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Old 01-26-2015, 11:08 AM
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2011 Towing/Camper questions

Hello All,
Interested in buying a travel trailer camper this spring to tow with my 2011 Overland Summit 5.7L. I know the tongue weight is 720 lbs, and the gross weight to tow is 7200lbs, but still had some more questions.

Is there a certain length of trailer I need to stay under? I'm looking at like 28' trailers but see some 31' trailers I like. Any opinions on the functionality of camping with huge trailers is welcome.

Also, if it doesn't have torsion bars or sway bar control I should probably get a hitch that has that correct? Do most campers that big have electric brakes? If I need electric brakes, how hard is it to install the booster module with the factory wiring?

Any other suggestions on towing campers would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Hello All,
Interested in buying a travel trailer camper this spring to tow with my 2011 Overland Summit 5.7L. I know the tongue weight is 720 lbs, and the gross weight to tow is 7200lbs, but still had some more questions.

Is there a certain length of trailer I need to stay under? I'm looking at like 28' trailers but see some 31' trailers I like. Any opinions on the functionality of camping with huge trailers is welcome.

Also, if it doesn't have torsion bars or sway bar control I should probably get a hitch that has that correct? Do most campers that big have electric brakes? If I need electric brakes, how hard is it to install the booster module with the factory wiring?

Any other suggestions on towing campers would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks!

I would not tow at the max weight rating. Thats just me. The JGC is really not the vehicle to tow a 28 - 31 foot anything. Look at pickups.
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Re: 2011 Towing/Camper questions

Thanks for the reply! After seeing my dads 20' enclosed, I think a 18'-21' would be plenty. I can't seem to find the length "spec" anywhere... Would the GC tow a 21' trailer without sway issues or do I still need a WDH? I assume I'd have trailer brakes since it will be around 4,000 lbs...

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Re: 2011 Towing/Camper questions

I have a 2011 4WD Overland with the V-8 and tow a 19 foot plus boat. Tow weight is just under 4000 lbs. The trailer has only surge brakes. We regularly tow the boat from Ct. to Canada which takes us across the Berkshire mountains. The jeep handles this task with ease and we use nothing more than the factory tow equipment. Most of the time you never know there is anything behind the car. We drive at posted speeds on the interstate but leave plenty of space to the car in front of us. The car sits level due to the air suspension, no sway issues. There is a tow/haul button on the dash but we do not use it. Cruise control operation is normal. Braking with the surge brakes is ok but that is the one time you really know the boat is behind you. It is the best tow vehicle I have ever owned including 1993 and 2004 Grand Cherokees. Hope this helps.
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Re: 2011 Towing/Camper questions

Your decision isn't just about length.

Technically, you need a Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH) for any trailer over 3500 lbs, according to Jeep's specifications, but you can't use a WDH with a trailer that has inertial/surge brakes. Keep that in mind when shopping...fortunately, most travel trailers have electric brakes. The auto leveling in the suspension tends to keep the "attitude" of the JGC correct when the tongue weight gets higher, but it doesn't correct the way the front end of the Jeep starts to get lighter than it should be for maximum stability.
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Re: 2011 Towing/Camper questions

Look at something like a Casita, Scamp or Escape fiberglass travel trailer. I researched this a lot and purchased a 2014 JGC with a Casita 17SD. They are so much nicer (and a better investment) than your typical "stick built" trailer with lots of places to leak. FiberglassRV.com is a great resource for someone looking for a lightweight rig. Anything much bigger than a 20' trailer will need a pickup truck, IMHO. The fiberglass and aluminum Airstreams are the only thing I would consider to tow with my JGC.

My rig is a dream. I have had it one year and have been to the West coast and back through the Rockies last summer. Tows without any sign of strain, handles weather (wind and rain) well and carries everything I need wherever I need it.
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Re: 2011 Towing/Camper questions

Also... my trailer weighs less than 3,500 pounds. It comes with electric brakes. I added a Tekonsha P2 controller for the brakes. It simply plugs in and mounts right by the hood control (and looks like it belongs there).
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I have a 2011 jayco eagle 256rks that has a total length of 28 ft with a WDH and sway bars. The trailer weighs 6000lbs dry. I have a curt brake controller. The installation took 15 min. It was pretty easy

The trailer is on the very high end of what I would tow with the GC. My biggest concern is big wind. Living in Iowa there is some big wind. I just slow down and it isn't bad. The GC has the power, brakes, and with the air suspension the balance.
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Re: 2011 Towing/Camper questions

Something really important to keep in mind is the Gross Combination Weight Rating. This the max allowed combined weight of the vehicle and trailer.

In some places in Canada if you exceed this number they'll fine you and make you remove the trailer.

Most guys around here suggest a truck for larger trailers and they're right. I pulled my 26 ft trailer with my friends Chevy Dura Max Diesel and was amazed at how well it towed.

A big trailer and the wrong tow vehicle can be a real bad combination. I call it The tail wagging the dog.

And anti sway bars and a weight distributing hitch are a must have.

If your looking at lighter smaller 18-20 range you should be fine.
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Re: 2011 Towing/Camper questions

For an update to anyone who's curious...

I opened a case with the Jeep engineers. There response for my 2011 Overland Summit 5.7L was.

7200 max weight, 720 tw, 60 sq ft frontal, must use a equalizer hitch over 3050 lbs, AND they said the MAXIMUM trailer length the Jeep can tow is 30'.
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Re: 2011 Towing/Camper questions

Just a data point but I have a 27' (opened) travel trailer that weighs 3200lbs (700 lb cargo permitted). Has a 460 lb tongue weight and 38' frontal area (closed). My V6 Jeep has the towing package and handles the trailer just fine in Florida (np with traffic lights on the upside of an overpass). Run mostly at 65 in a 70 (on cruise if traffic is light)and everything stays cool.

Runs 17-18 MPG on 87 PON when towing. I like transformers.

ps does the towing package include a brake controller yet ? Mine had the dash wiring but I had to add a controller.
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