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2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

Would anyone see an issue with towing a 22ft Ultralight travel trailer with a 2015 JGC Ecodiesel? I am not so much worried about the weight, but more the length of the trailer being towed by the JGC.

Also, this is a vehicle I am ordering, it will be a 4x4, what other options are must have when towing this type of rig.

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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

You absolutely need the factory tow option...it's not "optional", as it were for this kind of thing. Other than that, you'll need to decide what trim level makes sense for you for comfort and safety features. The upper trim levels tend to include the factory tow option with 4x4, too. Do note that you'll need a WDH (weight distribution hitch). It's mandatory for over 3500 lbs and really something you want for stabilizing a longer trailer like that, too.
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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

Thanks, it will be a limited.

Is the WDH a third party purchase?
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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

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Thanks, it will be a limited.

Is the WDH a third party purchase?
Yes. Do some research and get a good one. I use an Equalizer hitch and love it.
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I pull a 30' ultra light behind my 14 Limited Hemi. Just make sure and get a good weight distribution hitch with sway control. I'm currently using an Equal-i-zer setup that works well. Be prepared to get jerked around a little bit if it is really windy though.

The first time I pulled my camper with my 08 Limited, I had to deal with 50 mph+ gusts and it scared the crap out of me! I have since learned to slow down and not over correct and it has been smooth sailing. My 14 sure pulls a lot nicer than my 08 did as well.
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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

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I pull a 30' ultra light behind my 14 Limited Hemi. Just make sure and get a good weight distribution hitch with sway control. I'm currently using an Equal-i-zer setup that works well. Be prepared to get jerked around a little bit if it is really windy though.

The first time I pulled my camper with my 08 Limited, I had to deal with 50 mph+ gusts and it scared the crap out of me! I have since learned to slow down and not over correct and it has been smooth sailing. My 14 sure pulls a lot nicer than my 08 did as well.
We just bought a '13 GC Trailhawk V8 to tow our ultralight as well. Our is 24' (27' with the tongue) and has a dry weight of 3,800. I use an EQ 1k/10k WDH. I towed this camper with my '99 Yukon and that hitch on a 5,600 mile trip last summer and had a ball. We're heading to San Diego from Colorado in June with it for 2 weeks.
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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

Besides the tow package and aftermarket weight distribution hitch, you will also need to buy an aftermarket brake controller. I'm using a Tekonsha P3 and have had no problems with it at all.
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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

Thanks for the awesome advice.
Sounds like pulling the travel trailer should be no problem.
Is the brake controller easy to learn to use. I am new at this.
I currently only pull a pop up tent. How is the brake controller used?
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Brake controller just hooks up to the existing wiring if you have the tow package. I have mine mounted just to the right of the emergency brake foot lever - which means I have to take it off every time I take my GC to the dealer since that is right in front of the diagnostic port. I like it there though as it is then out of the way.

A brake controller is used to sense the amount of deceleration of the tow vehicle and then send the appropriate amount of power to the electric brakes of your travel trailer.

Super easy to use. On the P3, you just select the size of the trailer and can then fine tune it from there.
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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

What's does it weigh (loaded)? How much do you plan to trailer?


Many trailers have Surge Brakes which can work quite well too and less involved hookup wise. They are completely hydraulic so it's hard to have a failure.


You're length should not be an issue.


I tow a 4500Lb (boat and trailer) 20FT boat + 4ft for trailer no problem.
It has surge disc brakes that work fantastic. If I try to backup which engages it(without the disable) I NOT move. They can use Backup lights to disable reverse and/or a mechanical lockout.


But some (box) trailers are huge "Sails" and can be just as much a problem as weight or length.


Electric Brakes are fine and Weight Distribution Hitch are great but I would not automatically add it unless it's really gonna help.


If you don't have much air and not over 3500 Lbs you probably don't need weight distribution hitch. I think anything over 2000 Lbs needs brakes (Surge or Electric).


Almost nothing you have to do or add to truck for Surge Brakes.


Keep in mind some states have different laws on what's required/allowed.
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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

Good points mswlogo.

I guess I made a few assumptions with my recommendations. I have never seen a full size travel trailer with surge brakes, so made the assumption that electric brakes would be used.

In terms of the weight distribution hitch, it may not be needed for under 3500 lbs, but the addition of sway control makes a huge difference with that long of a trailer, so I would highly recommend one regardless. I highly doubt a loaded 22' trailer would be under 3500 anyway, but it might be close.

The best bet for jjacobs is to actually go to a reputable camper dealer (maybe he is buying the camper from one?) who can not only recommend what to do, but can actually install everything and make sure it is working properly. As you pointed out, they would be knowledgeable about local regulations as well.

In terms of your boat, are you using any sort of weight distribution hitch? I don't recall every seeing one used with surge brakes before.
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Re: 2015 JGC Ecodiesel Towing capability

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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