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guitartate 10-21-2013 03:14 PM

Towing in Colorado
 
Howdy from Aurora, CO.
I have pored through the forums on towing but there is not much for us Rocky mountain types with heavier loads . I am looking at a 5220lb 520hitch weight 27 ft toyhauler. I have towed a Jayco 18footer into the mountains before and it was a piece of cake. My question do you think I'd be that guy in the right lane of I-70 with the pedal to the metal getting up the hill? It would probably be more like 6300-6500 total weight after Harley, dishes backpacks and crap. I have the brake controller and the 2011 Hemi with tow package. I have towed with other vehicles etc but I am just not sure with a trailer approaching the WK2 capacity. I don't really want to get a diesel truck but if it came down to it in the long run. But making sure I am not setting myself up for failure. As stated my real question is pulling that weight up into the mountains at altitude and not hanging out in the right lane with my hazard lights the whole trip. Thanks. -Guitartate

moosehead 10-21-2013 04:49 PM

Re: Towing in Colorado
 
Guitar, you are GTG with that load. You may get some more wind loads than my rig pictured below, but she's somewhere over 6k lbs and we get up and over Berthoud Pass more than a half dozen times a year, no brake controller (hydraulic surge) no sweat. We'll even take the left lane once in awhile on I-70, you know how the looky loos are here.

I have yet to feel the need for a weight distributing hitch, but you might be well served to add one if you haven't yet tried it.

http://www.jeepgarage.org/f73/bfl-big-load-42575.html

http://i952.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/378c628a.jpg

1quick1 10-21-2013 07:03 PM

Re: Towing in Colorado
 
I can't say for sure but I took my old 09 Liberty through the Smokies (big difference to the Rockies) right at the 5,000lb limit and that engine was a dog compared to the 3.6. So I can't say for sure but I bet you'll be fine. Oh and I was one of those slow guys in the right lane with my 2012 Rubicon if I wasn't keeping the revs well above 5k.

guitartate 10-21-2013 07:26 PM

Re: Towing in Colorado
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by moosehead (Post 914746)
Guitar, you are GTG with that load. You may get some more wind loads than my rig pictured below, but she's somewhere over 6k lbs and we get up and over Berthoud Pass more than a half dozen times a year, no brake controller (hydraulic surge) no sweat. We'll even take the left lane once in awhile on I-70, you know how the looky loos are here.

I have yet to feel the need for a weight distributing hitch, but you might be well served to add one if you haven't yet tried it.

http://www.jeepgarage.org/f73/bfl-big-load-42575.html

http://i952.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/378c628a.jpg

Thanks Moose. I was hoping I'd get you to reply. I do lurk around often but I'm not creepy, really. lol Yes I know absolutely how I-70 is and I have been over Berthoud many times so your post gives me 100% confidence that I won't be that guy annoying everybody with nowhere to pull over.

guitartate 10-21-2013 07:30 PM

Re: Towing in Colorado
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 1quick1 (Post 914817)
I can't say for sure but I took my old 09 Liberty through the Smokies (big difference to the Rockies) right at the 5,000lb limit and that engine was a dog compared to the 3.6. So I can't say for sure but I bet you'll be fine. Oh and I was one of those slow guys in the right lane with my 2012 Rubicon if I wasn't keeping the revs well above 5k.

No worries 1Q1. You have a Rubi so thats nuff said right there! lol Sounds like you use it too! Thanks! FWIW I mentioned I pulled a Jayco 18 ft. It was only like 3000 lbs. and my Jeep pulled it up the back way into Golden Gate from 72 which has some steep hills. Other than a little tug now and then from the trailer beboping it was a breeze. Thanks guys for the response. I lived in Arvada but am now farther out here in Aurora and we miss the mountains so it sounds like the camper is a good solution!


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