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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.

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Old 08-08-2015, 10:23 AM
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Re: Can I safely tow a longer trailer?

Depending on whether you plan to camp or glamp there are lighter weight options out there too.
We tow a 19' which if fully loaded tanks and all weighs 3,750. We have a JGC with 5.7 hemi but we actually have been towing with our JKU Rubicon with the 3.6. It's on 37" tires and is regeared to 5.38s and it pulls it up Colorado mountain passes just fine.
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Re: Can I safely tow a longer trailer?

We tow a travel trailer between 27' and 28' with a weight of about 4200; we don't carry water. I think I've read something published by Jeep that says 30' is the max length. The issue is the side profile and how much it will be affected by the wind. I think that 31' is too much for the wheelbase.
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Re: Can I safely tow a longer trailer?

I think two things come into play. 1. The towing specifications provided by Jeep. 2. Personal preference and experience in towing vehicles. I'll only speak to the second. I've owned boats and travel trailers over the years and have pretty good experience towing these items in the rocky mountains. I think our GJC would be fine for towing popup trailers and standard ski/fishing boats. I personally wouldn't feel comfortable towing longer and heavier travel trailers with the GJC. When towing the longer trailers, it feels so much more comfortable and natural when using a long wheelbase 1/2 or 3/4 ton pickup with proper suspension and braking systems. Safety is a big thing for me when I have my family on board and I never felt comfortable with shorter wheelbase vehicles.
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Re: Can I safely tow a longer trailer?

31 feet is a lot behind a GC, IMHO.. there are some folks over on the durango board who have towed 31' with a gen-III Durango and say its "OK" ..

Get a motorhome and tow the GC behind it
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Re: Can I safely tow a longer trailer?

I have a 2015 Jayco JayFlight 28BHS. It's dry weight is 5200. GVWR is 7400. I just did a 2000 mile trip from Utah to Mt. Rushmore and back and just averaged over 13 MPG. The Diesel jeep did just fine. However if you visit a trailer forum they will tell you that I'm nuts for towing such a big trailer with my GC. I had no issues even in Wyoming where the winds were horrible on my way home. I towed about 65MPH the entire trip as that's usually what the trailer tires are rated for.




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Re: Can I safely tow a longer trailer?

Volvite, which WDH did you use?
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Re: Can I safely tow a longer trailer?

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Volvite, which WDH did you use?

When I bought my trailer, the dealership gave me a e2 hitch rated for 800lbs tongue and 8000lbs trailer weights.
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Re: Can I safely tow a longer trailer?

We're interested in a Gray Wolf 22rr, any one have experience towing one (~28 ' total length)...
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We're interested in a Gray Wolf 22rr, any one have experience towing one (~28 ' total length)...
Toy haulers are difficult because they are meant to have weight in the back to offset the tongue weight. The tongue weight on that one is 686lbs dry. When you add in battery, propane and stuff, you'll likely be over the max tongue weight of the GC unless you have quite a bit in the back of the camper. Plus, the total weight of that trailer fully loaded can exceed the GC's capacity.

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Re: Can I safely tow a longer trailer?

Best thing to do is to hit up a dealership and look at the stickers on the unit itself. It should have a dry weight for each trailer as it came off the line to include the weight of propane and all extras for each trailer. This would give you the best answer to your question on tongue and trailer weights.
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Re: Can I safely tow a longer trailer?

I have heard the same comments about wind and trailer length. My trailer is about 25' from tongue to bumper. Just got back from a trip over Donner Pass. We pulled at 60 mph and 90 degree weather without any problems. The tagged dry weight on my trailer is 3400 lbs. averaged 17 mph towing on this trip.ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1439182305.077784.jpg


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