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Old 05-19-2014, 12:04 PM   #1
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Feedback on potential Tow Setup for Newbie

Hi,

New to towing anything bigger than a small utility trailer.

I'm thinking about going with the following setup and am looking for any feedback you more experienced folks might have.

TV:
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
470 HP, 465 lb-ft torque
7200 lbs tow rating
weight: 5150lbs, GVWR 6500

Trailer we are considering:
Surveyor Travel Trailer by Forest River

2014/2015 Surveyor Cadet SC-226RBDS


Dry Hitch Weight492 lbs. (223 kg) Unloaded Vehicle Weight4,880 lbs. (2,214 kg) GVWRTBA (TBA) Cargo Carrying Capacity2,612 lbs. (1,185 kg) Exterior Length25' 5" (7.7 m) Exterior Height11' 0" (3.4 m) Exterior Width96" (2.4 m) Fresh Water Capacity46 gal. (174 L) Gray Water Capacity40 gal. (151 L) Black Water Capacity30 gal. (114 L)


I realize there are some people on here who believe it's against the very laws of nature to tow anything at all with an SUV so really not looking to start an endless debate about that. Just specific concerns or feedback please.

thanks!
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:10 PM   #2
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HP and TQlbs definitely will not be the issue....

The only concern that people may give would be the wheel base of your vehicle as it pertains to the length of the TT.

the new Jeeps have that much HP and TQlbs..
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:16 PM   #3
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HP and TQlbs definitely will not be the issue....

The only concern that people may give would be the wheel base of your vehicle as it pertains to the length of the TT.

the new Jeeps have that much HP and TQlbs..
It's an SRT model
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:23 PM   #4
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Well you will certainly be within the tow numbers empty and likely loaded. Pay close attention to the payload numbers....those are the numbers that get most SUV/half tons. You are at 500# before any propane, batteries, water and so on.

looks like you will be good to go, its just good to know your where you stand.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:26 PM   #5
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Well you will certainly be within the tow numbers empty and likely loaded. Pay close attention to the payload numbers....those are the numbers that get most SUV/half tons. You are at 500# before any propane, batteries, water and so on.

looks like you will be good to go, its just good to know your where you stand.
You are talking about the gross weight of the TV?
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:36 PM   #6
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It does look like at full capacity for the TT would put you over but only by about 3-400lbs.

I would think as with anyone you just need to be aware of your limits and keep in mind the crazy drivers out there who really could care less about others on the road.

Get a good WDH and set it up properly by yourself not the dealer!!

Then you will always know if it is right or not!!
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:44 PM   #7
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Your tongue weight will need to be watched as it did not take into consideration tanks, WDH, towing gear or camping equipment. Like some else already said, get a good WDH and set it correctly. Mirrors / seeing behind you, will probably be another concern. I tow with an SUV and it does fine. If you have truck tires that will be a plus, as well as heavy duty towing package if equiped. Best of luck...
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:54 PM   #8
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I just ordered this hitch. It sounded pretty good after doing some reserch: Reese SC Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion - 10,000 lbs GTW, 600 lbs TW Reese Weight Distribution RP66151
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TV:
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
470 HP, 465 lb-ft torque
7200 lbs tow rating
weight: 5150lbs, GVWR 6500
For your TV, what does this sticker say as your maximum loading capacity?

[url=https://flic.kr/p/e1a7mo]

You can best guess your tongue weight by using this tool:
http://www.towingplanner.com/Estimat...80&lw=6380&a=2

By that, it looks like you're be in the high 700s.

You can then use the results from that and follow through with this calculator to see if you'll be under/over your ratings:
Towing Calculator based on Truck's Payload/CCC - Towing Planner

If you're going to be over, only you can decide if you're willing to be over (and by how much).
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:08 PM   #10
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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??

thanks again for all the responses . . .
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