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Tow Package + Air Suspension

Hi everybody, looking to buy a 2015 EcoDiesel with a Tow Package, and was wondering if getting air suspension was worth it. I'm not going off-roading, just looking to tow a trailer and/or occasional boat.

I suspect the tow package has all I'll ever need for towing, but wanted everybody's thoughts on the matter...

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Re: Tow Package + Air Suspension

We have a '13 Hemi with the full air suspension, not the rear leveling suspension. It is good sometimes because I can lower the vehicle prior to hitching/unhitching it. We did have an electrical issue on our last trip which disabled the transfer case switch, air suspension switch, tow/haul mode, etc. The air suspension still works but it can't be controlled.

I think the full air suspension reduces the payload capacity because it adds weight to the base vehicle. My GC's payload is 1,050lbs. I haven't looked at other Hemi's without the air suspension with it, though. I had considered trading for an EcoDiesel without air suspension but the payload is the same.

All that said, if you're not offroading, I'd forego the full air system if you can.
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Re: Tow Package + Air Suspension

The tow package comes standard with the adventure 2 package, FYI. I think it has auto leveling too, but I never towed anything yet to see.
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Re: Tow Package + Air Suspension

Wouldn't be without it. Just fantastic


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Re: Tow Package + Air Suspension

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Same here. The diesel option with the four corner air suspension along with real off-road capabilities are the main reasons I bought this Jeep.


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Re: Tow Package + Air Suspension

Agree with ferntree and mackatak, but if the gringo from Austin won't do any offroading, why does he need it?

Only benefits I see are lowering when parked for easy entry/exit, and at freeway speeds it lowers a little bit (half inch? don't recall right now) for slightly better aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. That, and maybe occasionally to clear a tall-ish bump stopper in a parking lot, or other object on the road. Is that enough benefit to outweigh the cost? And what are the downsides? Additional complexity, if it breaks out of warranty there's the cost of that. And time in the shop. Also, added weight of the system reduces payload.

Gringo will have to decide if it's worth it to him. Gringo if you're considering it, test drive it. Go up to ORA-1 and drive a bit, under 35 mph. Then go up to ORA-2 and drive over some bumps - curbs, parking lot bump stoppers, etc, at slow speed of course - at ORA-2 there's a loud thud from what feels like reduced suspension travel. The thud will be heard and felt at slow speeds, but not at true crawling speeds. Something you might want to know about.

Also if you test drive, while at ORA-2 park the car. Get out of it, and then get into it. Feel how high it is. Then later do the same thing at entry/exit height. It's a good way to feel the difference.

I've towed with mine, but haven't noticed any height adjustments while driving. It may be happening and I'm not aware of that.

I've done some off roading and I like the system, it does what I need. You can clear some impressive obstacles with it, for a stock luxury rig it's capable enough.

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Re: Tow Package + Air Suspension

Air suspension is very beneficial for towing. I have had several occasions where the terrain made hitching up difficult. A couple of times, even with the tongue jack fully extended, the only way I was able to hitch up was to lower the vehicle to its lowest level. Would have been an enormous pain in the ass without the air suspension. Plus, the self leveling feature is nice. When used with a weight distribution hitch, it provides additional flexibility in distributing the weight to the front wheels when carrying varying loads in the cargo area while hitched up.


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Re: Tow Package + Air Suspension

not technically towing, but the QL is great for my hitch-mounted motorcycle carrier. Easier to load up with the ramp (entry/exit mode) and obviously the auto-leveling is very important with an 400-500lbs sitting directly on the hitch.

otherwise the ride quality is great, I'll never go back.
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not technically towing, but the QL is great for my hitch-mounted motorcycle carrier. Easier to load up with the ramp (entry/exit mode) and obviously the auto-leveling is very important with an 400-500lbs sitting directly on the hitch.

otherwise the ride quality is great, I'll never go back.
Now this is a good use for QL, and an item for my want list. What mc carrier do you use? A link, if you please. TIA. Yes, auto-leveling would be great with that weight on the rear.
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not technically towing, but the QL is great for my hitch-mounted motorcycle carrier. Easier to load up with the ramp (entry/exit mode) and obviously the auto-leveling is very important with an 400-500lbs sitting directly on the hitch.

otherwise the ride quality is great, I'll never go back.
Does your carrier have any stabilizers that run end-to-end? I've seen people carrying large motorcycles this way, but have never looked at how the carrier is constructed.
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Re: Tow Package + Air Suspension

I have an Overland with QL because I want it for light off-roading with our off-road capable trailer. It's really slick and I love using it in most situations. I wouldn't recommend QL in your case. Lots of pieces parts to break. You could get air leveling rear shocks if you want to control rear height with a trailer. Less expensive and fewer parts to break.
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I have an Overland with QL because I want it for light off-roading with our off-road capable trailer. It's really slick and I love using it in most situations. I wouldn't recommend QL in your case. Lots of pieces parts to break. You could get air leveling rear shocks if you want to control rear height with a trailer. Less expensive and fewer parts to break.
I think that the new GC's come with self-leveling rear shocks with the tow package. Not the full air suspension, just the back.
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