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Old 07-02-2014, 02:44 PM   #1
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Good afternoon, I am "green" regarding traveling with my 2011- 21' Rockwood Roo. I am planning a trip (my first other than local camping) from Cleveland to Gettysburg and onto Washington DC with my 86 year old aunt and 12 year old daughter and 2 dogs. I am pulling this trailer with my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Larado that came equipped with an original tow package (supporting 5000lbs). I have had the jeep "serviced for travel" and its seems in great shape. My concern is the mountainous travel thru PA and back. Any thoughts, suggestions, recommendations, ideas, etc., etc. I appreciate any and all opinions.
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:04 PM   #2
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Use the engine to your advantage. Downshift going up and down the mountains. Do not be afraid of higher rpms. General rule of thumb, come down the mountain in the gear you went up in. When you need to use brakes, pump hard one time to drop your speed by about 10mph and let go. When your speed picks up do it again. Do not hold or ride your brakes. Take it slow and easy.
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The majority of the "mountains" you will encounter on that route will be long rolling hills, especially if you stick to the major roads. You should have no issue if you do like Anaro described, and more than likely you won't even have to do that.
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Thank you so much! I am checking the "payload" of the jeep and it states 1500lbs and the towing capacity is 5000, so should be fine there considering my trailer weight is 4300lbs. Just slow and easy as you state...Right?
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Thank you so much! I am checking the "payload" of the jeep and it states 1500lbs and the towing capacity is 5000, so should be fine there considering my trailer weight is 4300lbs. Just slow and easy as you state...Right?
well, i'm assuming you have the 21SS model. if you do, it has the heaviest hitch weight of any of the Roo models. and the 4300lbs. sounds like the actual yellow sticker weight. but that's definitely not what it'll weigh loaded.
its GVWR of 5743lbs. is way over your 5000 number.

so, without knowing which Roo model you have, loaded for camping you can easily be over the 5000lbs. towing capacity, which is rated with only a 150lb. driver in the Jeep.

i'm guessing you are easily at or over the Jeep's max. i predict you'll have a lousy time towing it through the mountains and will be straining the Jeep to the max.
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I agree you have a very good chance of being over your limits if that is a dry weight. Is it dry or loaded weight? Have you been to a scale with that combo loaded ready to camp? How does it handle on the flat land? Over limits is much scarier in mountains than on flat land. Ask me how I know? Let's just say I learn my lessons the hard way. If your hook up is shaky on flat lands then you will not like the mountains at all.
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Also, check the hitch capacity. The tongue weight may exceed the rating for the hitch.
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Where's the mountains in PA, I must have missed them, nice rolling countryside though have a great trip.
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I thought I would share this information from a towing guide company, of course I did provide them with much more information (after reading about GVWR, Payload, Tongue, etc.) I hope this will help others in their research.

"I have 2000 jeep grand Cherokee Laredo with original tow package installed for a rating of (5000 lbs). The side door on the jeep shows GVWR of 5500 lbs. My hitch has a weight distribution rating of 14000 and capacity of 6000. the ball has a 10,000 rating. I have a 21' rockwood roo that weighs approx. 4300 lbs.
am I going to be ok to take this on a trip with 2 adults, 1 child and 2 dogs with luggage and food through a mountainous passage?"


"According to your numbers, you should be OK. Your trailer weighs less than the Jeep's capacity and the hitch and ball are in excess capacity of what you need.

You just need to be careful to not to overload the Jeep with cargo and passengers. Curb weight on that vehicle is around 3,772 pounds, depending on equipment. With a GVWR of 5,500 pounds, you have about 1,700 pounds of carrying capacity in the Jeep, but I wouldn't advise using all of it. Try to limit your passengers and cargo weight to 1,000 pounds or less.

Also, that vehicle has a short wheel base so do be cautious on the mountain roads. Stay to the right and take your time. "

Thanks to all for your wisdom, thoughts and opinions. I appreciate all of it.

A very safe and happy 4th to all
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I grew up in Delaware, grandparents lived in Harrisburg/Mechanicsburg, PA area. So I've been around that area a number of times in my childhood. Also, I driven from the Midwest to Delaware in my adult life many, many times until my parents died about 6 years go. So I have some experience with this area, although none recently.

Heading east, assuming you'd take I-80 to I-76 (PA turnpike) through Pittsburgh, US 30 is the most direct route between the PA turnpike (at Breezewood) and Gettysburg. However, between Breezewood and about Chambersburg, US 30 is very hilly. As in hills with runaway truck turnouts. (I wouldn't call that "long rolling hills" - these are the Appalachian Mountains - not the Rockies, but not "long rolling hills" either.) And it's mostly 2 lane, as I recall. It's been about 20 years since I've been on it, so maybe they've improved it, but I'd try to stay off it in that area if it were me; but I would guess you'd call any other route "out of your way."

Maybe someone with more timely experience with US 30 in that area will weigh in.
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