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Old 11-18-2014, 02:45 PM
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would you haul it?

Situation:
-2007 Jeep grand cherokee 3.7L V8 with 104,000 miles
-Pulling a 1,200lbs uhaul open top trailer loaded with a 500lbs motorcycle (~1700lbs total pulling weight)
-loaded with about 200lbs of clothes and necessities
-going approx 831 miles from alabama to texas (13 hour drive, pretty level terrain)

Would you do it? I know its not the best towing vehicle, and up against a long drive. I will make approximately $450 by towing, rather than shipping it, and im making the drive either way. Im just afraid of burning out the transmission or severely shortening component life. Bottom line, would you? And would you consider it damaging or risky?

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Old 11-18-2014, 05:50 PM
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Situation:
-2007 Jeep grand cherokee 3.7L V8 with 104,000 miles
-Pulling a 1,200lbs uhaul open top trailer loaded with a 500lbs motorcycle (~1700lbs total pulling weight)
-loaded with about 200lbs of clothes and necessities
-going approx 831 miles from alabama to texas (13 hour drive, pretty level terrain)

Would you do it? I know its not the best towing vehicle, and up against a long drive. I will make approximately $450 by towing, rather than shipping it, and im making the drive either way. Im just afraid of burning out the transmission or severely shortening component life. Bottom line, would you? And would you consider it damaging or risky?
A 3.7 or a 4.7... you said 3.7 v8 so im leaning towards a 4.7. Either way you should be good with the tranny. Just have to take it easy. Big difference between the 3.7 nag1 and 4.7/5.7 545rfe with towing. Nag1 is at 3500 and the 545rfe goes form 11000 to 12000.

Wkjeeps.com has a great article on towing and should help you out with alot of things.
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Re: would you haul it?

According to cars.com, the options for the 2007 Grand Cherokee were the 3.7L V6, 4.7L v8, etc. 2007¬*Jeep¬*Grand Cherokee Reviews, Specs and Prices

The 2007 v6 4x4 has a max towing of 3500 lbs. So, it should be able to tow this with no problem.

Because of the age of the vehicle, I would have a shop check your brakes and radiator coolant before heading out. Also, make sure that the trailer is level to the road when connected to the hitch.

There is a relatively long towing thread here with a lot of good advice on towing. It should be relatively easy to find.
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A 3.7 or a 4.7... you said 3.7 v8 so im leaning towards a 4.7. Either way you should be good with the tranny. Just have to take it easy. Big difference between the 3.7 nag1 and 4.7/5.7 545rfe with towing. Nag1 is at 3500 and the 545rfe goes form 11000 to 12000.

Wkjeeps.com has a great article on towing and should help you out with alot of things.
Typo, sorry. V6
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Typo, sorry. V6
So ya 3.7 nag 1 with the max at 3500... take it easy and read up on the towing threads here on this forum and visit Wkjeeps.
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Ok thanks. Ill read up on that stuff. That puts my mind at ease
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Re: would you haul it?

Biggest strain on any tow vehicle is starting and stopping
Driving smooth and steady is the key
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Re: would you haul it?

If you tow, like you ride a motorcycle on long journeys or the way most tractor trailer operators run, with slowing long before a full stop is necessary and slow, steady acceleration, keeping watch on temps in the engine and tranny this should be just fine. More likely a trailer has an issue with a wheel bearing. Like stated early starting and stopping are the biggest strains as well as long, step descents and rises. Should be just fine. Most modern vehicles that are regularly serviced should be able to go 300k. Hopefully you have had your timing chain serviced, the brakes are good and have replaced diff and transfer case fluids. If not I would make a point to keep those parts with clean fluids. A simple procedure many forget to do. Hopefully you suspension is fairly stiff. Just keep an eye on things. Make sure belts and hoses are in good shape before you leave. Bring some basic tools and fluids. I try to on long hauls but rarely have had the need. Hopefully the weather and winds will be gentle on you.
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