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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

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It attaches to to a mount next to the hitch ball and one side of your trailer frame. The friction bar makes it harder for the trailer to sway from side to side and it has to be loosened when you are ready to make sharp turns/or back into your campsite.

That seems like a very restrictive type of system. What counts as sharp turns? Ordinary right turns? I have had great success with my Equalizer hitch.

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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

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Hi! JJacobs, I've been looking for someone like you to network with. We are pulling a North Trail 22FBS (which they say is 30' end to end) with our 2014 Jeep Summit Ecodiesel. It is pulling it fine as far as power. The trailer weighs 4700# unloaded. But we're getting little jerky sway movements even though we have sway bars, weight distribution bars, etc. We are planning to have the Hensley hitch (guaranteed no sway, they say) installed later this week. Very expensive though and wishing there was another solution or something we're missing, but I'm thinking that even though we have the weight pulling capability with the Jeep, we just don't have the wheelbase. Did you get your Jeep and how's it pulling?
FYI- Here is my previous postOriginally Posted by urbangirl211
I didn't see any post regarding if the Hensley hitch made any difference for you. We're getting sway pulling our North Trail 22FBS with out 2014 Jeep GC Summit 4x4 ecodiesel. We have the Curt system (WD hitch and bars) and sway bars. Not sure how the trailer sway dampening works with this setup. Feeling frustrated and want to get it right so we can enjoy the travels.

Yes, I purchased the Hensley Hitch and I believe it was somewhat helpful. Sway was reduced. It is a well made product and the staff is excellent. That said, I still did not care for the entire set up.... as the Jeep did not feel completely in control 100% of the time. It was almost impossible to get the distribution on the Hensley to level out the Jeep to my satisfaction (Reese strait line, anti-sway did not have this problem). The Hensley was adding more weight to the payload and hitch issue. I believe the total payload and wheel base length of the Jeep was certainly factor(s). And, hooking up the Hensley was an additional pain in the *ss factor.
Our plans do include some major, cross country road trips so my decisions also have this information factored into my equation. I believe this to be a personal "feeling" and not necessarily the same for everyone. That said, as mentioned previously, I pulled a 4200 lb, 21' Coachmen trailer prior with the Jeep and had absolutely no problem whatsoever. But my new 2015 Laredo 240MK is much taller, longer & heavier.
So..... went to the dealer and tried the Ram 1500 ecodiesel. The dealer was kind enough to loan it to me for a weekend and allow me to tow. It pulled so much better. Very nice vehicle. But the payload factor still was bothering me. The model I had borrowed still only had 990 lbs payload left according to the door sticker. Subtract a hitch of 610lbs, 70 lb distribution hitch system, passenger and more stuff and now riding on "empty".
Back to the dealer- and threw in the towel! Bought a Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel, 4x4. NOW, it's NO PROBLEM. I feel safe and in control. It has tow haul modes + an exhaust brake (awesome). Payload is a whopping 2,200 lbs. It may be overkill but I got sick and tired of trying different "fixes". Last week we completed a 1100 mile trip and it was perfect. Also, it was very windy on a portion of our trip but again, felt totally in control and planted on the ground. I used the Reese strait line anti sway system already owned and returned the Hensley for a refund. The downside is this is a real truck and rides like one. Suspension is stiff and ride is bumpy. Need a ladder to get in the bed!
If I had enough cash lying around I would have kept the Jeep as well. I really liked it.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I will look up the specs of your trailer - what year is it? Gee, I spent a lot of time researching and setting up hitches so maybe could be helpful. Also, feel free to send a private message if you like to discuss via phone.
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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

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A trailer with surge/inertial brakes cannot use a WDH, so if that's the case, it can't be more than 3500 lbs based on Jeep's specifications. But Husker is correct, travel trailers unlikely have surge/inertial brakes. That's more of a factor with boat trailers, AFAIK.
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I do understand, padgett. But that weight shift is still important for handling no matter what the suspension setup is because if the front end gets too light, it compromises steering and braking in a meaningful way.
Hmm, interesting. I guess I will have to look into this more.

I just towed a 2,200 pound UHaul trailer with a 3,500 pound vehicle on it. 5,700 pounds with a standard hookup going 70MPH. I wonder how much weight was on the tongue. Drove like normal though and I had zero issues. I think the self leveling shocks help put more weight back onto the trailer axles as the jeep doesn't sag at all out back with the trailer hooked up, Steering was normal.
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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

One of the challenges with rental trailers with surge brake revolves around what you describe, Zybane...not exceeding safe tongue weight, etc. Load leveling doesn't do any weight transfer at all, so one has to consider all the implications of pulling a load that exceeds the Jeep specifications for WDH when you can't actually use said WDH. You can faddle with the tongue weight a little by how you position the load on the trailer relative to it's balance point, but shifting it too far back and also make things incredibly unstable.
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