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Quick question; I'm planning to drive from Orlando to Atlanta with my jeep towing a 6 x 12 Uhaul trailer with my sisters stuff (full bed, book case and two or four random items) should not be a heavy haul.

This would be the first time towing for such a long distance for me, and the first time towing anything with my Laredo.

I have installed a Curl class IV hitch for up to 7000 lbs. i still need to install wiring and get a drop ball.

What suggestions you have for me, wiring at dealer or Uhaul? Im not pushing the Jeep to hard would i?

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Should be ok on the weight for pulling with the truck. UHaul usually does a good job with wiring or hitches. Make sure the tongue of the trailer is level with the truck. This can be adjusted with a hitch that has adjustable ball height. Some states require trailer brakes over 2k towing weight. In that case you would need the 8 pin connector and a electronic trailer brake installed in your truck. If your GC looks sacked out at the rear with trailer attached, slow down because front end will be light. Or use this as a reason to get air suspension.

You might need to use the paddle shifters if descending a steep hill and I wouldn't use eco mode in town towing. Don't drive faster than you need to. I can cruise at 65 towing a 30 foot camper behind Ram, but the GC isn't a Ram. If high side wind slow down.

Good luck, Belto.
 

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Should be ok on the weight for pulling with the truck. UHaul usually does a good job with wiring or hitches. Make sure the tongue of the trailer is level with the truck. This can be adjusted with a hitch that has adjustable ball height. Some states require trailer brakes over 2k towing weight. In that case you would need the 8 pin connector and a electronic trailer brake installed in your truck. If your GC looks sacked out at the rear with trailer attached, slow down because front end will be light. Or use this as a reason to get air suspension.

You might need to use the paddle shifters if descending a steep hill and I wouldn't use eco mode in town towing. Don't drive faster than you need to. I can cruise at 65 towing a 30 foot camper behind Ram, but the GC isn't a Ram. If high side wind slow down.

Good luck, Belto.
I disagree. If that's the case, redistribute the weight before you hit the road.


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Good point Bill. Better to get the towing set up correctly than just slowing due to an unsafe condition. I might have said, if the trailer/Jeep are not both level when the trailer is on the hitch, redistribute the weight in the trailer/Jeep to achieve a level condition.
 

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He would require a 7 pin connector for the wiring if brakes are reqyited, not 8. (In case he asks for it and they scratch their heads) my other question is would they have electric brakes on a trailer like that or surge brakes? That would be the thing to ask. Honestly I would get the 7 pin installed that way you are future proofed anyways. If it were me I would ask for something with brakes either way because I didn't feel to confident in our Jeep's brakes with 32 or so behind it with no brakes. Your problem with having u haul install the wiring is you have to take it to the dealer to have the computer flashed to enable the blinkers, so you will have to weigh that cost in there too.
 

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It's a UHaul utility trailer. I doubt it would have electric brakes. If it does, U-Haul has temporary hook ups for 'almost' every situation.


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Likely no issue hauling household goods like that. UHaul usually has surge brakes when they are needed, so only 4-pin wiring required.

Please note (OP) that just because the hitch receiver you installed is rated for 7000 lbs, your Jeep is not rated for towing that high, especially since you don't have factory towing. Check your manual specifications. With factory tow on a MY14, it would be 6200 lbs max for a V6, but it's quite a bit less without factory tow.
 

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It will have surge brakes and a pretty safe max weight for the Jeep.

"Our 6x12 enclosed trailers have the capacity to load nearly 2,500 lbs with almost 400 total cubic feet of storage! If combined with our 26’ moving truck, you now have the biggest do-it-yourself moving capacity available. This enclosed cargo trailer is also equipped with surge brakes to assist with slowing while in transit. Expect a smooth ride for your belongings and an easy tow behind your vehicle."


Silly me ... I peeked at the U-Haul website.

U-Haul: 6x12 Cargo Trailer Rental


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I believe anything with surge brakes has a 5 pin connector, the extra being the reverse lights to disable the surge brakes, but not all have this.
I never thought about what happens in reverse. What does the extra wire activate that can deactivate the plunger?



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I never thought about what happens in reverse. What does the extra wire activate that can deactivate the plunger?



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I towed a 2,500 lb. sailboat with surge brakes on the trailer over a ten year period. There was no mechanism to deactivate the brake in reverse (perhaps newer rigs have a deactivating device). But, given the weight transfer necessary to activate the brake while moving forward, I can't imagine a backing up scenario that would cause the brakes to be applied on that rig.

Also have a motorhome with a newly built surge brake tow bar for a toad. Same dynamics seem to apply. Despite the fact that backing up with a toad behind a motorhome is discouraged, it can be done when absolutely necessary and without causing the toad brakes to engage.
 

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So i started making calls to set all this up, and the dealer wanted $400 in parts and labor for installing and flashing the wiring harness.... I called uhaul they charge me $51 after tax. Then again to the dealership they will charge me $90 for just the flashing so my signal lights work.

According to my uhaul confirmation email i will be getting a LED 4 flat vehicle end..
 

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hope it works ok
 

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This thread has been extremely helpful. I am in the process of moving from Orlando to Dallas, Texas.

When it comes down to it, is it better to get everything done at a Uhaul location or at the dealership.

When I priced it out the Uhaul was $310 installed and the dealership was $400. What would be the final recommendation on getting the hitch and wiring installed?
 

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To doit yourself, hitch from Autoanything.com about 140 tops, 4 easy bolts you can find an instructional vid on youtube from etrailer.com then same with the wiring 40 bucks and very easy to install. Top spent under 200...

For the hitch get a buddy to help hold it since it was kinda hard doing it on my own, luckly im not that big so i used my feet to hold one side while i bolted the other.
 
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