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Maximum tongue weight

I bought a 2015 JGC limited 4x4 with the factory tow package. Max. tow weight is #7200. Can anyone tell me what the maximum tongue weight is for this vehicle with the class IV factory hitch? I looked on the hitch to see if there was a tag or if it was stamped anywhere but couldn't see anything.

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Re: Maximum tongue weight

Did you look in the manual? It is probably around 750lbs. Make sure you check the max payload sticker as well inside the door frame. That total number includes the actual tongue weight of your trailer and all occupants, fuel, etc.

I found this link and it is 720lbs:

http://www.jeep.com/download/pdf/man...sel-SU-3rd.pdf
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Re: Maximum tongue weight

Thanks Birchy Boy. Looks like it's 10% of whatever your towing capacity is.

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Re: Maximum tongue weight

We use a good weight distributing hitch with our travel trailer and it tows great.
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Re: Maximum tongue weight

BirchyBoy, as a FYI, I have the 3.0 diesel. Do you know what the weight of your trailer is? Tongue weight? Just curious. The dry weight of the TT I plan to buy is about #4650. Loaded weight I want to keep at no more than #5700. Well under max capacity of #7200. Tongue weight and rear axle capacity are my concerns.


I will weigh both axles when I get a chance to see where I am as a baseline.


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Re: Maximum tongue weight

My trailer base weight is 3900 or so and loaded is around 4500. The tongue weight gets me though. Even with the distribution setup it is still around 500. My GC Hemi has a limit of 1050lbs, so it is hard to take anyone else with us. We are in the market for a different vehicle as I didn't do my homework well enough

I looked at an Ecodiesel GC while in San Diego with our camper this summer and it had the same payload rating. In that case, the Ecodiesel didn't offer any advantage except for possibly fuel mileage. Have you checked your rating?
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Re: Maximum tongue weight

Make sure you know what is included in the dry weight. Sometimes that doesn't include accessories like A/C, the awning, battery, etc. Our first travel trailer had a dry weight of 3,500 lbs per the manufacturer and a loaded weight of close to 5,400 with our normal camping gear inside and a few days worth of food (and just a couple of gallons in the fresh water tank in case we needed to use the bathroom on the way to the campground)
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Re: Maximum tongue weight

BirchBoy, the GVWR is #6800. I weighed the vehicle with a full tank of fuel, no cargo or passengers, #5520. So adding tongue weight, hitch weight, passengers (2) and any small cargo we carry, I'll be close to the GVWR.

With just the 2 of us we'll be ok. Like you said no room for other people. I looked at the Ram ecodiesel but I had 2" to spare getting it in my garage. No room to walk around to the side garage door. I don't like my vehicle sitting outside so any pickup was not an option.

I did check out the new GMC canyon diesel. It would have been a better fit inside the garage but I still would have to a few cabinets to make room. The diesel is a 4 cylinder with about 40 less ft/lbs of torque, although it had a GVWR ,if I remember right of #7700.

It's a crapshoot on how it would have performed with the size of TT I'm looking at. The JGC diesel was just a better fit for me, and my garage.

Hammerhead, the weight I quoted (4650 lbs.) is on a sticker on the door that states the weight is as the unit is equipped and weighed leaving the factory. Obviously no water, can't remember if propane was included. Again, I'm going to keep the weight to no more than the #5700 one way or the other. Wireman
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Re: Maximum tongue weight

The GVWR is the figure here. As someone else posted, around 1050lbs is your max.

Towing our trailer and keeping it inside the GVWR, only works with 2 passengers and little "stuff" in the luggage area. Only the two of us are in the car anyway but it actually makes more sense to put any "stuff" at the back of your trailer and pull it along!

Our combined weights are around 370 so that gives us 680lbs to work with and the tongue weight on our 1685 is around 650 as we have two G24 batteries and 2 propane tanks on our tongue.

We use the Andersen WDH and, if you have air suspension, you will need set up your WDH with the Quadralift in Tire changing mode. WDH weight distribution is a set it and forget it equation on the Andersen. Once you know the "thread count", you just hook 'er up and then cinch up the chains to your known "thread count" level. We have over 10000 miles towing with no issues with the JGC and trailer feel like a single unit.

If you need a brake controller, the Tuson DirecLink is another "set it and forget it" systems that links into your JGC's computer system. I really recommend it.
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Re: Maximum tongue weight

philbytx, do you know the loaded weight of your trailer? Just curious. How does the Ecodiesel tow that weight?


I have had the chance to tow about #3500 behind the JGC and was really impressed on how little effort it took to tow it. A TT weighing another #2000 and more wind resistance will definitely make a difference.


I don't have the air suspension. I have a Limited with just about every option possible. Wanted to stay with the 18" wheels and trail rated for off roading at our destinations.


I already bought a Tekonsha P3 brake controller and installed it. Very simple.


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Re: Maximum tongue weight

Here are the actual weights from the CAT scales on my 2014 Overland CRD towing a 25' Airstream. The Jeep was fully fueled, 5 gal. DEF, a driver and passenger, and no cargo.

--GAWR Front Actual 3140 lb
--GAWR Rear Actual 3700 lb
--Trailer 6600 lb
--Combined trailer/vehicle 13440 lb
--Propride 3 Hitch and Direclink brake controller

As you can see, I was at the limit. Although the Jeep handled it well enough, I needed a tow vehicle for the Airstream I could load up with grandkids and cargo and not worry about exceeding the max weights. I'm now using my Silverado 2500hd as my primary tow vehicle and the Jeep for the smaller stuff.
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As you can see, I was at the limit. Although the Jeep handled it well enough, I needed a tow vehicle for the Airstream I could load up with grandkids and cargo and not worry about exceeding the max weights. I'm now using my Silverado 2500hd as my primary tow vehicle and the Jeep for the smaller stuff.
Duramax or Vortec? Trying to decide what truck I'm getting. I want a diesel but don't want to pay for it!
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