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Old 04-02-2016, 08:41 AM
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Is this a bad idea?

I have 2014 Limited Eco Diesel with 30k miles. My family and I are moving across the country from the east coast to Oregon. The largest tow-behind trailer I can rent is 12' x 6' -- this is not large enough to move all of our crap. I'm considering buying a 16' x 7' all enclosed trailer (something along these lines 7x16 black out enclosed trailer ). I'd drive it across the country and sell it upon arrival in Oregon.

My trailer driving experience is limited to a 8'x4' utility trailer, so basically, I know how to back up, but I've never towed a heavy load. I anticipate when we move, our trailer would be about 5,500 lbs. It would just be me in the car, the wife and kids would fly out.

What do people think? I can't stomach hiring a moving company for $5-10k. The more I researched the moving company businesses, the worse taste they left in my mouth. Seems like damage, scams and delays are pretty common. So we are considering this plan, seems more affordable and we don't have to work on anyone else's schedule.

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Re: Is this a bad idea?

I just pulled a 5,700 lb Airstream travel trailer from Salt Lake City to Long Island with my 2015 EcoDiesel. I had absolutely no issues and frankly, pulling that trailer with the Jeep was a pleasure. As long as you keep your weights within the Jeep's placarded limits and use a good weight distribution hitch with sway control, you will be fine. Just take your time (just because the speed limit is 75 doesn't mean you should do 75...), and you should be fine.

Now, an Airstream is very different from a utility trailer in terms of aerodynamics, so don't skimp on the sway control. Leave yourself a couple extra days so that you can huddle down for a day if the winds across the Plains are particularly strong and you don't feel comfortable.

But it's definitely not a bad idea if you are careful and you do it right.

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Re: Is this a bad idea?

Why not rent a Penske truck and flatbed the Jeep behind? I did this from Colorado to Washington a number of years back in a 26' Penske towing my old Wrangler behind. Cost about $1200 for a week rental and we averaged about 10mpg diesel in the Penske. If you can fit your stuff in a 16x7 trailer, you'll probably do fine with a 16' truck, but I would recommend going with a 20' for the diesel engine and heavier chassis especially since you'll be towing.

You'll keep wear and mileage off the Jeep and you won't have to deal with selling the trailer when you arrive.
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

Thanks for the feedback so far! We've considered renting a truck and towing the Jeep behind, but the U-Haul website (haven't checked Penske yet) says we can't tow the Jeep with the diesel. If I tell them I have a v6 gas engine, then they allow it. I figured the extra weight of the Diesel configuration was too much.
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

Looks like Penske car trailer can handle 4,300 lbs. I think the JGC Diesel curb weight is 4,700.
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More like 5300 pounds. Get trailer brakes put on and your JGC will handle it just fine.


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Thanks for the help guys. Trailer it is! Wish me luck on the drive and the move.
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

PODS

I used one ten years ago and helped a friend fill 2 on a move to Florida. You pack it and you put your lock and seal on it. Then enjoy your cross country drive.

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Re: Is this a bad idea?

I looked into PODS. They don't service my area, but ABF U-Pack does. ABF would *only* cost about $6000. I'd rather buy a trailer for that much, drive myself, and then sell it for say $5000. Then my moving costs are only $1000 plus gas.
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

I assume you have the factory tow package. Like JeepEcoDiesel said, a WDH is a must and having it properly set up also.


Packing your trailer correctly is very important. Most of the heavy stuff over the trailer axles.


Inflate all the trailer & Jeep rear tires to the maximum cold PSI on the sidewall of the tires.


A good brake controller also if you don't already have 1 for the electric brakes on the trailer you buy. Unless you get one with hydraulic surge brakes.


Tongue weight needs to be set properly or you will fight sway all the way.


If everything is setup correctly you will have no issues. Wireman
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Re: Is this a bad idea?

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A good brake controller also if you don't already have 1 for the electric brakes on the trailer you buy. Unless you get one with hydraulic surge brakes.
Note that hydraulic surge brakes will likely NOT work in combination with a weight distribution hitch with sway control. Since you absolutely need the WD and sway control, you need electric brakes.

I use a DirecLink (no "t" in that name) brake controller. It doesn't care whether it's level or oriented properly and it plugs into your OBD II port to sense braking. It's as close to plug and play as you'll find.

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+1 for the DirecLink system. Easy to install and set up
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