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NHWK05 03-29-2010 09:41 PM

So ive towed large trailers before.

Id like to borrow a trailer from a friend in 2 months when my fiance (soon to be wife) and i move in to our apartment. It will be a local move nothing far.

I know all the specs on what the 4.7 WK is listed to handle. 30ft trailer max, 750lb tonque weight max with load dist hitch, 6800lb max trailer weight etc.

I am hoping to rent a 20x8 trailer from a friend. The trailer is 3200 lbs and max trailer weight is 7200.

I dont plan to load quite that much.

So Far i have, Firestone Coil Rite air bags on their way. They go inside the coil and have air hoses that join up to add air pressure to beef up the rear end. Very simple install.

I am getting a Tekonsha Prodigy P3 digital Brake controller to replace my old ass brake controller i have now.

I know how to properly load the trailer as well and obv use tow/haul mode.

I can borrow or buy a weight distributing hitch but i am wondering, Has anyone ever towed this much with a WK with a WDH?
Found this:
Independent rear suspension on SUV's need WDH
Ford Excursion, 2500 Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon 2500 XL, older Dodge Dakota and older Ford Explorer's have rear leaf springs like a full size truck. But the trend is the independent rear suspensions coming to SUV's such as late models of Ford Explorers, Expeditions, Mercedes ML320 and above, Lexus etc. They ride great but all that extra movement for the soft ride, will let a trailer move more. The coil spring suspensions found on most SUV's also allow more trailer sway. So I highly recommend using a WDH. The better ones are easy and fast to hook up. Watch the retired gray hairs pulling RV travel trailers. 80% of them will have a WDH. And their cargo doesn’t shift weight from one hoof to the other while swatting flies with it’s tail. Also another SUV that needs unique attention and a well tuned WDH is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. I see this vehicle towing a lot of trailers. It has the power with the V-8 but the short wheelbase and unibody construction makes this tow vehicle need proper setup for safe towing. I was driving next to one on I-70 last winter in a blizzard over Vail pass. It has pulling a 16 ‘ flat bed trailer with crate loaded too far forward. The trailer had a weight distributing hitch, as Cherokee’s need and was still squatting which was partly due to the load being too far forward and partly due to the bridging effect of the WD hitch putting leverage on the unibody of the Cherokee is not as effective as the leverage on a, (body on frame) system from what I see.

Found this and other good info here.

I know i could just rent a truck but I DONT WANT TO. I want to see my WK do some Work and hold its own.

I am thinking the max weight that will be in the trailer is about 5500 lbs to 6000 lbs.

Does anyone else tow like this with their WK or have any tips or information?

Last time i towed this same trailer i will rent it was with a chevy 2500 HD. I wanna see if my WK can keep up with it.

hemi.jon 03-29-2010 09:44 PM

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ive towed all kinds of things out of spec on many vehicles..if you take it easy, dont accel hard, and dont tailgate and leave room to brake your fine.

but thats just me

NHWK05 03-29-2010 09:50 PM

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Thats what i figure but i am concerned about the WDH. I dont have $500 to spend on one and i am not 100% that my friends that i can borrow is exactly what i need. Last time i towed this trailer with the 2500 HD it was fine and i drove that one in city, back roads and highway all day w/o issue.

I am just concerned about it on the WK b/c its unibody and rear Coil sprung and vs a 3/4 ton HD truck.

Robert Palmer 03-29-2010 09:52 PM

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U-Haul FTW.

NHWK05 03-29-2010 09:56 PM

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Yea, i know, I could do a truck but i like to Tow and i wanna see my Jeep hold its own.

Robert Palmer 03-29-2010 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by NHWK05 (Post 178742)
Yea, i know, I could do a truck but i like to Tow and i wanna see my Jeep hold its own.


But still, U-Haul FTW. :D

NHWK05 03-29-2010 10:00 PM

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Marlin 03-29-2010 10:33 PM

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You won't have a problem mate. The Wk isn't IRS anyway, so it's a naturally better tow vehicle than the Exploders etc. It will easily drag that weight you mention without any special hitches.

maxst2 03-29-2010 10:39 PM

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Im sure it will tow it... but if that 2500 HD was a diesel... its no comparison. The 2500 HD with the diesel is a freaking beast.

NHWK05 03-30-2010 06:55 AM

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Thanks guys. I figure as long as i keep everything within the factory limits and load the trailer properly with the air bags installed i should be able to do a local pull w/o issue. If it was a long haul or cross country then i would invest in a WDH.

Startech 03-30-2010 09:48 AM

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Yes I have, but with an SRT8. Big power, huge brakes....

B.P.O.D 03-30-2010 10:55 AM

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yeah bro you can easily tow that! i have a hidden hitch class 3 and i only have a 3.7 and i can tow 5000lbs no problem

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