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Old 05-19-2014, 05:14 PM   #11
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Many people have many opinions on that- for me, I always have 1/2-full tank. I've been caught at campgrounds without water (when it was expected to be available) a few times now. Most recently, we did NOT have water in our tank and it was an annoyance.

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Old 05-19-2014, 06:22 PM   #12
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That's kind of what I was thinking too. 1/2 tank would be 150-180lbs.

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Old 05-19-2014, 07:17 PM   #13
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Your wheel base is about the same as mine, my trailer is 30ft but I would not have went with that short a wheel base without using either a Pro-Pride 3 or as I have a Hensley so the trailer does nor shake the TV off, the usual WDH do not totally eliminate sway and with such a short WB you don't want ANY. I don't see any problem with the weights though.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:11 PM   #14
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Reese SC is a good system that actively inhibits sway and even corrects it to some degree. Just watch your overall tongue weight and family/stuff in the SUV versus your payload capacity.
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:00 AM   #15
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typical conservative 1000lbs over dry weight puts you around 5800 lbs loaded (vs 7200 lb MAX rating.
Yes, being near 500lb TW dry is usually a concern for an SUV. But I also notice that the bathroom and fridge are at the very rear of the camper. Also, the pantry is at or behind the axles. I guessing the holding tanks are at or behind the axles as well. I suspect all of this rear weight will do a good job counteractive the weight of battery, propane, and whatever you put in your bedroom closets and the forward passthru storage.

5800 * 12% = 696lbs. Find out what the max TW rating is, with WDH. It's probably limited to 720 lbs (10% of 7200).
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:23 AM   #16
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I'd tow with that. As long as I had a good WD and sway control setup.

Do those SRT models have good tires for towing?
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:56 AM   #17
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What is your jeeps GCWR? The tow rating includes the payload, so you can't have 1500lbs PLUS 7200. Checking your GCWR will be how you confirm this.

I run with 5-10 gal or so fresh - you can use the bathroom, wash hands, geta drink, etc as needed, if needed.

Double check your manual - since you have a sport model you may have very different tow ratings than the 'standard' model. I have a silverado as does my neighbor..both 4dr short bet 1500s. He got the 'sport' model and has 20" tires/rims and different payload/GCWR/tow rating than I do.
My expedition I had was the same way - the 17" option rims took 500lbs off the tow rating. Only place to find this was IN the manual.

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Thanks for the links.

I'm calculating I'll be 242 lbs under the Jeep's GVWR and 1680 under the tow rating.

Do you typically run with water in the fresh water tank? Or only if you know you'll be dry camping??

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Originally Posted by EricInColorado View Post
I'd tow with that. As long as I had a good WD and sway control setup.

Do those SRT models have good tires for towing?
What makes a tire a "good" tire for towing?
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:05 AM   #19
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Thanks everyone for your responses. We are picking up the trailer later today. I've ran all the #'s and talked a to a couple people that also tow with a Grand Cherokee so I'm feeling pretty comfortable with the setup. It's also only my wife and I in the Jeep so we are well under GVWR as well.
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:10 AM   #20
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Here are all the numbers with the weights including what I'm considering our worst case scenario based on what I think we'll carry.

Jeep weight: 5150
Jeep GVWR: 6500
Stuff and people in Jeep: 500lbs (max)
Tongue weight: 588
Jeep capacity left: 262

Trailer weight dry: 4880
Trailer tongue weight (dry): 491
Stuff in trailer: 1000 (max)
total trailer weight: 5880
Tow rating for my Jeep: 7200lbs, with 720lb tongue weight

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