Can I safely tow a longer trailer?
I've towed a pop-up behind three different Jeep Grand Cherokees now, '99 6-cyl, '03 8-cyl and '14 eco-diesel. But we bought the 14 so we could step up to something bigger.
We found several with dry weights in the 5500 range, which as long as we don't go nuts should be fine. I will use a WDH that includes some sort of sway control. But have a few questions:
-- Many of these approach 31' long, including the tongue. Is the wheelbase of the JGC long enough to handle that much trailer?
-- I've seen versions of trailers with different tire spacing, which seems to have a big impact on tongue weight. I don't like the idea of a 750 pound tongue weight that, combined with two passengers and almost no gear in the Jeep, still would approach the 1050-pound limit on the Jeep's payload. Others are have wider-set axles that reduce tongue weight by 300 pounds, which would be better for the Jeep, but would I be introducing more opportunity for sway?
I've asked these on a RV board, but the standard answer there is that I can't tow with a Jeep and to buy a truck. Maybe that's the answer, but I thought this might be a more Jeep-informed forum.