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Looking for real world towing numbers...

Looking to upgrade to a larger camper, wondering what people are towing and how the jeep does with what weight your towing. I have a '13 hemi with trailer package.

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Re: Looking for real world towing numbers...

I'm interested in this as well. I'm looking at a 5200lb travel trailer (unloaded). I have a 2015 HA Ecodiesel. I know a weight distribution hitch and sway bars are a must as well as the brake controller. The trailer I'm looking at is around 26' so I'm also wondering if the Jeep's smaller wheelbase will be an issue.
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Re: Looking for real world towing numbers...

23' ball to bumper seems to be the max length. Some are towing a bit longer, but most do not. With everything your mileage may vary. Where I live is hilly and windy. I tow a lance 1985. The short trips I have done so far have been fine.

5200# unloaded @ 26' is a lot trailer for the Jeep.
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Re: Looking for real world towing numbers...

I think it really depends on the terrain you will be towing the trailer and the distance you will be pulling it.

Wdh and brakes are a must. Should be fine in most situations except for long grades.
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Re: Looking for real world towing numbers...

I just dragged my new (to me) 25' Airstream from Salt Lake City to Long Island. The Airstream weighed about 5,900 lbs, with a tongue weight somewhere a little north of 800 lbs. The Jeep handled it beautifully, including going up Sherman Hill in Wyoming (as it was my first tow with a travel trailer, I chickened out on the 6% Parley's Canyon hill coming out of SLC, but in retrospect I'm sure the Jeep would have done fine). Seriously, if I didn't know the weights are an issue, I wouldn't think twice about keeping the Jeep as my primary tow vehicle forever. It was a total pleasure.

The issue you run into is payload - the tongue weight of your trailer counts against you, as do all of the carbon and water-based forms in the Jeep's seats. The Jeep's max payload is just enough to safely carry your trailer, you, and likely nothing else. Yeah, nothing - and nobody - else. And the max hitch weight of 720 lbs, while (in my opinion) arbitrary and probably way too conservative, will probably rule out long-term use as a tow vehicle for such a trailer.

I intend to use the Jeep for the next couple of years because we won't be traveling often and we won't be going on long trips. But once we retire and head out for longer trips much more often, we'll pull the trigger on a better-suited TV and use the Jeep for the jet-skis and boat.

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Re: Looking for real world towing numbers...

of course we find a camper with the floor plan we like and comes in at weight, but its 30' long
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Re: Looking for real world towing numbers...

So I think I found a TT that squeaks into what might be realistic to tow. Dry weight of 4329 lbs. 24'11" long. 500lb hitch should keep me just under the jeep's payload limit. Just gonna be my wife and I which gives us weight to spare in the jeep. It's a Forest River Surveyor 220RBS. It's a pretty sweet rig with a great floor plan for just the two of us.
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Re: Looking for real world towing numbers...

my freind has one similar to that but with a outdoor kitchen, its really nice
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