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Towing Small Horse Trailer

Hi everyone,

I promise I did some searching before I posted a horse trailer question but I couldn't find anything regarding the specs on my GC.

I have a 2014 GC Laredo with 3.6L V6 engine; so pretty much the most basic model. Everyone else has posted on their V8's, diesels, hemis, Overlands, etc. I know the more powerful models have no problem trailering horses.

I need to tow a small horse trailer and my horse to a 1 hour commute on a freeway a couple times a week (about 3000lbs for trailer and horse). I talked to a couple parts guys at Mopar and they said I could safely haul my horse if I installed a tow package (and I suggested a brake controller as well). That would give me a towing capacity of 5000lbs. Looking up the statistics on a computer is one thing, I wanted to see if anyone had any first hand experience about this as I'm a little nervous about it. However, I don't really have any other options and don't want to give up my GC!

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Re: Towing Small Horse Trailer

You will be fine. My previous car (Mitsubishi Montero V6 petrol) had less power and torque, and we towed two horses (Arabs) comfortably for years.
Yes, get an electric break fitted, Tekonsha’s are popular as they are proportional, that means the brake force they apply is proportional to the brake force you are applying to the pedal. Some just apply all the force you have set at once.

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Here we go again... members with small horses!! How small are they??
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Re: Towing Small Horse Trailer

I tow a 4,000 lb camper with no trouble with my '12 3.6 and you have more gears. Mine does have the factory tow package which seems to have a much stronger mount (factory says class IV) than the aftermarket ones I see.

The other piece you will need is a wiring harness. If the trailer has electric brakes you will also ned a controller (don't with a surge brake).

My controller is a Tekonsha P2 and works fine for me. The GC is the best tow car I've owned (and have had a few).
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Here we go again... members with small horses!! How small are they??
None for me, but my family has some that as adults are about the same mass as a Great Dane.
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Re: Towing Small Horse Trailer

Your parts guys are wrong. From the 2014 WK Users Guide:
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Vehicles not factory equipped with trailer tow package are limited to 3,500 lbs (350 lbs tongue weight).
Still OK for what you want to do if 3000lb is the real weight.

IMHO you will want electric brakes and a brake controller as mentioned above.. I recommend a Tekonsha P3 controller..
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Thanks everyone. A lot of horse people get bent out of shape and favor their half ton- 1 ton pick ups so it's made me question but in Europe they transport horses by SUV fairly often. My horse is about 1200-1300lbs, a 16h Thoroughbred. But I'll be using a small 2 horse trailer.

I appreciate all advice.
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Here is Aus it is 90% SUV.

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Re: Towing Small Horse Trailer

With the V6 JGC, you're pretty much limited to Euro horse trailers like Böckmann, Fautras and if you can find one used, Brenderup. Towing a live load is very different than towing a boat or other inanimate object. You need a lightweight trailer that's designed to be pulled with a smaller, less powerful vehicle to safely haul horses. North American style trailers typically are not suitable for that.

Even with the Hemi V8 (which I chose specifically because I did have this need), I was very careful about trailer weight when acquiring my horse trailer and honestly, I don't prefer it when I have to haul both of our horses concurrently. It's fine for simple local travel a few times a year, but I wouldn't want it for more rigorous trips. My trailer weighs 2200 lbs; horses are about 2500 total; gear a few hundred more. No way would I want more than that behind my JGC with a live load that moves and thinks on its own. I do see folks pulling 2 horse BP with dressing rooms and JGCs, but I wouldn't.

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Re: Towing Small Horse Trailer

Jim,

Do you notice a difference between hauling one horse versus two? I'm just wondering if you can safely haul two horses with you V8 hemi, if I'm okay hauling one horse with my V6. What do you think the max weight on my trailer should be? I'm basing it off your 2200lbs, but does length, tongue weight, and height make big differences too?
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Re: Towing Small Horse Trailer

Hi SC girl, I have pulled a few horse trailers in my day and am currently pulling a 21 foot boat with my GC Limited. Anyway, what kind of horse trailer do you have and what does it weigh empty? Where are you located and what is the terrain like? Dave
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Thanks everyone. A lot of horse people get bent out of shape and favor their half ton- 1 ton pick ups so it's made me question but in Europe they transport horses by SUV fairly often. My horse is about 1200-1300lbs, a 16h Thoroughbred. But I'll be using a small 2 horse trailer.

I appreciate all advice.
If your horse is 1300lbs, the trailer would have to only weigh 1700lbs to be at a total of 3000lbs. Very curious about the type of trailer. Dave
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