Originally Posted by vselec
This is the first person I heard of that pulls an airstream with the crd. That is my plan also, I have a 19 ' airstream but planning to get a 25'. I dont think it weights as much as yours, but glad to hear its working well. Do you tow in sport mode or normal? How about setting up your weight dist hitch with the air suspention.
A tad off topic, but since you asked:
Here's a brief recap of my first towing experience with my diesel Grand Cherokee:
- towed a 25' Airstream from Las Vegas to Pasadena and back.
--GAWR Front Actual 3140 lb
--GAWR Rear Actual 3700 lb
--Trailer 6600 lb
--Combined trailer/vehicle 13440 lb
--Average OAT 60 F
--Propride 3 Hitch and Direclink brake controller
- EVIC fuel milage averaged 19.5 mpg to Pasadena and 18.4 on return trip
- Engine performance
--EVIC oil temp climbed to 257 on long uphill pulls (12 mile 6% grade)
--Coolant temp climbed to on notch below red area on gauge
--Slowing from 55 to 50 mph stabilized engine temps
--Temps quickly recovered on level or downhill grades
--Engine torque and power were not an issue
- Transmission performance
--EVIC transmission temp climbed to 203 once, but mostly stayed at 195
--Gear shifts were smooth and appropriate for the load (ECO mode OFF)
Overall, my first towing experience was very positive. The biggest limitation is tongue weight, especially if you are carrying passengers/cargo in the Jeep. I carried no cargo in the Jeep and you can see with full fuel and DEF I was max'ed out on the front and rear axle loading with just my spouse and I in the Jeep. A good weight distributing/anti-sway hitch and brake controller are a must. Setting up the weight distributing hitch is pretty simple. You make sure the Jeep and the trailer are on level ground and then disable the air suspension via the UConnect settings Interface. There is some debate over ECO mode OFF vs. towing in Sport mode. If you use ECO mode off, your weight distribution will change when the Jeep goes into Aero mode. Lastly, I highly recommend finding a CAT scale and using it to set up your hitch.