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Old 04-06-2016, 12:14 PM
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

I moved over a year ago and had to drive from KS to NJ. I used my 14x7 enclosed and loaded it to the gills and towed it with my Ecodiesel. I did not go slow and probably had it set on cruise at 75-80 mph most of the way including driving through the mountains in PA. I got 14.9 mpg the worst fuel economy I've ever gotten out of a diesel Jeep (had a CRD '07 before). The Jeep will handle it fine - it's made for heavy duty work and will use significantly less fuel than the v6 or v8 (you'll see single digits towing with them). Make sure the trailer has brakes and add an solid state trailer brake controller to your Jeep and you'll do fine. They are easy to wire in. Also look at H&H trailers in Iowa if you are close to there - they have great prices for trailers - I got an all aluminum v nose for $5k and it only weight 1900 lbs empty.

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Re: Is this a bad idea?

OP here.

Some of the trailers I've been looking at come with electric brakes. Do I really need the DirecLink if the trailer comes with brakes?

I'll certainly plan on getting a sway bar as well. I will also be diligent about loading the trailer properly.
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Old 04-06-2016, 02:50 PM
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

OP,

Yes, you will definitely need a brake controller. Some vehicles (mainly trucks) do have integral brake controllers with their tow packages but our Jeeps do not. If you will do any more towing, definitely buy a quality brake controller. You can install the DirecLink yourself, very easy to do and, when you need it, all you need to do is hook up the control unit which is under the dash, using a telephone cord. The control unit is about the size of a CB mike and, for simplicity sake, you can just stick it on your windshield with a suction mount.
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

Darn, I thought with the Tow Package I could just hook up the trailer and go.

So things I need to purchase:

- 16' enclosed trailer
- Sway bar
- Brake controller (DirecLink sounds like a good option)

I'll probably sell it all when I arrive, but it should still be much cheaper than hiring a moving truck.
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

And definitely a Weight Distribution Hitch. See if you can negotiate one with the trailer. Lots of used trailers out there.......
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10-4 Trailer with electric brakes
Quality brake controller
Weight distribution hitch with sway control.


If you have the factory tow package there is a connector under the dash to plug a brake controller into. Other wise you have to hard wire the controller.


Here's what I have and you also buy the connector cable made specifically for the JGC. There are plenty of options out there. Pick what you want.


http://www.amazon.com/Tekonsha-3045-...R81R6S9F7E4AZ5


Brake Controller for 2015 Grand Cherokee by Jeep | etrailer.com




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Re: Is this a bad idea?

Yeah, you need the Tekonsha 3045 cable with the DirecLink controller. Order them all at once.

The trailer brakes don't work unless there's a trailer brake controller connected inside the tow vehicle.

Oh, and that connector that's present under the dash of our Jeeps isn't nearly as obvious as they make it out to be. And my hands got a few nicks and scratches before I gave up and found someone with tiny hands to get in there and make the connection. Forewarned is forearmed.

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Re: Is this a bad idea?

That P3 controller is what I have in my 14 ecodiesel. As mentioned if you have the tow package on the Jeep, the wiring harness makes install super easy. I installed mine with the intent to take the controller out when not needing it, but looks good and doesn't bug me so I leave it in all the time.
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

you can do a uhaul truck and trailer, I just did this in march from maryland to cali. I have a '14 summit and all i did was run the gas down to an eigth of a tank and take the spare tire out and it was well below the weight limit of the trailer. Also when you go to fill in the type of vehicle you are towing dont tell them its the diesel tell them its the v6.

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Re: Is this a bad idea?

I tow a 5000 boat/trailer with surge brakes. I tow as is. No weight distributing hitch, no electric brake controller. I have towed half way across the country, and not had any issues. Can hardly even tell I am towing something with the diesel compared to my old V8 Grand Cherokee.
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Usually a boat & trailer combo's doesn't need a WDH. Not enough tongue weight to matter.


Surge brake are good for that type of towing.
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

Well whatever you choose Macrophyllum,have a safe journey and TAKE YOUR TIME,my Jeeps don't seem to have any issues towing a 16ft twin axle trailer,( I DO follow all guidelines) or if you opt for the truck and tow your Jeep behind good luck with that too,again,take your time as your wife and kids,I am sure, would very much like to see dad/husband and possessions arrive intact and just fine.
I admit my towing was less than 300 miles loaded,but HAVE used a Penske rig with trailer too,personally Penske or the like would be my choice,but DO see your wisdom of reselling a trailer when you are done with it.
Anyhoo,safe journey and enjoy your new home.
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