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Noob question on towing with V6

Hello guys, total new to towing here. I have tried to go through as many towing threads as possible. I have a 2014 v6 limited 4x4. I got a quote for getting the oem hitch installed from my dealer for less than 500$. My purposes would be strictly limited to ikea, mattresses, furnitures etc. I don't expect the combined weight of the trailer and goods to go beyond 2000 lbs. I will be using u haul trailers until I get comfortable with towing and figure out which utility trailer would suit my needs best. depending on the trailers I rent I will get a ball mount from Northern tools or u haul itself with a decent rating and appropriate drop.

My question is this: since I don't have a tow pkg will my v6 be able to handle up to 2000 lbs without issues...? I mean without the heavier alternator, cooling system and auto levelling shocks. Also would I need a brake controller for such lighter use?

Ur suggestions would be really valuable. If this approach doesn't sound good, I will probably hold off on getting the hitch installed.

Sorry if this is redundant, but most of the threads discuss towing with a very or with tow pkg.

Thanks for ur time and help.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:18 PM
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Re: Noob question on towing with V6

Those little loads won't be a problem. Just take it slow. Don't be one of those guys hauling a trailer in the left lane.
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Re: Noob question on towing with V6

You'll be fine.

There is plenty you could add if you want to tow more weight too.

Load Leveling hitch, either Surge or Electric Brakes in the Trailer.

I forget what weight Jeep recommends brakes in the trailer, but it's very low. I think anything above 1500 lbs (or even 1000 lbs, I forget it was crazy low). I wouldn't worry about it on your light duty uhaul rentals though for short distances. But if you buy one you might research it and may be well worth adding it even at the 2000 Lb weight. Lot's of trailers that light duty might not have brakes.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:58 AM
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Hello guys, total new to towing here. I have tried to go through as many towing threads as possible. I have a 2014 v6 limited 4x4. I got a quote for getting the oem hitch installed from my dealer for less than 500$. My purposes would be strictly limited to ikea, mattresses, furnitures etc. I don't expect the combined weight of the trailer and goods to go beyond 2000 lbs. I will be using u haul trailers until I get comfortable with towing and figure out which utility trailer would suit my needs best. depending on the trailers I rent I will get a ball mount from Northern tools or u haul itself with a decent rating and appropriate drop.

My question is this: since I don't have a tow pkg will my v6 be able to handle up to 2000 lbs without issues...? I mean without the heavier alternator, cooling system and auto levelling shocks. Also would I need a brake controller for such lighter use?

Ur suggestions would be really valuable. If this approach doesn't sound good, I will probably hold off on getting the hitch installed.

Sorry if this is redundant, but most of the threads discuss towing with a very or with tow pkg.

Thanks for ur time and help.
You will be fine as is. No need to add electric brake controllers or additional equipment. You can easily tow 2000 lbs. You actually can probably tow up to 4000 lbs before even thinking of adding extra features. I personally tow a 4500 boat using only the surge brakes on the boat trailer. I have a utility trailer, and often tow 3500 lbs and it doesn't have any brakes - just the brakes on the Jeep. The Jeep you have has more than enough power to tow what you want to tow. Good luck
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Re: Noob question on towing with V6

I think it would be cheaper to rent a pick-up or small van in the long run!!!
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Thanks Shannon.

Cherry, renting a pickup for a day runs close to 80$. Whereas a trailer is around 15$. When I had my sedan I spent a lot for hauling simple house furniture or opting for delivery. I think the cost difference and convenience would pay for the hitch. My 2000 lb estimate is on the high side. So I won't be spending on additional equipment unless I really see the need to.
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Re: Noob question on towing with V6

You also need to know the law in your state. Some states require trailer brakes for loads as little 1500 pounds, CA is one of them.
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Thanks labrat. That's a good point. I just looked up and I am good upto 4500 with the state law. I also read the jeep manual which states that brakes are "required" if the trailer is more than 1650. The u haul trailers are closer to 750 lbs. This leaves approx 900 lbs which should be way more than what I need at the moment.

I have also been reading up towing in general and understand that tyranny cooling is one of the important points to be considered. I was checking out my truck this morning and I think I have the tyranny cooler. I am attaching the best pic that I could take without removing anything

I was thinking that it comes only if the tow pkg was included. Isn't that the case? May be it is part of all trucks but the ones with the tow pkg have something beefier?



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Re: Noob question on towing with V6

Hulk,you must tow alot then,anyway a few years ago i picked up a snowmobile trailer for 700.00 alum. frame,ply.wd. deck and very lite.

Here in Pa. any trailer under 3000 lb. GW. does not need trl brakes and that = a 2000 lb.+ payload and a trl. that has come in handy many a times!!
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Thanks labrat. That's a good point. I just looked up and I am good upto 4500 with the state law. I also read the jeep manual which states that brakes are "required" if the trailer is more than 1650. The u haul trailers are closer to 750 lbs. This leaves approx 900 lbs which should be way more than what I need at the moment.

I have also been reading up towing in general and understand that tyranny cooling is one of the important points to be considered. I was checking out my truck this morning and I think I have the tyranny cooler. I am attaching the best pic that I could take without removing anything

I was thinking that it comes only if the tow pkg was included. Isn't that the case? May be it is part of all trucks but the ones with the tow pkg have something beefier?



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I just checked, yeah the tow package one is much larger.
It goes almost across the whole radiator.

No wonder my transmission never warms up at 65mph below 0F.

But again at 2000 lbs don't give it another thought.
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Re: Noob question on towing with V6

There are actually several towing packages in the guise of one or two. On my '12 there was nothing heavy duty involved, just the receiver, fascia, wiring, and flash.

With your 4x4 there should be more but you'll have to check. As an add-on the factory hitch assembly and wiring (easy DIY but will need to go to dealer for flash so all the lights will work).

I have seen some aftermarket hitches that cantilever under the bumper. I suspect that would not have the same load capacity but may be enough for you.
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