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Old 05-14-2013, 11:30 PM
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Re: Towing thread

Has any one towed any thing with a '14 yet? All my previous vehicles have had tow/haul buttons but dont see one on the '14? Also was curious about if a weight distribution hitch was necessary.. the manual states any trailer over a certain weight (#3500?) requires a weight distribution hitch but does a WD hitch really help that much with the QL suspension? thanks for any help.
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Re: Towing thread

Rigid Class II Hitch Ball Mount R2-0206-S

thats i have and rated u talking about class 1 hitch
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:49 AM
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Cool', the cost difference between that lower rated ball mount and a Class III ball mount that goes to 5K lbs is not substantial. It's better to be heavier than light for these things.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:01 AM
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Re: Towing thread

Hey there





3 Horse Angle (Slant) approx 7700lb loaded

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Old 06-09-2013, 08:46 AM
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Re: Towing thread

Good to see another horse application here... That said...7700?
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Horse Angle (Slant) approx 7700lb loaded

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That's impressive, non-QL and looks so level. I assume the "load leveling" shocks work just fine?...or you are the balance master

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Re: Towing thread

I can't tell from the photos that Horse posted if it's there, but a WDH is required by Jeep for that max load and would assist with keeping things level, no matter about the shocks. I'd want stabilizers, too, because a live load moves around and can exacerbate the challenges when up at max load. Towing horses isn't anything like towing a big boat or camper, for sure! I personally keep my horse pulling to no more than about 5K fully loaded because of the nature of the cargo, but unlike some of the "only use a one ton truck pundants", wouldn't slap Horse around if what is pictured is what he/she is comfortable with towing with the WK2 for local hauling.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:22 PM
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I tend to tow around max load (with appropriate drive trains). Sway and weight distribution is a must and required over 500 pounds loaded tongue on the JGC. It doesn't matter how level it looks if you snap something in the rear suspension or can steer under load.
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Re: Towing thread

I tend to agree with Willix. I bet you can pull 20K lbs with a JGC.. but keeping it under control at highway speeds, downhill, etc...That's the real reason for limits, weight distribution and trailer brake controllers.

Really, if you're always towing on the upper end, or in excess of the vehicles GCWR, you should get a big truck.

Should you lose control, you may be liable for your damages in some states.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:13 PM
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I will add (in agreement with Rich). I spend a lot of time making sure I am set up properly at least once per year with the same trailer. Some good brake testing and regular serviced trailer brakes. I also was just at the scales (once with trailer on and once with only the tow vehicle) so that I can verify that my tongue and loading isn't going over my tow vehicle GVWR. I am comfortable towing a little over the vehicle tow spec but the sum of the two can never be over the total GVWRs.... VERY IMPORTANT for the reason Rich stated. If something goes wrong that will be what gets calculated. They will gather all the parts and weigh in.

Also for Drive train, I choose vehicles well over engineered for the weight. Hence the new JGC Diesel. The exact Drive train will likely be rated for 9500 plus in the half ton RAM, so I am not worried about engine and tranny longevity.

Trailer loaded right now was 7180.... not much play room but it is set up right with an equalizer and Prodigy P3.... impatiently waiting for my Diesel!
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:56 PM
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Re: Towing thread

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Good to see another horse application here... That said...7700?
Yeah very rarely is it loaded to that weight Only when the missus decides every horse and horse related item has to "come along for the ride" but mostly all the big heavy horses (18 hand warmbloods) get thrown in the horse truck stolen from work

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but a WDH is required by Jeep for that max load and would assist with keeping things level
Not in Australia it seems. Have got a dealer bulletin here stating that you can use a WDH but it is not required. It also goes on to say that the warranty in regards to the chassis will be void if a WDH is used due to the Excessive forces applied.


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Really, if you're always towing on the upper end, or in excess of the vehicles GCWR, you should get a big truck.
Would love to mate however 3500's and F350's are a bit hard (read expensive!!) to come by out here! all we get is imports that have had hack jobs done on the interior to make them RHD
Also the GCWR is close when fully loaded (within 150 lb) but never exceeded
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