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Old 10-27-2014, 06:44 PM   #1
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2004 Forest River Surveyor 233T

Hello! We are looking at a Surveryor 233T at weight of 3,500. We have a 2008 Jeep Cherokee 8 cylinder, 4.7 4x4 with tow package. Manual says we can pull 5000. We wont be going long distances nor hills. Any thoughts on the jeep pulling this? Any help is appreciated. Thank you so much!\

Mike and Loree (Peanut and Sophie also)
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:53 PM   #2
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Should be fine

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Old 10-28-2014, 12:09 PM   #3
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3500 lbs is the dry weight. I have a 27' 2004 Surveyor 261T hybrid that is about 3500 dry as well. The actual yellow-sticker empty weight is nearly 4000 lbs. You should expect about the same. Loaded up with cargo/food/gear, you should estimate around 4500lbs.

I'm not sure about the Jeep, but most trucks require you to subtract any passengers & cargo in the tow vehicle from MAX tow rating, not including the driver. As you can see, you are going to be very close, if not over, depending on your actual loaded trailer weight, and what you put in the Jeep.
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Old 10-28-2014, 05:47 PM   #4
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I have a Surveyor 23RB and when I used a Jeep, it was a horrible experience when travelling over 50 mph. I believe the wheelbase is too short for any trailer over 25'. I switched to a RAm1500 and the handling is 100% better. Yes I have anti-sway bars and load levelers. The Jeep would act as if the trailer was pushing the Jeep. Don't use it.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:31 PM   #5
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I have a 2008 Surveyor 233T and dry weight is 4069. We had a Ford Explorer V6 that we pulled it with. It wasn't too bad here in Michigan but I think it was under powered plus the short wheel base.. Got rid of the Ford for a Tahoe 5.3L which does a better job. I supposed your V8 should be fine based on my experience.

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