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Old 01-21-2018, 11:54 AM   #1
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first tow vehicle - 2018 Chevy Colorado V6 2wd or a Grand Cherokee v6 4x4

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We are looking into a tow vehicle that can tow a 3000 lbs E-Pro 19FD from Flagstaff.

After looking around, seems we are liking a Chevy colorado or a GMC Canyon that have V6, tow package, 2 wheel drive. It claim to tow up to 7000 lbs. This is more car like when compare to big 1500 or F-150 and cheaper for cost too.
At the same time a Jeep Grand Cherokee is having special now, a v6 4x4 with tow package is claim to be able to tow 6000 lbs.

We are planning to travel to parks within 6 hrs radius around our home for this year so we can take our time to drive and still arrive with in 1 day (our first year with rv). Couple years later we would like to try to go to east end of Canada (PEI) with is 20 hrs driving.

Anyone out there have experience with these tow vehicles? Suggestions please. Also, we are new to towing. Is that a factor for us. Or is there out there something better options.

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Old 01-21-2018, 12:09 PM   #2
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You will get lots of answers either way. As a guide to making a decision I suggest the following.

Use loaded hitch weight which is probably closer to 500lbs.
Use load capacity of tow vehicle ( found on drivers door jamb)
Towing capacity is a marketing ploy ( like pennies a day)

Take hitch weight, add 100 lbs for hitch itself and the weight of everything you plan to carry in tow vehicle including passengers( not driver) subtract this from load capacity. If the number is positive you are good to go. Best solution is to use scales, but that is difficult to do when you don't own units yet.

Also consider the probability that you may upgrade in a few years. Many people say they won't be upgrading, but after a few seasons find many reasons why they should. You may want to choose a tow vehicle that does not need to be replaced when you upgrade.
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:32 PM   #3
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First issue with the Jeep that I know of will be frontal area of the camper I believe they are limited to 60 sq feet being a small truck find the where’s manual for the Colorado and look for frontal area limitations taking a stab it will be around the same. We have a suburban and a nitro a bit smaller then the Jeep but the frontal area is listed at 64 square feet and let me tell you. When we tow the pop up that is over 3000 lbs it doesn’t notice it. But when I hook up my 12 foot enclosed trailer empty the Fact that I’m towing a barn down the highway is very noticeable
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I towed a Jayco 17Z Hybrid camper with a 2010 Colorado for a few years. I had the 5 cylinder and if I remember correctly, it was rated at 5,500 lbs. I believe it was 2011 when they raised the towing weight for all Colorado/Canyon engines.

Overall, I didn't have any real problems towing the 17Z. That trailer had a max gross weight of only 3500 lbs and was 2800 and something lbs factory dry weight. Power wise, hitch load, etc, The Colorado was fine. The only thing I didn't like was that the Colorado was a little lighter than I would've liked for a full height trailer. I never had any fishtail type sway with the equalizer hitch, but I could definitely feel the push from cross winds and the pull from tractor trailers passing me. I didn't have those issues with a previous large popup that didn't weigh all that much less than the hybrid camper.

I always loved my Colorado though!

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Old 01-21-2018, 01:20 PM   #5
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I pulled a heavier Rockwood 1809S with the slightly smaller Cherokee (KL). It had a tow capacity of 4500# and the Rockwood maxed it out. Never had an issue with sway from the short wheelbase. Power was never an issue. The 9 speed trans was a pain.


V6's have a pretty high torque curve, so even with the Colorado you'd have to go easy on the highway so you aren't beating the snot out of the rpm's. I could tow 5'th gear at about 2800 rpm with the Jeep. Not bad considering my Ram tows the fifth wheel in 5'th at about 2600.


edit: Frontal surface area for my Cherokee was limited to 32. Nothing short of a pop up is going to meet that. The drag did drop my mileage from 28 hwy to 8-9 towing.
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:54 PM   #6
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All depending on your family needs !

Those two trucks have gotten very good reviews from what I’ve read, and with a topper, that would be very good additional dry storage !
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Old 01-21-2018, 02:02 PM   #7
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Thanks for the reply. I lean towards the Colorado. Any suggestions about different in terms of 2wd or 4wd? Does it matter? I think the grand Cherokee has a lower ground clearance. Worry about driving on rough country road?
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The big question will be: is there a future possibility that you may get something bigger in the future?
These vehicles are capable of towing the E-Pro but will be limited to anything bigger.

Personally, the truck will be more versatile than the SUV and better for towing.

And please don't make a newbie mistake by only looking at towing capacities. All tow vehicles will run out of payload capacity WAY before coming close to their towing capacities, ESPECIALLY SUVs.
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Old 01-21-2018, 02:08 PM   #9
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Very good question... at this point my wife and I look at 10 years life span for this 19FD. Our sons r working now and is not living with us. One of our reason of getting into this is to give us to visit our kids easier and go to different places etc... Staying in hotel is not what we want.
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I have virtually the same travel trailer and looked at the Chevy Colorado and decided against it. I live in the Colorado mountains and it is just not enough truck to tow - or stop - my camper. Instead, I'm looking for a used 1/2 ton (Silverado or F-150). And just a fyi, my advertised 400lbs dry tongue weight (similar to yours) is upwards of 540lbs when my camper is loaded.

Hope this helps
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Edit: I was looking at the 4WD which has less payload capacity than the 2wd.
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