First long tow with ecodiesel - Jeep Garage - Jeep Forum

Go Back   Jeep Garage - Jeep Forum > Jeep Platform Discussion > Grand Cherokee - WK2 - > 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0

Join Jeep Garage Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
  #1  
Old 05-16-2016, 08:45 AM
Member
My Jeep: 2014 3.0L WK2
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Wheaton, IL
Posts: 66
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 14624
Tow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond repute
First long tow with ecodiesel

I picked up this ecodiesel Summit to be a backup tow vehicle to my GMC Yukon Denali. Took it for a good long tow today with the 911 race car loaded inside. Did not have my Reese DualCam weight distributing sway control hooked up, just dead weight this time. About 6,000 lbs (no engine in the race car).

Wow, the ecodiesel is a great engine. This little 3.0 V6 pulls harder off the line and up through the gears than the big 6.2 gas engine in the Denali. And at 70 it pulled just fine in 6th gear getting 13-14 mpg. The Denali is a lot more stable but it's a heavier SUV with wider track and longer wheelbase. I think the Reese WD will make a huge difference though, with probably 700lb tongue weight it's a tad nose heavy- no engine in the rear of the car to put weight at the back of the trailer.

It'll be interesting to see how it does on my first tow to Road America next month.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg jgc vintage.jpg (471.6 KB, 52 views)

__________________
2014 Summit Ecodiesel Deep Cherry Red
The substitute race car hauler
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Tow911 For This Useful Post:
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 05-16-2016, 09:58 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 710
splinterz88 is on a distinguished road
Re: First long tow with ecodiesel

What size trailer is that?
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-16-2016, 10:19 AM
Member
My Jeep: 2014 3.0L WK2
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Wheaton, IL
Posts: 66
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 14624
Tow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: First long tow with ecodiesel

Quote:
Originally Posted by splinterz88 View Post
What size trailer is that?
23' with the V-nose (generator, winch and cabinets built into the V), plus a 4' tongue, so 27' total length. 6.5' interior ceiling height. Had it made by Vintage Trailers in Elkhart IN. Tows fantastic, it's been from Chicago to Barber in Alabama, Road Atlanta, VIR in Virginia and dozens of closer tracks. When fully loaded for a race weekend with my roll-in tool chest and spare wheels and tires, it's very close to 7,000 lb. Less with the 911 which weighs just 2300 lb, a bit more with my Spec Miata racer which is more like 2450 with fuel
__________________
2014 Summit Ecodiesel Deep Cherry Red
The substitute race car hauler
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-19-2016, 12:19 PM
echo7tango's Avatar
Premium Member
My Jeep: 2016 3.0L WK2
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: SF Giants Nation 2010 / 2012 / 2014!
Posts: 938
Thanks: 132
Thanked 187 Times in 134 Posts
Rep Power: 67982
echo7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond repute
Re: First long tow with ecodiesel

Yes our CRDs tow well. With the smallish and lightish JGC, and its strong engine, towing a heavy load can lead to instability if you're not careful. But yes they are great tow rigs. I don't own a trailer but am a frequent renter of U-Haul trailers. Have towed cars and SUVs a few times and I'm happily impressed with what the JGC CRD can handle.

A 911 racer sounds like a fun toy!
__________________

2016 JGC CRD 3.0L V-6 WK2, QL, QD-II, ORA-II, Wrangler Duratrac 275/55-20
Lemon Law buy-back of my 2014 JGC CRD: http://tinyurl.com/e7t-JGC-CRD-buyBackSummary
Not as lean, not as mean, still a Marine.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-19-2016, 06:29 PM
overlanding's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1,536
Thanks: 884
Thanked 258 Times in 222 Posts
Rep Power: 8653
overlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond repute
Re: First long tow with ecodiesel

