vehicle will have over the trailer. Am I thinking right?
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Re: Factory Tow Package vs Aftermarket Towing Equipment

No you are not.

There is a rating - the gross COMBINED vehicle weight rating - for any tow vehicle. You can move weight back and forth between tow and towed...but only as far as the individual capacities of each vehicle, and only within the total weight limits of the GCWR. More-dog-less-tail can still overload the dog...and not make the tail behave any better at all. A super light trailer can actually behave WORSE depending on front-back weight distribution/loading, road conditions, and crosswinds.

Physics is physics and it is a law for a reason - there's no cheating or changing it. Weight limits are limits. Force is force, brakes are brakes, cooling is cooling, handling is handling. Tugging dead weight from a stop or up a hill is only a fraction of the scenario.
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racer' is correct...for every "give" there is a "take" relative to weight. "Balance" is the name of the game and thou shalt not exceed the ratings for both safety and other reasons.
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Re: Factory Tow Package vs Aftermarket Towing Equipment

Racer, I think you read my post too fast and missed my qualifier of "within weight limits". I am now going to have to place you under yellow flag.
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Re: Factory Tow Package vs Aftermarket Towing Equipment

Within weight limits notwithstanding, more truck/less trailer does not empirically mean easier/better towing or control. As noted above, BALANCE is key.
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