Re: Auto transporter for Grand Cherokee
I'm thinking I would chance it. The U-Haul site says their auto trailers can carry 5290 lbs. That is probably pretty close to right on for a loaded up Grand Cherokee. I think specs say a base model is only 4545 lbs. It also says their late model trailers (silver galvanized) can carry a vehicle that is 79.25 inches wide and the jeep spec on Edmunds says the Grand Cherokee is 76.5 inches. The older U-Haul trailers could only take a car that was 75 inches wide. I'd probably give it a go if the U-Haul place had one of their late model Auto Transports.
The flat towing setup would be a pain for one trip. You can get the base plates and a tow bar for around $750 to $850 bucks but they you have to install the base plates or pay someone to do it for you. You lose the tow hooks.....and this is only if you have the quadra-trac II 4wd system with a transfer case that can be put into neutral. And after you get the towing base plates on you still have to do something about tail lights and turn signals....either put in another bulb....use the existing bulbs and cut into the wires to put in diodes....or use external magnetic mount tail lights. And after all that you have to have an auxiliary braking system of some type that no matter which kind you choose will run you $1000 or more. Just way too much trouble and expense for one trip. I know about all this because my Laredo X is set up for flat towing behind my motorhome.
I'd take a chance on the late model U-Haul Auto Transport and make sure it's tires are pumped up tight.
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo X 4x4 V6
2014 Grand Cherokee Limited 4x2 V6