^^The GC is far from "lightish", it's a pig. The only downfall to towing with the GC is it's short wheelbase.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-19-2016, 07:17 PM
echo7tango's Avatar
Premium Member
My Jeep: 2016 3.0L WK2
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: SF Giants Nation 2010 / 2012 / 2014!
Posts: 938
Thanks: 132
Thanked 187 Times in 134 Posts
Rep Power: 67982
echo7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond reputeecho7tango has a reputation beyond repute
Re: First long tow with ecodiesel

^^ It depends on what you're towing.
__________________

2016 JGC CRD 3.0L V-6 WK2, QL, QD-II, ORA-II, Wrangler Duratrac 275/55-20
Lemon Law buy-back of my 2014 JGC CRD: http://tinyurl.com/e7t-JGC-CRD-buyBackSummary
Not as lean, not as mean, still a Marine.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-19-2016, 09:58 PM
Member
My Jeep: 2014 3.0L WK2
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Wheaton, IL
Posts: 66
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 14624
Tow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: First long tow with ecodiesel

Quote:
Originally Posted by overlanding View Post
^^The GC is far from "lightish", it's a pig. The only downfall to towing with the GC is it's short wheelbase.
It's interesting that so many people think that. But my Yukon Denali is 116" wheelbase and the JGC is just an inch shorter. And even though the GC is unibody it's only about 700# lighter when you factor in the weight of the diesel engine. Personally I think the unibody is more of a limiting factor in the stability while towing
__________________
2014 Summit Ecodiesel Deep Cherry Red
The substitute race car hauler
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-20-2016, 07:41 AM
overlanding's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1,536
Thanks: 884
Thanked 258 Times in 222 Posts
Rep Power: 8653
overlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond reputeoverlanding has a reputation beyond repute
First long tow with ecodiesel

And I'd say the same thing about the Yukon. It's wheelbase is short. I've had 3 Tahoes.. The Suburban (or Yukon XL) make better vehicles to tow with. We went from a 2012 Tahoe to a 2013 suburban and pulling a camper through the Colorado mountains in the burb felt better.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-20-2016, 08:28 AM
Member
My Jeep: 2014 3.0L WK2
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Wheaton, IL
Posts: 66
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 14624
Tow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond reputeTow911 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: First long tow with ecodiesel

My regular wheelbase Denali is an extremely stable tow platform. I've towed from here in Chicago area to race in Alabama, Atlanta, Virginia, upstate NY and all of those tows are through mountains. And those were heavy with the addition of my dirt bike, 12 spare wheels and tires, my roll in tool chest, spare parts- every bit of 7,000 lbs. Never once was I concerned about stability. The Reese Dual Cam WD is the best piece of towing peace of mind you can buy. Sure the longer wheelbase of a Suburban would be nicer, and I tow with friends who have Denali XL's etc, but the biggest advantage they have is larger fuel tanks. Denali gets 7 mpg towing and with a 24 gallon tank that means stopping every 150 miles which is barely 2.5 hours. The others can get 250 miles but stop with me anyway.

Eventually the Denali will get replaced with a 3/4 ton GMC Denali truck with the 6.6 Duramax/ Allison powertrain- 397hp and 765 torque....before a programmer to get the torque up to more like 900 lb-ft. But the wife was next in line for a new car which she picked up last night.
__________________
2014 Summit Ecodiesel Deep Cherry Red
The substitute race car hauler
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Truck Trend's Long-Term Test, 2014 EcoDiesel Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland echo7tango 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 15 09-05-2015 08:47 PM
2015 Ecodiesel First Trip Impressions Diesel Dan 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 5 06-19-2015 10:06 AM
Why no TOW/HAUL Button on WK2 with Trailer Tow Group? Frank G Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 24 09-21-2014 05:40 AM
to tow or not to tow rachadwell@hotmail.com Grand Cherokee - WK 7 09-18-2012 10:24 PM
Factory Tow Wires (w/o tow pkg.) 2011JEEP70TH Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 3 01-13-2012 12:42 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 - JeepGarage.Org
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Owners Community

JeepGarage.org is in no way associated with or endorsed by FCA US LLC. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Mopar and SRT are registered trademarks of FCA US LLC.